How to Get Rid of ANTs

Automatic Negative Thoughts—or ANTs. We all fall victim to negative thinking from time to time. For example, have you ever been in Pilates class when suddenly the instructor says, “Let’s hold a one-minute plank!” Suddenly, all those ANTs start running around in your head.  Maybe you start telling yourself that you’re too out of shape, that a minute is impossibly long, that it’s going to hurt, etc. Those negative thoughts can get so strong that you actually talk yourself out of doing a great plank!

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Try This: Saw

Saw is one of my favorite mat Pilates exercises because it’s a great stretch for your back and helps you feel more flexible and mobile. It’s a great exercise to warm up your spine and the rest of the body before class.

Why you need to be doing Saw

  • It’s a great stretch for your upper and mid back
  • It helps your shoulder blades to become more mobile
  • It improves the stability of the pelvis
  • It helps to make the spine more mobile by increasing rotation
  • It helps teach us how to sit up tall
  • It helps decompress the spine

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Pilates Restorative


Pilates Restorative is a class specifically designed to improve balance and flexibility, as well as assist in rehabilitation from injury or surgery. If you have back pain, a knee injury, hip replacements, or a shoulder impingement, this is the class for you! This class is gentle and offers modifications just for you, while still continuing to strengthen the deep core muscles. It’s also great for Pilates beginners, as it’s slower and more mindful to form, control and precision with each exercise.

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Fitness & Nutrition Challenge

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Ready to focus on your health, nutrition and wellness in 2017? We’re here to support you! We know that working out and eating right is more successful (and more enjoyable!) when you do it with friends, so this year ABC Pilates is offering a Fitness & Nutrition Challenge to support our Members as they work toward their goal of a healthier 2017!

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Class Feature: Jumpboard


jumpboardAdding that little board to the end of your Reformer can take your Pilates to a cardio fitness intensity! Jumpboard can make any Pilates session upbeat and fun, without impact to your knees and hips! So when you need that little extra burn to get rid of those holiday calories, you better bet that you’ll see that Jumpboard coming out more!


Ask your instructor to add some Jumpboard fun to your next Group Equipment Class!

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