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From the Floor to the Core: How Pilates Can Help You

Pilates

Why Pilates? 

Because we know that it’s important for you to be active… whether you bike, hike, run, lift or take lots of classes, Pilates when done correctly offers major fitness benefits. It improves sports performance, develops a strong core and balanced muscles, and decreases your risk for injuries, allowing you to enjoy all activities you love.

What is Pilates? 

Pilates conditions the entire body from the floor to the core. No muscle group is over trained or under trained using this method – your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned helping you to enjoy daily activities efficiently, with greater ease and better performance. More people of all ages and fitness levels, including elite athletes, turn to Pilates to stay in tip-top shape. With over 500 exercises, you will strengthen and stretch with control using Gratz spring loaded equipment to deeply work the weaker muscles while stretching the tighter ones. The moves may look easy, but they take a lot of precision and control.  There is a strong emphasis on technique; you’ll preform less reps with control taking away your ability to cheat. You use your core for all activities in life, and if it’s strong and healthy, you will do them better.

Pilates is an amazing, complete, and corrective system of exercise, created by a man named Joseph Pilates originally for men. As a child, Joseph Pilates turned to exercise and athletics to strengthen his body and overcome asthma and other ailments. He was always seeking to widen his knowledge, he studied many forms of exercise, and was particularly influenced by the classical Greek ideal of a man who is balanced equally in body, mind, and spirit. Joseph Pilates was a boxer and gymnast, and he created this method of exercises called Contrology* for his own body and for the men during WWI while he was in an internment camp. Out of necessity, he used bed springs and beer keg rings to create resistance exercise equipment for those who were suffering from disease and injuries. These were the beginnings of equipment we use today like the reformer and magic circle. When he moved to New York, his method was embraced by dancers and since become known to the world as just Pilates.

What’s new at Studio Pilates?

We are rolling out more mat and small group equipment classes to help you take your training to the next level.  Check out our class schedule to find the current Mat, Reformer, and Tower classes.  Ready to get started?  Sign up now for your Complimentary 60-Minute Private Session with one of our talented classically certified Pilates instructors by emailing us at pilates@studiomix.com. We look forward to working with you to set some goals, change your body, and help you fall in love with Pilates. We did and are ready to get you started!

*Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong posture, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.  – Joseph Pilates


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Health + Fitness Industry Night: Fri Nov 13th 5-9pm


Health + Fitness Industry Night:

Energize, network, and celebrate with like-minded peers for an evening full of guest speakers, educational workshops, healthy bites & beverages, trunk shows, live DJ, and giveaways you won’t want to miss.

Fitness is booming! Today you can find a multitude of great instructors and gyms that deliver cycling, weight lifting, boxing, and everything in between.

Believe it or not, there was a time that I found myself embarrassed to tell people my profession. If conversation shifted at a dinner or house party, “What do you do for a living?” I would gulp, sweat, gasp and then whisper under my breath, “I am a fitness instructor.” When I started in fitness 15 years ago, working as a personal trainer or group fitness teacher was not often thought of as a profession. Back then, one may have worked in fitness as a hobby, to get through college, or maybe even to just help pay off school loans while they waited to get a REAL job. Today, I walk through this bustling, health-conscious city (dressed in my work uniform of lululemon pants, Gap Body shirt, Lucy bra, and Lorna Jane jacket. Guilty!) amazed and excited to see yet another gym, another juice bar, or another cool new place where I can find a community of like-minded people. Now I am proud say that I am a part of a growing industry that continues to shape and shift attitudes, bodies, and minds.

It’s 2015 and time for an industry wide paradigm shift in our commoditized, just do it till you drop, poly/cotton, spandex-blended world (which I love, mind you). As fitness professionals we owe it to our clients, members, and followers to stay committed to being knowledgeable, passionate, and unified. With all the growth and changes in technology and fitness programming the time has come to open our doors to each other and discuss how we can elevate our level of instruction and industry as a whole. Together lets discuss movement as it applies to quality of life. There is room for all of us at the fitness and wellness table who have a mission to make lives better. Let’s realize there is no patent on the lunge or squat, but recognize instead a palette of movement exists that can be artistically blended to create more ways to change lives, have fun, and stay strong.

The Studiomix team will be hosting a night of education, inspiration, and movement on Friday, November 13th from 5-9pm. This evening is free and open to all fitness professionals and enthusiasts. Check out our awesome schedule of events below. Get more information and RSVP above under FIND A CLASS. We can’t wait to see you!

