A couple of months ago, I had a drink with a dear friend of mine, a successful corporate lawyer in a big pharmaceutical company. We talked about all kinds of stuff, from new trends in trademark law and freshly patented inventions in the fitness industry to dealing with long-distance relationships and coping with stress at work. One moment she smiled and kindly mentioned that, well, Pilates trainers do not encounter that much stress. Read more
A couple of years ago a future client of mine – a flight attendant in her late twenties -booked a one-on-one Pilates class with me: because of many hours spent in the air during the transatlantic flights, she felt physically uncomfortable most of the time, with her lower back aching and her neck cracking.
We had a super friendly introductory class, where I estimated her exercise capacity, explained what we were going to do over the next few weeks, and introduced her to a few basic exercises to get a taste of Pilates benefits and a feeling of what Pilates is about. She booked the next class, and just in the moment when we were about to say goodbye to each other, Read more
One chilly morning I was sipping my coffee, thinking about how awesome should it feel to be a morning person (a mystery for me, despite having my first Pilates clients at 6:30 a.m.). I was reading The Bloomberg Businessweek magazine to stay sharp and tuned because being a Pilates teacher is not only about stretching cheerfully all day long and giving advice on how to get slimmer ankles. Read more
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
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
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
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