3 Pilates Blogs To Follow

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The great thing about the internet is that everyone has a voice! Of course the bad thing about the internet is…..everyone has a voice. In the Pilates world, we’ve got our share of vocal participants and the Pilates blogger is not something new. However, a few of the industry players have taken their blogging platform to a higher place.  

Here is a short list of three blogs I feel are worth reading.

My criteria for inclusion were simple and all three made the cut in each area. Specifically, I required that the blogs be responsibly written, that they seek to open dialogue and not indoctrinate their reader and are also visually relevant.  There is a surplus of Pilates content out there and many authors satisfy two of the three criteria. For this article however, I chose to highlight those with all three elements, and what I consider to be the perfect trifecta for an appropriate use of blogging in the Pilates world.

If you want to hear what I really think about blogging as a vehicle for sharing Pilates content, jump to the end of the list and read on.

Pilates Intel (http://www.pilatesintel.com/)

Brett Miller writes this column in a funny, cheeky and accessible voice. He writes to us from Stockholm as an American expat. I particularly appreciate the way he opens dialogue that may not be popular among the different factions of Pilates.

It's also nice to hear a Pilates perspective that is distinctly outside the U.S. Overall, the blog is a friendly and engaging read.

Benjamin Degenhardt  (http://benjamindegenhardt.com/articles/)

Benjamin is east coast based and houses his blog at his eponymous site which is also the home to his 360 Pilates Education calendar.

It's fair to say that Benjamin is the darling of the Pilates industry right now. Up and coming teachers know his name and he is a well respected presenter on the Pilates circuit. His personal fascination with Pilates history has garnered him the trust and loyalty of the community. Benjamin is genuinely committed to helping Pilates people think their way through Mr. Pilates original intentions as opposed to blindly following any particular dogma.  Beyond all that, his talent as a graphics designer means the site is lovely to behold and peppered with visually stimulating elements.

Andrea Maida (http://www.pilatesandrea.com/blog/)

You can decide for yourself but I affectionately refer to her as the Pilates pusher.  Based out of the west coast, Andrea feeds us regular passionate classical Pilates content. This gal can sell you anything. She dissects exercises, analyzes routines and examines concepts with a fun but intense delivery. It’s exciting to read and well presented. As a bonus, each column is well illustrated with images for reference.

If you have only room in your inbox for a few Pilates newsletters – the above three should be on the list.

Full disclosure, I feel ambivalent about Pilates blogging for a few reasons. Firstly, I think it’s dangerous territory for Pilates teachers to glean their teaching information from a blog. Particularly when it comes to anatomy, biomechanics or technical instruction. Elements of Pilates teaching should be taught in a formal environment with access to a seasoned instructor and some metrics in place to assess learning. Reciting protocols or concepts from a blog does not a teacher make.

Secondly, educating the at home student carries an equally great responsibility. Simple misinterpretations can have disastrous consequences. Educating via an online blog is a slippery slope. Blogs are meant to share personal thoughts, inspire others, and spark discussions or further research, but technical instruction is where blogs can fail. 

Finally, the blogosphere seems to infer credentials upon those who have none. To the average layperson, a well-designed or even just a consistent blog can cause people to believe they are reading the work of an expert. In reality, blogs are not vetted for accuracy on any level. With a modicum of writing skill and a dash of conviction, a simple blog article can have unintended consequences for those who follow along.

Therefore, reader, beware. Consider your Pilates blog for entertainment purposes and exploration and not as a proper learning tool.

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