by Holly Ferguson Pregnancy is such an exciting time filled with preparations—from putting together cribs to stocking up on onesies. During pregnancy, women focus on eating the right food, getting adequate vitamins and staying away from harmful chemicals, caffeine and alcohol, which are all very important lifestyle changes. But what can moms-to-be do to create […]
I have been teaching Pilates for a long, long time—since 1975, in fact. I have seen what works, and what doesn’t. There are a few things that maturity and “being around the block” can afford you. It may not hide the wrinkles and gray hair (only a good doctor and hairdresser can do that), but it does afford us the opportunity to see trends come and go, witness so-called fitness gurus in their 15 minutes of fame and learn not to sweat the small stuff. Heck, even the big stuff passes on to something more beautiful and long lasting.
Pilates is all about lift, which turns out to be one of the most important tools in combating day-to-day compression, and maintaining good posture. Whether you spend your day slouched over a desk, running around the house, carrying babies, or just find yourself toting a heavy bag about town, your resilient joints and spine are being compressed. Our joints were created to withstand impact, but over time even our naturally durable design can be affected. Age, extra weight and inactivity all contribute to spinal compression and can result in loss of height, poor posture and even contribute to the thickening your waistline (read muffin top). Compression can also putting pressure on internal organs, which can affect your overall health and energy levels.
Ken Endelman has always been fascinated with making things work better, qualities that led him to build Balanced Body® into one of the world’s biggest Pilates education and equipment companies. by Anne Marie O’Connor Pilates Style: Where did you grow up? Ken Endelman: I grew up in Los Angeles, in the San Fernando Valley. I […]
Get your body back while bonding with your baby in this energizing barre-inspired workout, designed to induce calorie burn—and the giggles. By Andrea Rogers • Modeled with Baby Laine They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Well, nothing could be more true with how Xtend Barre Babies on Board came to be. As […]
Small tweaks to your position can target weak or tight muscles, says industry leader Brooke Siler. Her tips and tricks in this Reformer workout will make all the difference in yours—and sculpt killer abs, thighs and glutes while you’re at it. by Brooke Siler One of the wonderful things about Pilates is that, when done […]