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Leeor Pilo
8:17 AM

Vylet Collections Trunk Show at our Wisconsin Place Studio



Tis the season for last minute gift shopping & great deals. We're thrilled to host one of our very own, Leeor's, jewelry line Vylet Collections for TWO Trunk Shows this season at our Wisconsin Place location in Chevy Chase, MD.

Come join the fun on Saturday, December 13th, 9AM to 12PM and Wednesday, December 17th, 10:15AM to 1:00PM.

A 20% discount will be applied to all sales, AND an internet promo code will be offered to those who attend. Don't worry, regularly scheduled classes will still take place!

So after you get your sweat on with a kick-butt Pilates class, purchase some last minute Vylet Collection trinkets for your friend, sister, daughter, even yourself! See you there.





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Leeor Pilo
9:29 PM

Controlling Your Portions on Thanksgiving




By Danielle Bolger

The Thanksgiving meal can be a daunting one for both kitchen neophytes and waistline-watchers. We can’t help you in your quest to cook a bird to perfection, but we can help when it comes to enjoying your feast—without sacrificing flavors or favorites, or bursting your Pilates pants. Take our Thanksgiving portion-control tips with you to dinner and the only thing stuffed at the table will be your turkey.


BIRD’S THE WORD

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without turkey, and thankfully, the centerpiece of dinner is packed with protein and high in nutrients like B vitamins, selenium, phosphorus, potassium, iron and zinc. Go for the white meat, and enjoy about 3.5 oz (about the size of a deck of cards), which packs about 30 grams of protein, about 160 calories and 4 grams of fat if you choose skinless breast meat. But go easy on the gravy, which can add anywhere from 50-100 calories per quarter cup to your bird.


GO FOR THE GREEN

Load up on all the veggies you want, but watch out for hidden-calorie green dishes. Opt for salads and steamed options flavored with lemon juice or a drizzle of olive oil, and serve yourself just a ¼ cup of one of the creamy varieties, i.e. green bean casserole, creamed spinach, or casserole dishes.


STARCH

Starch comprises more than half of the traditional meal components in a Thanksgiving feast. Try to limit yourself to half a cup of one bread-based or pasta item (i.e. stuffing, macaroni and cheese or a dinner roll) and half a cup of one starchy vegetable (potatoes, squash or corn). Scoop up sweet potatoes over regular, butter-and-cream-laden mashed for a super dose of nutrients and vitamins, but skip the sugar-laden marshmallow topping. If you like your potatoes sweet, drizzle some honey or agave nectar. Can’t give up mashed potatoes? Swap the heavy cream for Greek yogurt for a tangy twist.


RESPECT THE “FULL” EFFECT

The body takes about 20 minutes from the time you start eating to feel. And unfortunately, most of us eat way too fast and too much to even realize we are full. Eat slowly. Enjoy the conversation. Allow time to trigger the signal from your brain that you’re full, and, as a result you will consume less. Don’t fill up on appetizers before the main course, and after your first round, let your body digest. And remember, the second best thing to Thanksgiving dinner is Thanksgiving leftovers. Eat slowly and you will have plenty.


PIECE OF PIE

Pass up dessert on Thanksgiving? No way. When it comes to pie, choose pumpkin (around 300 calories per 1/8 slice) over pecan for its high fiber content and healthy fats. Although nuts in pecan pie are a great source of healthy fats and protein, a slice can hide more than 500 calories. Bake your own “healthier” pies by subbing rolled oats for half the nuts in a pecan pie, skipping the canned pie fillings by simmering your own fruits, swapping the lattice crust for a crunchy oat crumble on your apple pie, or skipping white flour for whole wheat. And also, pumpkin is technically a vegetable, right?


DON'T PUNISH YOURSELF

Let’s be real – no one is going to go on a diet or attempt to lose weight come Turkey Day. Instead of focusing on losing, focus on maintaining. One day of feasting will not undo all those hours spent in Pilates classes. Men should aim to have about 700 calories in their Thanksgiving meal, while women should aim for 500. The key is to pay attention to your body. Don’t restrict yourself to the point of torture, and don’t forget that food should be enjoyed. Pace yourself, and remember that the best part of Thanksgiving is the conversation and company.


HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM POTOMAC PILATES!


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reina@potomacpilates.net
2:04 PM

Give Thanks & Give Back

This holiday season Potomac Pilates is in the spirit of giving back. We would like to give back to our community and our clients.


