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Pilates At Breathe

Leah Schwartz, owner/certified barre and pilates instructor

“Start where you are, grow from there, the practice is yours.” My journey started with my love for barre. I connected with the fluidity of the movements and how my body felt. Pilates was natural progression. The more the I practiced, the more I desired to perfect my skills. In 2013 I began my training and certifications in Barre and in 2016 I completed my reformer certification from Balance Body. Throughout my education I have collaborated with mentors of varying practices that have diversified my technique and knowledge, and molded my abilities as an instructor.

reformer) the resistance of springs to lengthen and strengthen your muscles, while moving the body as a whole. Regardless of what class you choose, make sure to let your instructor know you’re a beginner. This way, they’ll be able to keep an eye on you throughout the class and offer modifications or form adjustments that ensure you are moving in proper posture. 2. You’ll feel your muscles burn during class, and you’ll probably be sore the next day. While you may not be crushing high-intensity exercises like squat jumps or lifting heavy dumbbells, the mostly bodyweight routines that Pilates classes offer can be pretty intense. Take the signature Pilates Hundred, for example. A core-focused move that involves less than two inches of constant movement, it will make your abs burn. Dedicating your entire focus to even the smallest movements means that you’ll work the muscles more efficiently and solidify good posture through movement. This means you can be dealing with muscle soreness after your workout. Don’t fret: Being sore the next day doesn’t mean you’re out of shape; it just means you’re challenging your muscles in new ways or working muscles you didn’t know you had. 3. Pilates is the foundation of a well-rounded fitness plan. NEW CLIENT Pilates stretches, strengthens, and aligns your SPECIAL body all at the same time. With that said, it 5 group classes & complements every other fitness endeavor 3 Private training because it prepares your body to move better in sessions for $215! every way. Adding it into your routine will help A great way get started you lift heavier weights, run faster, swim with and learn about how better form, or even achieve that elusive arm your body moves! balance in yoga.

If you’ve wanted to try Pilates classes but something has been holding you back, now’s your time to sign up for your first one. Pilates offers plenty of benefits to your body, no matter your fitness background. You’ll improve your posture, focus on body alignment, and get one heck of a core workout. Want to know what the hype is all about? Here are three things a Pilates newbie needs to know to enjoy her first class. 1. There are two different kinds of Pilates classes: mat classes and reformer classes. You’ll be tackling a class that’s based on either a mat, which is a tad thicker than your standard yoga mat, to cushion pressure points, or a machine called a reformer, which is a sliding platform complete with stationary foot bar, springs, and pulleys that provide resistance to help tone the body. Both options focus on the concept of control rather than cranking out endless reps or muscle exhaustion. In Pilates, your muscles are working to lift against gravity and (in the case of the

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