On the Run with Sara Kooperman

On the Run with Sara Kooperman

With a lady this unique, I should have known this would be no ordinary interview! In order to squeeze in all that she had to do one April day, she literally granted me an interview while taking her afternoon run. She was in Virginia, but I was half way around the world. She was on her cell phone and I was figuratively racing along! This was, after all, a business trip for her. I was happy to oblige her need to multi-task! For those of you who don’t know Sara Kooperman, she is the “Sara” of Sara’s City Workout now known as SCW Fitness Education. She founded the organization nearly 30 years ago in a small studio in Chicago. Today, SCW Fitness Education provides education and training to fitness instructors... Continue ...

Posted on September 29, 2008 By

Going Loco Over Google Local

Going Loco Over Google Local

If you are a small business owner you must list your business with Google Local. Period. Google Local is an insanely easy way to promote your business to the people in your area and it’s FREE! If you are a local business owner, most of your potential business comes from local customers in your area. Local customers are already searching for the products and services you offer on the Web using a search engine like Google. Why take the time to rifle through a phone book when it’s much easier to use Google. Also, the number of people using the Web to find products and services in their area has been increasing exponentially every year. This fact alone makes it imperative that your business is listed with Google Local. What... Continue ...

Posted on September 23, 2008 By

Pilatesstick

Pilatesstick

I first saw the Pilatesstick® in action at the Pilates Style Magazine’s 2007 conference in Ft. Lauderdale. This was the first conference that Charles Blount (inventor of the Pilates Stick) attended with the ‘Stick’, and he hoped it would prove to be a successful product launch. I’m not sure how many orders were placed for Pilatessticks that weekend, but Charles sold every ‘Stick’ he brought with him and took orders for many more, if the lines at his booth were any indication. It was actually one of my teachers who dragged me over to the Pilatesstick expo booth to try it out. She was trying to explain to me what it was on the way there, telling me that I could do most of the Cadillac work on it…... Continue ...

Posted on September 16, 2008 By

Swan with Foam Roller Exercise

Swan with Foam Roller Exercise

This video illustrates the Swan on the Foam Roller exercise. This is a great exercise for extension. Form is extremely important on this exercise. Swan on the Foam Roller targets the back extensors, transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis, obliques, and the scapula stabilizers. Focus on maintaining cervical and thoracic alignment. Stabilize the scapulae throughout the movement and avoid sinking into the shoulders. Maintain abdominal engagement throughout the exercise to support the lumbar spine and prevent the lumbar from overextending. To modify this exercise, lift the upper body only as far as abdominal support can be maintained. As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting... Continue ...

Posted on September 15, 2008 By

Postnatal health with Pilates

Postnatal health with Pilates

After having a baby, mommies are consumed with overwhelming emotions, thoughts, baby duties, fatigue and as always, trying to find time for mommy. We all know we are better mothers if we take time to exercise and take care of our health. It seems impossible at times, but small things make a world of difference. As a working mother of a 3 year old, I know it is difficult, but balance is important. When I take time to exercise, eat healthy and find extra sleep, my world is unbelievably different than when I don’t. When I say Postnatal Pilates, I am talking to all mothers. Many of these tips are important for those of us with new babies, but much of this applies to mothers with big boys and girls as well. Before beginning... Continue ...

Posted on September 9, 2008 By

Pilates and Pregnancy in the News

Pilates and Pregnancy in the News

We have had several clients become pregnant recently and want to continue their Pilates program throughout their pregnancy… of course! I have worked with many prenatal clients and I still research and refresh my memory for Pilates and pregnancy. It is such a special time and there are many factors that are extremely important when exercising. There is a great article in the October 2008 issue of Pilates Style magazine, by their Senior Editor Deirdre Shevlin Bell who delivered a baby girl in June. It is very thorough article with great information, so be sure to check it out. On the flip side, I have been surrounded by many postnatal clients and friends as well this year, which prompted me to write Postnatal Pilates... Continue ...

Posted on September 5, 2008 By

Pilates Spine Stretch Forward Exercise Video

Pilates Spine Stretch Forward Exercise Video

This video illustrates the Spine Stretch Forward exercise. This exercise is very good for articulation of the spine. Spine Stretch Forward targets the transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis and obliques to flex forward, and the erector spinae to extend the spine as you return to a long, neutral spine. Focus on articulating the spine and keeping the transversus abdominis engaged throughout the exercise. Keep the chin away from the chest and keep the pelvis vertical. You want to feel as if you are rounding over a ball, not lying over your legs. Modifications include sitting on a pad to release tightness in hamstrings, low back or hip flexors. Sit against a wall to better feel the articulation as you peel off the wall... Continue ...

Posted on September 2, 2008 By