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Pilates Show-Offs

Pilates Show-Offs

Sport is about winning. Dance is about expressing beauty. Advanced Pilates is about showing off. Advanced Pilates is a demonstration of mastery. In order to execute these fancy moves, you must know and embody basic good movement principles*. You have to live and breathe Joe’s original principles. You have “internalized what it takes to make

The Low Bar for Fitness in 2017

The Low Bar for Fitness in 2017

We are nearing the end of the year. It’s almost January. People are talking about resolutions, the “new you” in 2017, losing the holiday weight, blah blah blah. But I want you to steer away from big goals for a second. Don’t worry we’ll circle back. General health and wellness can be easy. Seriously you

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.

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