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Catherine
2:27 PM

Gym Bag Beauty Essentials

Make it to the studio and back unscathed with our top five beauty essentials for your
post-Pilates regiment, and never worry again about finding time to squeeze in a
class and look good afterwards. 
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Go gentle on your strands and avoid midday creases in your 'do by throwing hair up in a thick elastic hair tie. We like Bop Basics Neon Elastic Hair Ties, $38, for a pop of color. Even better? Loosely braid your tresses or twist into a bun and fasten with these ties for added volume and gentle waves after your workout. 
Cool off with a cleansing towelette that gently removes dirt, sweat and makeup residue, paying special attention to the hairline, neck, chest and back. We like Say Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes, $5.99, packed with superfood ingredients to naturally exfoliate, detoxify and rejuvenate the skin in a flash. 
Skip the shower and still keep tresses looking clean with dry shampoo, which absorbs excess oils and sweat after a workout. We like Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo Powder, $21, ideal for on-the-go primping. A little powder goes a long way by massaging this lemon verbena-scented product into the scalp, cleansing hair and creating instant volume without water or a blow dryer. 
Work that natural post-workout flush and add a hint of sheer, natural color with tinted moisturizer, perfect for that "no makeup" look. We like Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer, $43, for its easy application and variety of colors. Too much flush is easily evened out with this lightweight SPF 20 makeup/skincare combo, which hydrates and protects skin from environmental damage with an antioxidant complex of vitamins C and E. 
No time for a shower? No problem, with a scented cleansing body spray in your gym bag arsenal. We like Clean Shower Fresh Clear Radiance Mist, $29, to wake up skin and rehydrate with a refreshing and uplifting scent. This fragrance packs skincare benefits to clean and exfoliate, even skin tone and reduce the appearance of skin imperfections to reveal radiant and glowing skin all over. 

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Catherine
10:09 AM

Get Limber with Lisa!

Are those hamstrings tight? Follow this quick and easy stretching routine.

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Catherine
3:47 PM

CORE POWER with Tanya Edwards


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Catherine
3:42 PM

Welcome to Mat Pilates with Tanya Edwards!

Try at home or schedule your class today!

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suzanne.johnson8@gmail.com
12:49 PM

Mat vs. Reformer

Throughout the summer Potomac Pilates is offering Mat classes, the question on everyone's mind is...WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MAT & REFORMER??

 

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Both workouts provide similar core strengthening and flexibility benefits so it can be confusing to know which is the best fit for your individual goals and capabilities.  There tends to be a hesitation on both ends and the answer is that you should do both to optimize your results and challenge your muscle groups! Here’s a breakdown to help you out:

The biggest difference between rolling out a mat and looping on up is resistance -- A reformer provides weight that can be a challenge, but in some ways a cushion. Sometimes having a heavier weight allows one to push against their loops or bar, offering assistance in the workout movements. The springs and pulleys guide you, allowing you to find your core and balance more easily. Think about plank pose. A lighter spring will challenge the core because of the complete control required of your body. Similarly, with Mat Pilates, only your own body creates the resistance, making it possibly more difficult to hold positions.

Both Reformer and Mat Pilates will strengthen and elongate the muscles, but their difficulty varies. If you’re a beginner, Mat classes provide a solid foundation for the large variety of exercises presented on a reformer. However, advanced members may want to return to the roots of their workouts, or Mat classes, to delve deeper into specific muscles that are behind ultimate core strength. On the other hand, someone who is looking to stretch or rehabilitate the body and still get a good work out should focus more on Reformer Pilates, while more experienced members with relatively controlled cores should look into taking Potomac Pilates’ new Mat classes. Nevertheless, both workouts cater to any level and are guaranteed to help work muscles you didn’t know existed! Voila, this is the genius behind Potomac’s Performance Pilates! 


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suzanne.johnson8@gmail.com
12:09 PM

The Importance of Stretching

Your new lululemon pants shouldn't be the only thing stretching this summer! Stretching the body improves muscle elasticity, which increases muscle control, flexibility and range of motion. I find that Potomac Pilates is a perfect way to start a stretching routine without even knowing you’re doing it! 

 

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I have played soccer all my life, run almost everyday and certainly should understand the importance of stretching. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean I do it. I have been trying to disregard my tight leg muscles, but reoccurring calf cramps encouraged me to seriously look into stretching. With a mother that teaches yoga you would assume I’d have no problem discovering helpful stretches and alleviating my pain. However, because of my active exercise history, I feel restless in slow paced yoga lessons. My mom (Lisa Johnson), also instructor at Potomac Pilates suggested I take more Potomac Pilates classes, which emphasize the recognized benefit of controlled dynamic stretching to reset muscle length.

I’ve learned that Performance Pilates classes use repetitions that both elongate and strengthen muscles, while still making you break a sweat. After only a few classes, I’ve noticed an improvement in my flexibility and overall muscle strength. So, I’d recommend you to loop on up at a Potomac Pilates class this summer to easily incorporate stretching into your exercise routine. 


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Catherine
1:20 PM

Twist and Tone with Jennifer Alpert

Lift, tone, and sculpt with an intense core series!