A great complement to Pilates, Aerial fitness is all about the core muscles with aerial fitness, plus your shoulders, back and arms get to work as you lift your own body weight.
Aerial fitness class sees participants attempt to act like a mid-air acrobat as they clamber up two thick lengths of silk that are suspended from the ceiling, all the while performing holds and tricks. If you’re a beginner you’ll start by learning how to climb the silks and be taught some simple holds before going for the more difficult inverted moves.
In London you can try it at Flying Fantastic, which has venues in the Wilditch Centre in Battersea and Gymbox in Farringdon. Prices vary but one-off classes cost an average of £18; it can be tricky to get started but the team at Flying Fantastic say that if you stick at it for three sessions by the fourth you’ll be totally hooked.
This new studio is home to The Reinvention Method, a revolutionary workout that features a chair suspended from the ceiling on bungees that provide powerful resistance. “The Method is a Pilates-inspired workout that is core based and focuses on proper alignment of the body to create and define muscles,” says Lauren Piskin, owner and founder. 40 E. 23rd St., 212-432-6100; chaise23.com
Chaise23, named after the French word for “chair,” is the home of founder Lauren Piskin’s Reinvention Method. (Piskin also owns VJ fave Physicalmind Studio.) The method combines sculpting, flexibility and cardio training through suspension equipment and chairs–workouts use props like the TRX, bungee cords and Reinvention Chairs, a modernized Pilates Wunder Chair.
Hogansburg woman and her Plyo-Pilates workout featured in Oxygen Magazine’s 2012 Fat Loss Special
Plyometrics and Pilates are two opposites on the fitness spectrum. But Laura Tarbell’s trademark Plyo-Pilates workout which combines the two extremes scored her a place in Oxygen Magazine’s 2012 Fat Loss Special.
A STOTT-certified Pilates instructor and the owner of Tarbell Pilates in Hogansburg, Tarbell created the unique routine when she wanted a time-saving, fat-busting workout after having twin boys in 2009.
“I needed an interval workout that would elevate my heart rate to burn calories and then work my core at the same time,” she explains. The result is a body with lean muscle tone and a slim mid-section.
After programming the article, Oxygen’s fitness editor offered Laura the job of modeling the workout as well, a unique opportunity given to only a select few.
In the next few months, Oxygen will again be featuring Laura as a model, quoting her as a Pilates expert, and spotlighting her in their BLAB section.
The article is based on one of Laura’s latest DVDs, Plyo-Pilates, released in August 2011 with two other titles: Pilates for Runners and Ultimate Abs and Core.
An official release party for the DVDs is planned for Monday, March 5, at Heart to Heart Fitness Center located at 19 Eagle Drive in Hogansburg. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy previews of each video, healthy refreshments, discounts on all Tarbell Pilates products and personal consultations.
For information on her schedule at Tarbell Pilates Studio or purchasing information for the three DVDs, visit www.TarbellPilates.com.
Piloxing, a combination of boxing and Pilates, has been touted by celebrities such as Heather Morris and Hilary Duff in Women’s Health, Us and In Touch Weekly.
Why it works: Though it seems like an unlikely pair, the two core-based disciplines come together in a high-tempo, interval workout that burns fat, sculpts long, lean muscles and enhances core strength and balance. Piloxing incorporates standing Pilates moves, boxing combinations and even a little dancing. Cynthia Lindenmeyer, above and right, a group fitness instructor with Gold’s Gym, Carlisle, liked the concept so much that she went to Atlanta to become a certified instructor. “It’s not just about fitness, Piloxing is about
helping women to feel empowered,” she said. Participants can take the class with or without shoes and can add weighted gloves to maximize toning and cardio benefits.
More about Hybrid Core Exercise http://bit.ly/HotPilatesWho it’s for: Piloxing was originally developed as an empowering workout for women.
Lindenmeyer’s classes include women up to age 92. Modifications for moves are suggested throughout the workout. Although designed for women, she does have a couple of men who take the class.
DALLAS – You can hear the music pumping in Snider Plaza, but it’s no dance club. It is called Beats Per Minute. A Pilates cardio class meant to build long, lean muscles, while raising your heart rate like traditional aerobics.
“You want to be in [and] out, drenched in sweat when you leave, muscles quivering, that whole feeling,” said Kendall Coleman, a class instructor. “I quiver every time I’m in here,” said student Nikki Hunt.
“You really have to want to bring it,” Hunt said. “And it’s hard the first time you come, because you are moving around, changing the springs. But they work with you. After two or three times, you’ve got it down.”
Classes can cost as little as $15 apiece. The clients come in all ages. ”I get my cardio and my strength training and it’s over in 50 minutes,” Hunt said. “So it is perfect.”
It is called Beats Per Minute. A Pilates cardio class meant to build long, lean muscles, while raising your heart rate like traditional aerobics. “You want to be in [and] out, drenched in sweat when you leave, muscles quivering, that whole feeling,” said Kendall Coleman, a class instructor.
In the following quote Joseph Pilates appealed to all of his Disciples.