Give Food, Get Fit
Potomac Pilates announces its first canned food drive to collect Thanksgiving meal items for Martha’s Table, a local organization that provides healthy food, affordable clothing and quality education to DC residents in need. Clients of the DC reformer Pilates studios can donate canned good items to all three studio locations at Potomac, The Shops at Wisconsin Place and The Palisades Monday, November 17- Saturday, November 22.

Every year, Martha’s Table receives thousands of quality food donations from supporters, and this year, Potomac Pilates’ DC, Maryland and Virginia clients can help by donating holiday food staples, including canned cream of mushroom soup, canned pumpkin puree and pie filling, evaporated milk, canned cranberry sauce, canned gravy, and canned vegetables.

Each can donated will earn clients one entry into Potomac Pilates’ studio-wide raffle, with prizes including one free month of unlimited Pilates classes (a $320 value, and just in time to offset those holiday meals by boosting your workout regimen!). Other prizes for the raffle include donations from Heartwing Photography, Tabandeh, Vylet CollectionsSalon Jean and Molly’s Bakeovers. The raffle will run through the duration of the collection period, and there is no limit to how many items clients can donate.


Holiday Spotlight on Client Owned Business
For the month of December, Potomac Pilates will highlight one client-owned business daily via our social media outlets. It is our goal to connect the many talented and successful business owners within our community with each other and other clients. Who knows - you could have been on a reformer next to someone for years whose business services you could benefit from.

To qualify for Potomac Pilates’ first Holiday Spotlight on Client Owned Business, you must be a current client of Potomac Pilates and be involved with the promoted business. Please submit your business to info@potomacpilates.net including:

  • An image.
  • A brief description of your service/product.
  • A website or social media page for us to link to.
  • If you feel it is important for our clients to recognize you, please also include a picture of yourself.

Submittals are due by November 28, 2014.

It isn’t often enough that we stop and say thank you, to you, our clients. You are our inspiration and motivation. Thank you for giving us the continued opportunity to change your bodies and lives. We are grateful everyday.

In the spirit of giving and thanks, sincerely,

Reina


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Leeor Pilo
8:11 AM

GIVE FOOD, GET FIT FOR THE HOLIDAYS! Potomac Pilates Hosts Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive Contest for Hungry DC Residents in Need Through Martha’s Table


WASHINGTON, DC (11/9/2014) – Potomac Pilates, the premier Washington, DC-based Pilates studio, catering to reformer fanatics in the Greater DC area, announces its first canned food drive to collect Thanksgiving meal items for Martha’s Table, a local organization that provides healthy food, affordable clothing and quality education to DC residents in need.

Clients of the DC reformer Pilates studios can donate canned good items to all three studio locations at Potomac, The Shops at Wisconsin Place and The Palisades Monday, November 17- Saturday, November 22.

Every year, Martha’s Table receives thousands of quality food donations from supporters, and this year, Potomac Pilates’ DC, Maryland and Virginia clients can help by donating holiday food staples, including canned cream of mushroom soup, canned pumpkin puree and pie filling, evaporated milk, canned cranberry sauce, canned gravy, and canned vegetables.

Each can donated will earn clients one entry into Potomac Pilates’ studio-wide raffle, with prizes including one free month of unlimited Pilates classes (a $320 value, and just in time to offset those holiday meals by boosting your workout regimen!). Other prizes for the raffle include donations from Heartwing Photography, Tabandeh, Salon Jean, Vylet Collections and Molly’s Bakeovers. The raffle will run through the duration of the collection period, and there is no limit to how many items clients can donate.

The number of men, women and families Martha’s Table serves doubles during the cold winter months and holiday season. Potomac Pilates’ canned goods collection will help support various food programs through Martha’s Table, including the community Harvest Dinner.

This year, Martha’s Table will host the community Harvest Dinner on Sunday, November 23, and transform the center into a sit-down restaurant for Martha’s Table families, staff, volunteers, and community neighbors to enjoy a delicious holiday meal. In addition, each family in need will receive a grocery bag filled with holiday meal essentials, and more holiday meals will be distributed as carryout through the McKenna’s Wagon food distribution program after the dinner.

The organization anticipates giving out more than 1,200 holiday grocery bags this year. For more information about food donation and volunteer opportunities at Martha’s Table, please visit www.marthastable.org.

