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Here’s a list of the Pilates and yoga classes you’ll have access to when you join. 

The information in these classes allow you to learn at your own pace, practice comfortably in your home, and tailor the poses to your individual needs. Through continued practice, you’ll see a change in your fitness level, strength, posture, flexibility and body awareness.

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DC, the beltway just got smaller!

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Had enough with the schlep to the gym? Too busy to visit a studio? Need individual attention? In need of privacy? Now you can get studio results in the comfort and convenience of your home or office. Flat Belly Pilates is making things easier for you by delivering Pilates and yoga classes at the time and location you need in the DC area. 

Flat Belly Pilates is a mobile personal training studio that delivers private classes at the time and location you prefer, allowing you to achieve studio results in the privacy of your home or office. 

During a session, your instructor will guide you through a series of poses with verbal cues and physical adjustments specifically for your needs whether you're a beginner who wants an introduction to Pilates or yoga, someone hoping to learn new poses at their own pace, or an advanced student seeking to develop their skills.

Ready to get started? Book an appointment today and take advantage of our introductory price specials!

A Yogi's Guide to Pilates

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A Yogi's Guide to Pilates

Yoga and Pilates are both mind-body practices that will improve your strength, balance and flexibility so what can yogis gain from practicing Pilates too?

There are many benefits of practicing Pilates that include: 
Improved your strength and flexibility
Greater stability
Improved posture and balance
Increased well-being and state of mind
Improved core strength
Increased flexibility, balance and posture
Reduced stress
Alleviated back pain
Convenient exercise regimen
Flattened belly and toned body! 

So, where do you begin? I’ve laid it all out for you in this guide with tips to help you prepare for and get the most out of your first (or next) Pilates session. This guide includes a Pilates routine for yogis who want to practice on their own and get studio results. I have compiled some of my favorite exercises for you and described step-by-step instructions with color illustrations for beginner and intermediate poses along with helpful modifications and challenging progressions so you can use this guide as you advance in your practice. You’ll also find helpful tips for safe and consistent practice. This book also includes a glossary that answers all your burning questions about Pilates. Who was Joseph Pilates? What is Contrology? What does my instructor mean when she says “grape space”? What is tabletop position? You’ll find all the answers here. 

The information in this guide allows you to learn at your own pace, practice comfortably in your home, tailor the poses to your individual needs, enjoy the many benefits that come from Pilates and get that flat belly! 

Here’s what you’ll get when you purchase this guide: 
Challenging belly-flattening routine
Easy-to-read, step-by-step instructions
More than 50 color illustrations
Guidance on proper Pilates form
Helpful modifications
Challenging progressions as you advance in your practice
Practice tips for creating a Pilates studio in your home
Pilates Glossary

Make your resolutions stick with these 3 tips!

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1. PLAN & PREPARE

Plan your workouts in advance and have a plan B for weather or technology snafus. Being well-prepared will prevent you from being at the mercy of your surroundings. Having a plan for possible pitfalls will make it easier to stick with your healthy habits and fitness routine. As the saying goes, "failing to plan is preparing to fail."

2. WORKOUT IN THE AM

Waking up early and working out allows you to literally put your health first before the rest of your day can derail your efforts. The early bird gets fit!

3. TELL EVERYONE

Social networks have a great influence on your healthy (and unhealthy) lifestyle habits. When your friends, family and coworkers learn about your goals, they will hold you accountable and check in with you often to hear about your progress. Make a decision to commit to your health today and share your goals now.

Ready to begin? Start your practice with this free guide filled with helpful practice tips and a 10-minute workout. 

How to Survive Your First (or Next) Pilates Class

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How to Survive Your Next Pilates Class

Understandably, there can be some anxiety around your first Pilates session. Don't worry. We've laid it all out for you in this how-to text with FAQs from new clients and helpful tips to help you prepare for and get the most out of your first (or next) Pilates session. Click the button below to download "How to Survive Your First Pilates Class" and 10-minute workout.


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How to Prepare for Your First Pilates Session

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New to Pilates? Keep reading to find out exactly what you need to know for your first session.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
During your Pilates practice, you should wear activewear that feels comfortable and allows you to move easily such as a tank top and a pair of leggings.

WHAT DO I NEED?
You’ll need a great “sticky” mat for practice. A sticky mat is an exercise mat with non- stick grip that prevents you from sliding during practice. These roll-up mats are also available with extra padding for individuals who have back issues or prefer more cushion during rolling exercises. For your appointment with Flat Belly Pilates, we make it as easy as possible for you and will provide you with everything that you need including a mat and any other equipment that will be used during your session. All you have to do is show up.

WHAT'S A PILATES SESSION LIKE?
During your session, your instructor will guide you through a series of 20-25 poses with verbal cues and physical adjustments. During your sessions, feel free to speak up and ask questions like “Where should I feel the work?” or “How can I relieve the tension in my neck?” You should never feel strain or pain in any pose. If you feel an exercise is too strenuous, ask your instructor for a modification. She should have multiple options that are safe and effective.