“I Appeal to those interested in the future welfare of our race, to aid in putting my practical physical education method before the public where it will do the most benefit, and to have them see and test my health producing inventions to the end that mankind can enjoy God’s blessings – health and happiness.”
Pilates Pioneer and Trailblazer Ron Fletcher, who worked directly with Clara & Joe, was a good example of a pioneer who brought the Pilates Method to Hollywood and took in new, sometimes controversial directions, expanding it to include standing exercises, floor work derived from his early studies with dance icon Martha Graham and upper-body work done with the aid of a rolled towel with an emphasis on the breath.
Pioneers always take the most arrows. This is a good venue to identify and discuss which hybrid Pilates programs should be shot.
Kate Hudson works out two hours each day. Her personal trainer Ashley Conrad said, “The workouts are comprised of weight training, V02 max training, stretching, yoga and Pilates.”
This Hybrid Pilates system keeps the body guessing. It boosts metabolism, and burns fat while bringing in those gorgeous lines of definition. This type of hybrid exercise combines Pilates with: boxing, explosive jumps, weights, push-ups, treadmill intervals and abs.”
“I am, by nature, active and I have to work out. I usually do two hours each day when I’m at home.” The mother-of-one, is a bit of a fitness freak but her hybrid Pilates workouts keep her looking smoking hot.
CBS) Can’t decide whether to try Yoga or Pilates? Try “Yogalates” instead!
A fusion of the ancient discipline of yoga with the modern Pilates techniques, the exercises mix both disciplines to develop core strength, help tone muscles, increase flexibility, and reduce stress.
What is Yogalates?
A hybrid of yoga and pilates, “Yogalates” was invented by an Australian woman Louise Solomon to give you the best of both techniques.
Solomon injured herself doing yoga 10 years ago and switched to pilates to build core strength eventually becoming a pilates instructor. Then, missing yoga she went back to it and trained as an instructor.
Torn between the two disciplines that she thought offered her body unique benefits, Solomon created “Yogalates” to combine the best of both. She trademarked the name, trained instructors and put out a video. Today Yogalates classes are offered at gyms around the country and is perfect for home practice. It is low impact, low cost, and easy to learn.
Why combine yoga and pilates?
Yoga focuses on flexibility, then strength. Pilates focuses on stability, then strength and flexibility. Pilates helps develop a stable core, sometimes taken for granted in yoga classes. People who have complained about hurting themselves in a yoga class perhaps did not have the core development to move through the various postures, or to pull as far as they pushed. Combining the two disciplines of “yoga” and “pilates” into “Yogalates” is ideal.
What are some of the differences between yoga and pilates?
Yoga is a 5000 -year-old Eastern energy-based spiritual practice developed in India. It is based on a spiritual system of moves to unlock energy flows while increasing flexibility and toning internal organs. Pilates is a Western philosophy developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. He designed this restorative and conditioning technique to help people overcome injuries, postural misalignment and improve general core weakness. It involves matwork and small concentrated moves on machines. Pilates requires you to set a posture and then challenge the torso by moving the limbs in a repetitious manner. Yoga moves from one static posture to the next with no repetitions.
Who Is “Yogalates” Good For?
Yogalates is good for almost everyone, but it is particularly good for bad back pain and postnatal women because it builds strength through the torso. It is not appropriate for pregnant women.
What equipment do you need to get started?
A towel or floor mat to protect your spine from a hard surface;another smaller towel to place under your head; and a “Thera-Band” to replicate the resistance of the Pilates exercise machines. Thera-Bands can be purchased from most sporting goods stores or physiotherapists.
CoreAlign unit was created to enable natural flowing full body exercises with independent limb training. As the first studio in the country to offer CoreAlign classes, we’re excited to offer our clients this new way to maximize your potential. Some key benefits of CoreAlign:
Upgrade full body movement ability while focusing mainly on standing positions and movements.
Facilitate a functional blend of posture, strength, flexibility, control, and body orientation in space.
Reorganize and upgrade the relevant movement components to reach the deepest layers of movement foundations, and challenge the boundaries of harmonious movement.
The CoreAlign Method is used for musculoskeletal rehabilitation, performance enhancement and as regular exercise regimen for a healthy lifestyle.
The individual foot tracks can be adjusted for resistance, and working the body in a standing position, which the CoreAlign demands, trains the body to work in harmony and balance in a way that isolation exercises don’t.
Even the simplest exercise demands total concentration, balance, posture, and perfect and fluid movement. This, a reporter found out after trying it and failing numerous times before finding his rhythm.
Don’t expect to find this equipment in stores. Because the exercises must be performed with perfect precision to be beneficial, Balanced Body Pilates is only shopping them to places that employ physical therapists schooled on the CoreAlign’s techniques.
Because the machine is so new, very little has been written about it, and it has no official endorsements. Nor are there any scientific studies on its effectiveness.
All that is coming, said Hoffman, and he welcomes even the most ardent skeptics.
“The concepts are avant garde, and this is coming from outside the establishment,” he said. “The question is: Will the establishment embrace it? We believe they will because this works.”
Reporter Jamie Kelly at 523-5254 or at email@example.com.