Staying consistent can be a challenge to even the most dedicated individuals. Busy schedules, change in seasons, work obligations, family commitments and sometimes even, a swing in your mood or motivation can derail your fitness routine. It is our personal experience and firm belief that having a training partner or two helps to keep you on track. That being said, Pilates Detroit always welcomes our clients to bring a friend to their sessions for free. It is an amazing way to share the challenges and benefits of pilates with someone you care about. And it’s free!
Dancers are some of the world’s greatest athletes. Many dancers begin to dance at a very young age and train year round. They perform with no other equipment or apparatus than their own bodies. Dancing requires excellent flexibility, strength, control, coordination, and endurance.
It would only make sense then that dancers condition their body, just like all other athletes, for their given “sport.” Pilates has long been a method for dancers to build their body in order to meet the demands of repetitive twisting, bending, reaching, squatting, jumping and lunging. The roots of many Pilates movements comes from dance, as the pioneers of Stott Pilates treated injured dancers on their original machines.
At Pilates Detroit, we are particularly interested in meeting the needs of our young dancers, those who are just coming into the “sport” and want to perform their best without getting injured. We offer small group mat classes along with equipment sessions for dancers to improve their core stability and flexibility.
Additionally, Pilates Detroit conducts screenings with individual dancers at the onset of the season. We give each dancer feedback on both their strengths and weaknesses and develop a stretching and strengthening program they can do on their own. Most importantly, we help them to develop their own personalized set of goals for the coming year.
The beauty of pilates, especially on the machines is that each and every exercise can be modified. While some people may need adjustments to simplify an activity, others may need modifications in order to challenge themselves further.
Kneeling on a machine can be quite challenging, as you can see in the above picture. It requires a great deal of core strength and stability to be upright on the machine and imposing upper body movement on a steady base of support. This activity would most often be performed at an intermediate level of training.
For those who are not ready to kneel or find the postition uncomfortable, there are several simple modifications they can make and still receive maximum benefit from the exercise. Often clients will either sit on the edge of the reformer with their legs dangling over the side, or they will sit on top of the long box with their feet planted on the reformer.
In all of these scenarios, the essence of the exercise can be achieved but the approach will vary based on the specific needs of the individual. To make a very long story short, everyone gets a hard and safe workout, that challenges their core and embraces their unique body and abilities.
We stood side by side at the Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. Packed in tight with so many other women and girls, I could feel my heart beating in my chest and an overwhelming sense of fulfillment.
We left our notes, silently speaking our wishes, dreams and gratitude. The heat of this August day could be felt through our two, single but coupled hands pressed against the ancient rock. My daughter and I had been heard.
The more I reflect upon this incredible day, the more I can’t help thinking about so many others who are never heard. Sadly, so many people have little to no voice.
So…we have decided to offer our followers and friends (and their friends) the opportunity to attend a free mat class, at Pilates Detroit, every Thursday from 12 to 1pm. The first participant to commit will get to name the charity of their choice that we will collect donations for.
No strings, no donation is required, give what you want or what you can. The catch is, come prepared to work hard!
Message me so I know you’re coming, or just show up for a sick lunch!
Stott Pilates is a precise and methodical approach to building core strength from the inside out. Stott’s 5 basic principles are the foundation of their method, in which basic ballet concepts are superimposed on strength moves at all joints. Repetition of movement is key to building consistent connections between the client’s brain and body. Each and EVERY session commences with the participant’s feet in “first position”. For those who have danced, this is a no-brainer, for the rest of us, our feet are positioned with our heels together and toes apart. And with a deep breath in, the journey begins!
Staying connected to your body and breath can be challenging and rewarding all at the same time. Staying connected to someone you care about: a friend, relative, or training partner can be easily accomplished and doubly rewarding at Pilates Detroit (not to mention fiscally responsible!). Reach out to that certain someone, they can be a pilates pro or total newbie, and train side-by-side, for 60 uninterrupted minutes on the pilates reformers. This kind of quality time never felt so good.