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It’s Teacher Training Time!

06.15.14 Posted in Uncategorized by

I’m very excited to report that I will be attending a 7 day intensive teacher training this week in St. Petersburg, Florida with the colorful and brilliant Rebecca Leone. That of course means that I will be unavailable for classes/private sessions. Please join me back in the studio at 898 East High Street for classically […]

How to Perform Pilates Toe Taps

11.07.13 Posted in Pilates by

Lie on your back, head down, arms by your side, and legs at tabletop position (90 degree angles at hip and knee). Maintain the 90 degree angle at the knee as you lower one foot toward the floor and back up. Alternate legs inhaling as you reach away and exhaling as the leg returns. For […]

How to: Pilates One Leg Circles

10.01.13 Posted in Pilates by

Begin lying on your back with one leg reaching toward the ceiling and the other extended on the floor (or foot on floor with knee bent and pointing to ceiling). Inhale to prepare and exhale to draw a small circle on the ceiling with your foot. If straightening the knee is difficult, bend and stir […]

An Animated History of Pilates

09.12.13 Posted in Pilates by

This videos shows an animated history of the remarkable life of Joseph Pilates, creator of the Pilates Technique. The video was made possible by the generous support of http://www.taubepilates.com. It was produced by Infobytes.tv. You can find their YouTube channel here.

How to Perform a Proper Plank

09.12.13 Posted in General Fitness, Pilates by

Alignment is essential for a safe and effective plank. Begin on your hands and knees with your hands directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. Straighten one leg and tuck the toes under for support. Draw your abdominals in and up to stabilize your back, then sneak that other leg out […]

How to: Pilates 100

09.02.13 Posted in Pilates by

The Hundred is a dynamic warm-up exercise performed near the beginning of most every pilates workout. It’s purpose is to oxygenate and warm the body. The goal is coordinate your breath with strong, graceful movement. It is challenging, but easy to modify. Tips: 1) Begin lying on your back, legs up and bent, arms toward […]

Groupon now available for Pilates

07.22.13 Posted in Pilates by

Did you hear? I have a Groupon going on right now for morning pilates classes. Space is limited, so go snatch yours up before they are gone. http://www.groupon.com/deals/lexington-pilates

Work smarter, not harder

07.16.13 Posted in General Fitness, Pilates by

” A few well designed movements properly performed in a balance sequence are worth hours of sloppy calisthenics or forced contortions” –Joseph H. Pilates

How to Breathe Properly during Pilates

07.11.13 Posted in General Fitness, Pilates by

Joseph Pilates said “Above all, learn how to breathe correctly.” The pilates breath energizes the body, calms the mind, reduces stress, and brings a natural rhythm to pilates exercises. Begin your pilates session with a deep breath in, filling your ribcage with air all the way to the very base of your lungs. Follow that […]

Is your pilates teacher is the real deal?

04.08.13 Posted in Pilates by

Is your class taught by a “real” pilates teacher? Unfortunately anyone can call themselves a pilates teacher. The standards are set by the facility offering the class. Many group fitness teachers teach pilates after attending a weekend workshop, being trained by another teacher, or even copying the exercises from a DVD. A pilates teacher should […]