Industry Night: Uniting to Inspire a Physical Culture
Schedule of Events: Friday, November 13th 

5-5:30pm  |  Ayurveda Elements  |  Monica Bloom |  Performance Studio

5-6pm  |  Mat Pilates  |  Mollie Rose +  Stella Sandoval  |  Core Studio

5-6pm  |  TRX® for Yoga  |  Tenae Roth  |  Power Studio

5-6pm  |  Open Rock Climbing  |  Julie Light  |  Climb Studio

5:30-6pm  |  Indoor Cycling Tips + Trends  |  Buddy Macuha  |  Cycle Studio

5:30-6:30pm  |  Strength + Conditioning  |  Katy Jercich  |  Strength Studio

5:45-6:30pm  |  Zumba®  |  Pablo Masangcay  |  Performance Studio

6-6:45pm  |  Express Cycle   |  Buddy Macuha  |  Cycle Studio

6:15-7pm  |  Ground Games  |  Philip Levi  |  Power Studio

6:15-7pm  |  Slow Burn  |  Cecily Guest  |  Core Studio

6:30-7pm  |  Studio Pilates Demos  |   Brett Ekren + Jackie Latour   |  Pilates Studio

7-7:30pm  |  Uniting Through Fitness  |  Dennis Dumas  |  Performance Studio

7:30-8pm  |  Aerial Silk + Hand Balance Demos  |  Kyoko Uchida  |  Climb Studio

7:30-8:15pm  |  Re-Energize + Beat Burnout  |  Caroline Jordan  |  Core Studio

7:30-8:15pm  |  Strength with Purpose  |  Chip Conrad  |  Power Studio

7:30-8:45pm  |  Dance Xperience  |  Ronnie Reddick  |  Performance Studio

Contributing vendors and community partners:

Airbnb, ALOHA, A Runner’s Mind, Athleta, Barnana, CAN CAN Cleanse, Clearly Kombucha, Epic Wines and Spirits, DJ OlgaT, Gina Heart Lifestyle, Golden Gate Physical Therapy, GreenLid, Guayaki Yerba Mate, Humphry Slocombe, KRAVE Jerky, Laundry Locker, Lorna Jane Activewear, Lucy Activewear, lululemon athletica, Mama Chia,  Muffin Revolution, SF Custom Chiropractic, Sparky’s Balloons, Studiomix Chair Massage, The Vitamin Shoppe, Three Trees Almond Milk, Thrive™ Culinary Algae Oil, TruFit®, Tsu.ya by Kristi Yamaguchi, U2 Photo Booth, Whole Foods Market Franklin, Yoga-Cation, ZICO, Zipcar, & Zona Foto

 


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Supplements 101

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By: Dr. Anthony Gustin of SF Custom Chiropractic

Getting your nutrition from whole foods should be the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. However, there are plenty of times where supplementing a whole foods diet can be beneficial to your health. To fill gaps, for extra insurance, or for a quicker route to reaching your goals, supplementing can be an appropriate part of a healthy lifestyle.

Unfortunately, taking supplements can be one of the most intimidating aspects of nutrition. The onslaught of advertising from the supplement industry is never ending, but it doesn’t have to be impossible to choose those that work best for you. When deciding on which supplements to take, there are ways to sort through the mess in order to find the ones that will make the most impact on your health. Here are 5 important factors to keep in mind:

Goal – Many supplements are marketed as catch all solutions to whatever ails you — these are ones that should be avoided. Specialists win the battles with supplements. Identify your goal and enhance your nutrition with supplements. Use fish oil and omega-3’s to decrease inflammation, creatine to build strength, and protein powders to rebuild broken down tissues.

Dosage – Stay away from proprietary blends and mind your dosages. Most pre-mixed solutions are made up of many different supplement sources, but they are all mixed in at such little dosages that they don’t really do anything. Get isolated sources and dose them according to your needs, or find companies that have done the dirty work for you such as purewod.com.

Source – It matters where certain supplements come from and where you get them (fish oil, protein powder) while others don’t matter as much (creatine, beta-alanine). Do some research up front and look into high quality sources. Better to default on the high end than to take supplements that are of poor quality and potentially take away from your health.

Timing – Be mindful of timing your supplement intake. Some supplements matter if you take them before a workout, during or after, and some at night or in the morning. For instance, vitamin D should be taken in the morning as it mimics natural sunlight, sending messages to your body that the sun is out. Protein should be taken after a workout, especially if the goal is for fat loss, otherwise it may impede your goals. Find out when you should be taking your supplements and work from there.

Contraindications & Indications – Don’t take certain supplements that counteract each other. A probiotic taken with an antibiotic does not make for a good combination, and certain amino acids can compete with each other for uptake in the muscles and brain. Conversely, pair things that go together. For instance, fat soluble vitamins should be taken with food (vitamin A, D, E, K). If you’re taking any prescribed medications, always check with a qualified professional before starting any new supplementation.

There are clearly many factors in choosing the best supplements for yourself. Remember, start with a rock solid whole foods nutrition program, then use the guidelines above to help steer yourself in the right direction.

Want to dive deeper? Join us for the upcoming Sustainable Health Seminar: Supplements 101, Saturday, September 5th, 2015 from 12-1pm.

Disclosure: Dr. Anthony Gustin is an investor in PureWOD products.


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