Can Pilates Make You a Better Runner?

The annual New York City Marathon is approaching this Sunday — November 5, 2017 — and participating runners have no doubt been training for months! What many don’t know is that Pilates can actually help runners avoid injuries and improve their run. Whether you’re an experienced marathon runner or you just enjoy a morning jog, Pilates […]

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Personal Training for Track and Field

Track and field ranks as one of the toughest athletic events to compete in. “Running, jumping, and throwing” generally describe track and field. In addition to running a multitude of different sprints, track and field athletes take part in pole vaulting, high jumps, javelin throws, discus throws, and more. Not every track and field athlete […]

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10 Office-Friendly Workouts for Your Lunch Break

Work life can get monotonous, especially if you sit in the same spot all day, doing pretty much the same thing you do every day. Of course, work is work, but your body is your temple, and it deserves to be kept active! In fact, many studies have shown that an individual with an active […]

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Work Your Bod – An 80s Workout Playlist

I’m a musician and all-around music lover, so when I’m power-walking, dancing, or plyometric-ing, I have to pump some sweet beats to keep me moving. Since my music tastes span many different moments in time, I thought it would be fun to create a Workout Playlist series based on decades. And starting with the 80s […]

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Helpful Stretches for the Lower Back and Hips

Due to sitting all day, our back and hips get tight and weak. Most workouts focus on our back body or front body, but we rarely get into our outer hips, which are integral to feeling good and preventing injury. If our hips are strong and flexible, they allow us to lift out of our […]

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Gym Etiquette for the New-Year Newbies

With New Year’s Eve around the corner, you may have resolved to join a gym to get fit. That’s great! But, gym etiquette faux pas can leave a “newbie” like you in an embarrassing situation. Although there is nothing wrong with being new, if you can get a handle on the following code of conduct […]

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Impactful Stretches for the Neck and Shoulders

Strengthening an area that is tight due to weakness is essential. But when life is busy, there is no time for a massage! So try the simple stretches below, and add in a few exercises to prevent tightness from returning in the future. Neck-Releasers After a long day at the computer or a bad night’s sleep, […]

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4 Workouts for Stronger Hip Flexors (Demo Videos)

If you have tight hip flexors, they’re probably compensating for weaker muscles in the butt, back, and core  and, along with these other muscles, need to be strengthened. To show what we mean by “hip flexors,” here’s a simplified diagram:   Below, you’ll find four exercises demonstrated by Dean Somerset, an expert in strength training […]

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Unwind (Series 1): 5 Exercises Everyone Should Do Every Day Forever

In my countless hours of professional dance training and decades of teaching bodies of all levels with every request imaginable (to get rid of “arm jiggle,” make the pain go away, loosen up hamstrings, unwind scoliosis, and more), I’ve learned there are groups of exercises that really do work well for most of us. While […]

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Unwind (Series 2): Discipline Equals Freedom

“I don’t want to control. I want to let go,” are lyrics by the artist Pink, who I recently marveled at in concert. She learned technical aerial dance as an adult and can now literally fly over the audience at Madison Square Garden, which shows that being disciplined takes hard work, and freedom is the […]

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