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A Super-Food for Every Lifestyle

March is Nutrition Month and Pilates-Pro wants you to be the know about more than just Pilates. We’ll be highlighting several super-foods throughout the coming weeks – foods that truly need to be a part of any healthy diet. Along the way, we’ll be offering some helpful tips and recipes making it easy to add a nutrition spike to any one of your daily dishes. Next time your clients ask you about nutritional advice, tell them about super-foods!

 Today’s super-food is an old – but underappreciated – standby: Yogurt.


Yogurt is loaded with vitamins like potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc and vitamin B5 just to name a few.  And, aside from being a virtual powerhouse of vitamins, yogurt also contains healthy fats, protein and probiotics – an organism that serves as support to the groups of constructive bacteria in your body – helping boost your immune system and even providing protection against cancer.


The good news is yogurt doesn’t have to be reserved as a breakfast or snack food anymore. Here are two ways you can incorporate yogurt into any meal. Hey, one is even kid friendly and guaranteed to have them asking for more.

Tzatziki Sauce. Although hard to read, Tzatziki is a delicious cucumber and yogurt sauce commonly found in Greek dishes. It goes perfectly with chicken or vegetables and can easily be used as a dip or sandwich spread in place of mayo.

Just mix drained Greek yogurt with pureed cucumber, garlic, lemon juice and dill and you’re done! You can find a more detailed recipe with step-by-step directions here


Yogurt Popsicles. This fun dessert is a great way to get kids to enjoy the all benefits of yogurt or just quell that sweet-tooth craving after a healthy meal. 


Start off by taking your favorite yogurt (flavored or plain) and mixing in some honey or Agave nectar as a natural sweetener. Then, mix in some fresh or frozen berries of your choice. Place the mix into a popsicle mold with a tongue depressor for a handle. If you don’t have a mold, try using an ice cube tray or plastic cup with tooth picks for the handle.


Then, just pop it in the freezer and a few hours later you have a healthy, vitamin packed dessert.


Yogurt truly is a super-food and one we hope you can make a little more room for in your daily diet. If you have any tips or recipes for yogurt-based foods, be sure to share them. We want to hear from you!


Posted on Friday, March 4, 2011 at 04:29PM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in , | CommentsPost a Comment

Plan Your Own Pilates Day Event Now

Pilates Day is only two months away (May 7th) and we all need to get into tabletop and start pumping! Pilates Day serves as an opportunity to bring the benefits of Pilates to the masses. It is only a matter of time before everyone is practicing Pilates. Wouldn’t you like to say you played a role in bringing Pilates to your community? Now is your chance.

What is Pilates Day?

Pilates Day is an annual community event celebrated on the first Saturday of May throughout the world. The focus of Pilates Day is to cultivate awareness about the Pilates Method. This is achieved through Pilates events that are made accessible and affordable to local communities. These events most often include free Pilates Mat classes.  Pilates Day is a program of the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) and events are produced and hosted by PMA members.

Free Pilates?! Is This Good for Business? Yes!

A free day of Pilates may seem like a strange idea but the benefits are many.

By hosting a Pilates Day event, you will build goodwill within your community, create networking opportunities, be part of a formally organized, international celebration and as a result gain new clients. What’s better than that?

Offering free classes is a great way to introduce your community to Pilates and gain publicity through your event. Once people are in the door, you can demonstrate the benefits of Pilates and the other offerings at your studio.  This is a great time to up sell new and current clients.

The PMA makes hosting a Pilates Day event easy. As a PMA member you will have access to their electronic Pilates Day Kit™. The kit includes artwork for marketing collateral, the PMA Pilates Day logo, sample advertisements, press releases, production time lines and the resources for production. The kit allows you to participate whole heartily without the worry of “Am I doing it right?”

What Will You Offer on Pilates Day?

