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FRIDAY FEELS: MAKE YOUR OWN PUMPKIN BAKED OATMEAL MUFFIN CUPS!

If you’re looking for the ideal “go-to” breakfast and at the same time, keeps you healthy then this is the perfect recipe for you. This contains 100% whole grains with very low sugar which makes it healthy for those who are conscious of their food intake. It also comes with a significant warm bowl of

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Pilates and Cross-Training

The Pilates community is an amazing network of talent caring people and I was so delighted to meet Helena Alexandra, founder of Pebbles Pilates, through the beauty of social media. Helena’s business is definitely inspiring and so is her story. I love a connect to a fellow #girlboss out there chasing their health and business

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What is an Exercise-Related Injury and how can you handle one?

With seniors and every other age group, more active than ever, it pays to be aware of the potential for injury. Although we aren’t all professional athletes, activities such as jogging, racquetball, weight lifting, and even power walking can still cause injury. Dare I say it Pilates and barre classes.  The feeling of accomplishment after

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Foodie Friday: Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

  The holidays are fast approaching so what better way to keep the happy spirits alive than trying out new dishes. Even during the holidays, it is still possible to prepare meals that are healthy especially those who don’t want to break their diet or go back to zero. This is why we are here

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FRIDAY’S BEST: MAKE YOUR OWN PUMPKIN CHAI LATTE AT HOME

Spending on lattes or frappes at a coffee shop can be costly sometimes especially when nothing on their menu pleases your taste. There are times when you even have to go through an extra mile or step out of the house just to sip your favorites which can be very tiring to do sometimes. Don’t

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Why you need a strong core

You hear it all the time do this and geta six-pack abs in four weeks and workout classes guaranteeing a flat stomach. While we know that working our core is a good thing, the benefits go way beyond the surface.  A STRONG CORE PREVENTS INJURY When we train the core, we focus on spinal stabilization

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BRAIN FOG: HERE ARE 7 SOLUTIONS ON HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR FOCUS

Majority of us have experienced the hassle of mental fog. It is sometimes referred to as a “cloudy-headed” mood or mental fatigue which includes common conditions like weak memory, complicated concentration, and difficulty in articulation. Another cause can be due to overworking, material abuse and multitasking. When you struggle with focus due to brain fog,

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Beyond Skin Deep: How to Sleep Better for Your Health and Beauty

We’ve all heard of getting your beauty rest, but have you ever stopped to wonder if there’s any truth to this saying? Some research indicates it’s accurate, and you may be surprised by just how much sleep can affect your looks and overall health. Despite the rejuvenating effects of sleep, many of us are still

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3 TIPS ON RECOVERING FROM A WORKOUT

Rest and recovery are important factors in any workout routine. Applying an after-exercise recovery practice has a huge impression on your fitness benefits and sports activities which allows you to work out more effectively. Sadly, most people don’t obtain an after exercise recovery scheme. An after recovery plan is needed for the muscles and tissues to

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Pilates Helps Back Pain

80% of American adults report some type of back pain each year. May causes could be at play but often back pain is the result of: Poor Posture A Larger Chest Being at Desk for 8 plus hours a day Muscular imbalance from daily life or recreational activities Handbags/Backpacks/Workbags Pilates has been found to provide the some

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Pilates and Menopause: How Pilates Can Ease Menopause Symptoms

Menopause is a great but rather confusing time of life for many women. With hormone fluctuations, weight gain and a loss of bone structure and density, many women have to deal with sudden and unexpected changes, which will affect them for some time. It is no surprise that maintaining a healthy lifestyle throughout this time

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When it comes to prenatal fitness, can you overdo it?

Moms-to-be are getting stronger and stronger as prenatal exercise trends like running and yoga continue to grow in popularity. While working out during pregnancy has many great benefits, is there a point at which fitness can become an impediment to a healthy labor? Could your workout actually be working against an optimal delivery? Staying committed

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Superfoods for Super Weight Loss

Known for their high nutritional value and health benefits, superfoods are essential for rapid weight loss. Besides being delicious, they can also help us feel full and give us clean sustained energy. Incorporate these five superfoods into your daily regimen and watch the pounds melt off. 1. Match green tea   Tea is the second most

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40 under 40

The twenty-fifth class of Forty Under 40 award recipients has been announced by the Central Penn Business Journal. All forty business leaders are under the age of 40 and were chosen because of their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and community service in Central Pennsylvania. An awards reception will be held on Monday, October

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What are You Comparing Yourself To?

