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?

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!

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.

3 Ways To Check Your Plank Form

3 Ways To Check Your Plank Form

The Plank exercise is one of the best total body exercises that one can do.  We’ve all heard that, and it’s totally true.  The problem with the plank, is that no matter how many times we look at that photo, it’s still a really hard exercise to get RIGHT!  When it’s right, it’s challenging.  When it’s wrong, it’s challenging AND painful!  The plank should be tough, it’s working your core, your arms, your thighs, your shoulders, not to mention those weak little wrists that start burning a few seconds in.

 

It really doesn’t matter if you do your plank on your knees, or you toes.  If you can’t lift your knees off of the ground, that’s ok.  Keep working on your knees, you’ll build the strength eventually.  If your wrists hurt because you’ve got an injury, it’s perfectly fine to do your planks on your elbows.  If you are able to do them on your hands, you’re going to get that arm workout that you won't get if you’re on your elbows.

 

So how do you get it right without someone like me standing over you, poking and pushing and pulling your body into the perfect plank?

5 Changes That You Can Make Now To Get Better Sleep

5 Changes That You Can Make Now To Get Better Sleep

It seems these days that everyone is having a hard time either falling asleep, staying sleep, or getting good sleep.

 

If you are among this group people that find yourself a bit sleep deprived, don’t fret, there are things you can do short of taking dangerous, addictive sleep medications.

 

Time to examine your day.  What are you doing right?  What are you not doing right?

Pilates For Weight Loss?

Pilates For Weight Loss?

When I began practicing Pilates for myself, I weighed 175lbs. On my weight loss journey, I had already began to make dietary changes that led me to lose 12lbs before I started Pilates.  So after about 3 months of Pilates twice per week, EVERY week….consistently, I lost about 15lbs more.  For the next 6 months, I continued to practice Pilates twice per week and watch my diet.  The scale hovered at around 158-163 during that time.  I was not discouraged or upset at the lack of continued weight loss, because something even better happened….I lost 3 dress sizes!

Welcome Our New Instructor Hannah

Welcome Our New Instructor Hannah

Janae Luxe Studio is so happy to introduce an amazing addition to the team, Hannah Snyder! She's been teaching Pilates for 10 years and she's a standout, Classical Pilates instructor. She will be available for sessions Tuesday and Thursday 730am-2pm.

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