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Pilates4Fitness Blog: The Scoop

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May 22, 2016

On the Wunda Chair: “Because I Said So”

During my private session with Brett this week, while we were working a particular Wunda Chair series exercise, he told me to do something specifically and I stopped in the middle and asked, “why?”  In his direct, yet humorous style, he gave me a sigh and said,“because I said so.”
Wall Planks
May 15, 2016

Script Change with Wall Planks

Sometimes "flipping the script" can help one find a new perspective to a regular challenge.  This week, I played around in my personal work with challenging the powerhouse with #WallPlanks.  First with a private client and then with my TRX class.  
Pilates Movement
May 9, 2016

Get Up and Move Freely

As a teacher, running a Pilates studio, with clients and classes everyday, one might assume that it is an easy piece of cake to exercise everyday.  Actually, that would be a wrong assumption.  It takes work, planning, discipline and scheduling to move your body every day.  Sometimes it's easier said than done.
May 7, 2016

Pilates Day 2016 Celebration

OMGoodness I am so glad to have a job I love! It started with an 8:00am Saturday morning TRX class in which we warmed up with the Hundred and #SeriesofFive with the TRX Straps , followed by the Advanced Mat and Beginner Mat classes and ended with the studio filled for #PilatesDay2016 with nothing but goodness.
Pilates Style Teacher Profile
April 28, 2016

Inspiring Others as a Pilates Teacher

Very proud and thankful to be included in the mix of non-traditional Pilates teachers that are inspiring others to find and use Pilates for their health and personal fitness regimens.  Real people doing really hard work is always an inspiring story.  This Pilates Style Magazine article profiled a few of the "rule-breakers."
Spine Corrector Bridge
April 18, 2016

On The Spine Corrector

Last week I posted a snippet of a few heart opening stretches using the Spine Corrector that I was surprised (yet delighted) to see gathered so many views on my Facebook Page. Given the love for the stretches I felt the need and importance to show a fuller, core-centered workout that preceded the delicious stretch itself.
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April 15, 2016

Push It, Press It & Rotate

I enjoy adding a little extra intensity to my private client sessions with the use of the Balanced Body #Orbit.  It's a great mixer to a Wunda Chair session and a fabulous ending to a mat session by incorporating standing rotational movements.   Men and Women alike love doing Pilates Push Ups with it.
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April 13, 2016

Wunda Wednesday

The Wunda Chair is my "hands-down" favorite piece of equipment.  While I usually dedicate Wednesday to the Wunda Chair for myself and select students, I love it so much, I keep a spare chair in my apartment.
Pilates Spine Corrector
April 8, 2016

Delicious Openings with the Spine Corrector

  Work on the Spine Corrector barrel is a complete opening of the heart and as such, I love incorporating the back bend stretch over the barrel anytime and every time I use it.  
Pilates Mat Workout
April 6, 2016

MatWork Monday

Advanced Mat students are always ready and willing for a  new challenge, variation and an extra bead of sweat down their back during my mat class.  Following the MarchMatness campaign, everyone was pumped and readying themselves for Spring. 
April 1, 2016

Collective Movement & Energy #MarchMatness2016

What a blast the month of March has been for Pilates teachers, Pilates lovers and students worldwide!  A glorious way to focus together in preparation, practice and support of each other with a little bit of #PilatesEverday as our collective focus through #MarchMatness2016. 
March 28, 2016

Perfect Side Dish

I would be remiss if I didn't blast out this recipe that I make and love as a perfect side dish.  Clean.  Healthy.  Full of flavor and freezes perfectly.
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March 27, 2016

Precision is the Art of Pilates

Whether the practice is arranging flowers, capturing the beauty of that sunset image or finding the full length of the stretch, the pinky toe point or the total body extension, its the perfect precision of the practice that makes beautiful art with Pilates.  I will forever practice this work.  Always, for the precision of it all.  
Pilates Mat
March 19, 2016

