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!
I just completed the PhysicalMind Institute 2 day E401 Standing Pilates Workshop held at the Chelsea Studios in New York, NY taught by Yuu Fujita, Institute Lead Teacher. Traditionally, Pilates is practiced on large equipment like the Reformer and Cadillac and is not always accessible to everyone. Mat Pilates is less expensive, does not require a lot of space, and can be followed by video or live streaming. Often Mat Pilates classes will involve small equipment like a ring, bands or balls. Still, performing Pilates exercise standing has been challenging to master.
For this training, we used the NEW Tye4® wearable resistance system from TheMethod Pilates. It’s a harness that fits over the shoulder and connects higher on the chest, or lower depending on comfort. It’s easy to put on and can be adjusted quickly. It has loops that connect to each foot anchoring the single leg bungee and hand loops that anchor the single arm bungee. While standing, the bungees function like a “bar” and gives support to movement that require balance. Because it’s not as stable as an actual bar, it requires the body to work harder to balance. This type of work is great for developing strong stabilizer muscles and a strong core. The bungees can also be used to assist in movement and of course we used them to create resistance in the standing position – up to 40 lbs depending on how the bungees are used! We also worked through Pilates fundamentals and traditional exercises on the mat. In this case, the Tye4 functions like a Reformer by providing assistance and resistance. Mat Pilates is much more effective when using Tye4. It can also be used on different Pilates apparatus – see here
Last July I did an interview with Carli from Real Into on Fitness Transformations. It was fun to look back at what got me focused and inspired on this journey, why I chose Pilates and how I’ve integrated my passion for health into my family. Take a few minutes and head on over to her blog to read the FULL INTERVIEW.
Since doing this interview, a lot has happened with Tye4! I’ve been to NYC 2 times – once for the training and then back again for a Pilates Style Photo Shoot 🙂 – look for it in March! I’ve also started teaching Tye4 classes and leading workshop to train the trainers. I had an interview on Channel 5 Talk of the Town on Tye4 classes and will begin training athletes with the Tye4 later this month. This is an exciting season! AND we’ve started planning for our next HEALH & FITNESS BEACH VACATION! We will be using Tye4 AND you will take it home with you to continue using. Plus, you will be coached in the kitchen by Holistic Chef Laura Lea and be encouraged and educated on feeding yourself and your family better in the busyness of life. It’s pretty fantastic and we have room for you!