Standing Series with Circle

There are as many names for this piece of equipment as there are exercises. Reported to have been the metal rings around wooden barrels that Joseph Pilates used to create the Arc Barrel, the isotoner, circle, fitness ring or whatever you call yours is so versatile. It can be used to stabilise a joint or align a body part, for example the Halo exercise seen in the video clip, or it can be used to create continuous activation of a muscle group such as shoulder abductors or hip adductors, for example performing the Shoulder Bridge with the circle placed inside the thighs. They are available with various resistant levels and can be heavy or light depending on your clients needs.

The video clip shows a series of standing moves with the circle, strengthening both upper and lower body whilst focusing on scapula stability and neutral alignment.


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Posted on December 10, 2012 and filed under Exercises and Techniques.