Pilates Is

I am having so much fun with #MarchMatness2016 and even more fun with all the images, video footage and good work students are exacting from themselves that on DAY 19 all I have to say is turn up your speakers and watch. This is Pilates Mat.
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March 11, 2016

Pilates Series of Five

It was DAY 10 of #MarchMatness2016 and I found myself, in the middle of the day, at about 3:00pm, completely zonked and out of energy!  All the teaching, filming, posting, encouraging students and staying on point with my personal work caused me to stop and take pause.  I needed a rest and a nap!
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March 6, 2016

First Five Days of March

So the saying goes, "March roars in like a lion...." and that we are doing with a fever pitch for #MarchMatness2016.  Teachers and students around the world jumping into the fun of doing a little bit of Pilates everyday.
Pilates Training with Blossom Leilani Crawford
February 29, 2016

Pilates Connected Arms & Torso

I sit writing this after completion of an amazing private session with Brett on the barrels on Sunday, Part 2 of a workshop with Blossom on Friday, and with my mind set for participation in #MarchMatness2016 on Tuesday.  Lots of images, lots of media and lots of Pilates to share.There are just too, too much too many 'takeaways' to enumerate, yet I will try to share a few gold nuggets I found. 
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February 25, 2016

Decisions & Inspiration

Couple of decisions were made this week.  I decided to stop drinking wine the day after my "all-girls hangout" that forced me to look critically at the volume of my intake each night.  The wine was going down like water.  Since I am intent on holding myself to a daily regimen of Pilates, health and clean eating, these two paths were simply out of synch.  
February 20, 2016

Gotta “Give to Get” Joy

One of my biggest thrills as a teacher comes from the glee in the face of a student when they finally "get it."  That has been happening quite a bit lately.  New students "getting it" and gleeful faces leaving the studio.
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February 13, 2016

A Sweet Pinch of Reality

Funny, I keep thinking if I pinch myself and I will wake up and find out this has all been a really good dream.  Definitely not a bad dream.  I've been teaching for a long time and I still get chills when a whole new group of students show up in class and end with such glee in their faces and joy in their eyes.  And, it happened again this morning, with four brand new students.  Sweet!
February 9, 2016

Friday Flexibility & Abstractness

Snow usually changes everything for most of us.  A light early morning dusting can wreak havoc on any driving commute, for sure.  But it simply made my morning all the more active, creative and intensive for a Mat and Wunda chair flexibility workout.
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January 31, 2016

Bridge Pilates, Brooklyn & Blossom

After leaving Brooklyn and Part 1 of Blossom Leilani-Crawford's "Connected Arms, Strong Torso" workshop, I fully admit I felt lifted, open, playful and energized.  Sorta like a little kid chasing butterflies.
January 25, 2016

Working up to Blizzard Energy

The energy toward the end of the week was feverish to say the least.  The barometric pressure had all of our sinus blocked.  Anticipation of the battle of the East Coast #Snowmageddon2016  had so many people on warning, it was...

January 22, 2016

When Pilates is Your Gym

Stretched and stepped out a bit broadly on Week 2 of #YR58Pilates. It was the true start of my own “program” week with a focused part of the Pilates repertoire to be used each day of the week in my own personal work.  It keeps it interesting for me, filled with variety and for regular clients keeps us moving around the studio through various workouts on all the apparatus regularly.

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January 16, 2016

Practice Pilates Every Day

Pilates can be done anywhere, anytime on the Mat, and with access and use of the apparatus, each of the exercises can be practiced on so many pieces of equipment.  It's not a New Years resolution for me, but the...

January 8, 2016

The Start of Something New

I have been blogging sporadically for years.  It’s been a sometimes on/off thing, or when I arrived at an “aha moment” or something exciting about a student to share.  This year, I am now living my 58th year of life and I know I am on the path I need to be running.
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November 28, 2015

The Angles of Pilates

Working on the shoulders - the secondary powerhouse with a few favorite moves like Swakate and Rowing is a delight in execution. Using those shoulder to stabilize and move from a point of grace and control to achieve the Pilates Teaser...

