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A Little History of Joseph Pilates

February 4, 2014

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

December 27, 2013

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

December 18, 2013

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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The Benefits of Taking Advanced Courses

November 6, 2013

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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How Pilates Builds Strength Faster with Good Form

August 12, 2013

A long term student said to me the other day: “I feel like I’m not very strong. I do very little strength training outside of Pilates class, and part of me would like to be stronger but not bulky. I know sometimes I need to reduce the springs in Pilates because my form suffers but how do I push myself correctly so I get stronger?”

I wanted to share…

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A Different Way to Change Your Body

July 23, 2013

I just took an amazing workshop with STOTT PILATES® Master Instructor Trainer, Kim Kraushar at the Mindful Movement Conference in Los Angeles. The content of the workshop was fabulous– she taught creative, new exercises with wonderful cues. But I really loved Kim’s big picture commentary. One of my favorite things she said was that, “There is this idea going around that in order to change your body you…

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Creating a Better Athlete

July 5, 2013

Pilates is wonderful for everyone. The benefits are numerous but why would someone want to add Pilates if they are training for a marathon or triathlon?

If someone is already highly athletic, Pilates will make them stronger, more stable, provide body awareness and protect the joints while creating a solid core. Increasing your core strength and stability is a key ingredient to being a better athlete.

The body movements…

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Beware of Pilates Tricks

July 2, 2013

Many of my clients have asked me about Pilates videos posted on YouTube where instructors are doing crazy ‘tricks’ (not the exercise pictured) and getting tens of thousands of views. Some of my clients are excited to try them, while others hope that they’ll eventually get there.

I’m sure…