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The Benefits of Pilates

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There are so many reasons to do Pilates – from core strength to improved posture to injury preventing, Pilates is a strength training regimen that is suitable for everyone.

In the coming days we will go over the top 10 reasons to do Pilates, covering a new reason each day!  It is amazing that so many people are willing to try every new workout under the sun, yet a number of these people have never experienced Pilates…not even once!

There are countless online resources all about Pilates, and this is a great thing!  But if you want to really experience Pilates you need to go to a Pilates-specific studio and find a knowledgeable instructor.

1st reason to practice Pilates:

1. Pilates is Whole-Body Fitness

Unlike some forms of exercise, Pilates does not over-develop some parts of the body and neglect others. While Pilates training focuses on core strength, it trains the body as an integrated whole. Pilates workouts promote strength and balanced muscle development as well as flexibility and increased range of motion for the joints.

Attention to core support and full-body fitness — including the breath and the mind — provide a level of integrative fitness that is hard to find elsewhere. It is also the reason that Pilates is so popular in rehab scenarios, as well as with athletes who find that Pilates is a great foundation for any kind of movement they do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tune in tomorrow for reason number 2!  You can check out about.com for some more information in the meantime, to satisfy your curiosity.

 


Online Scheduling is Here!!

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We now offer online scheduling!!

There is a bit of an issue with the code for the scheduler, but the book now button is showing up at the bottom left of the website.  You can find it on the home page, or on the schedule page.  It is there though, and we are working to resolve the ‘placement’ issue.

Groupon customers can access online scheduling off of their groupon confirmation page, OR everyone (Groupon or not) can just come here!  There is a book now button on the schedule page as well as on our home page.

Online scheduling is available for everyone regardless of Groupon status.  Whether you had a Groupon, finished using it, and are now onto regular classes, or if you are just discovering our classes and want to test them out, sign up and come!

You can schedule, cancel, read class descriptions, get our address, and more all on the scheduler.

We look forward to seeing you all soon!


Pilates For Men!!

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Pilates is amazing for many reasons…and more men need to be doing it!  Check out this great article on Pilates for Men courtesy of Men’s Health magazine.  Then give me a call and book your sessions, boys!

http://www.menshealth.com.sg/fitness/boost-your-fitness-pilates


A note on protein

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Admittedly I think a lot about protein…and how to get enough of it.  Getting fat and carbs into one’s diet is simple, but outside of sitting down and eating half a chicken it is more challenging to meet our protein needs.

Everyone has a different opinion as to appropriate daily protein intake, but if you want to be lean and svelte protein is essential and a good rule of thumb is to eat as many grams each day as your weight.  So, if you weigh 120 pounds then eat 120 grams.  This would equate to 480 calories in your daily diet coming from protein; if someone is on, say, a 1500 calorie a day eating program then that would be about 32% of your calories.  The Zone diet would give you a thumbs up, Dukan Diet most likely too.  But most importantly we here at Rachel Rettman – Fitness. Nutrition. Lifestyle would be proud of you!

So grab your soy nuts, drink your milk, eat your tofu, and wolf down some lentils.  Whatever your pleasure, there are lots of creative ways to pack in the protein!  More on this topic to follow…

 

 

 


Healthy Eating is for Awesome People!

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It is important to eat a balanced diet in which you get the nutrition you need while also enjoying yourself.  There are so many competing ideas about what it means to eat healthy, but some things are certain:

  1. Nuts are healthy, nutritious, and full of good fats that help fuel our brains and bodies.
  2. Too much sugar takes a toll on the body because we are not able to process a lot of the sweet stuff; thus, it ends up wreaking havoc by causing inflammation and stomach upset as it becomes toxic (just like anything else.  If we ate meat and could not process it and eliminate the waste, it would also cause problems).
  3. Veggies and fruits should be a mainstay of any nutritious eating plan.
  4. Protein is an essential building block for your body and brain!  Whether you prefer veggies beans and nuts, or fish, chicken and lean meat, there are lots of interesting ways to get protein into your day!

Breakfast is the most important meal you eat!  It gets your metabolism moving and sets the tone for the rest of the day.  Having a mixture of fat, protein and carbohydrates is a great morning goal, and what better way to do it than with some healthy, tasty pancakes!  These are not your typical pancakes though – they have 5 nutritious ingredients and are both sugar and gluten free.  With nut butter, eggs, yogurt, vanilla, and a touch of honey, you will be both happy and fulfilled!  Have a great day!

Gluten Free pancakes!!


The ‘official’ end of the Groupon

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It is exhausting running a Groupon!  One might think it a passive activity, but no!  Monitoring your numbers, getting the deal information out on your social networking sites, checking the question board to make sure all potential customers have the facts they need in order to make their decision and, of course, checking the numbers.  Wait, did I already say that one?  It is practically a full time job!

Now that things are done, it is time to get in the studio!  A total of 173 Groupons sold, and there are more chances to purchase it through the ‘in case you missed it’ feature on the Groupon website.

Big exciting news…within a couple of days we will have online scheduling!  This will make everything easier on everyone, both schedule makers/keepers and clients!  Plus you can track your attendance, sign in and out of classes with the push of a button and more!  Instead of being harried and worn it, we can return to our normal sprightly selves!

 

 

 

 

 

 

See you at Springwater Pilates!


At 150…and still counting!

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The AMAZING GROUPON from Rachel Rettman Pilates at Springwater Pilates and Movement Studio is still active and ready for purchase!  We have sold an even 150 so far…and there are still 13 hours left to get the best Pilates training deal around!

Get ready to stretch, strengthen, and find those long lost abs!  Once you get going, you just might become a life-long Pilates adherent.  Either way, how can you go wrong with $15 for 3 mat classes and $35 for 3 group reformer classes ??!!!

See you in the studio!


New Link, Same AWESOME Groupon!

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A new day, a new link to the wonderful 67% off Groupon for Mat and Reformer Pilates!!

http://www.groupon.com/deals/springwater-pilates-movement-studio?c=all&p=5

I promise you will love love love what this does for you body and mind.

Purchase now, and if you are not a Pilates person please pass this link along to all of your friends!

 


GROUPON IS LIVE!!

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Get your Groupon for Rachel Rettman Pilates, Mat and Group Reformer classes, now!!

Both Mat Pilates and Group Reformer Pilates classes at 67% off!  Check it out at:

http://www.groupon.com/portland/

Email rachelspdxpilates@gmail.com to ask a question, or just go through the Groupon site and use the question board.

Come see what all the buzz is about; almost 100 Groupons have already sold and you have until Thursday at midnight to purchase!

Makes a wonderful valentine’s day gift for your loved ones; if you love somebody, give them the gift of good health!


Cake…Important!

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See, cake really was on the birthday menu!  Live vicariously through a fabulous Papa Haydn Boccone Dolce (meringue layers with whip cream, strawberries and banana, and chocolate drizzle) and Parisian macarons in pistachio and salted caramel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The food only last a little while, but a beautiful and thoughtful gift last a lifetime.  Among a few great items, the diamond heart necklace is a standout AND is perfect because it is lightweight, stays in one spot, and can be worn during a workout!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the indulgence is over, pick back up where you left off and hit the gym/the mountain/the studio, or wherever you like to get your sweat on!


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