About Potomac Pilates: The mission of Potomac Pilates is to provide an upscale fitness experience combined with an intimate, inspiring, and accessible way of instructing Pilates in DC and surrounding areas. To nurture and tone every client's mind and body one breath, one exercise, one Pilates class at a time. www.PotomacPilates.net.


Written by Danielle Bolger

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Leeor Pilo
12:51 PM

5 Ways to Feel More Beautiful with Pumpkins!



By Danielle Bolger


Pumpkins are the quintessential fall centerpiece, and these days everything from your doorstep to your latte features this giant gourd’s goodness. But ever thought about adding pumpkin to your beauty routine? Loaded with vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, potassium, alpha-carotene, zinc, beta carotene, and lutein, pumpkin is a great beauty benefit from the inside out. Here are five ways to incorporate pumpkin into your October beauty regimen (no carving involved!)

PUMPKIN FACIAL


Pumpkin’s vitamin C helps protect skin from free radical damage and promotes collagen production. Combined with soothing honey to seal in moisture, a pumpkin masque is perfect for the changing fall weather.

We like this DIY pumpkin facial from Petit Elefant to naturally exfoliate the skin, sooth irritation, calm breakouts and brighten:

What You'll Need:

1/4 cup pureed pumpkin

1 egg

1 tablespoon honey*

1 tablespoon milk
 
Whip the mixture together, apply with a brush avoiding mouth and eyes, and let sit for 20 minutes until dry. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
 
*Potomac Pilates Tip: Prone to oily skin? Swap honey for apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.


PUMPKIN HAIR MASK


Pumpkins pack a mean mineral punch, containing potassium, copper, zinc and more, all vital for healthy hair and regrowth. Try this pumpkin hair mask recipe to moisturize and add life to dry and lackluster hair.

What You'll Need:

2 cups cooked pumpkin

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon honey

1 tablespoon yogurt 

Puree the pumpkin and yogurt in a blender, then add coconut oil and honey until smooth. Apply mixture to damp hair and cover with plastic cap for 15 minutes. Rinse hair thoroughly and follow up with regular shampoo and conditioner. 

Recipe courtesy of Teen Vogue

PUMPKIN PIE PROTEIN SMOOTHIE


B Vitamins found in pumpkin, like niacin, B6 and folate, can help improve circulation, which increases cell turnover and renewal. This protein-packed shake will help your body recuperate after a workout or your next Pilates session.

What You'll Need:

½ can organic pureed pumpkin

½ cup almond milk or vanilla almond milk

1 tsp nutmeg and ginger, or pumpkin pie spice

1 Frozen banana

1 spoonful of pumpkin seeds, plus an extra spoonful for topping

¼ cup oats


Combine ingredients in blender and mix until smooth. Add ice for thicker consistency. Top with extra pumpkin seeds and enjoy.


POLISHING PUMPKIN BROWN SUGAR BODY SCRUB


Carotenoids, responsible for pumpkin’s infamous orange hue, can help reverse UV damage and improve skin texture. Exfoliate with a refreshing pumpkin body scrub to help heal summer skin damage and banish dry skin cells.

What You'll Need:

½ cup pureed pumpkin

1 cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons safflower, olive or coconut oil

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, etc.


Combine ingredients. Let sit for 2-4 minutes. Refrigerate after, and use within 4 weeks.


Recipe inspired by Imperial Sugar



PUMPKIN GINGER FOOT SOAK


Vitamins A and C found in pumpkin help soften and smooth skin. Soothe tired feet with a pumpkin-inspired pedicure, featuring purifying lemon and ginger to remove toxins.

What You'll Need:

½ cup pumpkin puree

¼ cup fresh grated ginger

Juice of ½ lemon

Hot water to soak


Combine ingredients and soak for 5-10 minutes in hot water. Follow up with pumpkin body scrub to exfoliate!

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Leeor Pilo
9:32 PM

Hydration Hacks We Love

 

By Danielle Bolger

 

Water is essential to a healthy lifestyle, but how much you should drink depends on your health, activity levels, and even where you live. It makes up about 60 percent of your body weight, yet studies have shown that nearly half of Americans aren’t drinking enough of it.