Comparison is the robber of happiness. It keeps you from doing what you feel you were meant to do. It makes you feel like you are not good enough. What are you comparing yourself to? Is the client next to you on the reformer? Is your friend from college you see. Is the random person in

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Pilates and Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a sideways curve in the spine that comes in many different varieties. You might have scoliosis and it has no effect on your daily life or it could be a major issue for your quality of life. According to the National Scoliosis Foundation, Scoliosis affects an estimated 6 – 9 million people in

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Pilates Makes You Better at These 5 Sports


Pilates is a great workout on its own, but Pilates also makes for an effective cross-training activity that athletes can and should incorporate into their training or at least to supplement it. That’s because the practice improves overall fitness and targets specific muscle groups, enhances flexibility, reduces risk of injury, and introduces a new level

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Simple Ways to Foster Your Top-to-Bottom Health

We all know that we should take care of ourselves. But when life is hectic, and we can’t see how we could cram one more habit or activity into our lives, our health is often the thing we compromise. However, prioritizing our top-to-bottom health and well-being not only leaves us happier, but it also helps

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Healthy Habits

 They say it takes 21 days to learn a new habit, but don’t get overwhelmed– It really might take way longer! You don’t have to do it all at once! According to many self improvement experts, start by improving 1% each day as you create your habit and as you build on it each day,

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The Benefits of Having Good Posture

We all know that we probably should stand up straighter, but we don’t always know why we can benefit from it. Having good posture not only makes you look taller, but it also has major benefits for your health in the long run. Being aware of the health benefits of good posture is great motivation

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Lead like a Women

LEAD LIKE A WOMEN Thanks The Story Exchange for this reminder in your publication today. I needed it! Business owning for me in the New Year is always a struggle. I should really listen when I talk or start talking to myself “I think we need to keep our eyes and ears open, but focus on what

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Stop Expecting to Change Your Habit in 21 Days.

STOP EXPECTING TO CHANGE YOUR HABIT IN 21 DAYS. In my research on making new habits, I keep running into the idea that you could do it in twenty-one days. I’ve always had my doubts about the validity that number. First, when it comes to developing a bad habit, the thought of doing it is

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New Years Resolutions?

NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS? The new year: A chance to start fresh, to make resolutions, to promise ourselves to live a better life in 2019. What’s on your resolution list? Losing weight? Saving money? Eating better? But how long do those resolutions really last? We all go into it with good intentions, but one way or

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Do you think Americans are doing a good job being fit?

DO YOU THINK AMERICANS ARE DOING A GOOD JOB BEING FIT? We are failing miserably as a nation! Keep reading this has nothing to do with politics. Only 23 percent of Amercian’s 18 -64 meet the guidelines for weekly physical activity according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pennsylvania was right at the national

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Where are all the happy people at?

WHERE ARE ALL THE HAPPY PEOPLE AT? Just a short 4,000 miles from where are you can find the happiest people on the planet. They live in a bucket list location for me. Finland is the land of saunas, forests, and coffee (they are my people). With the exception of sauns because those are kryptonite

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SAVVY SISTERS EVENT

SAVVY SISTERS EVENT The Studio by Absolute Pilates and I were super excited to make this happen on in the summer of 2018. The Studio hosted 8 matches from the Savvy Sisters Group which is part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. This group matches kid that are in need of mentorship with local

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Honored to be a Women of Influence 2018

HONORED TO BE A WOMEN OF INFLUENCE 2018 It was a great honor to be one of Central Penn Business Journals Women of Influence in 2018. Along the other amazing and talented women pictured to the right here. The Women of Influence Awards honor established business leaders with proven track records of community service and

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Why would I wear the same outfit all week? Ask me.

WHY WOULD I WEAR THE SAME OUTFIT ALL WEEK? ASK ME. The “little black dress” is often the heart of a girlboss’s wardrobe. For me, it is little black leggings! I wear my leggings to work, for a night out, to a social event. Yep, I have been known to wear leggings to the bar and always

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Pilates May Help Stroke Survivors

Pilates training may help stroke survivors to improve functional balance and quality of life, concluded authors of a small study published in the International Journal of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences(2013; 2 [4], 204–11). This research was on stroke survivors have had a stroke within the preceding 3–6 months. Researchers from India, conducted the study to determine

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Pilates improves running performance, study finds

A recent study assessed the influence of engaging in core training, or Pilates, on the performance and metabolic cost of trained runners. The body requires oxygen to do activities and each of us has a maximum oxygen consumption. We we ask our body to run long distances we are required  to have a large maximum oxygen consumption

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Join Us for Pilates Day 2019

[vJoin Us for Pilates Day 2019 Pilates Day is an annual, international, community event celebrated on the first Saturday of May every year. The Pilates Day mission is to foster the public’s appreciation and awareness of the Pilates Method through a network of varied, innovative, and high-quality grassroots Pilates events accessible and affordable for all. Absolute

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Where should this hurt?

When You Don’t LOVE your Exercise Anymore It’s been nearly two months since you resolved to get fit and be the best version of you. You had the best intentions. You went to the studio, gym, and trainer.  But then your knee started to bother you. Or maybe it was your foot, your hip or shoulder.

