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John Garey
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This simple but effective stretch is perfect for those who sit for long periods of time, or who are active and work their hip flexors with exercises like cycling or running. It's also the perfect stretch break exercise for those long work days.

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Many of the clients that start doing Pilates are deconditioned. This workout is designed to give them a full body workout taking into account that they may not have exercised in a very long time, if ever. We’ll be using the Resistance Band to add some support for some exercise and light resistance on other exercises. The program begins standing and focusing on mobilizing the periphery (arms and legs) and adding some functional movement right in the beginning of the workout. Then, a bench is used to assist the client to get into the correct, more neutral sitting positions and to help modify some of the exercises. This workout combines strength and mobility exercises along with some simple core stabilizing moves to help the client understand and increase body awareness. To see the full workout, visit johngareytv.com/videos/beginner-mat-workout-band-bench-deconditioned-clients/

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Combining two intermediate moves is a great way to challenge a client. For this exercise combo, the emphasis is on strength. Be sure that the client can perform the Long Stretch before adding the Knee Stretch to it. For many more programming ideas, visit JohnGareyTV.com!

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Moving a client into intermediate level exercises can be both exciting and daunting. Selecting which exercises to add and how many to add at a time will depend on the client or class you’re working with. This is another sample program that shows adding a few new intermediate level exercises to a client or class. Reasons for adding the exercises are given during the workout. For more programming ideas, visit JohnGareyTV.com!

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This move is called Ab Prep Tuck and it is a great combo exercise targeting the abs. It works best when the client has great body awareness and can return to neutral after each rep. To see more exercise from this Advanced Pilates Mat Workout, visit https://www.johngareytv.com/videos/ab-prep-tuck/

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This workout combines Mat exercises and Arc (Small) Barrel exercises for a full body program that is intermediate level. Using the Barrel can add support or challenge, or simply variety to a Mat only program.

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Part of the Kneeling Series on the Reformer, this exercise is considered Intermediate, but I would call it advanced. Kneeling facing the front or back is quite challenging and requires considerable body awareness and balance. This exercise variation in particular is quite a challenge because of moving the arms away from the midline of the body. Be sure to practice sitting on your heels first to get used the movement pattern and confident as well.

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This workout is perfect for advanced Pilates participants who are working on improving balance. It’s a complete workout, with challenging Reformer and Chair moves. Although the exercises range from beginner to advanced, the emphasis is on the more advanced work. The springs are suggested and may need to be changed depending on the client’s strengths and goals. To see the full workout visit, www.johngareytv.com/advanced-reformer-chair-balance-challenge-workout/

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