Staying hydrated doesn’t have to mean strictly guzzling glass after glass of water all day. Remind yourself to rehydrate after a Pilates workout or just a night out by setting hourly alarms (your alcohol to water intake should be 1:1 per hour), or make a game out of it and see how many times you versus a friend/family member/coworker can refill your water bottle throughout the day. Then try out some of our suggestions to up your H2O intake, no matter what kind of drinker you are.

 

THE TRADITIONALIST

 

If chugging water is as natural to you as breathing air, try mixing up the flavor. Skip those store-bought flavor enhancement powders and syrups, and opt for flavorful herbs, fruits and veggies. Try these colorful combos for high-flavor H2O:

  • Cucumber and Lemon
  • Raspberry and Mint
  • Watermelon and Basil
  • Pineapple and Rosemary
  • Orange, Lemon, Lime and Cilantro

 

THE FOODIE

 

If you prefer eating to drinking (and let’s face it, most of us do!), there are plenty of ways to stay hydrated by eating water-rich fruits and veggies. According to the University of Kentucky, apricots, blueberries, oranges, peaches, pineapples, plums, raspberries and melons are great options, all with a water content level of 85 percent or higher. Fresh cucumber, celery, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, and zucchini, as well as nutrient-rich veggies like broccoli, eggplant and spinach are also great choices for a more savory, water-rich meal. Whip up a batch of gazpacho for a refreshing summer soup that will keep you cool and hydrated on a hot day.

 

CLASSIC GAZPACHO

 

Contributed by Trey Foshee on FoodandWine.com 

3 pounds tomatoes, cored and coarsely chopped

1 seedless cucumber, peeled and coarsely chopped

2 red bell peppers, coarsely chopped

1 jalapeño, seeded and coarsely chopped

1/4 cup sherry vinegar

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and refrigerate overnight.

In a blender, puree the vegetables until smooth. Strain the soup into a deep bowl, season with salt and pepper, and serve.*

 

*The Potomac Pilates Way: 

Top your gazpacho with diced mangos, slices of avocado, shaved radish and cucumber, and a drizzle of basil-infused oil for a gourmet touch.

 

THE ALTERNATIVIST

 

If the only way you like your water is in the form of ice cubes, there are still plenty of other drinks to dabble with for hydration.

 

  • Try coconut water, which is high in vitamins and minerals, low in calories, and is an all-natural isotonic beverage, which means it has the exact proportion of electrolytes that human cells and plasma contain.  

 

  • Juices and sports drinks can be high in sugar, but diluting them with water or sparkling water can help you get more hydration benefit.

 

  • Although caffeinated drinks are classified as diuretics, beverages made with water like coffee and tea are still great alternatives to hydrate with, according to WebMD.com, which says the diuretic effect does not offset hydration.

 

  • Smoothies containing water-rich fruits and veggies, ice, and even milk will help keep you hydrated. Try blending strawberries, watermelon, and pineapple for a punch of flavor!

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Leeor Pilo
8:25 PM

5 Easy Ways to Eat Clean

 

By Danielle Bolger

 

Okay, so your healthy eating plan got a little off track over the weekend. Those summer treats were all too tempting. Someone served up some irresistible barbecue. But don't give up and don't punish yourself! Reboot your body from the inside out with these quick and easy clean-eating tips that will clean up your diet in no time.

 

WATER, WATER, EVERYWHERE

Most people aren't drinking enough water, even though our bodies are comprised of about 70% of it! Stick to this rule of thumb-- try to drink about half your body weight in ounces of water. For example, a 130 pound person should drink about 65 ounces of water per day. And don't forget to drink even more during and after a Pilates class to replace lost hydration during exercise.

Start your dat with a 6 to 18 ounce glass of room temperature water with fresh lemon juice squeezed into it to flush out toxins, aid digestion and provide essential nutrients like Vitamin C and Potassium.

 

SAY NO TO GMO

Genetically modified foods are produced from organisms that have gone through specific changes in their DNA through genetic engineering, resulting in the introduction of new traits and greater control over genetic food structure. Studies have shown that the consumption of GMO foods can actually genetically modify your own cells, accelerating the aging process! The top GMO offenders are corn and soy, so try to cut back on these products and stick to organic whenever possible.

 

CUT THE SUGAR

Sugar is an empty calorie food that can negatively affect the metabolism and contribute to various diseases including diabetes and liver disease among others. Replace refined sugars with natural sweeteners such as honey, agave, or stevia. Or satisfy that sweet-tooth with sweet fruits like strawberries, blueberries, or apples for a quick snack.

