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Installment 7 of 10 ‘Benefits of Pilates’

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7. Increases Energy

It might seem like a paradox, but the more you exercise, the more energy you have and the more you feel like doing (to a point, of course). Pilates gets the breath and circulation moving, stimulates the spine and muscles, and floods the body with the good feelings one gets from exercising the whole body.

What are we talking about here?  That’s right…ENDORPHINS!  To quote the award-winning movie Legally Blonde, ” Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”  Admittedly we are discussing endorphins in a different context, but the idea is the same: Pilates is great exercise, and exercise increases endorphins.  Endorphins give you a much-needed energy boost, and who does not want more energy!

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Installment 5 of 10 ‘Benefits of Pilates’

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5. Develops Core Strength

The core muscles of the body are the deep muscles of the back, abdomen, and pelvic floor. These are the muscles we rely on to support a strong, supple back, good posture, and efficient movement patterns. When the core is strong, the frame of the body is supported. This means the neck and shoulders can relax, and the rest of the muscles and joints are freed to do their jobs — and not more. A nice side benefit is that the core training promotes the flat abs that we all covet.

Even though a lot of people are interested in Pilates because they want that 6-pack, those 6-pack muscles (rectus abdominus) barely scratch the surface of what Pilates can offer practitioners.  A strong back will prevent injury as well as mitigate the effects of aging and lifestyle.  Exercising those pelvic floor muscles helps women with the birthing process, and helps everyone with issues of incontinence.

Pilates is also great for sex.  Yes, strong pelvic floor muscles increase sexual pleasure and if that is not enough of a reason to get to your closest Pilates studio, then also remember that Pilates helps people to stand up straighter.   Good posture makes one look taller, slimmer, and duplicates the appearance of a 10 pound weight loss!

So get thee to a Pilates studio, like Springwater Pilates!


Installment 4 of 10 ‘Benefits of Pilates’

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4. Increases Flexibility

In Pilates, we work toward a safe increase in length and stretch of the muscles and range of motion within the joints. You won’t find quite as much “pretzel logic” in Pilates as you might in yoga, but a body that can stretch and bend to meet the flow of life is a very realistic goal.

Note the words safe and realistic – keeping in mind that some bodies are very flexible while many have injuries and range of motion issues, Pilates works to be gentle on bodies while building the strength needed to prevent injury and support both athletic and every day activities.

So remember: Sunday is a great day for Pilates!  While not many exercise classes typically take place on Sunday (beyond the morning) at Springwater Pilates we are now starting some Sunday afternoon classes to help you ease back into your work week.  Come check us out!


Installment 3 of 10 ‘Benefits of Pilates’

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It is time to learn point 3 of 10 in the top 10 reasons to maintain a Pilates Practice:

3. Creates Strength Without Bulk

Long, lean muscles are the name of the game here. In Pilates, we are not looking to build muscles for show. We are building toned muscles that work perfectly within the context of the body as a whole, and the functional fitnessneeds of a person as they move through life.One of the ways that Pilates creates long, strong muscles is by taking advantage of a type of muscle contraction called an eccentric contraction.

By the way, eccentric contractions take place when one lengthens the muscle (versus shortening a muscle during a concentric contraction) while resisting a movement.  For example, the inward phase of a bicep curl, as the hand bends in towards the shoulder, is a concentric contraction; however, when one resists the return, slowly lengthening the arm back out, an eccentric contraction takes place. The muscle is being used and building strength yet growing longer at the same time.  Since so much of Pilates is about resistance, it is a discipline where the ‘eccentric contraction cup’ runneth over.  Pilates effectively develops long, lean muscles because of this very emphasis on the lengthening stage, or eccentric portion, of muscle contraction!
Come back to learn about benefit 4 of 10 tomorrow!

Installment 2 of 10 ‘Benefit of Pilates’

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Now that we have established that Pilates is a wonderful whole-body fitness regimen, let’s move on to reason 2 out of our top 10 benefits of a Pilates practice!

2. Adaptable to Many Fitness Levels and Needs

Whether you are a seniorjust starting to exercise, an elite athlete or somewhere in between, the foundations of Pilates movement apply to you. Building from core strength, focusing on proper alignment, and a body/mind integrative approach make Pilates accessible to all. With thousands of possible exercises and modifications, Pilates workouts can be tailored to individual needs.

There is so much to learn…come back for reason 3 tomorrow and continue to follow the links or check other websites to learn even more about Pilates!


Current Class Schedule

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Also located under the schedule tab, this is the up-to-date February schedule:

Tuesday (1st, 3rd, 5th one of the month)
5:30pm – Mad Props – Mat Pilates with Props
6:30pm – Group Reformer

Tuesday (2nd, 4th one of the month)
5:30pm – Group Reformer
6:30pm – Mat Pilates R.U.B. (ripped upper body)

Wednesday
11:00am – Group reformer
Noon – All Levels Mat Pilates

Saturday
9:00am – Group Reformer
10:00am – FREE Intro to Pilates (10-15 min.)
10:15am – All Levels Pilates Bootcamp
11:30am – Group Reformer

Sunday (2nd, 4th one of the month)
4:00pm – Group Reformer
5:00pm – Mat Pilates Mystery Core – Rotating Format!

Come on down and check out a class!  There are drop in spaces available and enough to go around!


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


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!


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!


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