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Allergies and Breathing Issues

Exercise may not be the first thing you would think about when you want to feel better from allergies and breathing issues.  Exercise has been known to reduce inflammation. Allergies inflame the blood vessels in your nose causing you to feel congested. When you workout your body redirects your blood flow to the hardworking body.

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National Carrot Day

My favorite roasted carrots!  With some amazing options! INGREDIENTS 2 pounds carrots 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil ½ teaspoon fine sea salt Freshly ground black pepper, to taste Want the spiced version, (my favorite way) you’ll also need: ½ to 1 ½ teaspoons chili powder (use less for more mild carrots, or the full amount for

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A Happier and Healthier Life: 7 Important Lifestyle Changes for Seniors

In the United States, once someone reaches the age of 65, they can live, on average, for nearly 20 more years. Facing a longer life expectancy means facing more healthcare conditions, both mental and physical. Some common conditions that affect people 65 and older include: Arthritis Heart Disease Depression COPD Alzheimer’s Disorder Anxiety Diabetes Osteoporosis

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How Pilates Has Changed My Love Life

“The complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.” as Joseph Pilates, its inventor, called it, has a lot of different benefits that evoke tons of research. However, most women either are die-hard enthusiasts or have never stepped foot in a Pilates studio. On which group are you fit in? There are a lot of reasons

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Goal Setting for 2019

Goals should drive your to-do lists on a daily basis. Here are some tips to keep you on track to achieving your goals. Create to-do lists daily: No brainer, right? Prioritize your list. I try to use planner and trello to create a top 3 to-do list every day so that you are mindful of

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Which One is Ideal for You: Pilates or Yoga?

Looking for the best exercise program in 2019 ? If this sounds like you, then you are at the right place! Most people thought that doing some of the most difficult workouts out there gives them a “shortcut” route to fitness success. If you are a beginner, it is appropriate to look for the most

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Fueling Up Pre and Post Pilates

I get asked what do I eat all the time. No one size fits all but here is my 2 cents. Before Your Session Snack Smart – If you are hungry – or will be by the time you arrive in the studio. Have a small snack. Some inspiration a small apple with almond butter, greek

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No princess wand for you!

You started a look for a fitness studio to chase down your unmet goals, didn’t you? You can think of 100 things you rather spend your time on the things you *actually* enjoy… To to feel strong from the inside out… To be flexible.. To be the size your dream of… To take control of your health… And to

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How Pilates Support Weight Loss?

The perfect combination of diet and exercise can significantly reduce your weight much faster than either one alone. However, if you are thinking on starting a weight loss program, you probably asking yourself what type of workout is the most ideal for you? There are a variety of exercises that you can do to help

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Breath

This week 6 years ago I lost my Mom to a myriad of breathing and lung related illnesses. Her illness showed me how difficult it can be for clients to breathe fully. Inhaling in particular seems to be the most problematic. Lungs mature by age 25 then from 35 it’s normal for lung function to decline

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We are moving to Camp Hill

I wanted to take a chance to share updates on the move to Camp Hill. We have been working on this project since June of 2018. We will be combining the Enola and Lemoyne locations (in alphabetical order because they are both as important as the other). Andy and I are very excited to make

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Are you present in your workout?

Something inside us all loves a workout. But getting ourselves to the studio is only half the battle the other half is doing the work. Let me explain, it is not  about moving your body around the studio, it is about not robotically following cues from the instructor and allowing momentum to take over. When

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Anniversary News

Anniversaries have a way of making us look back—not just to reminisce, but also to reassess. What would we have changed? What did we get right? Would we do it all over again? When we opened in 2008, Pilates existed on the mat in Central Pa. People called asking about “PIE lots” classes and people

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Time to Write a New Ending

“if we own the (our) story then we can write the ending” -Brene Brown There are 90 days left in the year. What are you going to do with the last 90 days? I started 2018 with the goal of being boring that did not happen. I wanted to be out and about for Absolute Pilates

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What is the Reformer? Pilates Reformer?

Do not fear the Pilates Reformer! I continually see people refer to the Reformer as “what appears to be a torture device in a torture chamber”– I am here to tell you that this is not the case. First of all, let me be clear, the Reformer is NOT a torture device. It might get you to

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Self Care Sunday

It’s time to take some time for yourself. Slow down, do something you love, something to replenish your energy and make you feel more awesome. Here are some self-care Sunday ideas(but you don’t have to wait until Sunday to do them!) We are going to get help from all the staff and some of their favorite things. Allison:

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What should I feel?

Clients come into the Pilates studio saying: Should I feel this? Where should I feel this? Should I feel this here? I think I felt that too much. Clients are often having new experiences in the studio. Learning new equipment and new exercises which is why clients come in.  In the process of learning new things we

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Can you get Cardio in at Absolute Pilates and Barre?

