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NEW Training Center in NYC!
Announcing the opening of our newest STOTT PILATES Training Center located in New York City. The facility features a fully-equipped STOTT PILATES studio and complete education repertoire seven days a week. See what’s coming up.

Attend Our First Ever UK Symposium!
Find out more about STOTT PILATES programming and equipment, meet world-renowned Instructor Trainers and earn CECs. Early-bird registration deadline ends September 30.

Giving Our Website a Facelift
We’ve made some exciting upgrades to our website – check out the new homepage and Where to Train section for a map of our Training Centers around the world. Stay tuned, more fun changes coming soon!

Let's Socialize!

View and Share STOTT PILATES Videos
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Events & Tradeshows

Health + Fitness Business
Sept 14-16 | Las Vegas, NV

Leisure Industry Week
Sept 20-22 | Birmingham, UK

See all 2011 events

Job Board

STOTT PILATES Job Board
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

Toronto Head Office Careers
If you’re passionate about Pilates and you’re looking for a rewarding, fun and fast-paced career, check out our available positions

Dear Friends,

It's that time of year again – the busy back-to-school season. Keep your mind calm and your body energized to stay motivated. Maintain healthy eating habits and always make time for relaxation and your favorite exercise routine. These simple steps will help you stay on track with your goals and make achieving them a breeze.

Yours in good health,

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

In the News

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Win a $200 STOTT PILATES® Credit!
Join the global community of Pilates fans and get the latest news, tips and exclusive deals – “like” the newly re-designed STOTT PILATES Facebook page and enter for your chance to win a $200 credit.

Pilates for ACL Injury
Non-contact tears and ruptures in the knee are the most common causes of ACL injury. They are most often seen in athletes. Certain exercises, such as Pilates, can help minimize the risk. Find out more.

Mind-Body and Beyond
Pilates and Yoga have evolved over the years. Applications and benefits are countless – everyone should be doing it. Yet stereotypes remain. Find out how to change people’s perception and increase participation.

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

Ask the Experts!

Got a question? Get answers!

Q. : I just bought the Basic Pilates DVD and there is an exercise I cannot do: the Roll Up. I have to use my hands under my upper legs to help me up. I suppose my abs are not strong enough. Should I use my hands to complete the exercise or just go as far as I can?

Sarah Jarvis, Program Coordinator, Education Sarah Jarvis, STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer responds:The Roll Up can be a very difficult exercise for a lot of people. Although the common perception is that abdominal strength is the limiting factor, there are a number of things that come into play which include posture, hip flexor strength and flexibility of the lumbar spine. Here are a few suggestions that may help you improve technique and work towards the full Roll Up.

Half Roll Up Sequence
Start Position: Lay on your back, knees bent or straight, neutral pelvis (small space under the lower back), arms straight overhead, ensuring the upper back is not lifted off the mat. 

Inhale: reach the arms to the ceiling and curl the upper body off the Mat, reaching the arms forward but keeping a neutral pelvis. Hold that position or keep the upper body lifted and reach the arms to the ceiling for more challenge. Exhale: lower back down to the Mat.

Half Roll Back Sequence
Start Position: Seated, knees bent hip-distance apart, hands behind the head or reaching forward.

Inhale: stay. Exhale: curl the lower back down toward the Mat using abdominals and glutes while keeping the shoulders soft and feet on the Mat. Inhale: stay. Exhale: draw ribs closer to the hips by rounding forward toward legs. Inhale: stack the spine up from the lower back to the head.

Full Roll Up with a Flex-Band® around the Balls of the Feet
Keep the legs bent or straight, whichever option will help you curl up through the lower back better. The Flex-Band should be taut enough to provide some support and assistance when rolling up off the Mat.

Equipment Spotlight

Spine Supporter

For individuals who need to exercise in a seated position because of neck or back tension due to injury, muscular weakness or pregnancy, the STOTT PILATES® Spine Corrector is a great way to support and stabilize the spine in flexion during Pilates exercise.

The Spine Supporter is built on a sturdy wood base, topped with a gently curved, C-shaped dense foam padding and covered with a taut high-quality vinyl material that will stand the test of time. For enhanced scapular stabilization the unit comes with integrated supporting hand straps. To guide individuals through an exercise repertoire, the Spine Supporter comes with an instructional Easy Start Poster.

The STOTT PILATES Spine Supporter allows exercisers the ability to perform their favorite Pilates exercises while maintaining the torso in an upright and flexed position. For a complete Spine Corrector workout, check out the Complete Barrel Repertoire DVD.

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).