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Want to know more about the STOTT PILATES method, equipment, training and applications? For a list of our most commonly asked questions visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

We Continue to Grow
It's official, there are now 30,000 people worldwide trained in the STOTT PILATES method! Congrats to all the latest additions and welcome to the STOTT PILATES family.

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Visit our online Job Board for a list of Pilates instructor positions worldwide.
Facilities looking for STOTT PILATES instructors may fill out a Job Board submission form

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Dear Friends,

For a lot of you the much awaited summer is finally here. Make the most of the warm months — get outdoors to perform all your favorite activities and try something new. Have you wanted to take up running, tennis or golf lessons? Well now’s the time to do it. Stay motivated by setting goals and getting friends on board for support. Make time for your favorite Pilates routine to optimize your performance in other activities. Most of all, remember to enjoy and have fun!

Yours in good health,

Lindsay & Moira Merrithew
Co-founders, The Merrithew Health & Fitness Group

In the News

FEATURED STORY

Get Your Game On with Pilates
Pilates is no longer the mystical training secret of the few. Sally Belanger, STOTT PILATES Master Instructor Trainer and trainer to star athletes, explains the recent surge in popularity of Pilates for sports conditioning.

Strengthen Your Club’s Offerings
Mind-body fitness is more mainstream than ever and it continues to permeate fitness clubs. The variety of Pilates, Yoga and fusion programs continue to grow. See how to ensure the success of these programs in your club.

Re-Inventing Pilates
A fun way to mix different exercise methods or a dilution of Pilates principles? Whatever your stance, fusion Pilates classes are gaining in popularity in clubs everywhere. Find out what’s trending in the world of fusion fitness.

Did you enjoy these articles? See all STOTT PILATES media coverage.

Ask the Experts!

Got a question? Get answers!

Q. I have a few clients in my group classes who complain that their wrists hurt when they are in positions such as Side Bend Prep, Swimming on all Fours, even Cat Stretch. Can you suggest some modifications I could use?

Della PiaStefania Della Pia, Program Director, Education & Master Instructor Trainer responds: This is a very common complaint from clients. General weakness in the forearm and/or shoulder girdle can be contributing factors. Try adding a thin pad or roll up the end of the Mat under the heel of the hand (fingers off and lower) to slightly flex the wrists. For four-point kneeling positions, place the hands slightly forward of the apex of an Arc Barrel or have the heels of the hands on the side edges (be sure the shoulders are still over the hands) to slightly flex the wrists and distribute more of the weight into the feet. It is not advisable to support the weight of the torso on a closed fist as this will place too much pressure on the joints of the fingers. If small pads and props are not available try teaching some of these exercises (Side Bend Prep, Leg Pull) on the forearms. The overall range of motion may be decreased but it will still help achieve the essence of the exercise.

Equipment Spotlight

The Spring Wall
A flat-out brilliant use of space

The Baltic birch Spring Wall allows you to replicate many of the exercises performed on a Cadillac or Wall Unit in a compact, space-saving design.

Adjustable and versatile the Spring Wall facilitates a broad range of spring resistance exercises with varying lines of pull. It allows for multi-planar, open and closed chain movements in standing, lunging, squatting, kneeling, sitting, inclined, side-lying, supine and prone positions.

The Spring Wall can be used in conjunction with other accessories and equipment such as a Mat, low height Reformers, Stability Ball™, BOSU®, Pilates Edge™, Foam Roller, Flex-Band® or other props. This diversity and flexibility allows you to design a challenging and effective program for people of all fitness levels from elite athletes to rehab clients. The Spring Wall is ideal for private and group classes as well as home use.

Our Commercial Sales team can answer any questions you may have and assist you with studio layout, equipment selection and financing, plus staff training. Contact us by email at equipment@merrithew.com or call 1-800-910-0001 x264 (North America) or 1-416-482-4050 x264 (International).