If there’s one question instructors get more than any other question, it’s this: Do I need to supplement my classes with cardio? Q: Let’s answer the question once and for all: Is barre cardio? Is Pilates cardio? A: YES. Pilates and Barre gets your heart pumping and promotes cardiovascular health. Q: OK, but do I need

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Does Pilates and Barre Count as Strength Training?

We recently answered the highly popular question “can pilates and barre be cardio?” (Spoiler alert: YES) But what about strength training? Does our workout, with its small movements, isometric holds, springs/weights and cardio bursts, “count” as a strength-training workout? Q: Let’s answer the question once and for all: Does Pilates/barre count as strength training? A: YES!

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Pilates and Food – Restorative Pair

As an owner of several Pilates Studios, a mom, and major supporter to my husbands solo Physical Therapy Practice there is not much time in the day to feed oneself. I have made more than my fair share of jokes about being on the kind bar and cold coffee diet. (might be true from time

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Weathering Sickness and Staff Issues While Building a Thriving Pilates Venture

Entrepreneurial zeal put Absolute Pilates owner Allison Zang in the hospital. Here’s how she worked past illness and infighting to build a solo venture into a five-studio business. Absolute Pilates owner Allison Zang learned the hard way that balance is vital to her wellness business. Her Mechanicsburg, Penn., company is a local institution with five thriving

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Instant Pot Pulled Beef

Ingredients1 lb Beef Tri-tip or Chuck Roast½ teaspoon Ground Mustard½ teaspoon Paprika½ teaspoon Chili Powder½ teaspoon Black Pepper1 tablespoon Olive Oil1 medium Onion – halved and sliced SAUCE:16 oz Tomato Sauce2 tablespoon Honey1 tablespoon Dijon mustard2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce2 tablespoon Soy Sauce3 Garlic clove – minced InstructionsCombine the first six ingredients and rub on the roast. In a

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Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup

Ingredients: 1 pound dried green split peas, rinsed 1/2 pound dried lentils, rinsed 1 meaty ham bone or 2 cups diced ham 1 cup sliced baby carrots 1 cup chopped yellow onion 2 stalks celery plus leaves, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 bay leaf 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley Salt and pepper to taste

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I have your back!

Hey, Ladies, this challenge is about you being your best self and bring out the superhero in you. Your weight doesn’t matter to me. I got ask several times is this a weight loss challenge. No, this is a fitness challenge with yourself. How you look in a swimming suit doesn’t matter to me. Neither does what size jeans you

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Why You Need to Train to Be a Wonder Woman

You want to yell at me you will never be Wonder Woman. Not all Wonder Woman look like Gal Gadot. They do all feel good in there skin and power through there day as a Mom, Busines Women, Friend, Teacher, Sister, Medical Professional, Daughter, and most important resident Super Hero. The average American flat-out loathes

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Savvy Sisters Event

The Studio by Absolute Pilates and Allison were super excited to make this happen on in the summer of 2018. We hosted 8 matches from the Savvy Sisters Group which is part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Allison got to chat with the girls about fitness over the lifespan her and her journey

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Pilates for the Equestrian

Create a deeper seat and an ideal riding partnership with your horse. Frustrated that your horse won’t respond properly to your commands? Having trouble keeping a stable seat? Feeling unusually sore and tired after a ride? Imbalances develop over time, based on physiology, posture, and lifestyle. How you move when not riding – other types

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Pilates for Skiing and Snowboarding

As the ski season is a few short months away, it is important to prepare your body and get ‘ski fit’. I have personally spent more than 30 years on skis. With any sport, prevention is your best treatment and can lessen the likelihood of those horrible days watching everyone hit the slopes when the

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Pilates for Dancers

Dancers love to dance but your body needs to balance out that work. Not only can cross-training go a long way in injury prevention, but low-impact cross-training, won’t put added stress on your joints. So, with that in mind, here’s a look at a few of the biggest advantages dancers can enjoy from cross-training: #1:

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Pilates for Triathletes

Got to run…swim or bike today? Maybe skip a day and cross train that body. Advice for a proper training program leading up to, hopefully, a personal best race day is at every click on your phone. Whether that means standing on the podium or just finishing the race, the goal is to cross the

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Can Pilates be the answer to my cross training needs?

If you have a passion sport and add Pilates to your weekly routine, you are cross training. There are so many good reasons to do this. Here are a few: Pilates exercises are oriented toward functional fitness, meaning that Pilates teaches you to move better, in general, thereby enhancing performance and reducing the risk of injury

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National Ice Cream Day

Ice cream is one of my favorite foods, and we always have at least two different flavors in our freezer at any given time. Alivia is totally obsessed with Ice Cream. To celebrate National Ice Cream day we are going healthy.  There are limits Friday was Andy birthday so we went all in on the cake

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Summer Sanity: Pilates and Barre

Summer time is filled with sitting by the pool, drinking smoothies, going on vacation, and spending your time doing absolutely nothing. Ha. We all know that summer can be one of the busiest seasons. With the kids home, garden to care for, work to be at, and vacations to plan, summer can be the opposite

