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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

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

Movement, Mindfulness and Vino!

Movement, Mindfulness and Vino!

Soma Pilates’ 10-year anniversary party was a lively mix of learning, moving and fun.  Throughout the daylong event we welcomed clients, fellow Pilates instructors, friends and neighboring businesses for classes, workshops, shopping and socializing.  A highlight of the celebration was Valentin, an internationally known Pilates Instructor and Balanced Body faculty member who taught two masterclasses for our clients, and a

Welcome Courtney

Welcome Courtney

We asked our new instructor Courtney Stone a few questions to get to know her better. I expect to talk about Pilates during these interviews. And sure, we talked movement and Pilates, but I didn’t expect to hear about ribbon dancing, roller derby youth leagues and zombies. I had no idea that she had so

Confessions of a Reformed Runner

I have a love/hate relationship with running. I love to run, but I tend to hurt myself running, like many people do. In the past, I’d sign up for a race and go gangbusters training for it. On day 1, I’d think “I’m in pretty good shape so I’ll just start training with a half hour

Do you pee when you workout?

Do you pee when you workout?

The 3 pelvic floor exercises you NEED to know! Do squat jumps make your nervous (and not just because they’re hard)? Do you build in a bathroom break before you hit your favorite exercise class? Have things felt a little off “down there” since you had a baby (even though your kiddo might be old

Is Flexion Free Pilates for You?

What is Flexion Free Pilates? Flexion Free Pilates is a version of Pilates conditioning that focuses on exercises performed with a neutral spine, omitting exercises that round any portion of the back. Who benefits from Flexion Free Pilates? Everyone. Like regular Pilates, Flexion Free Pilates improves your wellness by: Improving balance Increasing range of motion

Happy Feet = Healthy Body

Happy Feet = Healthy Body

My fellow instructor Angela and I have been thinking, learning and talking about feet lately. Maybe it’s because April is national foot month. Or maybe it’s the warmer weather which makes everyone is peel off their heavy shoes and wool socks in favor of spring sandals. Feet are often forgotten, unless they are causing pain.

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