The New Pilates ARC from Balanced Body aka “The Abdominal Killer Machine”

The New Pilates ARC from Balanced Body aka “The Abdominal Killer Machine”

At first sight this new toy looks like a high density foam roller that has some nice curves. After taking a class with Nora St John, Program Director for Balanced Body University at the most recent Pilates on Tour in Minneapolis, I love this thing! First of all it is so light (3.75 lbs.) you can pick it up with one hand. That feature is very different from my beautiful wood and upholstered and very heavy spine corrector that resides under my trap table. The price is nice too; $159 for the Pilates ARC vs. $310 for the heavier version. The asymmetrical design with a gentle curve on one side and a steeper curve on the other makes it more comfortable for different body types. The step is detachable therefore making spine extension... Continue ...

Posted on November 26, 2008 By

Circular Pilates by Joan Breibart

Circular Pilates by Joan Breibart

Perhaps because the Pilates Method encompasses so much material and is ancient relative to traditional fitness, some individuals feel that nothing in the Method needs to change. Maybe that’s why we framed Standing Pilates® as “What Joe would have done if he were alive,” when we launched a few years ago. When Joe was teaching, osteoporosis was not epidemic; today weight bearing exercise is critical. Standing is a natural evolution of the Pilates mat work but now we have gone even further with the development of Circular Pilates. What is Circular Pilates? Circular Pilates teaches a continuous 25-minute routine of moving through rotational exercises in sitting, kneeling, supine, prone and standing configurations.... Continue ...

Posted on November 18, 2008 By

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the season to be healthy and fit! Give the gift of Pilates to your clients, coworkers, employees, family and friends! There are many options to choose from and everyone can benefit. Before you head to the mall, add Pilates to your Christmas list. Below are Pilates gifts for everyone’s price range of under $100. Check out some of the items we found when we asked around. STOTT PILATES® Toning Ball The Toning Ball can be easily adapted into anyone’s mat routine for added resistance, proprioceptive feedback and awareness of shoulder girdle stability. They range in weight from 1lb-3lb. Great for anyone on your list.  $10.95-$12.95 each Stability Ball Challenge DVD This is an advanced DVD challenging upper... Continue ...

Posted on November 13, 2008 By

Starting a New Business? Try Creating a Partnership Program

Starting a New Business?  Try Creating a Partnership Program

Starting your own business can be daunting. The time demands, planning, strategizing and worrying about cash flow are all part of the “Start Up” process. In today’s real estate market, many small business owners are surprised at how expensive retail, medical, or office space can be. An alternate option to high rents is to develop a partnership program within an existing facility, like a gym or wellness studio, a chiropractor or physical therapy office. There are many upsides to choosing this route over the traditional model of office/ retail space with a long term lease and added expenses. To find the perfect space for your partnership program, it’s good to develop relationships with existing gyms and wellness facilities.... Continue ...

Posted on November 10, 2008 By

Leg Pull Front Pilates Exercise Video

Leg Pull Front Pilates Exercise Video

This video illustrates the Leg Pull Front Pilates exercise. This is a great exercise for scapular and hip stabilization. It is an intense exercise that is good for athletes or your advanced client. Leg Pull Front targets the transversus abdominis, rectus abdominis, obliques to prevent rotation, hip extensors, pectorals and the scapula stabilizers. Focus on keeping the pelvis still, and avoid rotating, sinking or lifting the hips. Stay wide across the shoulders and work to stabilize the scapulae, keeping tension out of the neck and shoulders. Keep the cervical spine neutral, without extending or dropping the head. Modifications include starting with the Leg Pull Front prep, with both knees on the floor. Lift both knees... Continue ...

Posted on November 6, 2008 By