Does your Business Give Back?

Does your Business Give Back?

In our industry, there are many ways to give back to your community. Many times we want to become involved in our communities, but are unsure where to turn or which organization we should support. Your heart can steer you to help a special group in need. Groups needing help include single parents, children, animals, the homeless, abused women, the less fortunate or the elderly. Some online resources that can help you find a local charity are Volunteer Match and Charity Navigator. In our business we can offer a gift of fitness and health that is great for helping charities raise money. People love fitness, especially Pilates, and would love to give to a charity and get fitness in return. We also have passionate people in... Continue ...

Posted on June 25, 2008 By

10 Minute Solutions with Pilates on the Ball

10 Minute Solutions with Pilates on the Ball

Lara Hudson is great in the 10 Minute Solution: Pilates on the Ball DVD. She speaks clearly, gives great cues and has great form. Her instruction is easy to watch and enjoyable to do. The 55 minute DVD is great for Pilates instructors and enthusiasts. I enjoyed doing the DVD with Lara and came away with many new ideas for myself and my clients. There are five 10 minute routines that you can do alone or link together: (1) Pilates for Abs (2) Lower Body Pilates (3) Upper Body Pilates (4) Total Body Pilates (5) Pilates for Flexibility. Each 10 minute routine has 7-10 unique exercises with the ball that are based on the original Pilates method. I thought of many people who would enjoy this routine. If you don’t... Continue ...

Posted on June 17, 2008 By

Interview with Joan Breibart

Interview with Joan Breibart

Through the magic of technology and teleconferencing I had the pleasure of sitting down recently with Joan Breibart, president and co-founder of the PhysicalMind Institute. We had met a few weeks earlier for the first time when she came to a Pilates Mat class I teach at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, FL. That was sort of intimidating—the president of the organization I had certified with showed up, unexpectedly, in my class. Although she didn’t say it when she came in, I knew who she was within a few minutes. As you might imagine I was a bit nervous! Joan was in Orlando for some R&R and to visit her friend and Diet Directives business associate, Meredith Luce. After class I introduced myself and we had a... Continue ...

Posted on June 10, 2008 By

Upcoming Interview and New Pilates Exercise Video

Upcoming Interview and New Pilates Exercise Video

Well the dog days of summer are setting in, especially in Central Florida where it feels like it’s a 110º in the shade. Summer officially starts on the 21st of June but it seems like we’re already deep into the heat. Kids are finishing out their year of school and many parents are in a quandary about how to keep them busy! How many days until school starts?! Summer brings about thoughts of vacations, maybe taking a trip to the beach or hanging out by the pool. Or, possibly visiting another town or country is in the near future. Whatever your summer plans hold for you, be sure to keep checking in with us for upcoming feature stories. We have an interesting interview with Joan Briebart of The PhysicalMind Institute who... Continue ...

Posted on June 5, 2008 By

Pilates Lateral Flexion Side Leg Exercise Video

Pilates Lateral Flexion Side Leg Exercise Video

This video illustrates the Lateral Flexion exercise of the Side Leg Series. It is obviously a great exercise for lateral flexion and balance. The Lateral Flexion exercise targets the transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis, obliques, quadratus lumborum, adductors and abductors. Focus on maintaining the engagement of the abdominals and transversus abdominis. Avoid sinking into the floor on your supporting side. Keep inner thighs connected and reach long out of the feet and head. Stabilize the scapulae to avoid tension in your trapezius. To modify the exercise, keep the upper body on the floor and just lift the legs. You can also add a ring or small ball between the lower legs to add resistance and help maintain the inner... Continue ...

Posted on June 4, 2008 By