 

GOODBYE GLUTEN

More than half the population  has a sensitivity to gluten and more than 55 diseases have been linked to it, but what exactly does gluten intolerance do to your body? Gluten sensitivity can lead to bloating, digestive issues, Keratosis Pilaris (i.e. "chicken skin"), fatigue, dizziness, inflammation or even mood swings. Try cutting gluten out of your diet for two weeks to see if you notice changes in the way you feel.

 

GOOD FAT

Fat gets a bad rep, but don't fear all fats! Good-for-you fats containing Omega-3 fatty acids such as olive oil, avocados, almonds and walnuts provide nutrients to promote healthy brain function, energy, and healthy skin and hair. Plus, good fats can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Avoid saturated fats and stick to a balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids to feel good on the inside and look great on the out!

 


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Leeor Pilo
11:41 PM

4 Fitness Accessories You Need For July 4th

 

Summer is officially here and with the 4th of July just around the corner, it's time to show this incredible country of ours some love. Here are four  fitness accessories you can wear to your next Pilates class or on your next run. Rock the red, white, and blue this July 4th because patriotism never looked so good!

 

Full Toe Bella Grip Sox in Stars & Stripes, $16.00, Toe Sox

 

 

Power Y Tank *Luon, $52.00, Lululemon

 

 

Stars Stripes Sparkles No Dent Hairband 5-Pack, $14.00, Emi-Jay

 

Liberty Smoke Lense Sunglasses, $25.00, Headbro


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Leeor Pilo
10:01 PM

3 Healthy Summer Recipes to Love

 

Summer cooking should be all about simplicity. The warm weather and the fresh produce call for easy, light and flavorful dishes and a healthy summer diet paired with Pilates classes is the perfect recipe for a fit body. There’s nothing better than a summer barbecue, so take a look at some of my go-to meals ideal for your next outdoor dinner party this summer!

 

 

Grilled Chicken with Roasted Yellow Tomato Sauce

 

Ingredients:
 
• 4 yellow tomatoes, halved crosswise and seeded
• 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 2 garlic cloves, minced
• 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
• 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, each about 5 ounces
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
• 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
 
Preparation:
 
Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill or broiler. Away from the heat source, lightly coat the grill rack or broiler pan with cooking spray. Position the cooking rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source.
 
Arrange the tomatoes skin side down on the grill rack or skin side up on a broiler pan lined with aluminum foil. Grill or broil until the skins begin to blacken, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let steam until the skins loosen, about 10 minutes.
In a small frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and saute until softened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and set aside.
 
Core and peel the tomatoes. In a blender or food processor, combine the tomatoes, the garlic with the oil, and the vinegar. Pulse until well blended. Stir in 1 tablespoon of the basil and 1/8 teaspoon of the pepper.
Sprinkle the chicken breasts with 1/4 teaspoon salt and the remaining 1/8 teaspoon pepper. In a shallow dish, stir together the parsley, thyme and the remaining 2 tablespoons basil. Dredge the chicken in the herb mixture, coating completely. Grill or broil the chicken, turning once, until browned on both sides and no longer pink on the inside, about 4 minutes on each side.
 
Transfer the chicken breasts to warmed individual plates. Spoon the tomato sauce on top, dividing evenly. Serve immediately.
 
Recipe courtesy of The Mayo Clinic
 

Cucumber, Tomato & Feta Salad

 

Ingredients:
 
• 6 cups coarsely chopped English hothouse or Persian cucumbers (about 2 pounds total)
• 2 large tomatoes (about 1 pound total), coarsely chopped
• 1 bunch scallions, chopped
• 1 cup assorted pitted olives (such as Kalamata or Gaeta), halved
• 1 7-ounce package feta, crumbled, divided
• 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh mint
• 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
• 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
 
Preparation:
 
Combine cucumbers, tomatoes, scallions, olives, half of feta, and mint in a large bowl. Whisk oil and lemon juice in a small bowl; season dressing with salt and pepper.
 
Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle remaining half of feta over and serve.
 
Recipe courtesy of Bon Appétit.
 

