Building a Supportive Community: Fall 2022 Charity Events

Join Us as We Build a Stronger Community

We love our community – we are lucky to have such amazing instructors, clients, and partners in our community who are passionate about giving back to local causes.

Over the past few years, we have been lucky enough to be able to give back – and we don’t plan on stopping any time soon.

As a local small business itself, RTR Pilates focuses our philanthropic efforts on local, grassroots organizations, so we can build a stronger community across the DMV – together.

It’s all thanks to you.

All of our charitable efforts and contributions are a direct result of you, our community. Many of our clients come to RTR out of a desire to improve their own bodies, minds, and lives. Through the network of amazing people in our classrooms, we have also learned about the causes near and dear to your hearts.

Because of you, we have been able to participate in a number of events benefitting local organizations in and around our studios.

In the past year, we supported Families4Families, a DC-based non-profit that was founded as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic to help families combat food insecurities. We also recently hosted an event with Second Genesis, a local foundation dedicated to the prevention and treatment of addiction in the greater DC area.

Thank you for your continued support of RTR Pilates – thanks to your continued loyalty, we have the opportunity to give back to incredible organizations like Families4Families and Second Genesis.

Upcoming Events

If you would like to join us for in-person events and help us build a stronger community, we are welcoming volunteers and participants for our Fall events:

Back to School

Legends Charter School is a K-8th grade educational institution that focuses on empowering students through financial literacy, providing a high-quality education for students in Prince George’s County.

Join us for a Stuff the Backpack campaign, where we’ll provide critical back to school resources for students that will help them start the school year off with everything they need to succeed.

Puppies & Pilates

We are partnering with the Humane Rescue Alliance to host a Puppies & Pilates class this fall. All proceeds from the event will go to HRA, an organization dedicated to rescuing and caring for animals in need, as well as pet adoption, increasing access to low-cost veterinary services, and community education.

Donate Now

We know our clients have crazy schedules – from work to kids to their own philanthropic efforts. If you would like to join us in supporting these organizations, monetary contributions are just as important as your valuable time.

Click here to donate to Legends Charter School.

Visit the Humane Rescue Alliance website and learn how you can donate your time or financial support.


The Power of Pilates Footwork

Most workout classes out there focus on the bigger muscle groups: legs, arms, glutes, abs, back. Pilates does that too – oh, you’ll feel it in class.

But here at RTR, we know that the body is more than just the major muscle groups. Our body is an interconnected unit of bones, ligaments, muscle, and tissue. That’s why we often start our classes by activating our foundation of movement with footwork.

In our daily lives, we often overlook the feet as a muscle group to activate or strengthen. We spend our days with our feet strapped down and tied into shoes, which are great for protection and style. But all that time in shoes turns your complex system of bones and muscle into one movement sector and can under-develop parts of your feet, which can lead to issues that affect the rest of the body.

In every RTR class, we work without shoes. This one action immediately wakes the foot and its different focus points, from your heel and arch to the ball of your feet and toes. We also often begin class with footwork to further support this foundation. Our exercises help build strength, mobilize the ankle, and support the knee and hips.

Why do issues in the feet affect the rest of the body?

When we develop imbalances in our feet, that energy travels up the leg and into the spine off-balance; we’re placing a disproportionate amount of stress on one area, which then overworks that section and under-develops others.

This imbalance can lead to overpronation or underpronation (supination), which are both caused by underdeveloped muscle groups.

Pronation is just the natural movement of our feet when we walk, run, and go about our daily lives. When your foot is overpronated, your ankle moves too far downward and inward when you step. This can lead to excess rotation of the tibia, which increases your risk of shin splints and knee pain.

On the other hand, when you experience underpronation, often called supination, your foot rolls outward as you walk, which places extra stress on the outside of your foot and your smaller toes. This motion can increase the risk of a number of issues, including:

  • Ankle injuries,
  • Plantar fasciitis in your feet,
  • Achilles tendonitis in your ankles,
  • And pain in your thighs and hips from Iliotibial band syndrome.

We use our entire skeletal and muscular structure of our bodies to create balance, and it starts with our feet. When you don’t take care of your feet, your body will let you know.

Preventing injuries

Many classes at RTR begin with footwork to support and activate the various muscle groups in our feet. These exercises alleviate stress, build strength, and help mobilize the ankle, knee, and hips, which in turn improves flexibility, balance, and the ability of the ankle joints to absorb stress.

Through our classes, we wake up the foot so it becomes a balance center, rather than a source of imbalance.

Immediate results

Beyond long-term injury prevention, pilates also provides immediate benefits you can feel. During footwork, many of our clients experience an immediate release in the feet, which then activates the calf and shin muscles, quads, and leg extensors. This focus provides increased mobility, as well as a relaxing sensation in areas that are often overstressed.

Footwork also represents a valuable mental benefit for our classes. By focusing on control at the beginning of class, footwork also functions as a centering exercises that brings our clients into a deeper awareness of their control over their body.

This awareness helps Pilates practitioners build a greater understanding of their body throughout their daily lives, supporting their overall health and wellbeing.

See the results for yourself

Join our community at RTR Pilates and see the results of footwork (and a fantastic whole-body workout) for yourself. Get your first month of unlimited classes for just $129!