Fast-Food vs Gourmet Pilates: Which one is right for you?

Fast-Food vs Gourmet Pilates: Which one is right for you?

You’ve decided that after years of chasing the photoshopped, idealized perfect body that magazine covers and commercials are made of and you still don’t look like the swimsuit model on Sports Illustrated, and their specialized diet didn’t work to put the numbers on the scale you hoped to see, that the quick-fix is probably not the answer.

So, Pilates it is! Pilates doesn’t promise a quick-fix, so the studio you go to shouldn’t promise one either.

Pilates doesn’t promise the best arms, abs, back, buns, and thighs. Shocking right?!?!?! If you want quality Pilates, look for a studio that isn’t just about your parts, you’re not a car.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you won’t get those things by doing Pilates. The side effect of a consistent Pilates practice is absolutely amazing muscle tone, improved flexibility and incredible posture, relieving you of the aches and pains that poor posture lends itself to. Ridding you of the cranky back, neck, and hips. You will find muscles in places you didn’t know existed with names you can’t pronounce. That’s just the way it is, Pilates makes you stronger, enables you to really get off the couch and live your life, keeping you functional and strong until you’re very, very, very, very old.

So now let’s break it down, which studio is right for you? How much should it cost?

Stop The Confusion: What Should You Eat?

Stop The Confusion: What Should You Eat?

With new diet trends and conflicting research studies popping up all the time, it can be confusing and difficult to decipher what you should be eating to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It wasn't long ago that we were told to limit eggs and high fat foods. Now, low fat foods and sugar are on the hit list of foods to avoid. How do you make sense of so much information? Here are our top tips on eating healthy.

5 Great Reasons To Do Pilates

5 Great Reasons To Do Pilates

I get asked frequently, “Will Pilates work for me?” “Should I try Pilates?” “I lift weights and run, how can Pilates help me?”  Guess what? Pilates is for EVERY body, no matter what that body can or cannot do, or is already doing?

March MATness

March MATness

March is just a few days away, and Janae Luxe Pilates is going to participate in March MATness!  What is March MATness, you ask?  Each day in the month of March we are going to try to post a picture doing one exercise from the list of exercises in the Classical Mat Pilates series.  It's a social media project started by Benjamin Degenhardt the owner of 360 Pilates.  Using the power of hashtags we will be showing our love of Pilates to the world!

Why Men Need Pilates

Why Men Need Pilates

Yesterday I got a chance to mingle with a small group of people in a networking mixer.  I met a few men that found the idea of my being a private Pilates instructor in San Diego to be very interesting and they had lots of interesting questions for me.  “What exactly IS Pilates?” and “Are men allowed to do Pilates?” as well as “Isn’t Pilates ONLY for women?” were just a few of the questions and comments that I received.  And then I told told them what I tell every man that asks me those questions….Pilates IS for men.  Pilates is for women too.  Pilates is also for EVERYBODY.  And when I say everybody, I mean every BODY.

What is Red My Lips?

What is Red My Lips?

Red My Lips is an international nonprofit organization that uses red lipstick as a weapon and a tool to raise awareness about sexual violence, combat rape myths and victim-blaming, and demonstrate solidarity and support for ALL survivors. Our supporters, which we call 'Warriors,' wear red lipstick all throughout April (Sexual Assault Awareness Month) to raise awareness and funds. 

Chile Broiled Salmon with Crushed potatoes and Garlic Roasted Cabbage

Chile Broiled Salmon with Crushed potatoes and Garlic Roasted Cabbage

At one of our first Pilates, Food and Wine Events Chef Joshua taught us to make this amazing meal! It's healthy, it's delicious, and this particular recipe will make enough food for your whole week, divided up in containers for your food prep for the week! Enjoy!

Chile Broiled Salmon with Crushed potatoes and Garlic Roasted Cabbage

The Truth About Sitting.

The Truth About Sitting.

 

In my quest for knowledge, I come across many articles that are very helpful to me as a Pilates instructor, and I try to impart that knowledge to my clients.

Here is a great article that I came across recently from Adrian Farrell MSTAT of Alexander Technique London, on SITTING! Seems like something so simple but I love the way he breaks things down here. Enjoy.

Stand on your bottom, what?! The truth about sitting.

I don't like to teach from an overly anatomical view, too much detail to think about in day to day living. I'm much more interested in the way we think and react, rather than what we think about, but this is something really useful for you to consider.

Look at how the bottom of the spine joins with the pelvis. What changes to that relationship when the weight bearing changes from going through your hips, and ultimately to the ground via your feet, to going through your sit bones into your chair? Not much! You'll notice that both the hip joints and the sit bones are below the sacral-iliac joint, that is, where the base of the spine, the sacrum, fuses with the pelvis.

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