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Our blog, formerly the Soapbox, lives on here. Meet our bloggers here, and read on below for useful insight for all things Pilates.

The top 4 Pilates exercises that kept me in shape during my pregnancy

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By Sheena Jongeneel I’ve been doing Pilates since I was 19 years old and teaching since I was 23. This year, I turned 39 and got pregnant for the first time. I can say I’ve always had a rock-hard body thanks to decades of devoted Pilates workouts. So, when I got pregnant and saw the […]

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What We Can Learn from Someone Who Got Pregnancy Right the Third Time

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I recently sat down for a conversation with one of my clients about Pilates, pregnancy and postpartum recovery. In her third trimester of her third pregnancy, this mom of two (and soon to be three) has learned a lot about taking care of herself through pregnancy and beyond.

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Get Movin’ Momma! Moving Moms Build Lifelong Exercise Habits

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by Holly Fergason 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 […]

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Teaching Lessons

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.

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Feeling Compressed?

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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.

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The Ultimate Prenatal Workout

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Okay, so you’re pregnant—what an exciting time! As your body begins to change, so must your fitness goals, safety precautions and exercise regimen.

One of the most commonly praised forms of prenatal fitness is Pilates. Why, you ask? The exercises in prenatal Pilates are specialized, controlled forms of movement that strengthen not only the big muscles, but the small stabilizing ones as well. Much attention is paid to the hips, outer thighs and bum, which aids in balance, good posture and relieves lower-back pain…

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Should you do Pilates during pregnancy?

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The other day, I was having lunch with a friend who is in her third trimester of pregnancy. The moment we sat down, she leaned in as if she were going to tell me a secret: “During my pregnancy, I haven’t gotten a very good answer as to what kind of core work I can do…” and she continued further, “Should I even be doing core work?”

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