Seven Secrets I Wish I Had Known Before Opening My Pilates Studio

They say human mind constantly evolves. I am not sure if it was evolution or just jumping into deep waters like in that ‘legitimate’ learning swimming technique. But after a few years of teaching experience in fitness, Pilates, and dance, I decided to launch my studio, primarily, because I had a bunch of ideas in my head about how things should be done.  Read more

Cycling. Seventeen Reasons Why You Should!

There can be few of us who didn’t learn to ride a bike when we were young, and when we did, we discovered a whole new world of freedom and the ability to explore in a fresh and exciting way. But then something happened. Somebody gave us our first cigarette; our first drink. We discovered the opposite sex or, worst of all, we learned to drive. We became sedentary. We abandoned the healthy joy of the open road, fresh air and the addictive pleasure of actively using our muscles to go somewhere, in favour of addictions of a less savoury kind. Read more

Twenty Proven Fitness and Nutrition Tips to Drop Those Pounds Easily

Yes, we know: our body is perfect already. But deep inside we also know that there’s always room for improvement. So, here we’ve gathered the golden rules to squeeze the most out of every day, in terms of fitness, nutrition and healthy lifestyle. Forget about weight loss pills, ready-made meals, and crash diets: the key to success is to make lasting lifestyle changes, train smart, and have fun 🙂  Read more

Honestly, Why Do Many Pilates Trainers I See on Video Seem to Be Unfit?

That is the exact question I was asked to provide an answer to by Quora – the world’s bank of questions and answers. The irony here is that Quora distributes the questions automatically, judging on authors’ credentials only.  So, on one hand, it sincerely is “waiting” for my answer, since I am a Pilates instructor, and, from another hand, the reaction such “laughing out loud” and “Screw you!” wouldn’t be appropriate and sufficient. So, I call my 12+ years of Pilates and fitness experience, and my lawyer background (to stay objective), and here is 2,5K word long, juicy and (almost) non-biased answer to this question, based on ten different approaches.  Read more

Fifty Absolutely Awesome Motivational Phrases from Personal Trainers

Whether you are just starting out, becoming curious about how to get fit, and are looking for those special offers for beginners at the nearest gym, or you are already a fitness nut who nails two workouts a day and runs ten miles every morning, we can all, sometimes, use that little extra bite of motivation. Us too! So we asked a number of personal trainers, all with different workout focuses (indoor cycling, Pilates, and running), to share the favourite motivational pitches and phrases they use in their classes. Read more

Here is Exactly How to Do the Splits Easily. As an Adult.

I really, really almost could not resist writing this article’s headline as “Spilt Survival Guide”.  Don’t bet surprised: listen to three of my stories that I believe capture all the challenges of mastering, performing, and imagining this flexibility miracle – front and side splits. All stories are based on facts. Names are changed, though. Read more

Want To Get Flexible Fast? Read This Before You Start Your Stretching Routine

This morning one of my Pilates clients made a post-holiday remark I often hear: “Oh, I felt so stiff before the class! Now I am much better!” It reminded me that flexibility is one of those things we do not appreciate for its own sake, but we definitely notice its absence, or when we lack it. So, today’s post is all about flexibility and stretching: How do you define flexibility; Guidelines for flexibility training; and How flexible can Pilates make you. And, as a free bonus:  How to finally master the splits? Read more