The possibilities are endless when it comes to hosting your Pilates Day event. This is your time to show why your studio is the best place to practice Pilates. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Partner with your local community center and invite the different groups there to take a break from their regular activities and try a Pilates class.
  • Reach out to special interest groups such a Senior Citizens, Teens, Surfers, Musicians, you name it! Whoever makes up your community! Everyone can benefit from the core building and mental focus that Pilates provides.
  • Do you have access to a local park? Host a Paw-lates class! Encourage dog lovers to try a Pilates class with their pet. And of course, invite attendees to check out your studio when Fido is at home.
  • Generate sales on Pilates Day by offering special discounts that day only. It worked for APOGEE Pilates & Wellness Centers in Westchester, NY! Attractive offers are hard to pass up. By showing the value of Pilates with a free class, the discounted offer is sure to bring in sales.
  • Provide attendees with a small gift bag including a free pass to come back to your studio.
  • Hold a raffle for attendees to enter for a special prize featuring private Pilates training or other studio offerings. If you offer massage, a Workout and Relax prize would be a great option.

What will your event look like? Here are pictures from last year’s Pilates Day. http://www.pilatesmethodalliance.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=115966

Here at Pilates-Pro, we are committed to provide the tools for success in the Pilates Industry. We hope to inspire you to bring Pilates to your part of the world.  



To join the PMA, click here: http://www.pilatesmethodalliance.org/mc/page.do?sitePageId=112962

Already a PMA member? Sign up to host a Pilates Day event by clicking here: https://web.memberclicks.com/mc/quickForm/viewForm.do?orgId=pima&formId=76327

Posted on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 05:56PM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in , , , | CommentsPost a Comment

Spring and New Beginnings

As the winter chill eases, there is a sense of renewal that sets in with spring. A time for new beginnings is upon us and Pilates-Pro is your partner. This month we will be posting articles about ways to wake up your business. Look for ideas on hosting Pilates Day, partnering with local businesses, and insight from a master trainer and industry leaders.  

May these articles serve as seeds to help “sprout” new clients for you.

Happy Spring!


Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 10:09AM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in , , | CommentsPost a Comment

Win A Free APOGEE 360° Conference Registration!

Register for the APOGEE 360 Fitness Conference in the next 24 hours for a chance to win a free APOGEE 360° Conference Registration. The promotion is open to the first 50 registrations.

Visit https://www.apogeewellness360.com/ for more information.

Posted on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 06:17PM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in | CommentsPost a Comment

Top 10 Pilates Articles from 2010

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2010 Pilates Year in ReviewAs 2010 winds down it’s time for our very own Pilates-Pro.com “Year in Review,” a countdown of the site’s 10 most popular articles from the past year. We’d also like to publically thank our community of passionate Pilates professionals who contributed to Pilates-Pro.com this year by writing articles and participating in our forums and lively social networks. Pilates-Pro.com continues to grow because of you. And of course, if you have topics you’d like us tackle in 2011, please drop a line and let us know!

1. Adding Barre Work to Your Pilates Workout by Christine Binnendyk
2. Pilates on Call: Working with Pregnant and Postpartum Clients with Debra Goodman and Amanda Martin
3. How to Work with the Pilates Foot Corrector by Dianne Wise
4. How to Brand Your Pilates Studio on a Shoestring by Erika Quest
5. Pilates for Runners: The Basics by Pat Guyton
6. Intro to the Psoas Muscle by Liz Koch
7. Pilates and Going for the Burn: How Much is Too Much? by Maria Leone
8. Pilates Instructors’ Top Tax Questions, Answered Q&A with Steve Kingsley
9. Just a Pilates Instructor? by Kristen Matthews
10. That New Fitness Trend? Pilates Has It Covered by Jonathan Urla


Most Popular Articles From 2009
Most Popular Articles From 2008
Most Popular Articles From 2007

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Posted on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 03:34PM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in , , , , | CommentsPost a Comment

Core Stability: Myth or Magic? What Does It Mean to Pilates Teachers? 

Core Stability MythThere has been a lot of talk about core stability lately, prompted in part by the publication of Professor Eyal Lederman’s paper The Myth of Core Stability and other rumblings in the media about the validity and safety of core training.

On Aug. 10, Peta Bee wrote an article in the London Times (requires payment) stating that the founding principles of Pilates are flawed. Glenn Withers, founder of the Australian Physiotherapy and Pilates Institute, followed up four days later by posting an excellent, detailed response on the APPI website. All of these are worth reading to educate yourself on the arguments.

But what does this all mean to you? As a Pilates instructor, you instinctively know that the work is incredibly valuable if taught correctly. But clients who have read these articles may have questions. Nuala Coombs, a founding director of the Pilates Institute UK and owner of The Pilates Consultant, tackles this issue below. We also invite your ideas on how to talk to clients about this issue in the comments section.


