Modified torso press Sitting in a Pilates Stability Chair, Patti is doing an advanced exercise that strengthens both her core as well as her back extensors, working in cocontraction to keep the trunk stable and maintain her form. This move also works and develops control of the hip
flexors, which are responsible for keeping both her legs up like a tabletop. An alternative and even more advanced step is for one to straighten both legs at 45 degrees. Here, one of Patti's arms was placed on the pedal while the other arm was raised upwards. An easier alternative to this is by having both hands on the pedal with the arms outwardly rotated to add significant stretch to the chest. LCP Looks: Vie-Gabrielle Bra (Navy Nude Pixel) Vie-Taryn 7/8 Tights (Navy/Nude/White)
THE CORE plays a big role in the moves one does in Pilates. Once it is strong enough, everything else will gain strength, making the body capable of doing more.
For model Patti Grandidge, outside the studio she now walks straighter, her posture has improved, she stands taller, and she has gained more confidence and poise.
Pilates has helped her develop a positive fitness attitude, as well as a better outlook on her health and wellbeing. She never dreads nor puts off her workouts, but instead looks forward to every session with her trainer.
As a person, Patti is definitely more aware of her body. She grew up with sports such as gymnastics and dance, so arching her back was something she always did. However, with Pilates, she is now more cautious to tuck her pelvis in, aligning her shoulders, watching the placement of her head and neck, and most importantly, breathe properly while doing all these.
These are things she learned from VZ (Vivian Zapanta) Dance Studios; she takes them with her as she goes through her busy tasks each day.
Patti knows how body goals and fitness aspirations are important to many people. However, she advises that having a healthy mindset is definitely the most important part. Learning to love yourself and your relationship with your body is something she thinks people should develop.
“If you get your physical and mental state in harmony, you’ll remain empowered and confident in your journey to health and happiness,” she says.
Visit Patti Grandidge’s blog at www.pattispalette.ph; follow @pattigrand on Instagram.
For VZ Dance Studios, e-mail Kenn Colubio [email protected] or follow @vzapantapilates on Instagram.
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