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Teaching Tip of the Week: Single Leg Circles (small & large)

Ruth Ruttan is the Education Coordinator for Retrofit Pilates in Toronto, Canada, a Master Instructor specializing in Pre & Postnatal Pilates and a Birth & Postpartum Doula. Each week Ruth will share tips, tools and reminders for Pilates instructors and students with the intention of keeping us inspired, asking questions and always seeking to improve our teaching and our Pilates practice.

Single Leg Circles (small & large)

Each Pilates exercise is a complex mix of skills and choreography. It is essential to understand how to break down the exercise into its basic parts and connect the full exercise back to the Pilates Movement Principles.

With the Single Leg Circles, clients must learn to understand when they need to be stable and when to allow for movement. Tight hamstrings and low back are also factors to consider.

Here are a series of modifications to help your clients understand Lumbopelvic stability and progress through the Single Leg Circles:

• Hip Circles/ Leg Slides

• Flexband behind a bent knee or on feet of straight leg (you could add stretches too.

• Small Circles bent knee: bottom leg bent, progress to straight bottom leg and both legs straight • bent knee swings side to side allowing for rotation of the pelvis, progress to straight leg

• full Leg Circles

Have your client put their hands under their glutes so they are aware of the shifts and movements that their pelvis makes.

Ruth Ruttan Doula & Pilates Specialist, Education Coordinator and Master Instructor

Ruth Ruttan Doula & Pilates Specialist, Education Coordinator and Master Instructor

Ruth Ruttan is the Education Coordinator for Retrofit Pilates in Toronto, Canada, a Master Instructor specializing in Pre & Postnatal Pilates and a Birth & Postpartum Doula. Each week Ruth shares tips, tools and reminders for Pilates instructors and students with the intention of keeping us inspired, asking questions and always seeking to improve our teaching and our Pilates practice. 

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