There are 12 million Pilates abs workouts on YouTube, but this is the only one you need

February 10, 2020 at 12:00PM by CWC No workout has a better reputation for firing up your core than Pilates. The super-slow, minuscule movements activate your slow-twitch muscle fibers to build strength. While we don’t all have the luxury of having a Reformer in our living room (or a studio filled with them around the … Continue reading There are 12 million Pilates abs workouts on YouTube, but this is the only one you need

The benefits of Pilates go way beyond core strength—here’s what to expect

February 06, 2020 at 02:00AM by CWC If you peek into any Pilates class, it’ll look like a lot of small movements and core-focused exercises (and space-age-looking contraptions a la the Reformer). While it’s true that Pilates is centered around your core muscles, the low-intensity workout modality has an extensive list of benefits that you … Continue reading The benefits of Pilates go way beyond core strength—here’s what to expect

Prepare to be sore: This 7-move Pilates-inspired workout will light up your full body

February 03, 2020 at 03:30PM by CWC Pilates-inspired workouts—one of Well+Good’s 2020 wellness trends—are known for their really, really slow, small movements that burn like hell. While you could hit up a studio in your ‘hood, you can get a Pilates in home workout in your very own living room—with that same level of muscle-quaking … Continue reading Prepare to be sore: This 7-move Pilates-inspired workout will light up your full body

How to decompress your spine using a foam roller, according to a Pilates pro

December 11, 2019 at 02:00AM by CWC I always associate my foam roller with pain (sure, that pain often brings wonderful and much-needed muscle tension relief, but still). The recovery tool doesn’t have to be your frenemy, though—it can also be used in therapeutic, gentle ways. One star example of this? Using your foam roller for … Continue reading How to decompress your spine using a foam roller, according to a Pilates pro

The 5 basic Pilates moves that *everyone* should incorporate in their workouts for better mobility

December 06, 2019 at 12:00AM by CWC If you’re not a Pilates fan, you might brush off the fitness modality’s entire catalogue of core-centric moves. But this is a mistake, because, everyone—no matter what their sweat mode of choice is—can benefit from certain basic Pilates exercises. The workout, at its (ahem) core, is about better … Continue reading The 5 basic Pilates moves that *everyone* should incorporate in their workouts for better mobility

The ‘Pilates burpee’ may go down in history as the hardest core exercise ever

November 22, 2019 at 07:07PM by CWC If I could poll the entire world about the most challenging workouts, I bet at least 70 percent would namecheck the burpee. In a shocking turn of events though, it turns out one Pilates-inspired burpee variation somehow manages to make the move harder. While a standard burpee requires … Continue reading The ‘Pilates burpee’ may go down in history as the hardest core exercise ever

This Pilates ring workout targets your obliques and booty

September 23, 2019 at 12:00PM by CWC Welcome to Trainer of the Month Club, our brand-new fitness series, where we tap the coolest, most in-the-know fitness leaders to create a month-long fitness challenge. On Mondays, we have our “sweat drops” where you’ll get access to the week’s workout that you can follow along at home. This … Continue reading This Pilates ring workout targets your obliques and booty

The 9-minute, at-home Pilates workout that targets every muscle of your core

September 16, 2019 at 12:01PM by CWC Welcome to Trainer of the Month Club, our brand-new fitness series, where we tap the coolest, most in-the-know fitness leaders to create a month-long fitness challenge. On Mondays, we have our “sweat drops,” where you’ll get access to the week’s workout that you can follow along at home. This … Continue reading The 9-minute, at-home Pilates workout that targets every muscle of your core

You don’t even need to stand up to do this full-body Pilates workout

September 09, 2019 at 12:00PM by CWC Welcome to Trainer of the Month Club, our brand-new fitness series, where we tap the coolest, most in-the-know fitness leaders to create a month-long fitness challenge. On Mondays, we have our “sweat drops” where you’ll get access to the week’s workout that you can follow along at home. This … Continue reading You don’t even need to stand up to do this full-body Pilates workout

This Pilates glutes series sculpts your butt while combatting the effects of sitting

September 02, 2019 at 01:00PM by CWC Welcome to Trainer of the Month Club, our brand-new fitness series, where we tap the coolest, most in-the-know fitness leaders to create a month-long fitness challenge. On Mondays, we have our “sweat drops” where you’ll get access to the week’s workout that you can follow along at home. … Continue reading This Pilates glutes series sculpts your butt while combatting the effects of sitting

This 8-minute Pilates ring workout will leave your abs sore for days

August 16, 2019 at 11:37AM by CWC Much like medicine balls or yoga wheels, Pilates rings tend to fall into the category of workout tools that look pretty innocent. It’s just a hollow, simple ring—how sore can it leave you anyways? Fun fact: Very. In our latest episode of Good Moves, Well+Good’s video series that … Continue reading This 8-minute Pilates ring workout will leave your abs sore for days