Following the publication of the article by Peta Bee, I received several emails from teachers wondering how they would respond to their clients should they refer to the article. My advice was simple. If they don’t mention it, there is no point in bringing it to their attention. For those clients who did not read the article, it will only create confusion. Of course for those clients who have questions, we need to be able to give them clear, satisfactory answers.

Posted on Monday, August 30, 2010 at 01:41PM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in , , , , , | Comments8 Comments

That New Fitness Trend? Pilates Has It Covered

by Jonathan Urla, MFA, CPT-PMA

It seems that I hear about a “new” fitness term or trend every week. These words usually come from the scientific community, but they often take on new meanings when the media and general public start using them. I started noticing that most of these words could be used to describe Pilates exercise, so I decided to dig a little deeper.

I compiled a list of the terms that are currently in fashion in the fitness world and media and looked at the relevance that each has to Pilates training. I hope the result is as illuminating to you as it was to me. This exercise reiterated to me that the techniques of Joseph and Clara Pilates are still proving to be years ahead of their time. As instructors in the health and wellness field, it is important for us to be aware of these trends and be able to explain to students how they relate to Pilates.

'Baby Liv' Demonstrates Feldenkrais 

If you’re a student of movement, a parent or just baby crazy, you’ll love this video montage of baby Liv as she learns how to use her body. Without even realizing it, you’ve also just watched what you would do in a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement Lesson. The video is part of The Next 25 Years, a video project that aims to demonstrate and explain the Feldenkrais Method in a simple, effective way. Moshe Feldenkrais, like Joseph Pilates, studied how babies develop and move and used those observations as a foundation for his method.

Even more so than Pilates, Feldenkrais is difficult to explain to the uninitiated, and it suffers from a “strange” name. Irene Gutteridge, producer of The Next 25 Years and a Feldenkrais practitioner in British Columbia, Canada, is trying to make it more accessible and bring more recognition to the method. If Baby Liv’s video is any indication, she may succeed. It’s been on YouTube for just over two weeks and already has over 10,000 views. We’ll be keeping our eye on this project - maybe she can take on Pilates next?

My Friend Kathy: A Reminiscence

Kathy Grant and Lolita San MiguelThe Pilates community was saddened by last week’s news that Kathleen Stanford Grant passed away at age 89. A dancer, choreographer and protege of Joseph Pilates, Kathy taught the Pilates Method for more than 50 years, most recently at New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. Here is a touching portrait of this influential teacher from her longtime friend and fellow first-generation teacher, Lolita San Miguel

By Lolita San Miguel

There are certain relationships one makes which quickly and deeply evolve to form the unbreakable bond of true friendship that neither time, nor the distancing that personal or professional commitments usually cause, can ever shatter. 

Kathleen Stanford Grant and I had that type of friendship for 52 years. We would see each other after not communicating for months and pick up as if we had just seen each other the day before. 

I first met Kathy when in 1958 I suffered an injury, and upon the advice of Dr. Henry Jordan, a renowned doctor who treated injured dancers, I went to Carola Trier for rehabilitation. Kathy and Romana Kryzanowska were Carola’s assistants at the time. Kathy was a thin, muscular, ex-modern dancer with short-cropped red hair, freckles, polite and disciplined and already had that wonderful “eye” for corrections. My sessions were in the early afternoon, which coincided with Kathy’s shift.

Kathy and I had two additional strong bonds: dance and being very proud of our heritages. The 1960s and ‘70s were passionate years of change, and we both felt a responsibility to give to our people, she to the African-American community through Dance Theater of Harlem and her husband’s Broadway projects as a producer, and I to the Hispanic community in New York through the Puerto Rican Dance Theater and other Hispanic activities. Our training and background and the talent and privileges we had received gave us a strong social conscience. So these two “kindred spirits” became friends instantly and often we socialized and went to dinner with our husbands.

It was Kathy who gave me one of the biggest surprises of my life one day while we were talking in front of Carola’s studio at 200 West 58th Street in Manhattan. After many years as Carola’s client, I had decided to train as a Pilates instructor and possibly open my own studio and was about to finish my 6-month, 520-hour apprenticeship with Carola. I expressed my concerns to Kathy, however, for I didn’t feel ready to open my own studio and told her that I would just integrate Pilates into my ballet teaching.

