Posts Tagged ‘fitness’

Inspired Communities Make Us Stronger

Spring training is happening all around the Bay. So many of you are signing up for half marathons, bike races, triathlons, and even muddy obstacle runs. I love it! I love the enthusiasm and the excitement of trying something new. I love that you’re pushing yourselves, often into the unknown. And selfishly, I love that […]


Everyone is the architect of their own happiness

Exercise Your Way to Happiness

  “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” – Joseph Pilates   A recent Gallup Poll shows Americans who exercise at least two days a week for 30 minutes a day report more happiness and less stress than those who are sedentary and the benefits of exercise reportedly increase when you are active up […]




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Long outdated is the notion that weight loss is a purely calories in and calories out equation.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 […]


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 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 […]