What happened to the rest of the abdominal series of 5?

Now, the super keen amongst you may have been confidently awaiting the next in the abdominal series of 5 today, which of course is Scissors, also known as Hamstring Pull.

So what happened there, why are we on #spinestretch already?

Well, #MarchMATness is about Joseph Pilates' ORIGINAL 34 mat exercises, and he didn't give the Scissors / Hamstring Pull, Double Leg Lower and Lift or Crisscross in the original series. I know, you're devastated we're not devoting a day to Crisscross right?!

I believe that it was Romana Kryzanowska who put the 3 additional exercises in here to make what we now know as the series of 5. I've heard she "saw too many poochy bellies" and didn't like them! Now I'm just quoting from my memory there, I'm sure someone will correct me if they disagree.

Joe's names are interesting though, #onelegstretch and #doublelegstretch... perhaps he didn't think of them as primarily abdominal exercises at all... see musings on day 6 #onelegstretch.

The Pilates Mat: #MarchMATness2018

The Pilates Mat... a series of 34 full-bodied movements, all strung together to create a flowing, challenging bodyweight workout, originally laid out by Joseph Pilates in his 1945 book 'Return to Life Through Contrology'.

That's what we're going to be celebrating through March... an exercise a day (more or less), aiming to look at each of the elements in the wider context of the Pilates Mat METHOD...

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You may have noticed we're getting a bit excited about our specialist Pilates apparatus at the moment, so what's it all about then?

The Pilates apparatus, or equipment, is not to be confused with the small props used in mat classes (such as small and large balls, Magic Circles, stretch bands and the rest). This LARGE apparatus is how Joseph Pilates originally created his method, coming up for 100 years ago...

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