Month: April 2017

The Spinal Column

IMX Studio - A back of a woman for Spinal Fitness

Your spine is comprised of a series of small bones called vertebrae. The vertebrae are arranged vertically in a column, hence the term “spinal column” or “vertebral column.” The spinal column is a very sophisticated structure that serves a number of functions. It holds your body in the upright position, supports your head, and is …

Is My Daily Walk Enough?

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While a daily walk is an excellent means of improving health and fitness, it is not enough. Equally as important as important are strength training, core muscle training and flexibility. It is important to address all aspects of fitness: strength, cardio, flexibility and trunk/spine stability. Let’s take a look at how each component contributes to …

Sports Training

Pilates Heart Workout

Has your swing lost its power? IM=X Pilates has developed sports specific training protocols to enhance your game. Improve your rotational power while protecting your spine from further injuries. With our proven program of stabilization and muscle recruitment techniques, any athlete can learn how to work in a synergistic manner to improve overall athletic performance. …

A Question and Answer Session with Elyse McNergney, MA, M.Ed, Founder of IM=X Pilates

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What is IM=X® Pilates? Elyse McNergney: IM=X (pronounced IMX) stands for Integrated Movement Xercize. It’s an elite pilates fitness program that marries the muscle toning and lengthening benefits of pilates with elements of strength and cardio training to increase flexibility, endurance and muscle tone, while strengthening the spine and abdominal core. The IM=X Fitness Formula …

Fitness/Conditioning Coach for NY Mets Attests to Benefits of IM=X Pilates

Barry Heyden, Director of Fitness and Conditioning for the New York Mets baseball team, joined IM=X Pilates, Inc. as a spokesman for the IM=X© Programs.  Heyden had been with the Mets for five years, over which time he worked with the players at the major league level in helping them to prevent injuries and increase …

Posture

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Good posture is one of the most important elements of a healthy spine, yet it is something to which most of us do not pay much attention.  In fact, most of us are so accustomed to poor posture, that correct posture feels unnatural, uncomfortable, and well, just plain wrong.  However, our bodies are designed in …

Tips for a Healthy Spine

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Here are some tips to keep your back healthy, strong, and pain-free: General/Daily Tips: Learn good posture and use it. Place sticky notes or use computer reminders to help you remember to check your posture throughout the day. Exercise regularly. Always warm up before and cool down properly when you exercise. Stretch regularly. Invest in …

Posture Basics

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Dynamic Posture Having good posture while you are standing still looking in the mirror is all well and good, but what makes a real difference in your spinal health is your dynamic posture, or your posture while moving.  Simply maintaining good posture and alignment throughout the day can help you prevent many common back injuries. …

NY Mets Pitcher Participates in the IM=X Pilates Program for Strength and Injury Prevention

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During his career as a pitcher for the NY Mets, Orel Hershiser trained under the IM=X Program for both strength and injury prevention. IM=X is a fitness program loosely based on Pilates and Alexander methods aimed to achieve fitness goals like increased flexibility and strength in a shorter length of time than other programs. According …

Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation Tips

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The Shoulder Girdle: Many injuries to the shoulder area result from structural imbalance or restriction of movement caused by muscle tension. The mechanical balance relates to the spinal alignment as well as muscle development and firing patterns. Alignment can be improved with specific Alexander based techniques for improving posture and breathing habits. Watch that the …