The Real Pilates Standards of Training are distinguished by our focus on 4 key elements. Your weekly assignments are designed to develop your skill in each of these areas as well as your Anatomy, History and more.


Anatomy Course Overview:

Log in to Vimeo by clicking the link below and using the password “rpttanatomy”

And we’re back! We’re all about bones this week. The information from last week should help you organize this week’s info -try to think of the general layout of the skeleton in the reference and relational terms you learned last week. Again, you’ll head to vimeo make your notes, and then head to canvas to answer this week’s question.

WATCH Bones Video 

Key Concepts:



Appendicular vs. Axial skeleton



  • Cervical Vertebrae
  • Thoracic Vertebrae
  • Lumbar Vertebrae
  • Sacral Vertebrae
  • Coccygeal Vertebrae

Ribs and Sternum

Bones of the upper limb girdle

  • Scapula
  • Clavicle

Bones of the lower limb girdle:

  • Illia/Pelvis

Bones of the lower limb

  • Femur
  • Tibia
  • Fibula
  • Tarsals
  • Metatarsals

Bones of the upper limb

  • Humerus
  • Radius
  • Ulna
  • Carpals
  • Metacarpals
  • Phalanges
  • Sesamoid bone


  • The Lumbar skeleton has no articulation with the ribs allowing rotation to happen more freely than it does in the Thoracic spine.  This puts the Lumbar spine at greater risk for injury. What have you learned about working with delicate backs and rotation? Give 5 examples of exercises that you would be cautious with?
  • Within the joints of the body, some girdles are built for mobility and others are for stability. In human development stability must happen before mobility. Give an example of how Pilates works this way as a system. Give an additional example of a Pilates exercise that works this way.
  • The word articulation comes from the Latin, “formation of vines”. In Pilates we typically use the word articulate as a verb to define certain actions. How do you think the noun “articulation” relates to the verb articulate.
  • Features of bones are influenced by two things geometry and mechanical pull. What is your reaction to the idea that bones can be re-modeled by muscles? Give an example of how you think this might work in one area of the body.
  • Bonus Question: The phrase “girdle of strength” is used to describe or define what in the Pilates Method?