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Advanced Pilates with Cathy Raymond, 12:15-1:00 PM ET
Pilates is a progressive system of exercises designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance both mind and body. Benefits include increased core strength, better posture and balance skills, more physical and mental energy, and improved sports performance. This class is designed for more experienced Pilates students and is also appropriate for those with yoga, martial arts, dance, or athletic training. All levels of ability and experience are welcome.

-You have control over your environment so please clear the area of any obstacles and obstructions.
-Keep water available to hydrate throughout the class.
-If you are choosing to workout outdoors, be sure that you are on level ground and are mindful of the weather, in particular, as heat affects exertion.

Class Setup:
-Have your mat about 3-4 feet from your screen
-Center your camera on the long side of the mat
-If possible, wear clothing that contrasts with your mat and the background, this will help Cathy see and cue better.
-If you don’t have a mat, you can work out on a padded carpet.
-If you have a yoga mat, place a folded towel or blanket under the mat for cushioning.
-Be sure the light is coming from behind your screen. If you set up by a window and you are between the window and the screen, Cathy will see you in shadow-which means only your outline is visible.
-If you normally use Zoom with a photo background, please turn it off for the class. It only works for talking heads!

Equipment:
-You may want to have a towel or flat pillow nearby. If your chest is tight, you should elevate your head to keep you aligned and more comfortable.
-If you want to use hand weights and don’t have any, you can use water bottles or some canned goods.
-If you don’t have a TheraBand, you can also use a belt. Make a loop in one end to support your foot.
-For exercises in which a small ball is placed between your thighs, you can use a small pillow or rolled-up towel instead.
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