Grilled Fruit with Balsamic Vinegar Syrup

 

Ingredients:
 
• 1 small pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 4 wedges
• 2 large mangoes, cored and cut in half
• 2 large peaches, cored and cut in half
• Butter-flavored cooking spray
• 2 tablespoons brown sugar
• 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
• Mint or basil leaves for garnish
 
Preparation:
 
In a large bowl, combine the pineapple, mangoes and peaches. Spray generously with cooking spray. Toss and spray again to ensure the fruit is well-coated. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Toss to coat evenly. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, heat the balsamic vinegar over low heat. Simmer until the liquid is reduced in half, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat.
 
Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill or broiler. Away from the heat source, lightly coat the grill rack or broiler pan with cooking spray. Position the cooking rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source.
Place the fruit on the grill rack or broiler pan. Grill or broil over medium heat until the sugar caramelizes, about 3 to 5 minutes.
 
Remove the fruit from the grill and arrange onto individual serving plates. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and garnish with mint or basil. Serve immediately.
 
Recipe courtesy of The Mayo Clinic. 
 

 

By Danielle Bolger

 

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dgordon@maret.org
10:09 AM

MEET DINAH!

 

What do you think when you hear the word Pilates?  Maybe like I used to believe, you think Pilates is only for people your mom’s age who have too much time on their hands and aren’t up for a rigorous workout.  Wrong.  I want to disprove any misconceptions you might have about Pilates and explain the many benefits it has.

 

Five Positives of Pilates:

1.  Tones Your Body

2. Improves Strength, Flexibility, and Posture

3.  Develops Muscle Awareness

4. Prevents Injuries

5. It’s Fun and a Good Workout!!

 

I started taking Pilates classes at Potomac Pilates about a year and a half ago when I was 15.  My mom (who used to hate all forms of exercise) saw an ad for Potomac Pilates and decided to try a class.  She kept going back and my whole family teased her for becoming obsessed.  To be honest I was skeptical about how effective Pilates was, so we decided to test it.  I realized when she humiliated me by beating me in a planking contest that Pilates was really making a difference.  My mom could hold a plank for 2 minutes and 30 seconds after only going to Pilates classes for a few weeks.  I decided to give it a try so that I could show her who really had the stronger abdominal muscles.  I took my first class in the winter of 2012 and eventually found myself coming back every day… it didn’t take long for me to become totally hooked. 

 

I am a junior at the Maret School and I run track in the spring and cross-country in the fall.  I have become an avid pilates-goer and take classes whenever I can.  It is a great thing to do during my off-season to stay in shape.  Ever since I started Pilates I have noticed a change in my capabilities in both my running seasons. 

 

Now back to the list of Pilates Positives:

  1. Pilates helps to strengthen and tone each muscle group- biceps, triceps, glutes, calves, abs, chest, back, quads, inner thighs, obliques, shoulders, you name it.  After taking classes consistently for a few weeks I can assure you that you will notice a change in your body.  It’s a great feeling knowing that you can tone your body in such a fun and healthy way. 
  2. Reformer Pilates is a great way for your body to get stronger and more flexible.  The endless ways to use the machine and the limitless number of exercises always keep things exciting in class, and ensure that you leave feeling that you’ve had a good workout. 
  3. In classes you will often hear instructors talking about a “mind-body connection”.  I didn’t know this mattered until I started doing Pilates.  Through taking classes you develop more awareness of your body in general and learn how to use the right muscles in different daily activities. 
  4. Pilates is a great workout because unlike some more cardio-based exercise classes, Pilates allows you to get a full workout without putting a lot of pressure and strain on your body.  The resistance training is a great way to build muscle without over-exerting your body.  I noticed that after adding Pilates to my routine, my muscles became stronger so in track this season I was able to avoid those annoying injuries that I had gotten in the past that come from over use of muscles. 
  5. Lastly, Pilates is really fun while at the same time is a great workout for all ages of people.  I am one of the youngest people in classes but what is great about Pilates is that it helps everyone and can be done just for general fitness as rehabilitation, or to prevent injury. 

 

I guess you could say that I have become completely addicted to reformer Pilates... I want more people my age to discover the Positives of Pilates and I strongly encourage you to start taking classes.  I promise once you start coming to classes you’ll locate muscles you didn’t know you had, and will find yourself coming back for more! I’m really excited to start teaching and I hope to see you in the studio sometime soon!

 

Dinah Gordon, Teen Class Instructor

Pilates class instructor

 


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