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June 2019 Exercise of the Month

June 2019 Exercise of the Month

We are starting an exercise of the month feature here on the Soma Pilates blog. Our goal is to feature great exercises that you can do at home with little to no equipment. Now that June has arrived we’ve noticed that many of our clients are taking advantage of the beautiful weather to get outdoors

Why walk when you can run? The Run-Walk-Run Method

Why walk when you can run? The Run-Walk-Run Method

Janet is training for her second marathon, the Walt Disney World Marathon this coming winter. How does she train? It’s not how you think…. She walks during all of her runs. The magic is walking intervals. Janet strategically walks during her training runs and plans to walk regularly on race day. Janet is a huge

Running, Racing, and Pilates

Running, Racing, and Pilates

We’d love to congratulate Vanessa on her first season of marathon training and her great race time in Olympia. Here is her story about running, racing, and how Pilates helped as cross-training: My husband and I spent winter 2017 training for our first marathon. For twenty-one weeks, we followed a training schedule designed for a

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

6 Unconventional Ways to Eat Better

6 Unconventional Ways to Eat Better

We all want to eat better so we can feel better and look better. There are a lot approaches to clean eating. There are foods to avoid, superfoods to add in, and even extreme diets you can try.  For some folks, big and drastic diets can be life-changing. I speak from experience. I was a strict gluten-free

Ask An Expert: Clean Eating

Ask An Expert: Clean Eating

Eating well is huge contributor to feeling well. Sure exercise and movement are important, but I’m here to tell you that stress, sleep and nutrition are heavy hitters too. But it can be difficult to wade through the hype on food. There are choices to make at every mealtime. And with all the fad diets, advertising and general

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

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

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