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Pink Ribbon Pilates Classes

I learned to teach Pink Ribbon Pilates in 2010 but did not really use my skills for the last 8 years. I worked with some clients here and there but it never stuck. I was sad I could not figure out how to reach these ladies and of course, I know some men. I left the

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The Power of Pilates

Weightlifting. Yoga. Pilates. Barre. Aerobics. Anaerobics. Powerlifting. Bulking. Dieting. Etc. Etc. Etc. Of all the different ways to exercise your body, why should Pilates be incorporated into your workout routine?  First of all, let’s go over what Pilates is exactly. The Pilates Method is an approach of mind and body integration that was created by

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Why’s That? – Roots for my Future

Ten years down the road, Absolute Pilates employs twenty-two trainers, has five locations, is branching their social media and welcomes new clients regularly. With this much growth, it’s easy to forget those initial roots. Not me – my roots are not left in the past but are continually spreading to impact what I do today.

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Why Barre Helped My Running

Any athlete should strive for a balanced and strong body. Obviously, this is easier said than done.  It takes time, energy, discipline, and consistency. This is especially true for runners. I (Allison) have been a lifelong runner. My father set me down this path shortly after I learned how to walk. We spent countless weekends

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Sore

No one wants to be sidelined by pain or injury, which is why you might wonder if something is up when you notice that you don’t have as much flexibility as the instructor in your Pilates class, or when your muscles feel especially stiff after a workout. However, muscle stiffness — or being unable to bend like

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Summer Goals 2018

   Are you satisfied with your current level of fitness? As in, you wouldn’t change a thing. #goals #crushedit #doneanddone   Your muscle tone Your flexibility and mobility Your pain and stiffness Your energy level  The person looking back at you in the mirror If you said “yes” then you can stop reading because this

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Learn To Breathe, Exercise Better

Many of us think of breathing as a secondary aspect of exercise. Or perhaps more accurately, many of us don’t consider the breathing side of things at all! After all, it does more or less take care of itself. However, as any experienced fitness professional or athlete will tell you, proper breathing is absolutely vital

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Overcoming Obesity: 4 Wellness Tips

If you feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle with obesity, you’re not alone—it is estimated that 160 million Americans are overweight or obese. Working out is a difficult habit to start for most people, but if you are carrying around extra weight from a BMI of 30 or even 40, creating and maintaining a

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Should we all stand?

Standing is the new smoking? With so many health and environmental issues that are flowing around everyday sometimes it’s difficult to choose which one will benefit us the most. We constantly hear how bad it is for us to sit for long periods of time – of course for me this is not a great problem

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Why can’t I do a Pilates rollup?

The minute in class you hear we are going to do the roll-up. Clients think matter how hard I try, I can’t get all the way up. Number one clients, tactic: “I only get up so far and then I have to use my hands to pull myself up.” Number 2 client tactic use momentum (that little lurch).

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Join Us for Pilates Day 2018

Join Us for Pilates Day 2018 Pilates Day is an annual, international, community event celebrated on the first Saturday of May every year. The Pilates Day mission is to foster the public’s appreciation and awareness of the Pilates Method through a network of varied, innovative, and high-quality grassroots Pilates events accessible and affordable for all. Absolute

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Get Healthy Without Boring Yourself to Tears

The association between many forms of “traditional” exercise and sheer, soul-crushing boredom, unfortunately, prevents many people from making sure they fit physical activity into their daily routine. Exercise can be strenuous, and it can be difficult. But there’s certainly no rule that says exercise has to, well, feel like exercise. A Barre class is one

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Parkinson’s Disease

I started working with two clients recently who are experiencing the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. This progressive neurological condition is now the second most common age-related neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimer’s.  Around 10 million people around the world most of which most are men who are 1.5 times more likely to have it than women.Lately it seems

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New Year’s Resolutions: Yay or Nay?

I’m am sure most of you know … I’m really competitive. (Like, really.) My husband is worse than me. So you’d think we’d be running out to set New Year’s resolutions, right? I took me an extra week to figure out where I stood on this topic in 2018. Just not our style! Let me tell

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Here’s to 2018

Today is the day…That day when every year many individuals make resolutions for changes to make in the coming year. What will it be this year? Will the focus be Family? Diet? Fitness? Better Health? Career? Whatever you choose, what are you willing to do to achieve your goals this year? Will you be able

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What Can You Do to Improve Your Mental Health

The modern world comes with many amenities and wonders. Just think what our ancestors would say about smartphones, cars, and the internet! However, nothing comes without a cost. Many of these same improvements can lead to mental health problems like anxiety, depression, and instability. Another benefit of the modern world is how people take mental

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Should I really do PILATES?

