So what IS the difference between doing Pilates and doing strength training with dumbbells and gym equipment? One big difference is the emphasis on the spine,shoulder girdle, and pelvis in pilates, with the emphasis on limbs being secondary.
In our Pilates Reformer classes in Mission Valley, we always begin with an assessment of posture and body alignment. We work both sides of the body to even out left to right imbalances, and as we do so, we create greater strength and flexibility simultaneously.
Joseph Pilates was an insightful master of this which is why the Pilates technique has experienced longevity of over 100 years.
In the pilates room of our Mission Valley studio, we use tons of equipment and props for core strengthening. So when we do Pilates Reformer /TRX classes regularly, we don't need to take vitamins. Doesn't natural sound good?
Our pilates room is stocked with the latest top of the line pilates equipment. Some people have never even heard of the Pilates Chair, pictured here. It is more challenging than the PIlates Reformer, and training with it really cranks things up!
We include exercises on it, in all of our Pilates Reformer classes in Mission Valley, for those clients who are experienced attendees at our San Diego studio.
Looking for better balance? No, not life balance (although that's important!). Just body balance. Maybe you are a golfer. Or maybe you are getting a little older and feel less grounded when you stand or move. Either way, pelvic stability is the key. To achieve this it's important to strengthen the "stabilizer" muscles of your core. Lucky for all of us this is a key coaching component of Pilates Reformer classes at our studio in Mission Valley.
In offering you the best pilates ever, we stretch out your spine to make you more comfortable and less prone to injury while golfing or just moving in your daily life. Try our pilates for golf class on Mondays, or join one of our regular pilates classes held everyday in our San Diego Pilates studio.
Weight bearing exercise helps in losing weight , burning calories, and building muscle. But it is also great for your bones.
The strength of your bones is measured as "bone mineral density" or BMD. Formation of bones during age 25-30 exceeds its deterioration. But after age 40 or so, this swings the opposite direction and we all (particularly women) need to assume a different strategy to stay healthy.
In recent studies it has been found that women who combine aerobic exercise and weight training had a greater BMD in their lumbar spine than women who did only aerobic exercise.
So it only makes senses that along with the Pilates Reformer Classes we have at our Mission Valley San Diego studio, we add TRX training to every client's time with us. This core workout combines not only exercise in weight bearing position, but it is a "suspended" weight bearing position which really gets results.
Come in for the "personalized best pilates workout" we are famous for....Maximum class size of 3 insures lots of attention. After all, you want to get strong and healthy, don't you?
If you're a golfer, you know how important core strength is for your swing..also back flexibility and strength. Well, guess what? A Pilates Reformer Class at our Mission Valley Pilates Studio is filled with exercises specific for this. And we have even added a segment of the class as TRX training so that you can build even more core strength with suspended planking.
What you may not have considered is how getting your best pilates workout at our studio on a Monday can stretch out all the kinks from your weekend games.....oh yeah, that's tonight! Join our Pilates for Golfers Class every Monday at 6:30PM....and you can get caught up on everybody's week end rounds.
Hey, haven't worked out in a week? Feeling blah? Try a TRX/Pilates Reformer workout to get the blood moving and your energy up. Call to schedule now. 858 735 8705
At our Mission Valley Pilates studio, we often hear about hot flashes from our clients either for themselves or someone they know. Well, guess what? Good news! A recent study at the Mayo clinic monitored deep-breathing activity as a possible factor in controlling this. 68 women were divided into 2 groups of breathers for the 9 week test:
First group:6 breaths per minute for 15 minutes once or twice a day. Second group: normal breathing of 14 breaths per minute for 10 minutes per day. Between 42% and 52% of the women experienced reduction of hot flashes! One of the 5 basic emphases in Pilates is deep breathing. That's why it is called a mind/body exercise. As your mind controls your breathing in our Pilates Reformer classes, you match your movement to your breath. So at the end of a class, you have not only strengthened your muscles, but you are stretched out and relaxed. Give us a call to discuss it, and reserve your spot in one of our small groups! 858 735 8705
Most adults need 7-9 hours sleep per night. But most people get less than that. Before electricity, Americans slept 10 hours per night. Over the next 50 years, that amount decreased slightly. But the National Sleep Foundation Polls showed that in 2005 the average sleep time was 7 hours, and down to 6.2 hours per night in 2012. What's up? One explanation is that we are not good at recognizing sleep deprivation. We think we are functioning well, when in reality, a sleep deprived person manifests poor memory, and diminished problem solving. Another obstacle to getting enough sleep is that some of us are not particularly good at it! Here are some tips: try to keep your sleeping schedule regular. Sleep in a cool room, but keep warm under the covers. Do not drink caffeine or alcohol close to bedtime. HAVE A REGULAR EXERCISE PROGRAM FOR YOURSELF! Clients at our Mission Valley Pilates studio are great sleepers! They say not only do the core workouts fatigue their muscles, but the flexibility work provides an element of relaxation at the same time. People with back problems tell us how much better they sleep without the pain and inflammation medication they used to take. With our customized Pilates Personal Training, we can design a workout just for you and your needs. Give us a call to discuss it. 858 735 8705
Due to fascial connections throughout the body, some muscles in seemingly opposite locations actually influence each other. For instance, your right latissimus dorsi (called "lat" for short) has a connection to your left gluteus maximus. This deep diagonal connection, when strengthened, is a big contributor to core strength. In our Pilates Reformer Classes, we design our workouts with this in mind. There are approximately 10 "fascial meridians" in the body. So why work random individual muscles, when at our Mission Valley studio, you can do a workout incorporating this concept? Give us a call to discuss our Pilates Reformer classes, Pilates Reformer plus TRX, or our fascial release classes. You'll feel the diference! 858 735 8705
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