Oov for Pilates

Strength, speed, power and agility are more effectively achieved if motor control, stability and endurance can be maintained, which are the basis of all exercises with the Oov. The Oov gives the practitioner the ability to assess movement at an unprecedented level. Students will learn the nuances of adding or removing load and resistance to increase mobility or fine motor control throughout the spine, joints and abdominal wall to achieve stability and endurance. This course will explore how using the Oov can help improve functional movement. The exercises presented will focus on eccentric activation to provide greater strength and control through low threshold, slow movement training. The “Four Pillars of Movement” will be examined during exercises to develop skills to teaching efficient performance of functional movement. Postural types and their relationship to these specific exercises will be addressed. This course will develop skills to identifying movement deficiencies, such as axial control, gait pattern dysfunction, 3D sling deficiencies and compromised articular function. Detailed and specific exercises that address the correction of these deficiencies will be covered. Students will also learn the structure and queuing techniques to facilitate a group Oov class.


Participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate correct set up, safety and care of the Oov in conjunction with Pilates exercises and equipment.
  2. Have a more detailed understanding of how balance training on the Oov can be a useful tool to identify faulty movement patterns and for enhancing motor learning.
  3. Understand how to administer appropriate chain related exercises for the Individual. This will take into consideration elements like: 3D Myo-Fascial Slings, Rigidity Strategy and Motor Control.
  4. Identify which deficiencies to train on the Reformer and which to train on the Trapeze Table.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of tolerance and load and their application in either training low threshold motor control versus global muscle mobility incorporating metabolic considerations.
  6. Understand the importance of sequential training and demonstrate how to safely modify an exercise by using regression or progression.
  7. Demonstrate a refined knowledge of identifying an individual’s requirement for either mobility or fine motor control through assessments.
  8. Effectively teach the exercises described in this course to individuals and a large group.
Duration: 16 hours


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