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Exercise of the Month: Back Rowing

This month, we're thrilled to highlight Amy Van Dooremalen, a Merrithew® Lead Instructor Trainer based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. In our latest Exercise of the Month feature, Amy takes us through the Back Rowing exercise from the STOTT PILATES® Athletic Conditioning on the Reformer programming. This sports conditioning exercise enhances strength, power and agility through innovative variations of familiar exercises that challenge unilateral movement, weight transference and core stability. The rowing exercise featured in this blog is part of the STOTT PILATES Back Rowing series and offers numerous benefits for Pilates practitioners of all levels.

Key benefits of the Back Rowing exercise:

  • Unilateral exercise: Brings awareness to and helps strengthen any imbalances between each side of the body.
  • Improved coordination and proprioception: Enhances neuromuscular coordination and body awareness, which is beneficial for overall movement efficiency and athletic performance.
  • Works all planes of motion: Integrates spinal mobility with the shoulder girdle, enhancing functionality for everyday tasks and athletic performance.

Pro tip: Challenge yourself by coming up into a high kneeling position. If you find that position uncomfortable, use our Eco-Friendly Pilates Pad and place one under your knees to add more cushion.

Amy’s professional insights into the Back Rowing exercise offer Pilates practitioners of all skill levels a chance to deepen their practice, address muscular imbalances and enjoy the comprehensive benefits of Pilates.

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