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Bring Us to Work

We all know how important an active lifestyle is to maintaining good health, but for those of us who spend long work hours sitting at a desk, the reality of fitting in a solid workout during the day can be a daunting task. Blue Sparrow Pilates is here to make it happen for you and […]

Athletes’ Not-So-Secret Weapon

In the past few decades, Pilates has built a reputation in the dance world. The deep abdominal core work and use of smaller intrinsic muscles makes it a perfect match for cross training for dancers looking to build strength without bulk, rehabilitate injuries, and work on muscle imbalances. However, what you may not be aware […]

The Power of Prenatal Pilates

Spring has sprung and with it so have our prenatal classes. Our prenatal Pilates class in San Francisco has become so popular we’re adding more to the schedule in both San Francisco and Oakland. Here are a few good reasons why you should seriously consider modifying your exercise program to match your new needs as […]

Welcome, Michael!

We’re so excited to welcome Michael to our San Francisco team. He comes to us with a wealth of knowledge and experience and will be a great addition to our wonderful team. Welcome, Michael! Michael Finkbeiner received his Pilates instructor training at the STOTT PILATES International Certification Centre in Toronto, Canada, becoming a fully certified […]

Succulent Spring Salads

What better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than with a delicious salad? Every Monday I look forward to eating a beautiful salad for lunch from The Mixing Bowl. The Mixing Bowl is across from our Oakland studio on Telegraph Avenue. They offer take-out on a daily basis as well as catering services for […]

Joseph Pilates: The Man, The Myth, The Legend

You may have noticed a new figure hanging on the wall in our San Francisco lobby. Studio, meet Joseph Pilates. Pilates, the method we all love and use for fitness, core strength, and rehabilitation, was created and developed by, you guessed it, Joseph Pilates. The man, the myth, the legend, born in Germany in 1883, […]

Excuses: What’s Keeping You From Class?

  Last week’s article, Reevaluating New Year’s Resolutions, talked about how scheduling your training sessions at certain times of day can mean the difference between successfully completing them or putting them off until tomorrow. There are so many things that can get in the way of reaching our goals and so much of the time […]

Old Dogs, New Tricks Go Hand-In-Hand

You may know the saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Sometimes this feels especially true when we’re learning a new skill or testing our own limits. You may especially feel this way when a teacher introduces a new exercise in class that requires different coordination than we typically practice. I often hear […]

Frustrated With Your Body Awareness? Here’s why.

I regularly hear clients say, “I just don’t have good body awareness,” and “It’s very hard for me to feel what you’re talking about.”  Sound familiar? Well, don’t worry. You’re not alone and, furthermore, it’s not your fault! Let’s take a look at the Cortical Homunculus to help explain why we often have trouble finding […]