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Class Name Passing the Torch - Karen Clippinger 1 Week Program: Expanding Pilates; Core Essentials Emphasizing the Spine
Instructor(s) Karen Clippinger, MSPE
Dates Thursday, July-26-2018 to Monday, July-30-2018
CANCELLED - please contact for more information.
Hours Thursday - Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Class Fee* Class: Fee: $1,775.00
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Currency: USD
Materials Fee (Manual & Video**):

Prerequisites See text below.
Location Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach CA 90803 USA
Description Expanding Pilates; Core essentials emphasizing the spine

Course Overview:
Karen Clippinger's passion and professional success relates to the practical application of current kinesiological principles to enhance human movement performance, reduce injury risk, and aid individuals with return to function following injury or illness. Her masters degree in exercise science and 22 years of clinical experience, followed by 14 years in academia, as well as her personal practice of movement forms for almost 50 years (initially primarily dance, and then Pilates for the last 17 years) provide her with a valuable perspective that she wishes to share with experienced and dedicated teachers of Pilates in an intimate setting.

This course will utilize the theme of the "core" or "powerhouse" because of its importance in Pilates, movement analysis, and injury mechanisms. Current anatomical and biomechanical principles and controversies that relate to the core, with particular emphasis on the spine, will be discussed and applied to practical parameters of teaching such as exercise selection, exercise cueing, and exercise modification for clients of different skill levels and with different limitations. Lectures will be enriched by practical interludes involving core muscle palpation, spinal alignment evaluation, spinal fitness field tests, development of detailed anatomically based cueing, and teaching fellow participants. The session will end with a discussion of Pilates programming for sample client profiles. A particular emphasis will be placed on appropriate modification and progression of Pilates exercises to optimize benefits while keeping risk low for individuals with conditions such as lumbar lordosis, kyphosis, scoliosis, osteoporosis, and low back pain. Novel exercises utilizing the Pilates apparatus will also be taught that are designed to address special spinal conditions, as well as to help develop desirable movement patterns that can be integrated into classical Pilates repertoire and utilized during everyday activities. The primary goal of this course is to update and deepen your theoretical understanding of the core, heighten your personal kinesthetic appreciation of the core, and enhance your teaching skills as they relate to the core. Some studies suggest that strengthening the abdominal and back muscles, or just performing functional core exercises is not enough to achieve the desired results. This course will focus on expanding your teaching skills to help you improve your client's spinal posture, spinal movement, and in many cases quality of life. To enhance personal feedback and growth, class size will be limited to a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 participants.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Understand and apply key anatomical and biomechanical principles of the "core" to the execution, modification, and teaching of selected classical Pilates and Pilates-based repertoire
  • Effectively utilize a wide array of anatomically based cues for encouraging both optimal static positioning and dynamic movement of the spine
  • Understand the role of isolation and compound Pilates exercises, as well as design progressions that can be used to foster transfer of core strength and optimal core muscle activation patterns to functional movement
  • Recognize, as well as perform and teach effective exercises for improvement of the following common spinal postural problems: kyphosis, lumbar lordosis, scoliosis and flat back posture
  • Understand key anatomical/biomechanical alterations associated with common spinal disorders (such as osteoporosis, low back strains, disc injury, spinal stenosis) and their potential implications for Pilates program design, while still remaining within one's appropriate scope of practice

Course Prerequisites:
Participants must have obtained certification from a comprehensive Pilates instructor training program. This course is appropriate for dedicated Pilates instructors who have a basic understanding of key muscles and joints for human movement and a minimum of 3 years of teaching experience, or instructors who are physical therapists who have integrated Pilates into their practice for a minimum of 2 years.

Course Requirements:
The following are requirements for completion of the course and receipt of a certificate of completion, verifying your study of Expanding Pilates; Core essentials emphasizing the spine with Karen Clippinger.
  • Attendance of and participation in all of the on-site meetings in Long Beach (5 days; 9am to 5pm - 35 hours total)
  • Self-practice of key repertoire with feedback provided by Karen Clippinger and other participants
  • Frequent practice teaching of course repertoire on other class participants with feedback provided by Karen Clippinger and other participants
  • Teaching of key course repertoire and principles to your clients following the on-site course meetings with a journal kept of successes and challenges that will be turned in 6 weeks after the course
  • More in-depth investigation of one course topic that relates to a client you are currently working with that will be used to write a 3-page paper and design a 6 month Pilates program with progressions that will be turned into Karen Clippinger 6 weeks after the course
Application Application Not Required.
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Contact Passing the Torch (tm)
5909 88th Street

Sacramento CA 95828 USA


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