As you know, I'm kinda obsessed with the NEW TYE4® wearable system from TheMethod Pilates. It is amazing for spine, hip & shoulder mobility, strengthening stabilizers, improving balance & coordination, and building overall strength and tone. It can be used while doing lots and lots of different types of exercise.
Today I'm talking about TYE4 and FEET!
SOCKS and SHOES
SOCK FEET... While practicing Pilates, for example, you will want to kick off your shoes. Choose a non-slip sock like ToeSox or something similar. Tye4 should NOT be done barefooted for a few reasons. During certain movements, the foot strap will slip and distract from the movement. It can also irritate the foot, so find a cute pair of sock and wear them proud!
photo from PhysicalMind Institute Pilates Training NYC June 2014
SHOE FEET... While using your Tye4 for exercise like aerobic or interval training, strengthening and toning, plyometrics, outdoors workouts or sports training, you might want to wear shoes with Tye4. Here are a few things to consider:
1. For larger, bulky shoes, the Tye4 strap can go inside the shoe. It needs to fit around the middle of the foot pulling up from the arch. This strap position activates the feet muscles and proper alignment of those muscles. Feet are really important. They are the foundation of your body. "Strong foot muscles support all of the ligaments, tendons and bones on your foot." --- ManNotMachinery.com Read more here. 2. For Tye4 balance work, like dance, Barre, and Standing Pilates, our feet need to completely spread out on the floor when we are standing. This is so important for balance. We want to use the entire foot and allow for the widest part to expand. So a minimalist footwear is preferred. They need to be light and flexible so we can articulate the foot.
I've been on the hunt for the ideal Tye4 Shoe, and I've found it!
For this class, we are using the NEW Tye4 system from TheMethod Pilates. We wear a harness that has bungees that attach to the feet and hands. It allows us to use assistance when needed, as well as resistance.
For this Fusion class, we will hit a variety of exercise:
I taught 3 Tye4 classes in Austin, Tx the week of June 16th. It was a lot of fun introducing it and AUSTIN WANT'S MORE!!!
Here I'm teaching Pilates roll-up using Tye4
Jamie Ivey from jamieivey.com was nervous to do the class because it looked hard to do. She didn't think she had enough coordination and thought the bungees would be distracting from the workout. Here's what she had to say about that...
Jamie was pleased - I think :) - to feel the effect from our workout 2 days later.