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Old 04-19-22, 08:01 PM  
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The biggest problem I see with people regarding Essentrics (well, any exercise program with frontal flexion) and form is not pulling the tailbone down or having a small pelvic tilt when the arms are extended in front of the body. I sound like a broken record, and just yesterday did an "Essentrics 101" for my clients on Zoom. That lengthening of the sacrum is what is providing space between those lower back vertebrae and preventing loading up your lumbar spine.

If anyone has trouble with this, please message me and I'll do a free Zoom so we can figure out why you're having pain.
I just might take you up on this! I didn't mean to imply that Essentrics caused my pain, it just seemed to exacerbate the pain I was already having if that makes sense? I feel like my SI joint pops in and out at times especially if I'm getting out of the car or standing up from sitting. I've been sticking to episode 1020 back pain relief which is all floor and that seems to help... But I think my issues are weak stabilizing muscles including core, as well as an SI joint that is a little bit hyper mobile. I figure that is due to the stress of three pregnancies and long-standing muscle weaknesses, diastasis recti causing me to have no abdominal support, etc. I found Annie Pilates physical therapy on YouTube and she has an SI joint video that is really good too. I've been trying to avoid the pelvic " shearing " that lunge positions create which is why I've stuck to floor exercises right now, and also it's easier for me to access my glute muscles when I'm not standing. My quads want to take over.

Not meaning to hijack the thread or anything... I did have the same problems with Jessica, I just didn't understand why at the time. This might be why her strength routines in particular have never jived with me very well.
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Old 04-19-22, 10:04 PM  
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I'm glad to hear that!

I had a huge"aha" moment recently with some online training. It's really pulling the tailbone down, not such a huge, forceful tuck under (which also can cause strain).
What really surprises me is that no instructors that I'm familiar with (other than you) even warn about this. Ellen does a lot of forward flexion, too, and I don't remember her ever mentioning any precautions. She does use a modifier, but that modifier just doesn't go down as far - there's still forward flexion. I need to be really careful with her, Jessica and others and make sure I remember to round my tailbone under or I'll suffer the consequences later.
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Old 04-20-22, 06:20 AM  
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Thanks so much MoFirmer for posting the clip link!
I think I like the Pilates core session, but not the rest of this particular dvd. So I'm looking forward to clips to come!! (Getting a dvd only for the bonus portion wouldn't make sense!! Lol)
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Old 04-20-22, 07:27 AM  
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What really surprises me is that no instructors that I'm familiar with (other than you) even warn about this. Ellen does a lot of forward flexion, too, and I don't remember her ever mentioning any precautions. She does use a modifier, but that modifier just doesn't go down as far - there's still forward flexion. I need to be really careful with her, Jessica and others and make sure I remember to round my tailbone under or I'll suffer the consequences later.
In her later years, Teresa Tapp talked about 'lengthening from the tailbone' in a couple of workouts, which was very different from her 'curling under' talk for most of her career.
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Old 04-20-22, 08:07 AM  
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What really surprises me is that no instructors that I'm familiar with (other than you) even warn about this. Ellen does a lot of forward flexion, too, and I don't remember her ever mentioning any precautions. She does use a modifier, but that modifier just doesn't go down as far - there's still forward flexion. I need to be really careful with her, Jessica and others and make sure I remember to round my tailbone under or I'll suffer the consequences later.
I wish Ellen would talk about this....especially with her "Zig Zag" move.

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In her later years, Teresa Tapp talked about 'lengthening from the tailbone' in a couple of workouts, which was very different from her 'curling under' talk for most of her career.
I remember Teresa in her "singsongy" chant instruction saying "keep your knee--eees bent and your tail bone down".
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Old 04-20-22, 11:04 AM  
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I'm buying ALL of the DVDS. I am excited for the sliding disc work!!
They do look good! I have gliding discs, and don't use them often since I don't a lot of workouts that use them, I also think I could use my slide board for these workouts. I can't wait to see clips of the other workouts.

Funny that Cathe and Jessica have the same or similar focus for their next series "strength and recovery".
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Old 04-20-22, 06:00 PM  
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Old 04-20-22, 07:24 PM  
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Thank you, CharM! This one….I will definitely buy!!
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Old 04-20-22, 07:40 PM  
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Cannot wait for the 5k DVD. I’ve always loved Jessica’s walking workouts.
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Old 04-20-22, 07:55 PM  
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The walking workout looks great!!

I hope these come out soon!!

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