Mat Pilates vs Reformer: What’s the Difference?

Many newcomers wonder if they should be rolling out a mat to do their Pilates, or strapping into a reformer — the equipment developed by Pilates creator Joseph Pilates. So what’s the difference between mat Pilates and reformer Pilates?  There are actually several. Working against resistance is essential to the 500 classical Pilates exercises, which are designed […]



Love the Skin You’re In

Love the Skin You’re In <3 Through Pilates, I strive to help people feel strong and capable in their bodies. Being strong can really transform the way people feel about themselves. It can support, even grow self-love and acceptance, helping people to better love the skin they’re in.  Which is SO rewarding and exciting for […]


5 Steps to Sugar-Freedom

Sugar is killing us.  It’s not just the teaspoon of sweetener stirred into our morning coffee. But all the hidden sugars we consume daily without even knowing. It seems like everyday I read something in the news or see another new documentary about the negative effects of sugar on our health. The alarm bells are […]


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 […]


5 Reasons to Schedule Your Next Workout with a Friend

Research has consistently shown that exercise is greatly enhanced when you’re with a friend or in a group setting. Having someone who holds you accountable really helps keep you on track.  They give you reinforcement on the difficult days and celebrate with you when things are going great.  As the saying goes, ‘there’s strength in […]


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 […]