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August 3, 2018

How often do you think about your flexibility?  Do you have a consistent stretching routine? If not, devote more time to your body’s flexibility.  Flexibility and mobility are as essential to your body’s health as strength.  

 

Stretching is the one thing most of us skip as we run out of time, energy or motivation. People don’t always recognize the necessity of stretching or realize its benefits immediately so it is easy to spend your time on other endeavors.  Click here to read more!



February 1, 2018

The Bodhi Suspension System® is a dynamic, whole-body suspension system that challenges core strength, balance, flexibility and proprioception.  We offer specific Pilates Suspension Training classes on the Bodhi Suspension System® because it is the perfect complement to your Pilates and personal training practice.  The suspension system offers four potential points of suspension to maximize stability training.  The cutting edge four- point suspension offers endless possibilities to improve your balance, increase proprioception and develop whole body strength.  Click here to read more!

 



December 1, 2017

The weather in Colorado is getting colder, and it is the perfect time to try something new.  Try a Pilates class to find out why so many people rave about its benefits.  Pilates is a refreshing mind-body workout that develops a strong core, improves flexibility, creates an evenly conditioned body, improves sports performance and prevents injuries.  

Why do we love Pilates?  Pilates exercises are widely known to tone your body and improve your core strength.  These aesthetic benefits are rewarding, but Pilates is also largely beneficial for your health.  Pilates involves a series of movements and positions that help to improve your strength, flexibility and coordination.  Pilates exercises focus on your abdominal, pelvic floor and back muscles, which are all vital to good posture, balance and strength.  Click here to read more!



October 1, 2017

Try Pilates to stay fit, healthy and relaxed during your pregnancy.    Pilates exercises and classes are an exceptional tool for prenatal and postnatal care.  Pilates offer numerous benefits for expecting mothers. The main benefit to prenatal Pilates is its ability to increase your core strength.  The body’s core is a combination of the abdominals, pelvic floor and spinal muscles.  Pilates involves a series of movements and positions that help to improve your strength, flexibility and coordination.  Pilates exercises focus on your abdominal, pelvic floor and back muscles, which are all vital to good posture, balance and strength. These muscles are also very important when it comes to childbirth. 

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August 29, 2017

Ski season is quickly approaching.   Pilates exercises and classes are an outstanding cross training tool to prepare you for the upcoming season whether you are a skier or snowboarder.  Pilates is an excellent way to keep skiers fit and prevents injuries during the season.  Pilates can improve the strength and stabilization of your core as well as increase your endurance and stamina, which can improve the quality and efficiency of your skiing.  By practicing Pilates, you can develop a strong core, improved balance, and agility, all of which will also reduce impact on your back, hips, and knees.  As a result, you become more efficient in your skiing, and you reduce wear and tear on your joints.  Click here to read more!



August 15, 2017

Did you know that Pilates exercises can be beneficial for those who suffer from osteoporosis? In fact, the many benefits of Pilates are worth considering if you are one of the many people who are affected by this serious health condition.

 

Osteoporosis is an epidemic in the United States today.  The National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) declares that 54 million U.S. adults age 50 and older are affected by osteoporosis and low bone mass.   In fact, according to the NOF, one in every 2 women and 1 in every 4 men aged 50 or older will suffer an osteoporosis-related hip, spine or wrist fracture during their lives.  Bones low in density can lead to fractures, particularly in the spine, hip and wrist.  You can affect the health of your bones and improve your bone density.  Click here to read more!



In our group Pilates classes and private Pilates sessions, we often discuss the importance of proper nutrition.  We all know good nutrition and a balanced diet are important components to your overall health. But did you know that diet, nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight also play a major role in preventing back and joint pain?

According to Every Day Health’s Back Pain Management Guide, one cause of back and joint pain is inflammation.  Inflammation is often a factor that exacerbates back and joint pain.  Many foods have been shown to reduce inflammation, while others are known to increase it.  Click here to read more!    



