Callan Pinckney: “Now, For The Wonderful Behind And Hips”

I posted about Callanetics and back pain back in May:

“Alarming Increase” In Prevalence Of Chronic Low Back Pain
Stay Away From These Exercises

And this:

Pinckney’s exercises, at least the ones in her back book, are designed to heal and strengthen the back and neck. If you do them regularly, they can protect you from future pain and injury. Her exercises are unlike many I’ve seen over the years: they’re not hard, they won’t injure, and they’re effective. I can’t recommend them enough.

I included her stomach exercise in my Callanetics post. Here’s her exercise for the hips and behind. (I love how she says that.) All of these exercises strengthen the muscles that support the back.

“Now, for the wonderful behind and hips…”

This is the more advanced form of this exercise. In her back book, she includes stages you’d want to complete before even attempting this. The first stage has you lying on the floor, on your side, in a fetal position, with your head resting on your arm. It feels so good it’s hard to get up from it!

7 thoughts on “Callan Pinckney: “Now, For The Wonderful Behind And Hips”

  1. Robert

    Check out Stuart McGill Ph.D.’s advice regarding exercises for spine stability. Also, in general avoiding overweight and deconditioning play a role.


  2. Bix Post author

    McGill says in this video that it’s important to do “not too much and not too little.” That right there doesn’t get enough attention. I think finding the right amount and type of exercise for “optimal back health,” as he says, is the challenge.


    1. Bix Post author

      I was thinking about this. First … I would love to hear her in in own words. She had a unique way of speaking.

      Most of her exercises used the weight of the body, not external weights. And her movements were controlled tiny pulses, an eight or a sixteenth of an inch. Then there was her famous, “No jerking!” I’m not really familiar with kettle bells or how they are used but anything that freely swings would be harder to control. I’d say she wouldn’t be a fan. What do you think?


  3. Magnolia

    I don’t think so either. I was going to add kettle bells for the terrific aerobics effect that I had read about, it’s suppose to be equivalent to running but I will have to find something else. Earlier on she had tried weights on her ankles while doing her bringing up the rear to speed up the toning and the next day her knees were swollen. With Callanetics you really don’t need weights, her exercises get harder as you progress. It would have been great to use the kettle bell swing as my aerobic workout and Callanetics as my toning/stretching exercises. I’ve been jumping lightly on the mini trampoline, so maybe that and walking will be enough for me.


    1. Bix Post author

      > Earlier on she had tried weights on her ankles while doing her bringing up the rear to speed up the toning and the next day her knees were swollen.

      How about that. You know … I think weights can be helpful but I’ve also heard stories of injuries.

      Regarding light jumping … A few weeks ago Robert was talking about needing a place to walk which led me to jump-roping. Well, I have to say, it’s not so easy. I thought I would try it out without a rope, just some very light jumping. It’s hard and it sure does get the heart beating! I can’t even do it for one continuous minute yet, even though I can walk for a mile or more and not feel so exerted. I think your light jumping on a trampoline is a great idea.



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