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Why Pilates instructors are more like Narwhals than Unicorns

Ah yes, the magical unicorn stands as a fabulous yet distant symbol of our modern obsession with a magic pill that will “fix” you. The lore around unicorns stretches way back to the ancient Greeks. Nowadays we see it everywhere with double rainbows coming out of its eyeballs. If you find your magical unicorn and possess the mystical candy canes, its special healing powers will heal its rider.

We…

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A Little History of Joseph Pilates

Every time I do Pilates I say a little thank you to Joseph Pilates. I can’t imagine my life without his incredible system.

The Joseph Pilates method of exercise was originally called contrology. At its roots lays the idea that poor posture, inefficient breathing, and the “modern lifestyle” are primary causes of unhealthiness. Both of the books authored by Pilates dealt with Contrology and how to create…

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Be the Secret Behind your Client’s Success

As fitness instructors, we all look forward to the new beginnings, new habits, new energy, and transformations. Our clients come in with shiny new resolutions and goals. A we have the rewarding job of helping them succeed at their health and wellness goals.

Fast Company and other smarty-pants resources suggest using SMART goals. The best place to start is helping your client shape their resolution into a SMART goal…

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A Year of Accomplishments

As the year comes to a close, I find myself taking time to think through this past year and imagine forward to what comes next. This is hardly a new practice. The familiar idea of making New Years resolutions can actually be traced back to the Babylonians, who as early as 2600 BC took time to reflect on the old year and make plans for the new.…

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New Prenatal Pilates App

Prenatal Pilates App Blue Sparrow Pilates

“Whether you’re a mommy-to-be, or eager to drop those p

ostpartum pounds, Prenatal Pilates is made for you! Designed by STOTT PILATES Instructor Trainer and Blue Sparrow Pilates studio founder Holly Furgason, Prenatal Pilates addresses alignment and postural changes that occur during pregnancy. This program, while following ACOG…

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Pilates During Pregnancy Helps Babies Brain Develop

With a decade of certification in Pregnancy Fitness/Postpartum Rehabilitation and many wonderful trainer-client relationships in the field, my passion for promoting fitness and health throughout pregnancy has never ceased to grow. I have seen the powerful benefits that exercise brings to mothers and the babies they carry, and how every part of that training helps prepare them for birth, recovery, and healthy motherhood. Getting ready to have…

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The Benefits of Taking Advanced Courses

You’ve been practicing and mastering all the material in your foundational courses. You know how to perform the essential and intermediate exercises. Your personal strength, endurance, and stability have grown throughout your course work. The intermediate exercises are becoming easier and you have seen your body make subtle transformations. Teaching the beginning and intermediate work is becoming more natural, you’re learning what props and modifications to use,…

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