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NO EXCUSES

NO EXCUSES

Every week, I hear a lot of excuses… because I ask for them. As a Pilates instructor, I ask my clients how they are feeling at the start of every workout. It’s a good safety practice as a fitness professional to gauge your clients’ mindset and body before they move. And I also ask, “what have you

Welcome Nicole!

Welcome Nicole!

Say hello to Nicole. She’s just recently joined the team here at Soma Pilates. If you come in for weekend Pilates, you’ll see her every Saturday morning. Nicole is an author, yogi, and board game enthusiast in addition to a Pilates instructor. A woman of many talents if I ever met one! To learn more about Nicole,

Is pain the sign of a good workout? – Part 1

Is pain the sign of a good workout? – Part 1

On our Moving Well Podcast, Nikki and I recently discussed muscle soreness and whether it is the sign of a good workout.  I thought this was a topic that needed to be expanded on with a blog post because there are so many misconceptions and bad information about this topic out there. Here is the

Thoracic Mobility – Twist Your Way to Better Posture

Thoracic Mobility – Twist Your Way to Better Posture

Where is your thoracic spine? Many of you Pilates fans will know this. The thoracic spine resides your upper back. These are the 12 vertebrae between your neck and your low back. Your ribcage – and by extension, your shoulders – attach to this part of the spine. These thoracic vertebrae are shaped in a

Balance 201: Turn up the Heat

Balance 201: Turn up the Heat

Today, we turn up the heat on your balance practice. Last week, we discussed how balance works and how to get begin improving it. If you missed that last post, get caught up here. Today we add challenge to your balance training. Here are the 4 variables* that contribute to the intensity of a balance challenge: 1 – Contact

Summertime: More Group Training and Cardio

Summertime: More Group Training and Cardio

More Summertime Group Trainings It’s vacation season. Kids are off from school. For most of us, these summer months are full of adventure, but our schedules are harder to predict. So this summer we’re offering more small group trainings. We’ve got more drop in sessions – available at all skill levels – throughout the week.

Balance 101: How it works and how to train it

Balance 101: How it works and how to train it

“My balance is perfect. I don’t need to practice” said no one, ever. I’ve never heard this. Not at the gym, in the Pilates studio, or on the soccer field. All of us can could benefit from improved balance. Whether you’re 9 or 90, a better functioning balance system will prevent injury and increase your

The Best Sports Bra

The Best Sports Bra

As a woman who works out, sports bras are near and dear to my heart (pun intended). A good supportive base layer will make you feel confident and comfortable. Whereas, a bad sports bra can stop your work out before it begins. Finding the best sports bra for your activity and body type can be tricky.

How Much Do You Walk?

How Much Do You Walk?

“How much do you walk?” has been my canned response to a lot of health-related comments lately. Comments like these: I want to lose weight. My hips are tight from sitting all day. What can I do to improve my osteopenia? I have back pain, but I need to exercise more… I want to run

Continuing Education – How We Know So Much

Continuing Education – How We Know So Much

As Pilates professionals, our staff at Soma strive to stay inspired and informed so we can bring the best workouts to our clients. To that end, we all attend continuing education classes and workshops every year to improve our knowledge and to maintain our Pilates certifications. There is always new scientific research about the human

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