Try This: The Teaser

 

The Teaser is, in my very humble opinion, THE ultimate pilates exercise! It’s the mack daddy of the repertoire, the goal of every practitioner—you know you have truly “arrived” when you can accomplish the Teaser (and well!)

Why you need to be doing the Teaser

This exercise requires strength of the transverse, oblique abdominals and hip flexors to get up, but more importantly it demands control of the movement through the articulation of the spine on the way back down. If that isn’t enough, Teaser also teaches shoulder blade stabilization, as well as coordination of arm and leg movements with the breath. It truly is an all-in-one Pilates principles exercise!

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Who Needs Pilates?

If I asked a person on the street to close their eyes and imagine a typical Pilates student, I bet their brain would pull up an image of a posh celebrity with a man bun, or a slender woman in a sports bra hanging upside down. In recent years Pilates has gotten a reputation for being elitist, “scary” and expensive. However, that’s just not true here at ABC Pilates! We’re out to prove that not only is Pilates for everyone, but that everyone needs Pilates.

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Share the Pilates Love this Summer!

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Refer a friend this month and you BOTH get $10 off your next purchase!

Some of the best clients we have at ABC Pilates are those who were referred to us by a friend or family member. We want to thank you for introducing us to your fabulous loved ones, so we are running a summer-long special!

How it works

  1. Refer a friend to ABC Pilates between July 13 to August 31
  2. When they sign up and mention your name, they’ll get $10 off their “Learning It” Package
  3. You’ll get $10 off your next purchase*!

lululemon-culture-brandingNow, let’s make things interesting…

There’s nothing wrong with a little healthy competition! ☺︎ The client who refers the most new friends this summer will receive a $25 lululemon giftcard!Who will be crowned ‘Best Pilates Pal 2017′??

 

*You will receive a coupon for $10 off your next purchase. Can be applied to the following month’s membership fee, a class package, or private training!

 

Love Your Workout, Love Working Out!

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Sixteen years ago I was searching for a way to get back into shape, regain my dancer’s flexibility, and get my abs back after having children. I joined a new gym and was there five days a week working out by myself, until one day, a vibrant woman with dark curls approached me. With a hearty laugh, she asked if I wanted to join her Mat Pilates class, and eager for a great workout, I agreed.

I’d never done Pilates before, and I absolutely loved the correlations to the movement of dance and the full-body awareness. I could articulate my spine, point my toes and just connect with my body. In short, I was captivated.

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Try This: Downward Facing Dog

 

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It’s known by many names—Downward Facing Dog, Down Dog, Adho Mukha Svanasana—whatever you want to call it, invigorate your body and mind with this classic yoga pose! If you have stiff shoulders and tight hamstrings, this is the pose for you. Stressed out? Discover how Down Dog pose can calm the heart and free the mind of anxiety and mental fatigue.

Why you need to be doing Down Dog

Why do dogs do this stretch every time when they get up from a long nap? Our furry friends are releasing the myofascial tension that has pulled their bodies into a curled up ball as they slept. They are stretching open their shoulders and hips to create space in their spine, freeing up the limbs to move with ease. Just like a dog’s long nap, sitting for hours at a time compresses our spine and stiffens our shoulders and hips!

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