Many people don’t exercise their stabilizing muscles and end up with injuries because of an imbalance with their muscle groups or dysfunction of their joints.  If you have too much movement in the body, without stabilization, you can cause the back or joints to weaken and have poor biomechanics.  Wear and tear to your body, and its joints, is reduced if your stabilizing muscles are strong.  Maintaining muscle control of your stabilizers also makes the body more efficient, coordinated, and balanced, which are also critical aspects of fitness.  But what are your stabilizing muscles and how can they be strengthened?  Click here to read more!



Men and women of all ages and fitness levels can benefit from the practice of Pilates.

 

“Pilates develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong posture, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit.”

-Joseph Pilates, founder of the Pilates method

 

Pilates improves core strength and stability and creates alignment through muscular development and correction. The versatility of the Pilates Reformer facilitates the core-building benefits of Pilates through a resistance spring and pulley system. There are numerous benefits to practicing Pilates on the reformer, but this post will focus specifically on its versatility.  Click Here To Read More!



When looking for a new gym, we often consider proximity and hours of operation. Pilates is a unique form of fitness with specific focus on your mind controlling your intrinsic muscles.When you are looking for a Pilates studio, consider more than just the studio’s location and when it offers classes. Convenience is obviously an important consideration, but you’ll want to consider other factors as well to make sure you avoid injury and maximize the benefits Pilates can offer.

When you choose a Pilates studio or instructor, you’ll want to ensure that each instructor working at the studio has comprehensive training and a broad knowledge regarding the body.  Click Here To Read More!



Pilates is a form of exercise that continues to receive much attention. Pilates has been the go-to regimen for anyone interested in working on strength, flexibility, and of course, core strength -- and for good reason, Pilates helps you physically and mentally. Not only does this type of training develop balance, strength, flexibility and coordination, it also creates alignment through muscular development and correction. Pilates exercises can also reduce stress, help with focus and relaxation, and increase lung capacity and circulation. This type of physical fitness training focuses on specific mind and muscle training coupled with an emphasis on breathing, awareness of the spine, and deep torso muscle control.  Click here to read more!



April 20, 2017

How Pilates Can Improve your Golf Game

Over the last several years, more professional athletes have added Pilates exercises to their cross training, both on and off season.  Professional football, basketball and baseball players integrate Pilates into their training, and so have other athletes who engage in asymmetrical focused sports.  Examples include Andy Murray (professional tennis player), Kerry Walsh (Olympic Volleyball Gold Medalist), Tiger Woods (professional golfer) and Annika Sorenstam (professional golfer) – who regularly use Pilates as an essential training tool to keep the body in balance and improve their performance.  Click here to read more!



March 25, 2017

Is it possible to run without pain?  This is a question I contemplated years ago when deciding whether I should hang up my running shoes.  In my experience, people run because they find it is an effective way to burn calories or because they simply love to run.  The later group is comprised of individuals that, in my experience, will never give up running unless absolutely necessary.  So the question becomes...Click here to read more!   



March 1, 2017

Breathing is one of the fundamental principles of Pilates.  As Joseph Pilates stated: “before any real benefit can be derived from physical exercises, one must first learn how to breathe properly.”  Joseph Pilates implores everyone to master the art of correct breathing as breathing is the first and last act of life and “our very life depends on it.”   

Breathing is critical for obvious reasons, but it is also instrumental in certain aspects...Click here to read more!  



February 25, 2017

This is the time of year when we all reflect on changes that we want to make in our life.  Some changes regarding physical fitness can seem overwhelming, but it is important not to get paralyzed by the end goal and instead, focus on the small changes that increase your daily activity.  As Joseph Pilates stated, “Change happens through movement and movement heals.”

 

Whether you work at an office or at home, take regular breaks during the day to...

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February 1, 2017

Everyone has read at least one article regarding the benefits of a healthy spine.  A healthy spine has become a popular topic for good reason.  Research has shown that 80 percent of the active American population suffers from low back pain at some point in their life. 

 

It is obvious to most people that back health is important, but why does it matter?  A healthy spine reduces pain, but it can also increase your immune system and improve your critical thinking and quality of sleep.  A healthy spine...

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