Arthro-Pilates and Lupus



What is Arthro-Pilates™?


Arthro-Pilates™ is a program designed by certified Mat Pilates instructor and arthritis patient Lori Weisbrod, that teaches people with different forms of arthritis and its associated conditions such as fibromyalgia, how to get and stay fit.

It incorporates standard Pilates exercises made popular by Joseph Pilates, but modifies movement in order to protect joints, both original and artificial and respects individual limitations of clients.

Arthro-Pilates™ can be done through one on one private training at your home, or in a bed during flares,in a wheelchair, or in a class setting. Shoes are worn to maintain stability while performing exercises, and assistive equipment is incorporated to ensure that clients maintain correct form during their workouts.


What can Arthro-Pilates™ do for you?

Arthro-Pilates™  will improve joint mobility and stability, will increase range of motion, will tone your body, and enable you to lose inches, increase strength, make you leaner and more flexible, will increase stamina and endurance, improve breathing, coordination, posture and body alignment, and improves urogenital function.

Arthro-Pilates™ also calms the mind and helps create a sense of peace and tranquility during times of stress.


Arthro-Pilates™ vs. other forms of fitness

for people with arthritis and fibromyalgia


Arthro-Pilates™ enables participants to get and maintain fitness by working through movement and by using their own body resistance. Therefore, functional fitness is achieved. This enables clients to move more efficiently in their daily life, which will make everyday activity easier to do. Lifting a bag of groceries, cleaning the house, sitting on a toilet seat, getting up from a chair, reaching for an object from the cupboard and the like are done more effortlessly after Arthro-Pilates™ sessions. In Pilates, activation of the Pelvic floor is achieved. This will over time enhance urogenital function.


Arthro-Pilates™ vs. Yoga

While Yoga is an excellent form of fitness for someone without limitations, the holding of postures is neither functional nor is it recommended for people with arthritis and fibromyalgia. It puts participants in an unnatural state that they would normally never
be in. Yoga is not based on movement and is therefore not functional fitness.


Arthro-Pilates™ vs. Tai Chi

While Tai Chi, definitely is a form of fitness based on slow rhythmic movement, the standing and weight shifting, that is required, can be difficult and creates balance issues for people with arthritis and fibromyalgia.


Arthro-Pilates™ vs. Warm Pool Exercises

Warm water exercise is the standard recommendation by physiotherapists around the world for people with arthritis and fibromyalgia. While it is indeed beneficial in improving mobility, it will never get the participants fit. Also many people complain about the chlorine, and for those who do not wish to get wet, this is simply not an option.


Arthro-Pilates™ vs. other forms of Pilates

Standard pilates exercises created originally by Joseph Pilates were used to train dancers, and people in general who were already fit.

Arthro-Pilates™, takes standard pilates moves, and modifies them so that people with joint issues, pain issues, and mobility impairment can learn to move more effectively in their daily lives. Therefore, positions are altered and modified, range of motion of executed exercises are altered and modified, and the approach to getting fit is completely different.

The other unique component of Arthro-Pilates™, is the creator herself.

Diagnosed at the age of 18 with a severe form of degenerative arthritis, Lori Weisbrod understands how a body with arthritis moves. While other instructors may theorize how a body compromised with arthritis may or may not function, they can never fully know the intricacies of a body dealing with pain, deteriorated muscles and joints, or artificial joints.

Lori Weisbrod brings compassion and complete awareness of all these issues, and has designed a program that is unique to arthritis sufferers, and unique in the pilates world.

People who are forced to deal with a medical condition are therefore more likely to use a program created by someone who they can truly relate to.

There are no other programs like Arthro-Pilates™. It is original in its design and beneficial in its approach.

Also, due to the programs ability to help persons with arthritis, others dealing with chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy), Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis, Lupus, Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Scoliosis, Wheelchair Rehabilitation, and Chronic Back issues, Cancer survivors (post chemotherapy and radiation) have been able to reap the benefits as well.


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