Leaders In Fitness

Dear Students…A Letter From Your Fitness Instructors

In my years of experience as an instructor, Pilates studio owner, and fitness studio consultant, I have seen and heard it all when it comes to students. And I know my fellow fitness professionals have too! We are blessed to work with dozens if not hundreds of students from all walks of life who come to us with inspiring energy and dedication. Yet I see many of them are still a little misguided about a few things when it comes to fitness. So here is what I think we could say to help:

How I Discovered Pilates

“How did I discover Pilates?” My clients often ask me this question. I took my first Pilates class on a dare when I was 17. I had a friend who was in the Miami ballet company, and he was in great shape. He dared me and I said, “Okay, I’ll try it.”

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Before we get to the myths, a quick word about me. The reason I’m called “The Rogue Nutritionist” is that I’m the one in the crowd pointing an unimpressed finger at boneheaded notions about nutrition, weight loss, diet and health. So as you might imagine, myth-busting is one of my favorite activities. In this column, I’ve chosen 10 of my favorite doozies. Some are new; some are old but still around despite being past their expiration dates; and some are enjoying an undeserved resurrection from the graveyard of bad ideas.

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My clients are always looking for ways to get a more toned, uplifted butt. Women in particular are prone to gaining weight in their hips and thighs and need to work extra hard to develop musculature in that area. Another challenge is the gravitational downward pull that happens to us all!

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10 Signs You’re Obsessed with Pilates Classes

1) Your Pilates toe-socks have their own drawer.

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A Pilates Approach To Posture And Alignment

Assessing clients’ posture or alignment can sometimes be overwhelming for both novice and experienced Pilates instructors. Even with all our knowledge of anatomy, kinesiology, movement and injuries, it can be hard to know where to start. The best place to begin is from a global, rather than a local, perspective; alignment anomalies translate into a bigger picture of how people move and what they feel in their bodies.

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Building A Better Bio

Whenever potential clients evaluate new studios or teachers, instructor bios are valuable tools they use to make decisions. In choosing their first class or private session, many potential clients consider which instructor(s) they want to work with based on their bios.

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Are Men Afraid Of Pilates?

Most men love sports, which requires strength, flexibility, stability and balance—so why aren’t more men flocking to Pilates studios? It’s been 17 years since I begin teaching Pilates and 10 years since I opened my own studio, and during that time only one thing’s been missing: men. I’ve taught Pilates to men, including a few professional athletes, however, I think many studio owners will agree that women vastly outnumber men as clients.

5 Hidden Benefits Of Exercise 

With more than a third of Americans classified as obese, everyone from first lady Michelle Obama to TV news anchor Katie Couric is advocating exercise to maintain a healthy weight.

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Build your Bones and a Better Future

Many of us in the under-50 age range think about bone health as a concern for our grandmothers or our mothers, but rarely for ourselves. I did too, until I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in my late 20s.