10 Gifts to Buy Your Pilates Gal Pal // By Leeor Kelly

Source: A Cup of Joe

Tis the season to elbow strangers, empty your wallets and dive into a rabbit hole of frenzied holiday shopping. With caffeine pumping in our veins and nutrition bars in our bellies, year after year we hustle through department stores looking for the perfect gift for friends, families, co-workers– Yet somehow Santa gets all the credit?

If you’re looking for the perfect gift to give your Pilates bestie, a family member who is looking to live a healthier lifestyle or that colleague you keep promising you’ll do Whole30 with in the New Year, we got you covered. Here are our top 10 gift ideas for 2018! Happy Holidays and happy shopping! 

1. Swell 9 – 25oz Water Bottle — These eco-friendly bottles keep beverages cold for up to 24 hours and hot for up to 12 hours. They come in a variety of design options so your special someone can feel good about hydrating, reducing waste and looking cool doing it. {$25 – $50}

2. RTR Pilates Holiday Starter Packs – 3-Class Passes, a pair of Tavi Noir Grip Socks and a cozy ceramic mug to get your coffee fix is the perfect gift for the friend who keeps asking why you look so good. Pilates, duh! And isn’t the gift of health and wellness the best of all? {$50, valued at $150. Limited Supply.}

3. Resistance Bands – If you take RTR Pilates classes your buns may be familiar with these innocent looking bands. Effective and super lightweight, these are ideal for traveling as take up no room in your luggage. Now you have no excuse but to get your work out in while on vacation! {$10; Available at RTR Pilates Studios}

4. Barerun Women’s Ballerina Wrap Shoes – When Grip Socks just aren’t enough you can up your grip game with these cute and comfy shoes. 

5. RTR Pilates Mug – Fill it with a Gift Card or your favorite espresso beans or chocolate to complete the gift. Perfect for the Pilates enthusiast in your life! {$12; Available at RTR Pilates Studios in DMV area}

6. RTR Pilates Gift Card – For someone in your life who suffers from back, hip, knee pain or that friend who keeps insisting that he/she is signing up next month– what better way to get them started by helping them pay for their first month of Pilates classes– the BEST gift ever!

7. Gita Bow Mini UGG Boots – Ah Uggs, named for being ugly, coveted for being the warmest and comfiest shoe on the market! Perfect for keeping your tootsies warm but easy to slip in and out of before and after your Pilates class! 4 colors available, our favorite is the Port pictured below! {$170}

8. ANDI NY Bags – For the gym rat who wants to look stylish toting their Lululemons, sneakers and grip socks around, these lightweight versatile bags are chic and the perfect item to splurge on. Sold at select RTR Pilates studios! {$158 – $198}

9. Heroine Sport Boost Hoodie – SO soft and SO chic! This hoodie is form fitted, warm and comfortable– perfect for travel or to keep you or a loved one warm between Pilates classes. {$158 Available at select RTR Pilates Studios}

10. Balanced Body Magic Circle – Some like to call this The Ring of Fire, or the Ring of Death! Either way if you know RTR Pilates Instructors you know the Balanced Body Ring is their prop of choice when it comes to killing and slimming those inner thighs. Another great travel companion, or an easy piece of equipment to keep at home when you can’t make it to class! {$35; Available at Select RTR Pilates Studios}


Solve the Puzzle & Enter to Win an RTR Pilates Holiday Starter Pack!

It’s the holiday season and that means great deals at your favorite reformer Pilates studio! For the second year in a row we’re rolling out RTR Pilates Holiday Starter Packs! The perfect gift for that friend or family member who always wanted to try Pilates but  never really got their foot in the door.

For just $50, you get a 3-class pass, a pair of Tavi Noir grip socks (required at all of our studios), and an RTR Pilates branded mug. Valued at $150– there’s no deal better! Give the gift of health & wellness and your friend or loved one will be sure to thank you. Plus, now it means you have a buddy to attend your Pilates classes with!

Trying to win one of these bad boys for free? From Monday, 11/26/18 to Monday, 12/3/18 enter to win an RTR Pilates Holiday Starter Pack by solving the logic puzzle. Just comment on the post on Facebook or Instagram and we’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, December 4th! Good luck everyone!



The Fire Victims in California, How Can I Help? // By Tanya Edwards, RTR Pilates Instructor

The Washington Post (Noah Berger/AP)

The fires in California have devastated entire communities and left thousands of people without homes, without jobs and stranded in the midst of a temporary housing crisis. If you are feeling compelled to help but don’t know where to start, here are a few links you can follow to give help (via financial donations) directly to those that need it most:


I’m initiating this relief effort because my immediate family is directly affected by the fires.

