Form Fix: The Hip Twist

Once you start learning Pilates, you realize that that every exercise builds on another. The mat exercises form the basis of movements on the reformer and cadillac; which is further intensified or supported on equipments like the ladder barrel, spine corrector, and arc barrel. It all circles back. I call them “Circle of Life” exercise. Like in the Lion King. …

Swapping Road Races for Powerlifting

For years, I dedicated 90% of my workouts to cardio. I ran 2-6 miles as early as 5:30am several times a week, and finished the day with an evening spin class. Even on days I focused on strength training, I still ended the workout with a run on the treadmill. Unlike most cardio bunnies, my aggressive cardio sessions were driven …

3 Friendly Exercises For Strong, Boulder Shoulders

  When it comes to lifting related injuries, the shoulders take the cake for most common and most annoying.  You learn very quickly how important shoulder stability is to your overall fitness and health when the ability to press overhead, bench press, do push-ups or just lift your arm laterally goes out the window. Unfortunately, I see a lot of …

Form Fix: Single leg stretch

“So, is Pilates like, really good for my core?” – said every sorority girl on the planet. Why yes, Janice. It is indeed. Janice and her mythical sorority sisters love Pilates because someone on TV said it’s great for abs. I love coaching these women because they become Pilates Evangelicals once they learn how ab-mazing Pilates is. But that’s not to …

Form Fix: The Rollover

We rolling into the New Year like…. Weeeeeeeeee!!! Clearly, I’m not wasting time so let’s get into it. The Pilates Rollover is an excellent exercise for opening up the sacrum and mobilizing the spine. It’s important that we master this because it appears across all the Pilates equipment in many glorious variations. You’d be surprised how most of us forget …

Why Glute Specific Training Is A Must For Everyone

Guys, I have a confession. I’m booty obsessed. I’m always looking for ways to build dat ass. It’s not just because I’m Brazilian but because strong, powerful butts can truly transform how we move and perform. Unfortunately, our sedentary lifestyle has created more “dead ass” than bootylicious backsides. Yet, I’m determined to Make America Booty-ful Again. Why train the glutes? …