Advanced Pilates – The Genie with a Ball

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Fitness professional Dori Markakos demonstrates the advanced pilates exercise genie with a ball.

    Dori Markakos

    Dori is an experienced fitness professional whose love of fitness began in grade school with her love of dance and ballet. She’s danced classical ballet since she was 5. As her interest in fitness grew, she began experimenting with all varieties of group fitness and weight lifting. Dori went the practical route to college and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a specialization in Marketing from the University of Virginia’s School of Commerce, but not before receiving her fitness instructor certification in her spare time. After college, Dori went to work for Environmental Design & Construction, LLC (EDC) where she is presently the Controller. In this position, Dori serves as the company’s chief business officer. But, Dori’s heart is in the field of fitness. Dori maintains her certifications and puts them to work as a personal trainer, spinning and Pilates (mat and reformer) instructor. As part of her career development, Dori also received specialty training in pre and post natal fitness, with a specialization in pre/post natal Pilates. Dori currently works with clients as Pilates instructor, while keeping up with her own workouts. She’s run multiple marathons and is an accomplished triathlete having run numerous triathlons as well having completed the Ironman Triathlon. Dori resides in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Peter and daughter Mia.

    Hi! I am Dory, and this is advanced Pilates, and I am going to show you to do the genie, with the spinal twist, all the while holding the ball. So, what I want you to do is just sit up on your knees, nice and tall, sitting up nice and tall, inhale and exhale, rotate your shoulders back, tucking your torso underneath and your pelvis under, so you have a nice, tight abdominal wall. Inhale and then exhale, look straight ahead and grab the ball. I want you to hold the ball right in front of you and you are still going to do, is sway back, once you are back in this position, in nice straight line, you are going to rotate to the left, come back to the centre, following the ball with your eyes, keep your spine in neutral, right back to centre and return. Inhale and exhale, lean back, follow, your eyes are going to follow the ball, rotate to the centre, the torso to the right and centre, and return. And you feel that right in your quads and your obliques Inhale and exhale, sway back, nice and tight, rotate to the left, eyes are following the ball as you transition to the right, centre and return. Last one, inhale and exhale, lean back, rotate to the left, transition to the centre, transition to the right, to the centre, and return. Great job! Thank you for joining me for Advanced Pilates.