SHOULD I TALK TO MY INSTRUCTOR ABOUT MY HEALTH?
Do you have an injury or a physical condition such as pregnancy, high blood pressure or recent surgery that might affect your ability to practice? You may feel that those issues are private but your teacher needs to know to guide you through a session safely by offering modifications to avoid putting stress on the affected area.

HOW MANY TIMES PER WEEK SHOULD I PRACTICE PILATES?
Two to three times per week is recommended. When practiced consistently, benefits of Pilates may include a refreshing mind-body workout, development of strong core muscles, improved posture, increased flexibility, and decreased stress.

WHAT IF I NEED TO RESCHEDULE?
In honor of your time and your instructor’s, please be on time and ready to workout at the time of the appointment. If you need to reschedule an appointment with Flat Belly Pilates, please do so within 48 hours to prevent the loss of your deposit.


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What You Need to Know about Pilates Now

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New to Pilates? Keep reading to find out what the buzz is all about!

WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates is a form of exercise that was developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. He called his method Contrology which refers to the way the exercises encourage the use of the mind to control the muscles. These exercises focus on awareness of breath, alignment of the spine, and strength of the core postural muscles.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PILATES?
There are many benefits to Pilates that may include improved core strength; increased flexibility and strength; and improved posture, balance and stability; flatten belly and toned body; and increased well-being and state of mind.

IS PILATES JUST FOR WOMEN?
Did you know that Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates for men? When he first opened his New York studio, many of his clients were men who were boxers, wrestlers and other athletes of varying disciplines. Despite its slow, careful movements, Pilates isn’t just for women. Many men including professional athletes benefit from practicing Pilates. It is a challenging workout that emphasizes the importance of core stability, strength, balance and flexibility to prevent injury and improve athletic performance. Many men will be surprised at how sore they are after a Pilates session. Pilates is one of the most challenging and rewarding workouts given how it can transform your body.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Pilates is not suited for everyone. Before practicing Pilates, discuss your medical history and fitness goals with your physician so that you can make an informed decision about your health.
If you choose to practice Pilates, remember these tips for practicing safely.

First, breath is an important part of your Pilates practice. It involves inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth. Full inhalations and exhalations are important because they aid in movement control during difficult abdominal exercises. Avoid holding your breath at any point during your workout. As you inhale, breathe in slowly and allow the air to fill the upper part of your chest to your ribs to your lower back. Take care to inhale without allowing your chest or shoulders to rise. As you exhale, let go of the breath with control. You can also try to practice this breathing exercise off the mat when you have a moment while driving in traffic, working at your desk or taking the dog for a walk.

Many beginners unknowingly limit their breathing when they become tense in their upper body and face. Shoulder and facial tension can limit complete exhalations, preventing you from expelling carbon dioxide. You'll be less efficient and tire much faster. Holding your breath can also raise blood pressure and, as a result, you may feel lightheaded or even pass out.

Never hold your breath in any pose. Be aware of how you are breathing throughout your practice and use it as a guide. Are you holding your breath? Can you hear your breath as you breathe in and out completely? Are you inhaling and exhaling at the appropriate times? Relax your shoulders and face and try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. Be sure to use full inhalations and exhalations to aid movement control as you move through challenging poses. Breathe out as you exert effort and breathe in when the pose is less challenging. If you feel your breath become jagged, that's your cue to back off and try a modification. Ask your instructor for a modification if you feel a pose is too strenuous. She should have multiple options that are safe and effective.

Second, neutral spine is the natural position of the spine when the body is in proper alignment. To find neutral spine, lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor with your arms alongside your body. Inhale and as you exhale push every back bone into the mat. Inhale and as you exhale and arch your back allowing for enough room to place your hands under your back. Again, exhale and imprint every bone into the mat. Inhale and arch your back. You will find neutral spine somewhere between these poses. When you’re in neutral spine, there will be only enough space for a grape or two or three fingers in the hollow space (also known as the “grape space”) under your lower back. Try to maintain neutral spine throughout your practice.

Third, the powerhouse primarily consists of your core postural muscles including your abdominal and back muscles. Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor with your arms alongside your body. Inhale and allow your belly button to drop towards your spine. Then, pull in your abdominal muscles and breathe normally. Your powerhouse should always be pulled in and up, in this way, like you’re trying to pull on a tight pair of jeans.

Finally, move only in a range of motion that you can control. For example, if you find that it is difficult to make large circles during the One Leg Circle exercise, try drawing small circles the size of a dinner plate on the ceiling.

You should never feel strain or pain in any pose. If you feel an exercise is too strenuous, ask your Pilates instructor for a modification. She should have several options for safe and effective practice.

That’s it! Follow these tips for safe and effective Pilates practice. If you have any other questions, feel free to reach out to Flat Belly Pilates by commenting below or connecting on Twitter or Instagram.


