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Osteoporosis and Pilates

As baby boomers segue from child-rearing to retirement, they find themselves bombarded by the media with information about osteoporosis. It makes sense, considering that more than 44 million American men and women age 50 and older have osteoporosis or its precursor, osteopenia. So between news articles about calcium and vitamin D, Sally Field promoting the drug Boniva on TV commercials and the now-ubiquitous term “weight-bearing exercise,” we are all hearing a great deal about this epidemic.

Posted on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 11:05AM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in , , , | Comments2 Comments | References5 References

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.

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.

On Moms, Backs, and Babes

I am a mom of a toddler, and I have been teaching Pilates for 12 years. Before I had my daughter, I thought I could teach a ‘Mama with Baby’ Pilates class. Now that I have her, I understand so much more clearly what new moms need.

Posted on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 10:02AM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in , | Comments1 Comment | References16 References

Creating Pilates For The Youth

When making a difference in our clients’ lives with the elite tools of Pilates, we’re typically teaching adults, not the younger population. I have to say that, as teachers, we should be using our education to make sure the next generation becomes familiar with Pilates and the benefits—for years to come.

Pilates Tips for Teaching Students with Multiple Sclerosis 

Working with clients with multiple sclerosis can be challenging. After all, you’d be hard pressed to find another medical condition with more possible symptoms. Plus, every single case is so different that it’s hard to generalize what an “MS workout” looks like.

How Pilates works during pregnancy - the magic of Pilates as the best pre and post natal exercise 

As an advanced level certified Pilates instructor of many years and Head Pilates Instructor at MINT Health Club and Spa in DC, I have worked with many women during and after their pregnancies. When I found out this year that I was pregnant, I decided to turn to a top expert to hear why she suggests Pilates as the best pre and post natal exercise.

How Pilates works for me - a ballet dancer on the magic of the Pilates method

Kristy Windom, faculty member and guest ballet mistress of the Washington School of Ballet and a former Company member of the Washington Ballet, Cleveland Ballet and Washington Opera Ballet is a great fan of the Pilates method. After taking sessions with me on the Reformer and Jumpboard, I asked her a few questions about her experience with Pilates and how it impacted her body and career.

Posted on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 03:11PM by Registered CommenterPilates-Pro in , , | Comments2 Comments | References4 References

Pilates Hybrids

A proven method of fitness such as Pilates is the perfect workout foundation – when it is incorporated with other forms of fitness conditioning, what you’re left with is an innovative workout for the entire body and mind. With intriguing names like Spinlates, Yogalates and Piloxing, you can’t help but wonder what it involves, what kind of workout you’re going to get, and why didn’t I think of that?!

5 Tips for Preventing Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis Prevention Tips
By Rebekah Rotstein


One in two women and one in four men over 50 are expected to experience a fracture from osteoporosis in their lives. These stats can be a wake-up call to those middle-aged and older. Yet did you know that osteoporosis can occur at any age? We reach our peak bone mass in our early 30s, making prevention of bone loss a relevant topic for younger people as well. May is National Osteoporosis Awareness & Prevention Month—a good time for everyone to pay attention to bone health.

You can help raise awareness on the importance of bone health by starting with your clients. If they’re doing Pilates, they’ve got a great start on a healthy lifestyle, which is key to building and preserving bone strength. Here are my top 5 important tips for bone health:

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