PILATES for the Office

Working in an office environment can be much harder physically than anyone expects. Staying in shape is difficult when you work a desk job; muscle stiffness, soreness, and strain can set in and make every day feel like a challenge.

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Mara Sievers
20 Minute Pilates Routine You Can Do At Home

I often get asked about a good home program that you can do at home on the days you can't make it to the studio. So, I wanted to share with you a 20 min sequence that works on the mobility of most of your joints and also really gets the core muscles working!

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Mara Sievers
Is Pilates right for me and my body?

We can tell you now, that the answer is yes. Pilates is the perfect exercise for people young and old, whatever their ultimate fitness goals are. The use of controlled breathing and flowing precise movements to create balance can help improve everyday functionality and strengthen your body.

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Mara Sievers
How Much Is the Right Amount?

When you come to a Pilates class, you're probably looking for a good workout. You may be looking for a class that is challenging enough so you feel you're on a path of growth, transformation, and healing. But, the class should not be SO challenging that you feel you cannot keep up and you leave class or you wake up the next day in pain.

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Mara Sievers
Is Pilates Right for Men?

Unfortunately, many men still think Pilates is not for them. While it’s true that the majority of people practicing are women, Pilates was actually designed by a man — Joseph Pilates — and was originally called “Contrology.”

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Mara Sievers
Get Help To Help Yourself

Some of you have already heard my story of what I'm calling my "hiking injury". It was not really an injury, but due to a very poorly fitted backpack and decades of rounded shoulders (What you Mara? Yes, me.) my neck went into a spasm. The morning after I returned from my hiking vacation over Labor Day weekend, I woke up with a stiff neck.

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Mara Sievers
Turbo Fast Results: How to Get Them!

Most of us come to Pilates, or any exercise program, with a goal in mind. Maybe it’s strengthening the core to alleviate low back issues; maybe it’s losing those last stubborn ten pounds; maybe it’s learning how to mentally relax after a difficult day at work. Whatever it is for you, there’s one thing that is pretty much universal: most of us really want our goal to happen as immediately as possible.

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Mara Sievers
Good Teachers Vs. Great Teachers - How to Find One and How to Be One

There’s a common misconception in the world of fitness that the teacher who is the strongest or most flexible is the best teacher. This is easy to believe, but the truth is that this alone can often be a detriment rather than a benefit! While someone strong and flexible can be an amazing teacher, it’s often the teacher who has been injured or has other physical limitations who is more effective.

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Mara Sievers
Gym Pilates vs. True Pilates

We’ve created this post as a way to see what the difference is between Pilates as it was designed and Pilates as it is often taught. For lack of better terminology, we’re calling this “Gym Pilates vs. True Pilates,” but please know that there are gyms that teach wonderful Pilates and studios that do not! These labels are just for ease of reference.

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Mara Sievers
The Four Stages Of Learning

How do we know that we are making progress? In Pilates, we don’t count repetitions, and we don’t care about adding more weight? So how do we measure our progress? Let me explain to you the four stages of learning, which, by the way, apply to all forms of learning, not just Pilates.

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Mara Sievers
Pilates Torture or Pamper Equipment?

Have you ever walked into a Pilates studio, ready to take on your first hour-long session, only to be terrified by all the equipment? You're not alone. Equipment based Pilates classes are foreign territory even to many gym class aficionados—they are what make the hard work all come together for a healthier and stronger body.

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Mara Sievers