August 18, 2015

Elderflower Melon Sorbet: Good Gracious!!

The end of August and that temperature has climbed to the high point that I don't even consider going to the pool during the mid-day.  Today I bought a few melons with the intent of eating them, juicing them and mixing them up for nibbles.  I doctored a HoneyDew Melon Sorbet recipe -  with a splash of St. Germain and honey and fell in love!
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August 2, 2015

Always a Student of Pilates

Teachers get their butts kicked by Senior teachers.  Senior teachers are reminded what it is that they still don't know by working with a Master teacher.  Master teachers got that way as a result of having worked as an apprentice (back in the day) or having been trained and mentored by an "elder" of the Pilates community.  
May 9, 2015

Day 9: 30 Day Spring Challenge

.....and we are off to the races.  There are 6 of us challenging ourselves to stay on point and active for the 30 days of May.  We are not necessarily seeking to do jaw dropping things like headstands, handstands or twisted-triangle poses of any kind, but we are seeking to move regularly and consistently in our bodies and maintain healthy habits in our lives.
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April 21, 2015

Toning it Up: Spring Challenge

At this writing, in exactly 9 days, 9 hours and 9 minutes I plan to start a personal 30-day challenge to lose 2 lbs a week and 10 lbs in 30 days. Easy goal huh? Not for many of us. Particularly if we have to "go it alone." We get stuck if there is no push - no pull - no help or motivation.
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March 17, 2015

OMG The Magic of March

....among a few other sweet experiences and inspirations.  And its only March 17th.  I hope you are following along with the chatter on social media as the spring air lights us all up!
February 15, 2015

My Over-Sensitive Nose

This is not a story about Pilates, fitness or exercise.  It is a  story of the quick and speedy response of the fireman of Hudson county, my over-sensitive nose and a comedy of errors in my Pilates studio one early Monday morning in February.  Sometimes #IAmSuchAnIdiot
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February 3, 2015

Two Challenging & Favorite Moves

Jack Knife and Control Balance are two very challenging Pilates Mat Intermediate/Advanced exercises that we love to hate. Doing them on the mat is tough stuff and a huge challenge mentally and physicially for most of us. So why is it, doing these same challenging moves - with the TRX - are two of the studio's "hands down" favorite moves?
January 24, 2015

Proud Progress: A Few Shout Outs

I am so very proud of the hard work, continuous effort and full progress of so many people in the past month, I  have to give a little shout out to a few of them for showing up regularly and showing how to get the work done.  
Practicing Teaser
January 18, 2015

Resist to Lighten and Lift

It's Sunday morning, 9:31am and I have finished a hard-driving run, stretched and sweated and glistened through an hour alone, enjoyed my oatmeal breakfast, giggled at a few friends posts, commented on a colleague's blog and on this rainy, cold mid-January morning, I am thinking about all the new faces, minds and bodies that have come into the studio in the past two weeks to learn to "resist to lighten and lift."
December 28, 2014

Back to the Beginning

Ran 6 miles at 730am because I couldn't sleep anymore. Took a salt bath with the plan and intention of  getting my butt kicked in Juan's Tower class at noon.   While running, which I still do on Kangoo Jump shoes, I ruminated about the fact that all my old, original remedies of my yesteryear have returned to full use in the past year. It's really a "back to beginning & basics" regimen. I mean really?
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December 15, 2014

I Am Woman

Feeling very powerful this morning waking with the realization that I was thrown from my bicycle and nearly missed a concussion just three months ago; completed the re-construction, design and personal hand-painting of the studio two month's ago and in the "in-between" time have started knitting a full length sweater coat simultaneously with an intricate cowl. Feel so, Helen Reddy-ish.  ee-he, can you hear me roar!
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November 9, 2014

