Posts Tagged ‘exercise’


Calories In ≠ Calories Out: Embracing Individuality In Health Goals

Long outdated is the notion that weight loss is a purely calories in and calories out equation. In the fitness industry, we see it all the time: people on strict diets who exercise everyday, still struggling to reach their ideal weight. First and foremost, we don’t support unrealistic body standards or believe that a certain […]


Well + Good Preview

  Earlier this summer Well + Good gave a us a call and wanted to feature our studios on their site. They were expanding their offerings and were looking to include San Francisco and Oakland’s top fitness studios.  They had a few questions for us and we were happy to oblige. Check out the mini-interview […]


A Globetrotter’s Workout

‘Tis the season to travel. I’ve had many clients ask in the past few weeks how to keep up their Pilates practice while they’re on the road for vacation or work. People, especially here in San Francisco, travel frequently either for the weekend or for extended periods of time, which can make it difficult to […]


The High-Intensity Craze: Yay or Nay?

From CrossFit to Barry’s Bootcamp, there seems to be no shortage of high-intensity workout options. They’re all the rage these days in terms of fat loss and body sculpting. But, how do they work? Are there risks? Are there alternatives? Just like Pilates isn’t for everyone, high-intensity exercise isn’t for everyone. It can stress joints […]


Managing Back Pain

From a small ache to debilitating pain, 80% of people will experience back pain in their lifetimes. For some, an episode will occur once but for others, pain will become chronic. It can compromise an individual’s quality of life: keep a parent from enjoying time with their young children, affect daily routines, cause an athlete […]


The Hype About Stabilizing

Pilates is founded on the idea of stabilizing. Our teachers are always talking to their clients about muscles that either mobilize or stabilize. Teachers learn through their certification what these terms mean and which muscles fall into each category. In turn, they want to pass that on to their clients. But, I realized that our […]


The Importance of Corrections

If you’ve ever taken a Pilates class or private session at Blue Sparrow Pilates, you probably noticed how many corrections our instructors give; corrections about form, movement quality and muscle engagement. They cue, adjust, describe, and take the time to really explain an idea. Maybe it feels like we’re nitpicking about something that doesn’t matter […]


10 Minutes to Total Body Engagement

We’re all short on time. So when you’re doing at-home workouts it’s important to make each exercise really count.  Here are 4 exercises that engage your whole body in just seconds. The key to doing them correctly, to protect yourself against injury, and build functional strength? Alignment and awareness. Going harder, going longer, or doing […]


Fake It ‘Til You Make It

Growing up as a dancer and athlete I learned from a very young age that sometimes you have to fake it. Sometimes you have to fake your enthusiasm, confidence, or knowledge.  Sometimes, you have to fake all three. I know how hard it can be to get back on track with exercise once you have […]