Pilates during Cancer Treatment

Pilates during Cancer Treatment

Pilates is a low-impact physical fitness system that consists of a series of exercises that develop the body’s strength, flexibility, and control. Pilates exercises can be easily modified to suit practitioners’ limitations and abilities. It makes sense, then, that Pilates can be used as an important part of maintaining wellness for those currently undergoing cancer treatments, or those in recovery from cancer. By isolating different muscle groups, Pilates exercises develop strength in the body’s “core” muscles in the abdomen and back, and increase overall flexibility and coordination. Pilates exercises can be done with no equipment but a mat, moving just the body in a series of movements with focused... Continue ...

SUPilates: Pilates on the Water

SUPilates: Pilates on the Water

Wouldn’t it be amazing to experience and enjoy the best of both worlds: the strength and grace of Pilates, with the tranquility of the ocean? Believe it or not, you now can! Pilates Instructors across the country are taking Pilates to the water in their nearest ocean, lake, or river on Stand Up Paddleboards. These boards (also called SUPs) are the latest fitness sensation and fastest growing water-sport across the globe. SUPs appear to be large surfboards, and are propelled by a standing paddler who uses an extra-long canoe paddle. Stand Up Paddling originated in Hawaii, which mixes the traditional Polynesian outrigger canoe paddling with surfing. The result of this wonderful combination is a new sport that is easy for... Continue ...

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

There is much to be thankful for this year and I can’t believe we are full swing into the Holidays again! With all of the stress and uncertainty over the last few years, our greatest blessing is our health. You can give the gift of health in so many ways to all of the special people in your life this year with some of the following ideas: The best gift is the actual gift of Pilates…a Gift Certificate or package of sessions. Find your local Pilates Studio and give what everyone would enjoy and definitely benefit from! Water Bottles from Gaiam $3.99 and up Gaiam carries a wide selection of stainless steel and aluminum water bottles to help you hydrate responsibly. Each aluminum or steel water bottle can keep thousands... Continue ...

Bootcamp Pilates for your Pilates Studio

Bootcamp Pilates for your Pilates Studio

Since Pilates was first introduced almost 100 years ago, different styles of this intriguing system of exercise have emerged. One of the most recent and controversial styles is Bootcamp Pilates. Frowned upon by many Pilates purists, Bootcamp Pilates may be seen as the anti-Pilates or as Peter Fiasca’s puts it, “…a mutation of Pilates”. Nevertheless, should Pilates studios consider offering Bootcamp Pilates as a programming option? What is Bootcamp Pilates? The word Bootcamp gives the impression of military style fitness training with a drill sergeant type instructor barking orders while participants sweat out 1 or 2 more repetitions before collapsing on the floor. Bootcamp Pilates is similar. However, instead of wearing... Continue ...

Pilates in Costa Rica

Pilates in Costa Rica

It wasn’t but a couple weeks after the Pilates Roundtable in West Palm Beach, that I booked a flight for Costa Rica. The three week trip was part of my plan to decompress and take some time off for the summer. I enrolled myself in a Surf, Photography and Spanish program through School of the World in Jaco (one of the more popular beaches located in Central Pacific Coast). There I planned on brushing up on my picture taking skills, learning to surf and perfecting my Spanish accent. I checked one bag on the plane and boarded feeling a sense of wonderful learning opportunities in the horizon. I arrived 4 days early prior to my “lessons” starting as a way to scope out the scene. That’s when I took a day trip to the nearby... Continue ...

Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Gift Guide

It is that time of year again and we have the details on great Pilates gift ideas for the holidays. This year is a great time to give the gift that will last a lifetime…the gift of Pilates. There are options for everyone on your list. Toe Sox has fun Holiday Yoga/Pilates Sox with Grips that come in Red and White stripes. These would bring holiday cheer to your Studio! $15 STOTT PILATES® DVD Two-Packs Exclusive to STOTT PILATES, these DVD Two-Packs make the perfect gift for any Pilates enthusiast – whether beginner, advanced or somewhere in between. Titles include Pilates for Golf, Walking for Your Heart, Strong & Healthy Back, Pilates-Infused™ Yoga, Prenatal Pilates and Pilates on the Stability Ball™. $19.99 STOTT... Continue ...

Bridging the Gap between Pilates and Fitness

Bridging the Gap between Pilates and Fitness

June Kahn is one of the pioneers of the fitness industry. She began working in fitness when it first took off in the late 1970s, early 80s. She also is a trained dancer and Pilates instructor (PhysicalMind Institute) and has been instrumental in bridging the gap between fitness and Pilates. Kahn has seen the evolution of the fitness industry from the inside. As a Master Trainer for Reebok University, June saw the changes occur from floor aerobics to Step aerobics (with hand weights no less—anyone remember Heavy Hands?), to Spinning, to Kickboxing to Functional training and then the shift to Core training. Quite a metamorphosis the industry has undergone! It wasn’t until Functional and Core training came into focus that... Continue ...

Pilates Roundtable Conference Report Card

Pilates Roundtable Conference Report Card

It’s not often you get to have your very own Pilates fantasy.  If you could dream of an ideal Pilates Conference setup, I’m guessing a few of these ingredients would be part of the mix: An intimate setting with you, the master teacher trainer and five of your friends, throw in palm trees, free shuttles to fun nightlife, amazing restaurants and essential shopping, add a dash of non-stop educational opportunities with a combo of workout classes, lectures, open-minded ideas of the “ideal” and approaches to teaching.  Of course, you still have to deal with the freezing indoor AC in the meeting rooms as your brain intently attempts to savor every word that comes out of the presenter’s mouth. But what else would there... Continue ...

The Dynamic Duo

The Dynamic Duo

Delightful, dynamic and dedicated are some adjectives that describe twin sisters Katherine and Kimberly Corp, the owners and operators of Pilates on Fifth, a very successful Pilates studio in the heart of New York City. I had the opportunity to speak with them in April and found them to also be forthcoming, entrepreneurial and fun. There don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to accomplish all that the Corp sisters manage. Not only do they own their studio, a nearly 6,000 square foot facility, they also train clients, are educators of Pilates instructors and they also own an internet driven company called Ultimate Pilates Workouts, a membership site where one can gain access to a multitude of Pilates workouts. And there... Continue ...

Exciting New Pilates Conference in Florida

Exciting New Pilates Conference in Florida

The 1st Annual Pilates Round Table Conference will be held in West Palm Beach, Florida, June 5-7, 2009.  This is exciting news for the Pilates community to have a new and fresh conference on the scene.  You will find amazing education from some of Pilates’ very best, including some of Joseph’s very own students! Presenters include Lolita San Miguel, Julian Littleford, Rebecca Leone, Michele Larsson, Michael Collins, Kevin Bowen, Brent Anderson, Kristi Cooper White, and Matthew Comer.   Topics include: Lolita shares her Cadillac Working with the Shoulder Girdle Basics of proper hip flexion Pilates and Scoliosis Concentration and Breath: The framework of the Pilates System Group Reformer Class for All Pilates for Chronic... Continue ...

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