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Armchair Pilates™ with Handweights

Workshop details

Difficulty Essential
Duration 2 hours


REPs 2.0
REPs independently endorsed education

When working with older exercisers, programs need to be adjusted, sometimes dramatically, to accommodate those with limited mobility. Using light hand-held weights, this workout, developed by the Merrithew™ team, targets core strength and stability along with peripheral joint mobilization all from a seated position. Exercises are designed to re-connect mind and body, target and improve the functional capacity of the older participant through graded strength training, proprioceptive awareness and joint range of motion, as well as bring about a general sense of well-being. Discover how to maximize functional health, balance, coordination and flexibility in a workout aimed at keeping the body moving.

Specialty tracks

Active for Life

Learning objectives

  1. Apply the STOTT PILATES® Five Basic Principles of stabilization to select seated exercises.
  2. Understand how movement essence and exercise goals are beneficial for a specialized population.
  3. Learn why the use of hand weights is appropriate for maintaining strength and muscle tone.
  4. Understand how to modify exercises for clients with restricted mobility.

Equipment used in the workshop

Armchair Pilates™ with Handweights

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