Pilates Osteoporosis Corrector Bridgeport CT

Local resource for the treatment of osteoporosis using Pilates in Bridgeport, CT. Includes detailed information on local businesses that give access to treatment for osteoporosis, osteoporosis therapy, alternative treatment for osteoporosis, as well as information on Pilates lessons, and content on Pilates.

Stratford Snap Fitness
(203) 296-4576
345 Hawley Ln.
Stratford, CT
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Newtown Snap Fitness
(203) 304-1487
123 South Main Street
Newtown, CT
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Bethel Snap Fitness
(203) 739-0027
83 Stony Hill Rd.
Bethel, CT
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Ridgefield Snap Fitness
(203) 544-0047
1 Ethan Allen Highway
Ridgefield, CT
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Powerflow Pilates Studio
(203) 776-0566
319 Peck St # 1
New Haven, CT
 
Derby Snap Fitness
(203) 463-4224
656 New Haven Ave.
Derby, CT
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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East Setauket Snap Fitness
(631) 706-4602
4042-44 Nesconset Hwy.
East Setauket, NY
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Bethel-Downtown Snap Fitness
(203) 683-4131
9 Durant Ave.
Bethel, CT
Programs & Services
Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Personal Training, Pilates, Stair Climber, Stationary Bikes, Towel Service, Treadmill, Weight Machines

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Lucille Roberts Stony Brook
(631) 689-8911
2304 Nesconset Highway
Stony Brook, NY
Programs & Services
Aerobics, Belly Dancing Class, Boot Camp, Cardio Kickboxing, Hip Hop Dance Class, Kickboxing, Personal Training, Pilates, Step Class, Yoga, Zumba

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Stamford Athletic Club
(203) 357-7555
75 Third Street
Stamford, CT
Programs & Services
Aerobics, Basketball, Circuit Training, Elliptical Trainers, Free Weights, Group Exercise Studio, Indoor Pool, Medicine Balls, Pilates, Pilates, Raquetball, Stationary Bikes, Steam Room, Towel Service, Treadmill, Water Aerobics, Weight Machines, Yoga

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Osteoporosis and the Abs

How a young instructor found safe techniques to challenge herself and her clients
By Rebekah Rotstein

RebekahRotstein.jpegPeople who first meet me find it odd that as a Pilates instructor I actually don’t do Pilates mat for my own body. In fact, ever since my osteoporosis diagnosis two years ago at the unusually young age of 28, the annual PMA conference is the only time I participate in a traditional mat class. Flexion, lateral flexion (side bending) and rotation of the spine are contraindicated for people with osteoporosis and osteopenia (the precursor to osteoporosis, which should be treated in the same manner from a movement perspective). Unfortunately, this rules out three-quarters of the Pilates mat exercises.

So I’m often asked with disbelief how it is that I can actually work my abs. I too had doubts during my initial shock at the diagnosis, questioning what these limitations would mean for my ability to move and work out the way I had since my days as a ballet dancer. But I soon realized that even for an advanced client like myself, spinal articulation and flexion is only one aspect of an abdominal regimen and of Pilates in particular. Remember that we have four sets of abdominal muscles, and Pilates targets most specifically the innermost layer, the transversus abdominus, to contract throughout exercises and frequently in tandem with isometric contraction of the internal and external obliques. This means that abs are working regardless of whether the spine bends. And we can also still work the superficial layer – the rectus abdominus – by moving the spine from extension to neutral against gravity.

Indeed, I’ve found that it is possible for me—and my clients—to still get a great workout, even at more advanced levels. Pilates educators Sheri Betz and Elizabeth Larkham have both presented mat workout options for osteoporosis that utilize lever loads and varying bases of support to challenge the core. For instance, working with foam rollers and rotational disks on the mat provide numerous ways to alter the difficulty level. And many existing Pilates exercises can be modified to keep the entire spine in a neutral position (try Teaser with a flat back and propped with hands from behind remove the spinal articulation.)

Furthermore, the Pilates machines offer a whole host of possibilities for a full-body workout without bending the spine. Classical exercises that I like to teach include Chest Expansion, Long Stretch and Trapeze Pullups (for advanced clients). And I also use these creative variations on traditional exercises:

One-Legged Elephant: Extend one leg and keep a flat back while bringing the Reformer carriage home with the standing foot

Single Arm Hug-a-Tree seated on rotational disk: To keep the disk from spinning, a client must use her abs

Hamstring III/Pull Up (Hamstring Stretch II) on the High Chair with flat back and single leg: Slowly swing leg in the air to the side as you ...

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