Are you doing fake Pilates?

Poor Form Quadruped

To get results you need to be effective in your Pilates practise as poor form won’t cut it.

In this day and age , we are all time poor.

We want everything NOW, we want results NOW, we want that body NOW.

The reality is – you need to put in the work to be effective and make changes, but we also want to do it on our own terms. We want to be able to work when we want to and how we want to.

Many of us go and get DVD’s or look at on line stuff so we can do it all at home.

Pilates also falls into that category – there’s heaps of stuff out there, there’s a studio on every street corner, there’s personal trainers who are ‘Pilates trained’.

So what should you be looking to get out of working with someone in the know, or what should you expect to happen?

NO ONE likes being told they are doing stuff poorly, but unfortunately that can be the case.

Our bodies are constantly evolving, and we need to evolve and change with it.

What was hard two months ago will now be easy if you have been working on it, and you need to be adaptable and focus on what needs working on NOW.

We have many newbies rock up to the intro class for Mat and say – I don’t get it – I tried to do a class at a big gym, or it tried a couple of exercises from a DVD and I just don’t get it.

Fact is – you won’t.

Pilates is a way of moving. It’s about listening to your body and trying to get the RIGHT bit to work. We can all plank and brace everything and think we have a great core, Fact is – we are over working heaps of other muscles to stay there and not using our bodies efficiently or effectively and yes we have static work but cant then translate that to anything else.

Pilates is about getting the most out of your body, using the CORRECT muscles to do that whilst allowing those you don’t need to be ‘quiet’ – IE you use the right muscles and switch off the over working ones.

Your Pilates instructor should be able to correct you and advise you on GOOD FORM. It’s not about telling you you can’t do it – its about wanting to help you get the most out of your body


Take a look at the picture in our header…she looks gorgeous – we all want to look like that, we all want to aspire to that body and move well…..

Poor Form Quadruped


Here’s the thing : her form is terrible for a PILATES QUADRUPED ex.

Don’t worry if you think she looks great and cant see what the issue is – that’s what a good Pilates instructor will pick up on and that’s WHY we spend time adjusting and cuing and making sure you get it right.



  • ** her neck is flat and has lost the natural curve
  • ** she has lost shoulder stability – they are around her ears and her shoulder blades are too close together
  • ** she has too much weight on her wrists as her shoulders are in poor alignment = wrist pain
  • ** her core is not ‘on’ as she is hanging in her lower back – note the dip
  • ** her knee is behind her hip = poor hip loading, poor alignment and knee pain
  • ** her pelvis is tilted – you can see her right hip is rotated and lifted
  • ** her right leg is far too high and causing her to loose pelvis and hip control


Pilates practise should be constantly evolving and learning and getting more info and realisation about what you can do with your body and how it moves, how it protects itself, how it compensates for flexibility, strength, imbalance and also how to get it move more effectively so you get more energy and strength from it.


So next time your Pilates instructor ‘corrects’ you – be sound in the knowledge that you are then working towards ACHIEVING your goals as your practise will be more effective! 🙂 🙂 🙂




About Saree Hewlett (135 Articles)
Saree has 20 + years as a physio, training in the UK and completing her Masters in Manual Therapy in Perth, UWA. She has integrated Pilates into her practise having trained in the Polestar method and currently owns and runs two Studios in Perth's Northern Suburbs. A previous international Artistic Skater she understands the needs of sports people and also those suffering from chronic pain and reduced function - we all want the same thing - to be the best we can be! She is married with two active young boys!

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