Foam Roller Fun

Foam Roller Fun

Are you incorporating the foam roller into your Pilates exercise routine? We sell them to our clients all the time and they love using them at home. There are so many exciting and challenging options with the roller. It is a great addition to a group class, private session or home routine. Balancing can be difficult because of the small surface area, but the foam roller also helps with modifications for certain exercises, stretching and therapeutic work. Try some of my favorites to change up your routines: Toe Taps/Knee Lifts Bring legs to table-top and hands to the side. Alternate reaching each foot to the floor and returning to table-top, while maintaining stabilization in your torso, pelvis and lower back. Ab Prep Lying... Continue ...

Posted on May 28, 2008 By

Why do Retail in your Pilates Studio?

Why do Retail in your Pilates Studio?

Spring has definitely sprung, and it is the perfect time to add a little zest into your studio. With all of the freshness and passion for life that spring inspires, one great way to enliven your business is with the addition of retail. Fun, sporty fashion lines representing Pilates are making their way into fitness centers across the country, with most being small companies willing to work with lower purchase minimums and smaller studios. The reasons to include retail in your studio are countless and varied, although many studio owners fear that incorporating retail may interfere with the running of their business. To the contrary, retail can bolster your business and give owners the financial push they need in order to take... Continue ...

Posted on May 20, 2008 By

Peak Pilates MVe Complete Workout System DVD’s

Peak Pilates MVe Complete Workout System DVD’s

Peak Pilates has recently released several new DVD’s in their MVe collection. They are fusing fitness and Pilates in a variety of ways for a “Complete Workout System”. I recently enjoyed two of them and came away with some good ideas for my clients and classes. The MVe Definition Reformer DVD is a beginner workout on the reformer combining Pilates mat exercises, squats, lunges and handheld weights for upper body strength. The program has a nice pace, shows modifications and keeps you moving on and off the reformer for a good total body workout. Master Trainer, Zoey Trapp does a good job of cueing her two participants and keeps them flowing for 50 minutes on the MVe Fitness Reformer. Master Trainer, Sonia... Continue ...

Posted on May 15, 2008 By

Pilates Side Bend Exercise Video

Pilates Side Bend Exercise Video

The Side Bend exercise is to enhance lateral mobility of the spine. It primarily targets the transversus abdominis, obliques and scapular stabilizers. Attention should be paid to the abdominal contraction to maintain rib connection and prevent the hips and shoulders from rotating. The cervical spine should stay aligned with the thoracic spine. The Side Bend can be modified by: a) bringing the feet closer to or further away from body to increase/decrease difficulty. b) Leave the bottom knee on the mat, do not fully extend that leg (less pressure in the supporting arm & shoulder). As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any exercise program. If you should experience any... Continue ...

Posted on May 8, 2008 By

Sexy in 6 with Tracey Mallet

Sexy in 6 with Tracey Mallet

Tracey Mallett is passionate about helping people make healthier lifestyle choices and she is trying to reach as many women as possible. She is as approachable and nice as she seems in her DVD’s. Her enthusiasm pours out of her and she loves every minute of her busy life. ATP Specific Training and Physical Therapy is the Studio she started with her husband in South Pasadena, California about nine years ago. This is where she does what she enjoys most, teaching group classes. She trains clients and teaches classes several days each week. The rest of her time is spent writing books, making videos, doing interviews, and most importantly, spending time with her family. Tracey has been active and healthy her entire life.... Continue ...

Posted on May 6, 2008 By

Pilates Day 2008

Pilates Day 2008

This year Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) celebrates Pilates Day on Saturday, May 3, 2008, at St. Philip’s Academy in Newark, New Jersey. The event benefits Pilates in the Schools, which is an initiative started by the PMA to promote health to our kids. Are you planning any special events for the big day? We are curious what Pilates instructors all over the world are doing for Pilates Day. Email us what you will be up to. Our Studio is offering some new classes during the month of May and some training package specials. Whatever you decide… do a few Teasers and enjoy the day!! AKPC_IDS += "120,"; Continue ...

Posted on May 1, 2008 By