On Sunday the 29th January 2017, Toronto Pilates instructor Damian Wyardat Pilates4Physio hosted a unique Singles fitness event on thick yoga mats spread out on hardwood floors in a sunny downtown dance studio. This was a test of Damian’s skill at putting his best practices and up to date research into one program aimed at both teaching participants how strengthen and improve mobility in their spines.
All the activities in the program were set to music and designed to show how to flatten stomachs and strengthen backs. Many of the moves we did also shaped and toned our hips and buttocks. This was a state of the art exercise routine that was both fun and extremely beneficial for all attendees.
Damian Wyard is the founder of Pilates4Physio in Downtown Toronto which combines the use of Pilates and manual therapy for rehabilitation. As well as being a registered physiotherapist, Damian Wyard has a background in sports massage; he spent 3 yrs touring with Riverdance company as a massage therapist. That hands-on training has given him mass experience and many skills, including ‘first responder’ emergency physiotherapist skills necessary to treat many sports related injuries.
THE MUSIC – a big part of the appeal of Pilates exercise event was the addition of interesting music. Damian chose The Sound of Glitterbox, Purple Disco Machine and the groovy beats inspired rhythmic stretches as the group worked their arms and legs and backs and stomachs.
Using tensor bands we were able to challenge and strengthen different muscle groups including the muscles in our backs and buttocks. In addition to holding the bands in our hands and opening and closing our outstretched arms to work the muscles in our shoulders and backs, we also strapped the tensor bands around our feet to work our lower backs, stomachs and buttocks.
Fitness Themed Social Networking Happened
Research on lower back pain in pointing towards varying movement as much as possible in the spine. Too much attention on exercises that brace, like planks or keeping a straight spine, cause more compression. The spine is designed to bend in all directions. Sitting or standing at desks all day means we are not using those necessary spinal movements. Going to a gym and just siting on a piece of equipment can perpetuate this. Varying your workout routine so that you incorporate exercise techniques that include this variability are the key to maintaining healthy backs.
By Rob Campbell