I swallowed an honesty pill today and can’t help but share my true feelings about Pilates. Is it really worth your time and money? In the past years, Yoga has become a synonym for Mind/Body fitness, Barre classes have become the gold ticket among millennials looking for a ballerina body, Crossfit has created a die-hard community like

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Health Benefits of Pilates

Reasons You Should Give Pilates A Try So you’ve gone through all kinds of workout regimens all your life, yet you still can’t stick with one that you feel you can do for the rest of your life.  Have you attended a Pilates class? If you haven’t, then it’s high time you give it a

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Getting Fit: How To Maintain A New Exercise Routine

Every day, more and more Americans are finding that it’s more important than ever to change up their diet and exercise routine. With an increasing number of people being diagnosed with prediabetes due to their weight and diet choices, there’s no time like the present to change things for the better. If you’ve been thinking

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10 Tips For Beginners

Doing anything for the first time can be daunting and uncomfortable. Especially when you are doing so in a group setting. Even though pilates is generally done by very welcoming and open people, it is still human nature to be uncomfortable in a new setting when doing new physical activities. In the age of technology,

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The Scientific Reasons Why You Should Exercise in Addiction Recovery

Fitness has received a great deal of attention for its role in addiction recovery. As treatment centers continue along the trend of incorporating exercise into their recovery programs, scientists are asking whether exercise is actually effective in helping people kick an addiction. The answer from the research community has been a resounding yes. A study

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Why do I have Cramps?

Physical Therapy Moment: I often have discussions with patients about muscle cramping. Many times these discussions begin as a patient is actively cramping while performing some exercise. Often these individuals say I am just prone to muscle cramps. But the question is, WHY? There are many long-held beliefs related to causes and cures for cramps.

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Sjögren’s and Pilates

There is much evidence to support that exercise is beneficial in Sjögren’s, some of it indirect (RA studies), inflammation studies, etc.  One study with Sjögren’s patients showed benefit, but there is only one so far that I could find. The main problem with exercise is the common feeling of flu-like symptoms, fatigue and all sorts of pain

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16 Health Benefits of Pilates, According to Science

In the 1920’s, a man by the name of Joseph Pilates observed people doing yoga, and animals moving how they naturally do at the zoo and came up with a series of movements that allow a human to stretch and build muscle that he called pilates. Pilates is considered to be a “low-impact, big result”

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Meet Lynette

A bit about me: I have a degree in Graphic Design graduating from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and LaRoche College. I have been married for 24 years, have a senior, Lucas and twin sophomores, Mia and Seth. Also in the house are our two rescue dogs, Leo who is 10 and Lola who is

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Super Charge Spring

If you are ready to take things up a notch, don’t miss our e-book 8 Insider Tips to Getting Started with Pilates. It’s filled with tips on how to get the most out of each and every session so you can feel the burn like never before! Having trouble committing to a regular workout routine?

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Benefits of Pilates During Pregnancy ( Part 5 )

A quicker recovery & return to pre-pregnancy body It’s simple… the stronger the body is going in to pregnancy and throughout, the stronger it will be after.  If women lose the connection to their abdominals as they stretch during pregnancy, it will be that much harder to reconnect once the baby is out. It’s not

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Sit at work all day? Here’s why you should consider Pilates

Sitting at a computer all day can do a number on our bodies. From increased fatigue and weight gain to low back pain and reduced cardiovascular health, sitting all day at work (and plopping yourself on the couch to relax after a hard day) can lead to some serious health complications. Enter: Pilates. This form

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Benefits of Pilates During Pregnancy ( part 4 )

 Less discomfort due to muscle & skeletal imbalances As the baby grows the body has no choice but to adapt to make room.  This of course means that posture and alignment will be compromised.  While Pilates cannot stop this from happening, it can help to strengthen the stabilizing muscles, especially those surrounding the hips and

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Benefits of Pilates During Pregnancy ( Part 3 )

Better breath control As the baby grows, the diaphragm is compressed up into the chest, and even though a woman’s lung capacity remains the same, it can feel increasingly harder to breathe.  Pilates breathing taps into the intercostal muscles lining the rib cage, which allows moms to still feel able to take deep breaths. Pilates

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Benefits of Pilates During Pregnancy ( Part 2 )

A stronger connection to the pelvic floor muscles Most women have heard of “Kegel Exercises”, but don’t really understand the importance the Pelvic Floor during pregnancy. One of the main functions of the pelvic floor is to support the organs in the lower abdominal cavity. As the uterus grows it relies on the pelvic floor

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Benefits of Pilates During Pregnancy ( Part 1 )

A stronger transverse abdominis, which helps prevent diastasis recti. This is a big one, which is why it is first!  One of the major misconceptions out there is that women should not work their abdominals during pregnancy. Of course they should! It’s just a matter of “how” they are working their abdominals.  Women should focus

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New Years Open House

New Years Open House” Join us to try out the studio. Free class for new clients (current clients bring a friend and come free) 7am Mat Class 8am Reformer 9am Pilates Equipment Circuit 10:45 Barre 11 am Pilates 101 12pm Pilates 101 Pilates 101: Have you been wondering what is pilates? Found the equipment scary? This

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We have an App for that!

