Learning to Teach through Observation

One of the most important and effective ways you can learn to be a better instructor is through observing other teachers. In fact, it is so critical that the biggest teacher training programs such as Merrithew require observation hours as …

Eight Rules for Successful Sessions

Flex Band Pilates

You have just been hired by a studio to teach Pilates as an Apprentice (or maybe as a Personal Trainer / CORE / TRX apprentice). You know your stuff. You have studied the exercises, know the goals of each exercise, …

Why We Love Neutral Pelvis

Blue Sparrow Pilates Neutral Pelvis

Understanding your neutral pelvis is extremely important in Pilates and in daily life!

Neutral pelvis is the most stable position for the body, allowing for the best shock absorption. This position also allows for the most efficient movement patterns. In …

Rolling Refined

Foam Roller
I have so many clients that come to Pilates to be more flexible and relieve tension throughout the body. I recommend these clients regularly roll on the foam roller. Five years ago, people had no idea what rolling was but

Dropping Weight Alleviates Joint Pain

Holly Furgason, Blue Sparrow Pilates, San Francisco, run, fitness, exercise, pilates, health

Let me break it down: it’s estimated that a force of nearly three to six times one’s body weight is exerted across the knee while walking.

Being only 10 pounds overweight increases the force on the knee by 30-60 pounds …

Exercises to Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Our hands and wrists are incredible pieces of engineering. Nearly every daily task we complete involves our hands in some way. As a result they can become overworked, tired, and sore. In this technological age, lets face it, most of …

Meeting Our Heros

Moria Merrithew, Melissa Kennedy, Holly Furgason, & John Garey
Moria Merrithew, Melissa Kennedy, Holly Furgason, & John Garey

Moria Merrithew, Melissa Kennedy, Holly Furgason, & John Garey

A few weekends ago Melissa and I headed down to Los Angeles for the Merrithew Health & Fitness Mindful Movement Conference to learn some new skills. Two weeks have passed

The Salad Hater

Kale Salad

Sitting down to dinner at my house the other night, my good friend suddenly interrupted our conversation: “You made salad for me?  You know I’m a Salad Hater!”  She was smiling and sort of laughing, but I could tell she …

Exercise Reduces Cognitive Decline


lAs we age our memory decline. New research shows that performing regular aerobic and resistance training can reduce cognitive impairment. The researchers concluded that endurance training, weight training, and aerobic training has different benefits to memory. So if you want …

What’s the Deal with Muscle Cramps?


CrampsIf you frequently get muscle cramps when you exercise or in the middle of the night, dehydration is a likely cause. If you don’t have enough fluids, your body will lose electrolytes like sodium, potassium, calcium. Deficient electrolytes causes muscle …