Pilates Class While Pregnant

Here is our go-to guide for Pilates at our studio while pregnant. This post is a little longer than our normal posts, and we hope it’s helpful to expecting moms. First, there is not a one size fits all approach to Pilates while pregnant. We’d love to tell you that there are 5 rules to follow and that you’d be all set if you did that, but it’s not true. Every woman and every pregnancy is different. Some women feel great the whole time and can pretty much do anything, others just don’t. You have to pay attention to your body and plan your workouts based on that. Next, Pilates classes during pregnancy are great, but they are not for everyone. Classes are just that – classes. The instructor isn’t going to stop for you and she can’t offer a modification for every exercise. Some clients will feel better and more confident in private training during their pregnancies. Clients will any pregnancy related complications should almost certainly take private training. As a reminder, our classes are designed to be Pilates fitness classes. Also, clients who have been with us for a while or who know Pilates tend to do just fine in class when they are expecting. They know they exercises, how they feel and what they need to change. It can be more difficult for clients who are new to our studio to take class. Finally, pregnant clients will need to make their own modifications during class. We often recommend clients take a private or two so that they can learn what the modifications are for given exercises....

Kids and Teens and Pilates

Sometimes we are asked – is there an age limit for your Pilates classes or when can my son/daughter start taking Pilates. Like many situations, it depends. 😀 For classes, we do have a minimum age requirement of 14. Athletic teens generally do well in class once they are past the age of 14. Very occasionally, we allow someone younger in class. That is ok when a parent is also attending and when that younger client has experience from private training. For kids under 14, private training is recommended. For younger children especially, private training is a must. Kids under 12 often don’t even fit on the machine – we need to modify all of the machine settings and add extra blocks so their feet reach the...

Finding Time for Yourself and Workouts – tips from desk manager

One of the most challenging things is to find time to take for yourself and your workouts. After a long day at work most people don’t even want to think about going to the gym, going to a workout class, or even taking the time at home to workout, stretch or take time for themselves. One of the most life changing things I could have done was find time in my day for a workout, stretch or meditation. Even if it is just a quick 30-minute walk, I have noticed a huge change in my attitude and daily outlook. When I take time out of my day to better myself and do a something for myself I feel exceptionally better in many ways. I am drawn to make healthier choices, I sleep better, I’m happier from getting those endorphins going and my joints and muscles are definitely thanking me! I think as a society we get lost in our daily routines and forget how important finding time to better ourselves and self-care is. Remember how much you matter and how important you are and find time in your day to feel, think and be...

Getting Back Into Pilates

Sometimes life gets in the way of working out. When that happens, it can be challenging to work Pilates classes back into your routine. We have some suggestions to make this process easier. First, when you’re away from the studio, try to not be away from Pilates. You don’t need a reformer to keep up with your practice. You can easily do some roll ups or bridges at home. Even a simple exercises can help your muscle memory. Next, when you do return to class, start with a Level One or a Fusion. Let your muscles and your mind get back in the hang of the exercises. We always suggest taking a day break after your first class back so your muscles can recover. Finally, once you’re back, set yourself a goal for how often you can realistically commit to attending class. Pick something that is realistic for you and then make it happen. If your time away was due to a surgery or injury, it can be helpful to a private session before resuming classes. You might need to make some modifications and we can help you with that in private...

Tips to Keep Your Workouts Up While on Vacation

So you have a vacation coming up. You’ve been working out extra hard to get ready (yay!) and you want to keep fit while away. You also don’t want to spend your vacation squeezing in your workouts. Here are some simple tips from our trainers about keeping fit while away. Walking! Bring your sneakers and find time in your schedule for a brisk walk. You can see new things and get the heart pumping. Pool workout – even for a non-swimmers: If your hotel has a pool, you can walk/run laps in the pool. To mix it up, walk some laps forward, some backwards, and some sideways. If you keep your past brisk, you’ll fire up your legs and get some cardio. Bring you hat! Hotel gym workout – if your hotel has a gym, even a small one, we love a cardio/strength workout for about 45 minutes. First walk on the treadmill for 15 minutes. Use a significant incline. Then, start doing a circuit – 10 lunges each leg, 10 push ups, 10 squats. In between circuits, walk 2-3 minutes on the treadmill. And, of course, check out your vacation area for Pilates classes!...

Increase results by adding Pilates to your weekly workout routine

Many people find that a typical Pilates group session or private lesson is not the ideal workout for their needs. Of course! For someone who is trying to build big muscles by lifting weights, increase their endurance by long distance running or interval training, or who just loves the way a 90 minute hot yoga class makes them feel, replacing their favorite routine with a Pilates lesson may not make sense. But adding a weekly Pilates session to the mix will have a strong, positive impact on the quality and results of your other workouts. By consciously practicing correct joint placement, Pilates students are at less risk of injury when they go into a more extreme situation, such as a competition or marathon. In all of our classes, we learn to operate our limbs from our core body, our Pilates Powerhouse. This deliberate focus of moving the arms and legs from the core body reverberates through all of our movements, be it in sports, or just daily life. If you or someone you know is reluctant to make Pilates a priority, give it a month! A weekly class will start to make a difference...