Pilates Test

Here are some simple tests that tell you how mobile you are, how body aware you are and how much control you have over your body. If there is one of these test you can’t do then you have your new “project” to work on. You might have more than one project and that is okay! Even if you can’t do or feel all of the tests you now have a starting point for your Pilates practice. (Even during a pandemic you can improve your body’s knowledge and capabilities).

How do you improve your test results? Watch my blog posts to find out.

Test #1-Do you know if your spine curvature (view from side) is ideal, kyphotic, lordotic, or swayback(not pictured, hips sit in front of ribcage, buttocks appear flat)?

Test #2-Do you know if your leg alignment (view from front) is ideal, knock kneed, or bowlegged? (When viewing all toes must face forward, not turned out) Hint: there are different degrees of knock knee and bow legged shapes.

Test #3-Do you know if your joints are generally hyper mobile or tight? (Everyone falls into one or the other, generally)

The boy in the picture has an hyper mobile elbow joint. Any person may have one joint area or many joint areas hyper mobile.

Test #4-Can you keep your neck relaxed while hands are holding your head in an abdominal curl while keeping neutral spine? (knees bent, feet on floor)

Test #5-Can you sit at 90 degrees with your legs straight (and relaxed) in front of you while keeping neutral spine and feet fully flexed at ankles (not toes)?

Pilates Test #5
Body form a 90 degree angle, torso to legs and feet to legs. Knees are straight and relaxed, quadriceps are not working to stay straight.

Test #6-Lie down on the floor. Does your mid back feel heavy on the floor? Do your thighs feel heavy? Does the left side of your body feel the same as the right side of your body? If you have ideal alignment then your answers will all be a Yes. If you had a no to any or all the questions it’s okay, it is easily fixed.

Pilates Test #6

You may be surprised that your body feels uneven.