Pilates studios and classes have been popping up everywhere over the past several years. The cautionary tale here is that Pilates, since it was never trademarked, has become a generic label to slap on any movements using your core (abs, back and glutes) and anything resembling a Pilates apparatus. It can be confusing since, for example, if you’re using a TRX apparatus, no matter what moves you do you’re still doing TRX. So, wouldn’t that apply to Pilates? Meh, not so much.
And, Pilates – what does it even mean? The Pilates Method of exercise and apparatus were created and invented by a guy named Joseph Hubertus Pilates (from here on just Joe). He called his method Contrology, the complete control and coordination of the mind and body, and invented, but unfortunately did not patent, unique equipment using springs for resistance. The exercises, including the Mat or floor work, he created are designed to engage the Pilates Powerhouse, predominately the abdominal muscles as well as pelvic,...
In the world of Pilates, we definitely consider Pilates to be a practice. By that, we mean that, as with anything you do with any sort of frequency, "the more you do it, the better you get at it!" As trainers, we are constantly looking to improve your form (and ours), and for you as the client, we look for you to have "aha" moments where you suddenly realize exactly how a particular exercise is supposed to feel in your body. In the beginning, just learning the correct movement is all we can ask! The rest of it starts falling into place over time...and with PRACTICE!
As you continue to progress in your "practice," you will start putting little pieces of the puzzle together to get your body to perform the movement as one solid unit (from the core out to your extremeties). You will figure out how to get the most out of every exercise and how to find a "two-way stretch" or opposition in each exercise -- the ultimate goal of...
Do you remember how fit and toned you looked last summer? One of the best ways to stay motivated to exercise in winter is to keep a photo handy of yourself from a time when you were your most fit... some people go the other way, and keep a photo of themselves when they were overweight, so think about which photo might inspire you more, and keep it handy (on the fridge) to inspire motivation!
2. PLAN A BEACH VACATION
If you plan a stay-cation during your mid-winter break, you may want to rethink those plans, for obvious reasons (warm vs. cold!). It's important to note that if you have a beach vacation planned, you'll be more likely to stay in shape all winter long. Can you think of a better way to stay motivated to exercise in winter than the thought of having to go on vacation in a bikini that shows off too much muffin top?
3. POST UPDATES
One of the best ways to stay motivated to exercise in winter is to post updates about your work outs. By posting updates, you can discove...
If you suffer from back pain, you are not alone. Back pain has reached widespread proportions in the United States. Consider these statistics.
Approximately 80% of individuals in the general population will have at least one episode of low back pain during their lifetime.
Back pain that last for at least two weeks affects one in seven adults every year.
Back pain is the second leading symptom for doctor visits in the United States.
By age 15, more than 60% of adolescents will experience back and/or neck pain.
What can you do for back pain?
Pilates... it works!
Why spend thousands on medical procedures that mask back pain? By incorporating Pilates into your lifestyle, you can live pain free and your spine will be STRONGER! With a regular practice, you can expect Pilates to:
Reduce and/or eliminate muscle and joint pain;
Prevent muscle and joint degeneration and further injury;
Effective complement to any sport or fitness routine.
Creates a body that is balanced and improves athletic performance.
Builds a foundation of strength, flexibility and control.
Focuses on optimal postural/spinal alignment.
Integrated whole body approach to movement – which makes it easy to integrate it into all kinds of training activities.
Develops body awareness by creating a mind and body connection that you carry with you throughout your day-to-day life.
Creates healthy movement patterns.
Great workout for any body – from athletes to seniors.
Core strength is important in almost every aspect of our day to day lives. From sitting down in a chair, to getting up out of a chair, to walking or running, to lifting kids or grandkids, or doing any type of exercise, a strong core makes life so much easier! Our “Powerhouse,” which includes abdominals, spinal muscles, diaphragm and pelvic floor muscles, is rea...
We get asked this all the time. There are many different variables and many different answers.
In his book, “Return to Life through Contrology,” Pilates writes, “If you will faithfully perform your Contrology [Pilates] exercises regularly only four times a week for just three months, you will find your body development approaching the ideal, accompanied by renewed mental vigor and spiritual enhancement.”
Joe Pilates also said “at least 10 minutes a day.” What I take from that is we should be doing some type of mindful movement (Pilates, yoga, etc.) at least 10 minutes a day. And, as our bodies were not designed to sit for long periods of time (especially at a desk), we should move as much as possible. At least get up and walk around a bit every hour if you sit a lot!
Our basic guidelines for frequency of your Pilates workouts:
If you are new to Pilates and have never done it before? – Just getting started is all we can ask! Once a week is one more time than you...
Calorie burn: in each hour-long cardio dance class it is easy as pie to burn 600-800 or even more!
Body toning: Cardio dance not only allows you to torch serious calories, but also to tone your whole body. It utilizes strengthening exercises and toning weights to tone and strengthen your muscles.
Stress release: once you are in Cardio Dance class your worries no longer exist. The fun dance routine, great people and fun music will allow you to let your hair down and just have fun.
Opportunity to create friendships: Cardio dance is a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, who just like you are interested in fitness and love to have fun. It is pretty common to walk out from Cardio dance class with newly found friends.
Feel more self-confidence: the dancing routines designed by trained instructors will definitely allow you to be more aware of your hips and find your new sassy attitude.