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Teacher Training Tip of the Week: Modifications for Single Leg Extensions

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.

Modifications for Single Leg Extensions

This client has been struggling with some hip and knee instability. We have been working to strengthen her glutes and hamstrings in a comfortable and effective way. She has a difficult time lying completely prone or supine, so we've modified by putting her on the long box with a small head prop under her forehead for comfort and allowing her arms to be below her body. Today we are giving her "homework" to practice. She plans to do this on her coffee table/ ottoman or on the edge over her bed. One could modify this to standing with a neutral spine and leaning the arms on a higher surface like a countertop. • knee extension • knee and hip extension • knee and hip exemption with a hamstring curl Sometimes you need to think outside the box to help people move!

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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