Guess Who does Pilates?

Obama’s Pilates Enhanced Date Night


Michelle, who is fitter now at 47 than ever before says   “It was all about Pilates”.

“The President and I work out every day,” Obama says in the Sept. 2010 issue of Ladies Home Journal.

Early morning routines for these two lovebirds  include PILATES, CARDIO & WEIGHTS.

The 6’1″ Michelle adds: “I think the President serves as a good role model because as busy as he is, he exercises every day (like other statesmen).  It’s a part of what keeps him going.  You do get to a point where exercise becomes something that you need, like water, and we encourage all of our staff to make time to exercise.


New Spring Active Wear has arrived


Beckham Uses Pilates To Engage His Core Beliefs.

The Six Pilates Principles

Here’s a great article to read to enhance your pilates program.

Centering, Concentration, Control,
Precision, Breath, and Flow

For many, these six principles are the foundation of the Pilates approach to exercise. Their application to the Pilates method of exercise is part of what makes it unique in the fitness world.

It is important to note that Joseph Pilates did not directly set out the Pilates principles. They are concepts distilled from Joseph Pilates’ work by later instructors. Because of this, there is not always agreement in the Pilates community about the order of the principles, the specific words used for certain concepts, or the number of principles. Nevertheless, you will find some version of the Pilates principles–similar to what I present here–to be part of almost any Pilates training program you pursue.

Joseph Pilates originally called his work “contrology.” He considered this to be a body/mind/spirit approach to movement founded on the integrative effect of principles such as centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow. Whether one is working out on a mat or using Pilates equipment, like thereformer or cadillac, these basic principles infuse each exercise with intention and fullness of expression:

  1. Centering: Physically bringing the focus to the center of the body, the powerhouse area between the lower ribs and pubic bone. Energetically, Pilates exercises are sourced from center.
  2. Concentration: If one brings full attention to the exercise and does it with full commitment, maximum value will be obtained from each movement.
  3. Control: Every Pilates exercise is done with complete muscular control. No body part is left to its own devices.
  4. Precision: In Pilates, awareness is sustained throughout each movement. There is an appropriate placement, alignment relative to other body parts, and trajectory for each part of the body.
  5. Breath: Joseph Pilates emphasized using a very full breath in his exercises. He advocated thinking of the lungs as a bellows — using them strongly to pump the air fully in and out of the body. Most Pilates exercises coordinate with the breath, and using the breath properly is an integral part of Pilates exercise.
  6. Flow: Pilates exercise is done in a flowing manner. Fluidity, grace, and ease are goals applied to all exercises. The energy of an exercise connects all body parts and flows through the body in an even way. Pilates equipment, like the reformer, are very good mirrors of one’s flow and concentration as they tend to bang around and suddenly become quite “machine-like” if one loses ones control and flow.

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Purely Pilates now has activewear!

We are so excited about our new activewear. We have awesome lines such as Couture Activewear, Bia Brazil, Beyond Yoga, AUM- Couture, and Body Language.

I Will be at Lifetime in Vernon Hills for their open house this Sat & Sun from 9 to 6 with Purely Active Wear!!! AWESOME active wear that’s so stylish that you’ll want to wear them even if your not working out. Hope to see you there!

Core Strength and PIlates….

Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. The core muscles are the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When the core muscles are strong and doing their job, as they are trained to do in Pilates, they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine and movement. As you develop your core strength you develop stability throughout your entire torso. This is one of the ways Pilates helps people overcome back pain.

How Pilates can help your golf game…

USA Today documents how Pilates has helped pro golfers.

Read Golfers getting into swing of fitness regimen

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