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Q. How do you decide which weight of Toning Balls to use? I want to buy a Toning Ball workout DVD but am not sure of which weight of Toning Balls to buy with it.
Stefania Della Pia, Program Director, Education & Master Instructor Trainer responds: If you're already fairly active and healthy, we suggest you start off with the 2lb Toning Balls. This will allow you to challenge yourself with resistance and weight without compromising joint stability and mobility. If you start too heavy too soon, it may compromise your comfort and stability. Also, by choosing a lighter weight, you will be able to effectively activate the smaller stabilizing muscles, particularly in the shoulders. Using a weight that is too heavy will bypass the little muscles and jump right up to firing the larger muscles. Toning the deep musculature is imperative to maintain joint integrity and help prevent injury.
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The Pilates Edge™
Ramp it up! Add intensity to your Matwork classes and push your limits with the Pilates Edge.
Using the Edge to change the angle of your Matwork exercises, can be used to challenge or support the body. The increasing height helps develop and improve strength and stability in the torso, arms and legs. Alternating body positions through prone, supine, sitting and standing, and facing different directions – either upslope or down slope - can make the exercises easier or can dramatically increase the intensity adding variety to your workout. For an even greater physical challenge or to support the body further, you can incorporate props like Toning Balls™, a Flex-Band® Exerciser or Fitness Circle® Resistance Ring with your Edge.
The Pilates Edge is a triangular foam piece of equipment constructed with a solid wood base. Featuring a densely cushioned vinyl slope to support the body, the Edge also offers eight D-rings sewn around the base that allow for 360 degrees of anchoring points. Use the D-rings to attach Flex-Bands or rubber tubing for additional resistance options.
For some great programming ideas, the STOTT PILATES DVD collection includes Essential Pilates Edge, Intermediate Pilates Edge, Athletic Conditioning on the Pilates Edge and Prenatal Workouts on the Pilates Edge.
If you need a little more variety in your workouts, start Living on the Edge!
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