Practice News and Calendar – February (2013)
Dear Practice Friends,
Over the holidays, Joy took a fruit basket to her doctor, a chiropractor who works with a wide variety of clients. In conversation, she suggested to Joy a really interesting goal for our studio:
to make sure that every one of our clients can get down on the floor and get up from the floor.
Not three days later, David and CJ Schoeff came in for their session and David remarked on a study he had just heard about on the radio in which getting up from the floor with minimal assistance was linked to a longer life! Intrigued, I Googled it and found a fairly good summary via Everydayhealth.com:
This study has raised some wonderful discussion in the studio, especially among the staff as we think about about our role as a provider of fitness instruction. You may come to us for any number of reasons, possibly because you want to look great, feel great, build strength, or increase flexibility, or possibly because you just like doing Pilates, yoga, or TRX. We agree that those are all worthy goals and we want to help you meet and exceed them.
In addition to that, we also agree that we have a responsibility to you, to ensure that the exercise you engage in with us is safe and designed to help you build the strength, endurance, balance, and range of motion you need to successfully perform activities of daily living (ADL) such as pushing, pulling, squatting, lunging and rotation. To this end, we hope you will indulge us when periodically we ask you to try a physical assessment, such as the sitting-rising test, which will aid us in tailoring your programming. We want you to move with us for a long time.
Thank you again for all your support. Also, I want to wish a special welcome to our newest members of the Practice community who started with us in January:
Judy Baker, Sydney Eberlee, Kathleen Feisley, Debby Heminger, Marilyn Hugger, Ben McCalip, Glen Miller, Judy Miller, Maureen Murphy, Dave Osborne, Angie Schultz, Brenda Tibbits, and Adrienne Wright
Monthly Class Calendar and 2012 Rates
A new 30 Minute TRX class will replace Piloxing on Thursdays at 6p, starting February 7th.
Valentine’s Day Special: Your partner’s class is free for any of our classes on Thursday, February 14th! Bring your loved one for class and head over to Meadowlark after for a nice lunch or dinner!
We are thrilled to announce that Leslie Harshman has passed her STOTT PILATES® Level 1 Certification Exam for Reformers, Matwork, Cadillac, Chair & Barrels!! In our industry this is a significant achievement.
There is currently no governing body that decides who can certify teachers or validates certification programs for Pilates instructors. Competing companies offer their own educational programming and there is variance in the quality and depth of these competing programs. The STOTT PILATES® certification process is one of the most demanding in the industry, requiring hundred of hours of training, observation, personal practice and teaching. Instructor candidates are required to know anatomy and biomechanics, and have an in-depth understanding of the entire Pilates repertoire. The exam itself is a 2 hour written test followed by a 2 hour practicum, in which the instructor takes a client through a full postural analysis and instruct over 30 exercises drawn from hundreds that he or she is expected to know.
At Practice, we feel that the preparation that goes into the certification process helps make us better teachers and in turn makes your experience as a client more rewarding, and all Practice instructors train for certification. Beyond certification levels 1 and 2, instructors are expected to keep up with continuing education credits and receive financial support from the studio to help them with their development.
Congratulations also goes to apprentice instructor Jenny McCalip, who recently passed her first in-house exam for Pilates Reformer! Jenny is now available to work with clients at a 50% discount. If you are interested in picking up an extra session during the week on Reformer, or know someone who is new to Pilates who might like to start a Pilates practice, please contact Jenny by email at email@example.com.
Our fellow practitioner Diana Spiegel is the organizer for this dual event at the Quest Center Friday, March 1 and Saturday March 2nd. For more information and tickets click on the picture above or here. For more questions about the events, contact Diana directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
If you missed it, Dayton made headlines in Forbes.com when it was recognized as the #1 city with the happiest workers in the U.S. Check it out!
Fitness Related Articles:
4 Fitness Myths That Need to Go Away for Good
This very good article is from ACE (American Council on Exercise) and provides an excellent list of references which lend support to their argument. Here is a teaser, Myth #1: Stretching before exercise reduces the risk of injury
Research: Is There an Ideal Running Form?
From Gretchen Reynolds in the NY Times “Well” column, a new study of barefoot tribes people in Kenya raises tantalizing questions about just how humans really are meant to move.
Boosting your flu shot response with exercise
Another excellent article from Gretchen Reynolds and the NY Times: Exercise may amplify the flu vaccine’s effect, and for maximal potency, the exercise should be undertaken at the right time and involve the right dosage of sweat, according to several recent reports.
Why Pilates is a good workout for men
Joy Karl was kind enough to forward me this article from Pilates Instructor and blogger Marguerite Ogle at About.com, who details a number of excellent reasons for men to incorporate Pilates as a life practice.
The Perils of Yoga for Men
In no way, shape or form are we discouraging men form yoga; it’s a wonderful mind-body practice for flexibility and releasing stress. But as WIlliam Broad in the NY Times points out, men are more likely than women to work through pain and deny injury, often leading to more severe injury.
The Little Things Add Up
Gretchen Reynolds recaps all of the Phys Ed columns from the NY Times in 2012, and finds that “The past year in fitness has been alternately inspiring, vexing and diverting,” but finds that the studies “from this year underscore that staying active, even in moderate doses, dramatically improves how your aging body feels and responds.”