The long-awaited app is here: iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/us/developer/wellness-living-systems-inc./id828358418 android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=absolute.pilates

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Winter Weather

Winter weather policy: we are lucky to have staff close to the studio. We will do our best to keep classes staffed in winter weather. We allow you cancel in inclement weather with no fee. Please wait and see what is happening there is always the chance there will be no weather when it is

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Gift Cards

   Are you looking for the ultimate gift for a Pilates devotee or Barre-bie? Here is a video guide to how to purchase one from our system. Click Here   https://youtu.be/q0ga09IjhPE

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The Ultimate Primer and Fearless Extension Workshop

The Ultimate Primer: An Exploration of Body Rolling & Fascial Release (6 hours) Join Master Pilates teacher and anatomy guru, Chantill Lopez PMA CPT, CYT for an invigorating, fun, and exploratory 3-hour workshop intensive into the science of Fascia and the art of Body Rolling. Learn WHY body rolling works, HOW it works, and how

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Meet Jessi

How did you get into fitness? Fitness was incorporated into my daily life throughout the years by my mother. When I was five I recall her exercising to Cindy Crawford in our living room. My brother and I were always encouraged to be active and eat balanced meals. Today my mom and I share a

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How A Pilates Reformer Can Help Your Golf Game

If you found this post most likely you are ready to see you golf game improve. Did you know that Absolute Pilates has been bring quality pilates to central pa since 2009? We are ready to improve your golf game on the pilates equipment! I think a pilates reformer is a more effective way of

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Pilates for a Better Golf Game

Simple Pilates Exercises for a Better Golf Game To improve your golf game you need to work on rotation, balance and stability. This is stating the obvious if you are a golfer.  Of course, at Absolute Pilates we know each golfer has individual needs, but these  simple Pilates exercises should be a part of every

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Ready for your Mermaid Dress with the Pros!

Elaine of Elaine Gates Photography and I workout often together. We both also love to run for cardio. Running may not be your thing, but as you plan for your wedding, remember this: If you feel good, you look good; and if you look good, you feel good. Your schedule is packed solid with appointments

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30 Day Barre Class Challenge

  30 Day Barre Class Challenge Burpee Ah, the burpee. It’s one of the most dreaded exercise moves across the board, and yet every workout seems to incorporate a version of it (even yoga’s sun salutation resembles it). Why? Because it no joke works. Do it right, and you’ll strengthen your shoulders, your arms, your

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How the Pros of Absolute Pilates Got in Shape for Their Own Weddings

 Goal #1: To up her overall awesomeness and “be the best version of myself on my wedding day.” The Plan: Allison Zang, a owner of Absolute Pilates and co-owner of The Studio, devised a program with the skill and precision that comes from training clients every day, ramping up her typical mat Pilates routine with equipment Pilates and adding

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Love from your Pilates Instructor

Pilates instructors are passionate type A people who LOVE what they do.  They care deeply about everyone that work with.  In honor of Valentine’s Day,  this letter was written to show you how much we care! Dear Devoted Pilates Client, 1.  You are amazing!  I am amazed and inspired daily by your devotion to your

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2015 Goals

Team Absolute Pilates Takes on 2016

We are here to say 2016 is going to be amazing. We have smart goals for this year and are ready to kick some you know! Resolve (noun): firm determination to do something. Allison is going to workout 2 days more than her teaching schedule. The real goal for her is to eat enough protein everyday. Continuing

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Pilates and Weight Loss

Have you ever heard anyone say, “I do Pilates to lose weight and keep it off”?  Probably not, and here’s why: The Pilates involves so much more than physical exercise and physical benefits!  Even if you started practicing Pilates to drop some pounds, usually the transformation that happens by practicing Pilates is so much bigger than

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What is Pilates?

How It Works Dust off your  mat and get ready to do a series of movements that will stabilize and strengthen your core. The moves may look simple, but they take a lot of precision and control. Pilates is not just a bunch of sit ups; there’s a strong emphasis on technique. You can do Pilates

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Why Pilates is good for you!

What are the benefits of Pilates and how does it sculpt the body? Pilates is a complete workout for both the body and mind. It is an exercise system that works on the stabilizing muscles to ensure the most optimal posture. There is a keen focus on core (internal stomach muscles and obliques) as well

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Five Tips For Your First Barre Class

I grew up as a gymnast and when I was first introduced to the idea of a barre class I thought it was going to be like taking a dance at practice – that it would be scary and intimidating and some instructor would be scolding me that my turn-out wasn’t good enough and to point my toe

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Meet Lauren

1. How did you get in to fitness or pilates or both? I have danced since I was three years old, so fitness has always been a part of my life. Through high school and college, I danced around twenty hours a week. I added workouts at the gym with a personal trainer and various

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The number one reason people don’t try Pilates

The number one reason people don’t try Pilates and how it could be keeping you from being healthier and happier! The number one reason I hear for someone not trying Pilates is: “I am too out of shape or over weight to even try it!”  or “I tried a few of the moves at home

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Sweat through a big decision!

