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Pilates4Fitness Blog: The Scoop

Pilates Style Teacher Profile

28 Apr 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."
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Pilates Mat Workout

06 Apr 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. 
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Pilates Training with Blossom Leilani Crawford

29 Feb 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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25 Feb 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.  
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13 Feb 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!
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tower-stretch

22 Jan 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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SidePullUp

08 Jan 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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Honeydew-sorbet

18 Aug 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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02 Aug 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.  
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#2in1&10in30

09 May 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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15 Feb 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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Pilates4Fitness TRX Balance Control

03 Feb 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?
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Practicing Teaser

18 Jan 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."
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Top5Moves

28 Dec 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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Cowl - my rendition

15 Dec 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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Wonderful art angles

09 Nov 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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02 Jul 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.
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Pilates Fitness TRX Workout

02 Jul 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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Pilates Fitness Workout

02 Jul 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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Pilates Fitness Workout

23 Apr 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!! 
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Pilates Fitness Mat Class Workout

18 Apr 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.
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Anya

22 Mar 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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Change

25 Jan Changing and Holding Onto It

It's January 25, 2014.   I have not had a glass of wine for 24 days!   This is a particularly amazing fact, when I tell you that I had fallen into the bad habit of drinking 2 glasses of wine (sometimes 3) at night which often resulted in 3-4 bottles of white wine consumed a week.  That was prior to January 1st when I kicked the habit after drinking all the champagne.
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27 Dec Three Good Reasons You Should Practice Pilates

I ran into an old friend, an avid cyclist, rock climber and personal strength trainer. To the average person, he looks like a world-class athlete. You know the form, rock hard abs, legs and arms many drool over, not to mention the energy and heart of a child at eternal play.  He knew I had a Pilates studio and thought it would be a great idea for me to allow him to bring his kettle-bells into my studio to “help my students build muscle.” “Oh, well, isn't the purpose of Pilates & Yoga to build muscle and bone density?” he asked in response to my very quick but courteous response, “No, we don't do kettle-bells in Pilates studios.”
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baby-bump

05 Dec One Down, Two to Go

One down, two more to go. Two more Pilates babies that is! Ariadne made her way "down and out" to greet the world and her proud parents.   Two more studio mom's are still scooping "in and up" as they stretch and strengthen; awaiting the arrival of their precious bundles.
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Pilates4Fitness Workout

25 Nov Reform, Renew and Refine

Recommit yourself to repeating the things that feel good in your body and your life.  Pilates exercises, and the open fluid movement that the method fosters, is a perfect way to rejuvenate, reform, renew and refine yourself.  Recommit yourself to finding new space, new openings and change in your body. Become allergic to can't and addicted to healthy movement.
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