I Teach Pilates Everyday.

In the wake of recent events, I’m taking stock.

Everyday I teach Pilates.

Yes, it’s “just” exercise. But in these uncertain times, I’m realizing it goes beyond fitness. Let me start with a little background.

About ten years ago I

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Quitter

QuitterKnowing when to push and when to back off is a skill. This is especially true for Pilates and fitness instructors who come from a dance or athletic background where pushing hard is normal. Learning how to tell when you’ve …

Posturing for Success

Win

Recently I watched a wonderful TED Talk by social psychologist Amy Cuddy, “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” (available on Netflix, TED, and YouTube). I found this talk not only helpful information to share with our clients …

100 Years Strong

I often stop and wonder how extraordinary it must be to excel in a sport, to be the kind of athlete that goes to the olympics, or wins an ironman. This summer marks the 100th year for the incredible cycling …

A Spark

Cycling Open Road

L'etaupe du California 2013It’s just a spark but its enough to keep me going.

Last Sunday I rode in L’Etape du California, a stage of the professional cycling tour of California that is opened up for non-professionals to ride. This year the course …

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With the holidays fast approaching I have been racking my brain to think of a simple plan to offer as a way to prevent holiday weight gain. Then I thought, lets get back to the basics, like grade school basic.…