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What a loaded question! I get asked so very often, and the answer is never cut and dry. Each of you come to Pilates for different reasons, but there's a foundational answer on which I build for everyone, and we'll start there.Pilates is always beneficial, even if you come just once per week. However (and you knew that was coming, didn't you?) you should attend at least two sessions per week to build a solid foundation in Pilates. If you've been to any of my classes, you know that Pilates...

I talk a lot about functionality with my clients. While it's true that many of my clients come in with specific goals in mind, say toning for a wedding day or additional training to amplify sports performance, Pilates is perfect for improving or maintaining a body's daily functioning needs by having a strong core. Have you ever noticed that after a good core workout even the smallest tasks show you just how much you use your abdominal muscles? I've even noticed turning my steering wheel uses my abs! Now, when...

You've made it through the first trimester! One day soon you'll wake up and realize your nausea and fatigue has subsided; it will feel like a miracle! (And very soon you'll be feeling that little miracle wiggling around in your belly.) Most women tend to enjoy the second trimester the most, and we'll use this time wisely to prepare you for the third trimester. The third trimester is often the most difficult as it takes a lot of effort to accommodate that little person who won't feel quite so little...

You've found yourself expecting a little bundle of joy, congratulations! While you may be keeping it under wraps for a while, you absolutely need to tell your Pilates instructor (or any fitness instructor, really!). Your body may not be showing outward signs yet, but you are already feeling them: Nausea, fatigue, frequent trips to the restroom. Your Pilates work will begin to change along with your body. Let me tell you a little bit about how we will address these changes in Pilates during the first trimester. (If you haven't...

This series of four blogs on Pilates during pregnancy will guide you through what Pilates looks like through each of the trimesters. When you come into my studio as a newly-pregnant mother, we carefully adapt each session to your body's needs. And we may need to adapt exercises at each session, as those of us who have been pregnant know very well, aches and pains can start or stop at the drop of a pin! Because of this, I like to help you keep a positive outlook through all of...

The Pilates Reformer is a versatile piece of equipment that you will fall in love with. Promise. The amount of exercises that can be done are practically endless to strengthen and tone muscles on every part of your body. This particular series in the video is used to strengthen biceps, triceps, and deltoids. Be sure to sit tall with core engaged all the way from your rib ring to your pelvic floor, making sure to keep your chest open. The sitting arms series will also strengthen your back and shoulders....