STOTT PILATES® Armchair Pilates™ with Handweights

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.

Learning objectives

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

Equipment used in this workshop

  • Regular chair
  • Mini Handweights 1.1 – 2.2 lbs
  • Soft Dumbbells 1.1 – 2.2 lbs
  • Toning Balls 1 – 3 lbs
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