My brother, David (I call him DJ), and sister-in-law, Patty, moved to Paradise in the mid 90’s as newlyweds with their first baby on the way. I can remember teasing him when I came up for my first visit, “Being a newlywed and soon-to-be dad wasn’t enough, you had to move to Paradise too?” He just smiled and laughed. The town of Paradise truly lived up to its name, nestled in Pine Trees and high above the town of Chico with the aptly named “Skyway Drive” as the main road in and out (or up and down, because it’s 1,778 feet above sea level). They spent their first few months living in one of their friends’ family vacation home and eventually moved down to Chico because even though rent is cheap, jobs are hard to come by in Paradise. Commuting up and down Skyway on a daily basis is expensive. My nephew, Aric, was born early that next year at Feather River Hospital in Paradise. I’ll never forget the tiny little onesie they gifted him at the birthing center when he was being discharged… it said, “I was born in Paradise”. Eighteen months later, my niece, Dominique (we call her Nini), was born and another onesie was added to the memory box. The family was complete and DJ was working hard to build his career and hopefully buy a house, always with the thought of Paradise as the goal of where they wanted to settle down and own a home. Their dream was finally realized in 2000 and they bought their first home up Skyway Drive, in Magalia… the town directly above Paradise. It was great to see them so happy and settled! Aric and Nini attended school in Paradise and the family thrived up on the mountain, living the ‘American Dream’.

Nini’s Graduation

Unfortunately, not all stories have their picture perfect happy ending. My brother passed away quite suddenly and unexpectedly five years ago in 2013, just a few months shy of Aric’s graduation from Paradise High School and one week before Nini was to attend Prom. Our entire family was sent reeling with the loss, Patty and the kids world came to a stand still.  The last five years have been quite a trial with many ups and downs but they managed to get back on their feet to establish a new kind of normal. And then the fire came raging through two weeks ago.

Patty, Aric and Nini are all currently evacuated from their home. They are in a bizarre state of limbo at the moment. As far as we know, thankfully, their house is still standing. We are equally grateful that they made it out safely and have a family friend to stay with in Chico while they wait for further news on the house in Magalia. They all worked in Paradise and unfortunately, their places of employment are among the hundreds of businesses that burnt down. It was surreal to hear their stories of evacuation. Tales of raging fires on both sides of the road, traffic and anxiety building as they drove through the flames. I broke down and cried when I saw the videos on Facebook of other evacuees driving the same roads my family was on. It looked absolutely terrifying!

Tanya’s Family: Nini, Tanya, Tanya’s Husband, Aric, Tanya’s Son

As horrible as this ordeal might sound, in reality, my family is on the more fortunate side of the thousands of evacuees.  Tens of thousands of people lost their homes AND jobs and are currently displaced… living in shelters, Walmart parking lots or staying temporarily with friends. Its overwhelming to imagine what they are going through and what the road to rebuilding and recovery will entail. Instead of worrying and wondering, I decided to turn my energies toward a positive plan of action.

Let’s DO something productive and help out where it’s needed most!

I’m pleased to announce that RTR Pilates has graciously offered the use of the studios time, energy and resources to hold a fundraiser for the victims of the fires in California. Details are listed below.  

My hope is that in this holiday season we can let the victims of this fire know they are not alone.

Thank you, Tanya.

Details from RTR Pilates on HOW TO HELP:

Three ways to help:

  1. 1. ) Attend Tanya’s California Fire Fundraiser Classes on Saturday, December 1st, 2:15, 3:15 PM. 
  2. 2.) Bring in Gift Cards to any RTR Pilates location to places like CVS, Walmart, VISA from now until December 15th.
  3. 3.) Donate to one of the following: North Valley Community FoundationCalifornia Community Foundation Wildlife Relief FundSierra Nevada Camp Fire Relief Fund.

On Saturday, December 1, 2018 Tanya will be teaching classes to benefit the victims of the California fires, specifically those affect in and around Paradise, California.  The classes are free to sign-up with donations in the form of check or cash or gift card accepted at the time of the class.

Please make donation checks out to any one of the foundations listed above. Click HERE to sign up for Tanya’s class! Space is limited, pre-registration is encouraged.

If you cannot make the classes and feel compelled to donate, RTR Pilates will be collecting gift cards at all locations until December 15, 2018. Gift cards of $25 or more from places like: Walmart, CVS, VISA, AMEX, Costco.

Thank you in advance for all of your support!


RTR Pilates California Fire Victim Fundraiser Event: December 1st, 2018

Between now and December 15th RTR Pilates will be collecting donations to support victims of the California fires.

When arriving for class please bring with you a check with payment written out to one of the foundations listed below or a gift card to Target, CVS, Walmart, Costco or a credit card gift card. Financial donations are best at this time.

Tanya Edwards of RTR Pilates will be hosting two classes on December 1st in our Potomac Studio at 2:15 & 3:15 PM in efforts to help victims of the California fires. To read Tanya’s story and how these fires have directly affected her family, click here.

If you prefer to make your contribution online please see a list of foundations you may donate to below: 

We are asking for $25 donations but any amount will do. Thank you for your continued support!