Advanced Pilates Photos

Pilates Instructors Demonstrate Advanced Pilates Moves

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Chin Up with Leg Circles

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An advanced Pilates position that demands core strength Ray Kurshals, Chin Up with Leg Circles. (c)2006, Marguerite Ogle

The exercises demonstrated here demand exceptional core strength and control. For those of you not familiar with the Pilates reformer, your appreciation may grow as you come to know that some of our models are not only holding themselves aloft in amazing poses, but they are also keeping the bed of the reformer from sliding out from under them. Similarly, hanging from a strap on the Pilates cadillac, as Ray Kurshals is demonstrating, is more difficult than hanging from a steady bar due to the instability factor. Stability challenges are one of the ways that we make Pilates exercises more difficult.

You don't have to do the moves in the gallery below to get the tremendous benefit from Pilates exercise, but they can be something to aim for!

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Ray Kurshals, Master pilates teacher, Olympic coach and owner of Pilates Santa Fe demonstrates chin up with leg circles on the Pilates cadillac.

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Ray Kurshal's Funky Chicken on the Pilates Cadillac

Here's an exercise for the Pilates Cadillac created by an expert Ray Kurshal's - "Funky Chicken" on a Cadillac. photo(c)2006, Marguerite Ogle

Ray Kurshals, Master Pilates Teacher, Olympic Coach, Owner of 
Pilates Santa Fe has invented quite a few of his own exercises.

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Inverted Hanging Scissors on the Pilates Cadillac

Another challenging Pilates exercise for the Pilates Cadillac Ray Kurshals - Hanging Scissors. (c)2006, Marguerite Ogle

Ray Kurshals, Master Pilates Teacher, Olympic Coach, Owner of Pilates Santa Fe.

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Lara Kolesar on the Reformer

An exercise example using the Pilates Reformer Lara Kolesar on the Reformer. (c)2006, Marguerite Ogle

Lara Kolesar, Pilates instructor, teacher, trainer and owner of Kolesar Studios, graces many pages here. She demonstrates many of our Pilates mat exercises with excellent form. Examples include: Side Kick, Swan, Plank/Front Support.

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Snake and Twist on the Reformer

Here's a challenging exercise for the Pilates Reformer Snake and Twist on the Reformer. photo: Peter Wohlsen, Courtesy Of Core Pilates NYC

Snake and Twist is one of the toughest exercises in the advanced Pilates Reformer repertoire. Submitted by Core Pilates NYC

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Side Sit Ups on the Reformer with Box

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The Reformer used to train the obliques Side Sit Ups on the Reformer with Box. photo: Peter Wohlsen, Courtesy Of Core Pilates NYC

Working against gravity with minimal support, this exercise targets the obliques and low back. Presented by Core Pilates NYC

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Teaser on the Pilates Wunda Chair

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Teaser is a challenge for the Wunda Chair or as a mat exercise Teaser on the Pilates Chair. photo: Peter Wohlsen, Courtesy Of Core Pilates NYC

The infamous "Teaser" done on the Wunda Chair. The Teaser can be practiced as a Pilates mat exercise. Try teaser on the mat. Submitted by Core Pilates NYC

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Pull Ups on the Cadillac

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Appears simple, but this is not an easy one—it demands a lot Pull Ups on the Cadillac. photo: Peter Wohlsen, Courtesy Of Core Pilates NYC

One word: Yikes! Shoulder strength, core control, and concentration are a must before even attempting this one. Submitted by Core Pilates NYC

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Stretch on Ladder Barrel

Grace, balance, strength and control defined Katie Aho, Pilates Corps Inc., Scottsdale, AZ.

Submitted by Pilates Corps Inc.

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Grasshopper on the Ladder Barrel

Strength displayed in masterful lines and curves Lindsay Hendrickson, Pilates Corps Inc., Scottsdale, AZ.

Look at the beautiful line of the body here. Notice that despite the big curve she is making, Katie's back is not getting crunched, but rather she is in a long arc supported by her powerhouse.

Submitted by Pilates Corps, Inc.

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Side Twist on the Mat

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Work your way up to this mat exercise. Lindsay Hendrickson of Pilates Corps, Inc. Scottsdale, AZ

This challenging mat exercises starts in a side plank. Submitted by Pilates, Corps, Inc.

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Inverted Split on the Cadillac

Advanced exercises can be challenging but fun Katie Aho of Pilates Corps Inc, Scottsdale, AZ.

Here you can see how much actual fun one can have with the advanced exercises! Submitted by Pilates Corps, Inc.

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