“We all know that exercise can help reduce stress and improve health. But did you know it can improve decision making? A Purdue University study found that executives who work out regularly are better decision makers. The study tested the decision-making capabilities of 80 people over a nine-month period. Results showed that the exercisers’ ability

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What are the benefits of working on Pilates machines?

Pilates machines consists of a range of equipment designed to accommodate clients at every point in there life. The most common is the reformer (a table with springs and straps). Most classical pilates studios have three to five of the classical pieces of equipment. In our studio we have reformers, towers, and chairs. You will also find core align,

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My gym offers Pilates… why should I pay to come to ABSolute Pilates?

Good question… and there are several reasons. ABSolute Pilates offers one-on-one personal attention, something you won’t get at a big gym. Many gyms offer only mat classes that often have 20 or more people in the class which doesn’t provide the same type of workout as a smaller, more personal class. Many instructors at gyms

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Pilates Hurts My Neck

If pilates is more of a pain in your neck than it is in your abs or butt. Then you are doing it wrong! Let me explain: you should be holding your head in position that challenges your abdominals without causing pain in your neck. If you can not curl up without pain and strain

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Why take pilates classes when I have a video?

I get asked all the time why should I take classes when I have a video? I normally ask how much motivation and accountability do you have to the video? Do you feel you are doing it right? Can you understand and follow the instructor? I normally here the following back: I do them every now and then

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What can I do at home to complement my sessions?

My gut reaction to this question is CARDIO. That is the answer for people that are coming to pilates at least twice a week. If you do not get to the studio that often or have blocked off enough time to do more than you daily cardio. I would take a look at a few of the ebooks and videos

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Research Supports the Benefits of Pilates

Researchers from two Portuguese Universities and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing conducted a literature review. The data found strong evidence the pilates improved flexibility and dynamic balance of  subjects when compared with inactive individuals. Flexibility also improved among Pilates participants versus those in habitual exercise groups. Moderate evidence from one high quality study reported

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Pilates Improves Life Satisfaction for Women

Women who practice pilates consistently for at least 6 months may improve life satisfaction, total physical self-concept and perceptions of their own appearance, functionality and health status, according to research published in Women Health (2011: 51). This was a study of  80 women ages 25-55. After 6 months the pilates group member showed significant improvement

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Pilates Helps Low Back Pain

Pilates has been found to provide the same benefits  for people with chronic low-back pain. Findings from the randomized controlled study appeared in Medicine Science in Sports & Exercise (2012: 10). Pilates subjects received an individualized, direction-specific exercise program designed for them by a physical therapist after an examination. For 6 weeks everyone did supervised

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Client Feature: Emily

I have just less than two months before my sister gets married, and I’m her Maid of Honor.  I’m so excited for her big day, but I keep thinking about the dress I have to wear and the pictures that will last forever.  I’ll be standing at the altar between my two sisters, both my

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What Pilates can do for people living with MS

Pilates is preventative maintenance or rehabilitative to the MS client. With a qualified instructor, posture and movement are the primary factors when starting an exercise program. If an MS client experiences a neurological set back or “flare-up” it can then cause compensatory issues. For example, a numb foot can cause a person to drag the

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Silver Pilates

As we mature we can benefit from healthy movement, we can use a reminders of good posture and proper alignment. Good posture and proper align should just be part of our routine like brushing your teeth. Pilates is a low-impact, safe form of strength training. Pilates has also been known to cleanse your vital organs

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Fact vs Fiction Women and Strength Training

Equipment Pilates can be strength training one of the benefits oodles of benefits to working out on the Pilates Equipment. Many women are afraid to do strength training so we are going bust the myths of why you should do equipment pilates. You will bulk up like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Women do not have the testosterone

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Meet Allison

How did you get in to fitness? I got hooked on fitness in the 80’s with my parents. They exercised before it was what the cool kids did. I would go my mom’s step aerobics class and play with the bench.  My dad took me to more road races than I can remember. He ran marathons

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Sore Muscles? How to beat sore muscles

Sore muscles are not always what we want when we workout. Is no pain no gain true? Lets start with what causes sore muscles. Making our muscles do more work than they are accustom to produces a muscle waste product called lactic acid. The lactic acid causes the muscle to feel sore. One way to

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Introducing the Core Align

In fell in love with the Core Align just after having my baby girl. I was visiting my best friend with pumpkin in DC. My friend took me for my first pilates lesson after Alivia to her local Pilates. By later that afternoon my lower body was ripped up along with feeling a deep connection to

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