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By Nicole Rogers
Many studios use small balls for myriad reasons. So when I first saw a coworker using the TRIADBALL™, I thought, “Oh, what a nice sturdy ball!” I had no idea how much I would come to love this little purple ball specifically. And now, its creators—Michael Fritzke and Ton Voogt, Pilates teachers who were trainers for Romana Kryzanowska for over a decade—have released a new 180-page Triadball Manual to help trainers incorporate it into their sessions.
Happy Friday, everyone. We’ve found a few Pilates Internet goodies lately we wanted to share.
Joseph Pilates for Everyone!
Thanks to Paul of Vertex Physical Therapy in Los Angeles, a few more Joseph Pilates video clips have made their way on to YouTube. They are extremely fun to watch, especially this one of Joe teaching a beginning student Reformer exercises, which also shows his progress 6 months later. (I just wish they had audio!) You can view more Pilates videos on our new Pilates-Pro.com YouTube channel. (If you’d like us to feature your video on our channel, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Balanced Body recently launched new free podcasts, available in a variety of formats, featuring some top Pilates experts such as Brent Anderson, PhD, Dawn-Marie Ickes and Christine Romani-Ruby. They plan to release new podcasts each week in four categories: Instructor, Rehabilitation, Enthusiast and Elizabeth’s Corner (from Elizabeth Larkam).
This online freebie is a hidden gem. On Madeline Black’s blog, you’ll find a three-part intereview with the Sonoma, CA, instructor in which she talks about how she found Pilates as a young dancer and talks about Pilates and feet and her new workshop, Sole to Spine. (Also see her article Pilates for Feet for more!)
Happy Earth Day! Have a great, green day and enjoy these Earth Day specials. If you know of others, leave them in the comments.
Peak Pilates: Purchase over $2,000 in merchandise today and get 5 tons of CO2 offsets to help reduce your carbon footprint. Also, receive 15% off Peak’s Studio Equipment line until May 8. (I couldn’t find the offer on their Web site, but received an email about it.) peakpilates.com
Omala: Receive 20% off all bamboo products through April 30 from this fitness clothing company. Use the code BeEARTHY at omala.com or shop at their Brooklyn boutique.
Lucy: Bring in your “well-loved” workout pants to any Lucy store. They will donate them to a local charity and you’ll get $10 off any regular Lucy bottom.
Asana Activewear: Bring in old fitness wear to this Charlotte, NC, activewear store and get $10 off for every pair of pants and $5 off for every top donated. Items will be donated to a local charity. asanaactivewear.com
Gaiam: Shop from Gaiam’s 25 greenest products list. Get 20% off these eight items with the code EDEMC.
Also, check out this list of 10 ways to green your studio, from the Bay Area Pilates Collective.
Going Green in the Studio
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with EB Brands, of Yonkers, New York, announced a voluntary recall of about 3 million fitness balls sold under the Bally Total Fitness, Everlast, Valeo and Body Fit brands. The balls, if overinflated, can unexpectedly burst while in use, causing the user to fall to the floor. EB Brands has received 47 reports of fitness balls unexpectedly bursting, including reports of a fracture, and multiple bruises. The recall includes 55-, 65- and 75-cm diameter sizes.
Consumers should contact EB Brands to receive a copy of the updated instructions on how to safely inflate the ball. For additional information, contact EB Brands at (800) 624-5671 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit ebbrands.com. The CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell them about it by clicking here.
By Nicole Rogers
Jennifer Kries—Pilates educator, owner of the Hot Body Cool Mind studio in Philadelphia, and arguably first to bring Pilates to the masses with her award-winning “The Method” videos—is back with an ambitious new series of five Pilates DVDs. The Pilates Method Master Trainer Series covers Joseph Pilates’ classical series on the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair and Barrel, with one piece of equipment covered on each DVD, as well as a segment on the magic circle and a “sculpting” section using hand weights.
Peak Pilates President Julie Lobdell talks about what the acquisition means for the company and the Pilates industry.
By Amy Leibrock
The news of any corporate acquisition in this dicey economic climate can lead to doomsday conclusion-jumping. So when a press release was sent out last week announcing the sale of Peak Pilates to SPIN Fitness (aka Mad Dogg Athletics), Julie Lobdell, Peak Pilates’ founder and president, quickly got emails saying, “I heard Peak Pilates was taken over.”
The deal, which puts the 12-year-old Pilates equipment and education company under the umbrella of a much larger fitness company, was anything but hostile, according to Lobdell, who will stay on as president. “This was a choice—it was a planned, deliberate choice, and I’m very happy about it,” she said.
Pilates-Pro.com interviewed Lobdell about the acquisition and what it means for the company, its customers and the Pilates industry. Read more after the jump…
Have you ever sent a personal note to a client, maybe thanking them for signing on for a schedule of privates, or as an “anniversary” note of gratitude? Or maybe a client has disappeared for a while and you’d like to let her know that she’s welcome back anytime. A quick, handwritten note is a great way to give special clients the personal touch that will make them feel appreciated and keep them engaged with your business.
Pilates clothing company WE Pilates recently launched an adorable new line of Pilates- and yoga-themed note cards which are perfect to add to your stationary stash. Our favorite of the five designs is shown here. (There’s also a Spine Stretch and Teaser, among others, and the paper stock is nice and thick.) Each design can be ordered in a blonde or brunette version and comes in packs of 10 for $17. WE Pilates will also customize orders with your name and a different hair color, hair length or ethnicity on orders over 50.
Holiday Gift Ideas for Pilates Clients
New Column! During February, Pilates-Pro.com is hosting an open Q&A with Siri Dharma Galliano. Siri will be “on call” all month to answer your questions about teaching Pilates and running a business. If you have a question for Siri, please leave it for her in the comments section of this post and she’ll answer soon.
Siri has started things off by answering a few questions sent to her lately by studio owners. After the jump, you can read her responses to whether to buy new or used equipment and how to discourage clients from wanting to wear shoes in the studio.
About Siri: A protégé of Romana Kryzanowska, Siri Dharma Galliano is also certified in Kundalini yoga and the owner of Live Art Pilates Studio in West Los Angeles. She has sold over $1 million in Pilates equipment and has set up studios all over the United States, Europe, Australia and Russia. She travels to studios as a consultant, has been used as an equipment expert in liability court cases, is a trainer of teachers in the Traditional Method, and is producing the Second Big Bear Pilates Intensive, August 21-23, 2009, in California.
Any Pilates instructor knows that the one exercise requested over and over again by clients is jumping on the jump board. In fact, I don’t think anyone has ever said the word “jumping” to me in a Pilates studio without smiling. Jumping is fun and weightless and graceful—what’s not love? To help you with new ideas for this classical prop, Pilates Sports Center has produced The Jump Board Workout, a 50-minute DVD for intermediate and advanced levels.