This Pilates floor workout is so effective, it rivals intense Megaformer classes

June 05, 2019 at 09:43AM by CWC Over the past few months, I have fallen completely in love with Megaformer Pilates. I love the way my muscles feel when they start to twitch during a particularly grueling static lunge or plank hold, and I can say with full confidence that my core has never, ever … Continue reading This Pilates floor workout is so effective, it rivals intense Megaformer classes

I work out at a movement salon where I get my Pilates with a side of soup

February 22, 2019 at 08:00AM by CWC Around the country, but especially in New York City, there’s a never-ending supply of hip and trendy workouts and studios to sample. And that’s great…for some people. Don’t get me wrong, I like to work up a sweat, but I make it my mission to stay away from fitness that doubles … Continue reading I work out at a movement salon where I get my Pilates with a side of soup

If you’ve got DD+ boobs, these are the best sports bras for running, Pilates, CrossFit, HIIT, and more

February 20, 2019 at 01:14PM by CWC Shopping for a sports bra for big boobs can often feel, in the wise words of my queen Hilary Duff, like waiting for rain in a drought: useless and disappointing. Just when you feel like you’ve found something supportive enough to carry you through a trampoline class or a … Continue reading If you’ve got DD+ boobs, these are the best sports bras for running, Pilates, CrossFit, HIIT, and more

Prepare yourself because Heather Anderson only makes these Pilates ring moves look easy

February 10, 2019 at 08:00AM by CWC Unlike Ariana Grande, I can’t quite afford to give my six best friends rings of the bling-bling variety. I can, however, afford a Pilates ring or two. (Am I stretching right now… pun intended?) They’re cheap! And, they supercharge my new favorite thing: quick-yet-effective at-home workouts that can be squeezed … Continue reading Prepare yourself because Heather Anderson only makes these Pilates ring moves look easy

Selena Gomez introduced me to hot Pilates and my winter is already better

January 02, 2019 at 09:06AM Move over, Bikram: There’s a hot new workout trend (yes, I went there) that’s about to be everywhere in 2019, and some of your favorite celebs are already on board. Enter: Hot Pilates. The new-ish class has been popping up on the schedules of some trendy studios of late, from Flex … Continue reading Selena Gomez introduced me to hot Pilates and my winter is already better

How to avoid over-stretching in yoga and Pilates—because yes, it happens

November 15, 2018 at 03:05AM As far as workouts are concerned, yoga and Pilates are typically thought of as restorative, gentle ways to get your sweat on. It’s not like you’re swinging around heavy kettlebells or throwing jabs at a punching bag. But as it turns out, they also have their own extremes: over-stretching is … Continue reading How to avoid over-stretching in yoga and Pilates—because yes, it happens

5 of the most common mistakes people make when doing a tricep push-up

February 14, 2020 at 12:00PM by CWC No move is more OG or has more cred than the push-up. It’s the punishment of choice for boot camps, Pilates classes, yoga flows, HIIT classes, and the list goes on forever. That’s probably because there are endless variations—from the dive bomber to the pseudo planche—that specifically work … Continue reading 5 of the most common mistakes people make when doing a tricep push-up

Memorize this move to automatically engage your core when you work out

February 12, 2020 at 02:00PM by CWC On arms day, your biceps and triceps are top of mind. But in order to get the most out of those curls and dips, there’s actually another muscle that’s critical in every move you make: your core. Whether you’re in a spin class, on top of a Megaformer, … Continue reading Memorize this move to automatically engage your core when you work out

Gabi Butler’s triple flips are hard to copy, but you *can* steal her ab workouts

February 11, 2020 at 07:00PM by CWC Watch Netflix’s hit docu-series Cheer and you’ll quickly see that the Navarro College cheerleading team practices pretty much all the time. That’s how you win national titles, after all. But what you don’t see on screen is that Navarro star Gabi Butler—a longtime cheerlebrity who now hosts her own … Continue reading Gabi Butler’s triple flips are hard to copy, but you *can* steal her ab workouts

5 foot posture exercises that feel a lot like a foot massage

February 02, 2020 at 04:00PM by CWC There are a lot of variables that go into having good posture. Keeping your shoulders back, your spine in its proper curve, and your pelvis straight (and not tilted) are key to keeping yourself upright, rather than hunched over. Lesser known, however, is that a foundational element of having … Continue reading 5 foot posture exercises that feel a lot like a foot massage

A cardiologist says that you should start paying attention to *this* metric on your Apple Watch

January 22, 2020 at 11:26PM by CWC “A wakeup call.” That’s what What the Wellness host Ella Dove dubbed her heart rate monitor in our latest episode. We called it in our 2020 trends: This year, more than ever before, your health will be in the palm of your hands (and on your wrist). Thanks … Continue reading A cardiologist says that you should start paying attention to *this* metric on your Apple Watch

These are the most popular studios around the U.S., according to Classpass

January 22, 2020 at 02:00PM by CWC The beauty of a Classpass membership is that on any given day, you can choose from a seemingly endless number of workouts. From yoga to spin, from boxing to boot camps, you could try a different modality every day of the week (and in many cities, a different … Continue reading These are the most popular studios around the U.S., according to Classpass