Pilates MATters: Why I Love the Mat Series

We are 6 days away from March 1- day of one of what the Pilates industry refers to as “March MATness.” Benjamin Degenhardt started this idea during March when the rest of the sports industry is preparing for March Madness (basketball). I don’t know about you but I love a good pun and I also loveContinue reading “Pilates MATters: Why I Love the Mat Series”

Happiness is an Inside Job

Happiness is an inside job. Unfortunately we can’t find happiness from material things, from friends or families in our lives and the hard part working is from the inside out rather than the outside in. I am a firm believer in the saying ‘money can’t buy happiness’ since I was in high school and stillContinue reading “Happiness is an Inside Job”

Props: Challenge, Tool, or Distraction?

Today’s post is all about props. Are they helping challenge muscles, distract from the exercise, or a tool to help with the exercise? Think back to the first time taking a Pilates class and how you felt. Overwhelmed? Confused? Out of breath? Exhausted? The first timers would probably find the props to be a distraction.Continue reading “Props: Challenge, Tool, or Distraction?”

Present Over Perfection

Have you ever heard the saying “perfection is an abstract ideal“? How often have you wanted something to be perfect- a presentation at work, a paper submitted in class, a craft you made at home, your hairstyle, the list goes on, right? We’ve all been there, the desire and want to be perfect. But canContinue reading “Present Over Perfection”

Let Change Happen

Why do we try to stop change? Why do we become afraid and work to maintain a routine of the same rituals over and over again? Think about when you were a baby and you didn’t know change and you just did what you wanted or needed- sleep, eat, roll over, yell, babble, etc. HumansContinue reading “Let Change Happen”

Corps Esprit Ame

Today’s post features a client of mine from France, Celiane, and the title is Body, Mind, Soul (pardon any improper French grammar). Celiane began doing Pilates when her personal trainer was out for a few weeks having surgery but had done Pilates previously. I’ve had the pleasure of teaching Celiane at the Wisconsin Athletic ClubContinue reading “Corps Esprit Ame”

Pilates before Baby

I have had the pleasure of working with Kristen from almost the start of her pregnancy (7 weeks) to currently (37 weeks) and it’s been fun to watch her Pilates practice grow alongside her growing belly! Pilates is something anyone can do but it’s understandable how not everyone may enjoy Pilates as much as others.Continue reading “Pilates before Baby”

Pilates Perspective by Mimi

As a Pilates instructor I can always give my reasons for starting, continuing, and enjoying Pilates but it’s also great to have perspective from people who come to class and take lessons on a regular basis. Here is Mimi’s take on how she learned about Pilates, why she makes it a priority, and why sheContinue reading “Pilates Perspective by Mimi”

Living the Pilates Lifestyle

The definition of Lifestyle according to Miriam Webster is: “a particular way of living, the way a person or group of people live.” I write this post because while many people do Pilates and attend Pilates classes or private lessons, I wonder how many live a Pilates lifestyle? Do they think of a lifestyle associatedContinue reading “Living the Pilates Lifestyle”

Why Pilates?

Everyone has a story behind their first Pilates experience or what brought them to Pilates initially. Now it’s time you learned how I started doing Pilates. When I first moved on my own to Columbus, Ohio after college to pursue a job in my business degree for Marketing I began running more often. My bestContinue reading “Why Pilates?”