Pilates’ questions: Critical thoughts on the field

    Pilates’ questions: Critical thoughts on the field   Taking class   One question I ponder on a regular basis and still struggle to comprehend is “Why do so few Pilates’ teachers take regular class themselves?” While we recommend to our clients two to three times a week? I would wager some teachers hardly get one in every so many months, if that at all?   In street lingo, “what’s up with that?”   Now I fully understand for some there are reasons such as; live in an isolated area have financial obstacles at present and or maybe don’t

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Privates vs. Group Classes

    Privates vs. Group Classes   As Classical Pilates’ students (and that includes Pilates’ teachers) the choices between doing private sessions versus group classes is a frequent topic. In order to make a good decision on which path is for you it’s interesting to think through various reasons why you might choose one or the other or possibly both.   This is not a commentary of which is “better” but knowing your own personal goals can assist in the decision process. Vital to the process on privates vs. group classes is your overarching objective. This could range from just

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Sticking to the Routine, Part 2 Food

  Sticking to the Routine Part 2 Food   In my previous post I looked at some common sense thinking on how to stick to your exercise routine. I’ve also explored the topic of food numerous times in food for performance, food philosophy and what do you eat.   Here I want to focus on simple tools to assist you in sticking with your food routine.   #1 Make it fun #2 Plan out your week #3 Cook real food #4 Prioritize health not diet   Fun   The fun factor needs a YUGE comeback when it comes to food.

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Sticking to the Routine

  Sticking to the Routine Part 1 Exercise   In an age of constant distractions how does one stay on track with an exercise routine? I’m not talking about competitive sports or athletics, I mean how can you find regular normal exercise practices that you can commit to without constantly being pulled off course?   There is without a doubt, ongoing distractions from every corner imaginable. Whether we talk about technological devices to work pressures to family obligations, they all have the capability to pull a person off a desired route.   I understand, appreciate and empathize. I also think

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The Art of Taking Class

    The Art of Taking Class   Classical Pilates is a Method of exercise designed by Joseph Pilates. It has endured the test of time via translation from teacher to student over many decades. While any movement program will be subject to the quality of knowledge and understanding of the original material by the earliest adopters the fact that it is still instructed today speaks volumes for the method.   There are certain elements that have assisted the “staying” power of Classical Pilates. Written materials, archival photos and film footage are available for viewing. However, in my opinion the

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Commitment, Dedication and Practice!

    Commitment, Dedication and Practice!   The author of Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell is coined with the phrase it takes 10,000 hours to become good at something. While I think it is really hard to put a singular number on acquiring a talent or skill, let’s think about it from a Pilates’ perspective.   10,000 divided by a realistic number of hours one could practice a week. Just for our purposes let’s say you’re an apprentice in a teacher training program and enthusiastic. You plan to commit 10 hours a week.   10 hours X 52 weeks in a year

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Exercise for exercise NOT to lose weight!

  Exercise for exercise NOT to lose weight If you don’t enjoy what you do, why do it? If you don’t like to exercise, maybe there’s something skewed about your aim for exercise. One reason I feel interest in exercise often diminishes is the overwhelming pressure to lose weight. When it doesn’t happen the desire for exercise fades away.   Whether it is lack of pleasure or obsession about weight loss let’s try to reframe the picture. Finding a reason to exercise beyond losing weight is a great liberator. It opens up new doors and allows you the freedom to

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Maximizing Creativity and Performance

Maximizing Creativity and Performance   I recently had an interesting exchange with Kei Murauchi, a Japanese artist on a posting of his on CreativeRoom4Talk. He shared his “traditional Japanese concept” on maximizing creativity and productivity. Our interaction follows a brief description of the concept.   Immediately after reading Kei’s post I found myself relating the concepts to the development of Pilates’ teachers as well as devoted practitioners. Kei explains three main stages of arriving at peak performance with the Japanese translation.   Shu (protect) Ha (detach) Ri (leave)   In this first stage, Shu of maximizing creativity and performance a

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Quality of Movement

    Quality of Movement   Workshops provide loads of inspiration and food for thought. The real work, from a teacher’s perspective, comes in bringing concepts to reality. Quoting a fellow friend and colleague Frank Zito, “If I come away with one new idea from a workshop it’s a success.” I like that kind of thinking!   Recently our studio hosted Benjamin Degenhardt for Advanced Mat class and Upright Pilates training for teachers. While I had many new thoughts after the workshop, I want to highlight one in particular.   Quality of movement and how vital that is in the

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Physical Investment

    Physical Investment   Often when the word investment pops up the mind immediately jumps to finances or retirement. What about the investment in our physical body? That might even be more important in terms of our freedom later in life than all the savings and money market accounts combined. Especially when the economic bubble bursts again.   But what does that actually mean a physical investment? Having spent a lifetime in a profession that demands a physical body, professional dance, that investment is everything. Now as a Pilates’ studio owner and devoted practitioner I still believe it’s a

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