Kathy casually said, “Why don’t you go to Joe’s?”        

“Joe who?” I asked back.

“Joseph Pilates,” Kathy said.

Pilates Debuts on Reality Series

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By Michelle Fama

A career in Pilates can take you just about anywhere, including the set of a cutting-edge reality series. Instructor Michelle Fama, owner of Core Pilates NYC, was recently offered the opportunity to train the cast of If I Can Dream, a new reality show that streams live online 24/7. Here’s her behind-the-scenes look at working on a show that doesn’t really have a “behind-the-scenes.”

My suck into the Hoover-vac of reality TV began early. First there was my “Survivor,” Season 1 finale party where guests casted their votes next to a lit tiki torch outside my Brooklyn brownstone apartment. I shed tears for Ryan and Trista’s blooming love on “The Bachelorette” and have texted “vote” for my Idol faves more times in a row than I would like to mention. And, who doesn’t cry when they “move that bus” and reveal a new house?

So when I received a call from producers of “If I Can Dream,” a new hybrid TV/Web show from “American Idol” co-creator Simon Fuller, I was ecstatic. The show gives viewers a documentary-like look at what it takes to achieve success in Hollywood. A cast of six young people — two musicians, an actor, two actresses and a model — leave their hometowns and live together in the Hollywood Hills. Their every move is streamed live online by over 60 fixed cameras as they rehearse, write music, socialize, plan their careers…and do Pilates!

How did they find me? They had just outfitted the “Dream” house with a new bamboo Reformer from Root Manufacturing and asked Root to recommend a Pilates instructor that could train the cast and teach them how to properly use and care for the Reformer. Having just furnished my NYC studio with Root equipment, Root recommended me.

The show’s mission is to give these kids opportunities to help them on their journey toward stardom. Producers realized the undeniable benefits Pilates could bring to the cast members’ Hollywood pursuits. It would help them with the voice, acting and modeling auditions that they would be filmed doing. Along with Pilates, the cast gets weekly yoga sessions with a yoga instructor who visits the house.

While I have been scheduled to train the entire cast, I’ve only gotten half of them at any given time since their audition schedules and classes keep them busy. I created their Reformer workouts based on easy-to-retain exercises organized by areas of the body – arms, legs and butt, and core – rather than training them through a classically ordered session. With such a bustling, social household and busy schedules, I needed to deliver quick routines that they could safely do if they worked out solo or in a time pinch. When I train more than one at a time, I take them through a classical mat class as well. 

Improving posture and flexibility is aspiring model Giglianne’s goal, while actor Ben wants core strength to improve his gym workouts. Although the cast had never done Pilates before, they were excited to have the chance to see what the hype is all about. Each came with individual requests such as easing tight hamstrings and lower back while carving the core. They are not required to do the workouts, but the workouts kept them interested. They are all sold on Pilates so far!

My biggest challenge is remembering that the cameras are always on. My first day in the house I made a comment about how sloppy 21-year-olds can be after seeing one of their messy bedrooms, and proceeded to blurt out language worthy of a bleep while setting up the Reformer. A friend who was helping me, clueless of the cameras, turned beat red after her how-does-reality-TV-work questions elicited the “It’s confidential – I can’t answer” response.

While I’m pretty sure that a few slips of the tongue and my tough training tactics won’t get me voted out of the house anytime soon, I’m not so sure the cast will like my lecture on Reformer etiquette next time: I just clicked on the live feed from the Laundry Room where they keep the Reformer and noticed that the handles and straps were sloppily dumped on the floor, and someone had placed their guitar on top of the carriage.

Will someone be working out tomorrow at lunchtime? Will the straps still be in the same place? Will you catch me training them? Log on to the Laundry Room cam, and keep me updated by posting comments here. For real-time action on and off the Reformer tune in to ificandream.com or hulu.com for episodes.

Michelle Fama is the co-founder of Core Pilates NYC and is the NYC chapter head for the United Pilates Collective. Prior to establishing her Pilates brand in 2002 and growing it internationally, Michelle lived and adventured extensively through Africa, Southeast Asia, Indonesia and South America as a journalist and travel writer.

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