Surprise Sundays

New for the fall!  Surprise Sunday.  For today was filled with complete and unadulterated gleeful, "only in New York does this work out this way" joy and surprise.  Follow along with the images and I will tell you a story of surprises unfolding, if you are open to simply look.
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November 2, 2014

New & Different, Yet Undeniably the Same

Yes, I know it has been a while since I have had something to say or share.  I have been so caught up in the realities of getting older and losing friends, getting thrown off bicycles, healing bruised body parts and egos and all the while building a new studio space.
TRX Super Bridge
September 12, 2014

Real People – Doing Really Amazing Work

Real people do amazing work on themselves every day.  Sometimes because they are pushed by me to find the depth of their own strength - from the inside out.  Sometimes because they are self-motivated to go deeper within themselves and for themselves.
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July 2, 2014

Pilates Over 50: Beautiful Changes in Living Color

I started writing this three-part story on Friday, June 13th; a unique day. There was a full moon. Mercury was in retrograde for its second week and all hell had broken loose across the planet.  It was the first of such a day in many years and the last of such a day until 2049. I probably won't be around the next time the moon is full on a Friday the 13th. Jesh! Or maybe I might be? For this is a story about how Pilates has changed the health, life and movement of my life and that of three other women over the age of 50.
Pilates Fitness TRX Workout
July 2, 2014

Pilates Over 50: From Pilates Mat to TRX Suspension

I wrote about Vernell and Alina two years ago when they began training with me as Beginner Pilates students.  They maintained their Pilates Mat regimen, twice a week, for two years and Alina started training with TRX while Vernell started to run. Vernell admitted she wasn't the most coordinated person and consciously and deliberately chose to stay out of the gym. She became intrigued, although with a little trepidation, by the TRX suspension straps that Alina, her life partner, was using and raving about.
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July 2, 2014

Pilates Over 50: Perfectly Executed

Carolyn is one of my absolute favorite people to work with.  She claims she "hates to exercise" but she approaches every activity she has pursued with me through the  years, with full attention and absolutely perfect execution.  She  is one of the strongest, most beautifully women I know. She is also one of the feistiest women I have ever had the pleasure of laughing and working with as a teacher. 
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May 18, 2014

Two Mothers Have Been Transformed with Pilates

I asked two of my regular students, who happen to be new mothers,  to share their respective thoughts and experiences with Pilates after they both came giddily back to the studio reporting the loss of more than 20+ pounds each!
Pilates Fitness Workout
April 23, 2014

Heels on Wheels!

That's the mantra that has been causing quite a bit of a stir with more than a few hamstrings and butts lately.  I keep getting text messages, emails or comments - usually two days after students had  a class that uses the Pilates4Fitness FootWheels - that scream, yell and holler about what they are feeling.  What do I do?  Happy Dance!! 
Pilates Fitness Mat Class Workout
April 18, 2014

The Moves to Use

One of my long-term students brought this article to my attention, as she recognized all of the exercises and moves featured in the article. I love it for a couple of reasons and am sharing to support everyone's continued use of the perfect form of Pilates in your home and all of the studio workouts.
March 31, 2014

It’s All About The Angles

It is always about the angles. The angles, twists, turns, curves and lines we find and create with our bodies. How much mobility, length, strength and flexibility do you have in the angles of your body?
March 22, 2014

The Pilates Baby “Three-Peat”

Anya's daugther, the third Pilates baby in the Scheflan family, was born February 24, 2014. I had the pleasure of visiting Anya and the proud Pilates-Baby-Daddy, Eran, on a recent sunny afternoon and am proud to share a few of the lovely images of Ayla Iris Scheflan along with a few blast from the past memories of the other two....just so they won't be left out!
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February 28, 2014

Five Good Moves to Practice…After You Leave the Studio

I teach Pilates and I consider myself to be pretty fit for an "old lady." An old lady with half a century under her belt and a little more than ten of it teaching others to mindfully move and maintain their own level of fitness.