When you look at the Kneeling arm series on the Pilates Reformer you see an exercise that strengthens the muscles of the arms. As students work their way through all of the versions of this exercise, it’s true through resistance training, they are challenging all of the muscles of the shoulder girdle in all planes of motion, and thus the strength of these muscles will increase. But is that all that is happening?
The kneeling arm series on the reformer requires dynamic control of the center and it also challenges the hip extension accompanied by knee flexion. This exercise aids in Gait training… That’s right this “arm” exercise could improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your gait. And this my friend is why I love Pilates!
In a Pilates exercise you are never doing just arm work or leg work or core work. (don’t get me started on the fact that the word core has lost all meaning) In every Pilates exercise you are affecting multiple systems in the body. When I am training Pilates teachers for Polestar Pilates, I am always asking what is this exercise doing for us, and once I hear my student’s initial answer, I always reply, “That’s true and now what else does it do?” When we are talking about the kneeling arm series the answer to “what else?” is dynamic stabilization of the lower extremity in hip extension. Or we’re helping people to stand.
Pilates Teacher Trainings are so much more than an education about fitness. They are an education in function. In the Polestar Pilates Teacher Training students learn to improve people’s lives through improved function. If someone can do the kneeling arm series on the reformer they can climb down a mountain and catch themselves on a branch if they slip. If someone can do the kneeling arm series on the reformer, then their tennis game or golf swing is surely going to improve. If someone can do the kneeling arm series on the reformer then it will be easier to get up from the floor in case of a fall…I could go on and on
So what should you take from this blog? Pilates Teachers can help improve your life with exercises that do more than just one thing, and becoming a Pilates instructor gives you the ability to change the world for so many people!