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Interesting fact: breakfast eaters tend to be healthier than people who don’t eat breakfast.
It’s true! They have a lower risk of developing chronic diseases and are less likely to be overweight or obese.
This is why I’m excited to share a brand-new resource with you…
The Protein-Packed Breakfasts Recipe Guide! It’s my gift to you!
Eating a protein-rich breakfast can help get your day started right.
A Protein-Packed Breakfast:
I love what I do and that love shows. Having an intelligently designed workout is key to success, along with correct alignment and proper execution of the movements. My effective cueing helps with building body awareness, increasing proprioception within our bodies that translates into strong, healthy, and physically fit bodies.
Exercise programs are only effective if we actually do them. Giving my clients 100% of my effort and time, going that extra mile so you can reach your health and fitness goals. All my private and semi-private clients receive access to my Precision Nutrition 10-week Healthy Habits program.
I also offer fun health and fitness short term challenges through out the year to help boost motivation and connection with our community.
As we age, we need to be more careful on what movements we execute as it's easier to develop an overuse injury. I work with clients of all ages, however, I specialize in working with the 40 to 80 age group who want to prevent injuries (pre-habilitation) and who have developed a chronic overuse injury or have recently recovered from an acute injury (after working with a physiotherapist). It's important to workout effectively and be challenged, but to exercise smart and safely.
If you are a regular to my classes and/or read my blog articles you know I stress the importance of building balance in the body. But what does that mean?
There is a constant play of stability and mobility within our bodies. Certain areas in our body function best when strong and stable (stability) and other areas of the body function best with more range of motion (mobility).
Pilates on the apparatus (reformer, stability chair, barrel, plus TRX) lays the foundation to build a highly functional body by uniquely building that balance of stability and mobility. A functional body has even strength in the muscles combined with proper flexibility of the joints.
Pilates apparatus exercises develop healthy balanced force-couple muscle relationships. Force-couple refers to the dynamic play of two opposing muscle groups, especially around a joint. For an example: say your quadriceps (front of thigh muscles) are super tight and strong, and yet your hamstrings (back of thigh muscles) are really weak and deactivated. The quads pull on your knee joint, but your hamstrings don’t balance that pull, which creates an incorrect torquing on the knee joint, leading to dysfunction and eventually pain. All muscles need to work in unison to produce desired movement so our bodies can work optimally.
We don’t just need balance of strength in our muscles, we need balance concerning our flexibility as well. The uniqueness of the springs on the reformer, stability chair, and tower focuses equally on the concentric (typical weight training movement which shortens our muscle fibres) and the eccentric (lengthening of the muscles on load) actions to not only create strength, but also length of the muscles by keeping constant tension through the entire movement. So amazing!! Thank you to Joseph Pilates for inventing spring loaded Pilates equipment!
By developing this balance in our bodies, we are building our postural muscles, standing taller, longer, more upright. When our posture is in correct alignment, we start to move with ease. Our effort is less, so moving our bodies becomes easier. It also reduces our chance of injuries, because we are moving our bodies properly so our joints and our muscles all are working the way they should.
One of the cool things about Pilates is the awareness piece. Pilates really demands a lot of our brains as we must constantly focus when we go through Pilates exercises. This is paramount to success when creating balance in our bodies when we know what our bodies are doing and how our bodies feel, which is called proprioception (the body’s ability to perceive its own position in space). This awareness and focus on breath, help our bodies and minds de-stress and feel good.
And we all know how AMAZING we feel after a Pilates session. We feel lengthened, energized, mindful, and definitely less stressed. The stress piece is huge right now. Moving our bodies in an intentional way, focusing our minds on the present moment helps to de-stress. Studies show the exercise helps bump up the production of our brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins.
So what you are waiting for? Connect with me to start your Pilates feel good adventure today!
IST is about honouring where your body is at and giving it what it needs - a balanced health regime. It’s about creating a strong and balanced body from the inside out. Working our supporting intrinsic muscles helps stabilize the body's foundation, so that our extrinsic muscles (the surface “power” muscles) can do their job properly and purposefully. The IST method works both your intrinsic and extrinsic muscles for a whole body approach to strength and cardio training. While reaching your desired weight is important if that is your goal, IST is challenging, however, is it not about arduously struggling to obtain an impossibly perfect body shape, it’s about creating strong, supported, balanced bodies that can function and move with freedom and ease.
The IST method honours where each and every participant is on their health and wellness journey. As a skilled and experienced certified trainer with a corrective exercise background, I provide modifications and challenges for all exercises so that every client reaches their full potential safely and effectively.Browse Programs Offered