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Master this Pilates Pose for a Full-Body Workout

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Short on time? Master this no-equipment Pilates pose for a full-body workout. You'll love how little time it takes to build strength, improve flexibility and flatten your abs with just this one move!

From a standing position with your feet hip distance apart, fold forward from the hips into a full forward bend and place your hands on the floor. Bend your knees, if necessary, to place your hands on the floor. Walk your hands out to a plank position. Check to make sure that your hands are directly under your shoulders so that they are close to your body.

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Keep your neck in line with the rest of your spine, glide your shoulder blades down your back and pull in your powerhouse.  Inhale and lower for a Pilates pushup. Be sure that your arms remain alongside your body and your elbows point towards your feet, not out to your sides. Exhale and return to the plank position. Complete two more pushups.

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Walk your hands back towards your feet and slowly roll up to a standing position. That's one rep. Complete three reps. Finish this pose by rolling your shoulders back and standing tall.

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Like this pose? Try the Pilates Plank Challenge! This mini class will quickly build strength in your upper body, arms, shoulders and core. 

How to Look Good Naked

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Summer's long gone and fall is nearing its end but that's no reason to let your fitness routine fall by the wayside. Try these variations of Shoulder Bridge for a toned backside. With this pose, you'll begin to feel confident even when baring it all. 

Begin by lying on your back with your knees bent, your feet flat on the floor and your arms alongside your body. Inhaling, slowly lift your hips up towards the ceiling forming a straight line from your shoulders to your knees, activating your glutes. Hold for five seconds. Exhaling, slowly roll down bone by bone like you're laying down a string of pearls. Repeat eight times. 

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For a challenge, lift your hips and bring your right knee into your chest. Then, lift your right foot towards the ceiling and slowly lower until your foot is just hovering above the mat. Repeat eight times on both sides. Make sure your hips don't dip and your bottom doesn't sag!

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Short on time? Get the body you want in only a few minutes a day with Press Play Pilates! This online class will quickly build strength in your upper body, arms, shoulders and core. You'll love how little time it takes.

You Can Have a Personal Trainer for Less Than $25

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The Press Play Pilates video is coming soon! Unroll your mat for a full-body workout where you'll explore the principles and postures of Pilates. This video will work every muscle through movement and breath at a moderate pace for increased flexibility, strength and balance.

What are the benefits?
Improved your strength and flexibility
Greater stability
Improved posture and balance
Increased well-being and state of mind
Improved core strength
Increased flexibility, balance and posture
Reduced stress
Alleviated back pain
Convenient exercise regimen
Flattened belly and toned body! 

The information in this video allows you to learn at your own pace, practice comfortably in your home, tailor the poses to your individual needs, enjoy the many benefits that come from Pilates and get that flat belly! 

What's included?
Step-by-step instructions
Challenging belly-flattening routine
Guidance on proper Pilates form
Helpful beginner modifications
Challenging progressions as you advance in your practice
Practice tips for creating a Pilates studio in your home

Through continued Pilates practice, you’ll see a change in your fitness level, strength, posture, flexibility and body awareness! You can get the benefits of an effective work out with the information, practice tips and routine provided in this book. Buy it for yourself today. What do you have to lose except for the hard-to-lose body fat? Who wants to keep that anyway?

How does it work?
When you pre-purchase Press Play Pilates before August 30, you'll also receive the Pilates Plank Challenge automatically for free! When these videos are released, you'll receive a secure link to download them.

I've been keeping a secret for months!

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I'm so excited to finally be able to share this secret with you. Flat Belly Pilates is releasing a fitness video! It's now available for pre-purchase. Unroll your mat for a full-body workout where you'll explore the principles and postures of Pilates. This class will work every muscle through movement and breath at a moderate pace for increased flexibility, strength and balance.

What are the benefits?
Improved your strength and flexibility
Greater stability
Improved posture and balance
Increased well-being and state of mind
Improved core strength
Increased flexibility, balance and posture
Reduced stress
Alleviated back pain
Convenient exercise regimen
Flattened belly and toned body! 

The information in this video allows you to learn at your own pace, practice comfortably in your home, tailor the poses to your individual needs, enjoy the many benefits that come from Pilates and get that flat belly! 

What's included?
Step-by-step instructions
Challenging belly-flattening routine
Guidance on proper Pilates form
Helpful beginner modifications
Challenging progressions as you advance in your practice
Practice tips for creating a Pilates studio in your home 

Through continued Pilates practice, you’ll see a change in your fitness level, strength, posture, flexibility and body awareness! You can get the benefits of an effective work out with the information, practice tips and routine provided in this book. Buy it for yourself today. What do you have to lose except for the hard-to-lose body fat? Who wants to keep that anyway?

How does pre-sale purchase work?
If you pre-purchase the video before July 31, it's yours for only $14.99! You'll save 40% off the regular price of $24.99. As soon as the video is released in August, you'll receive a secure link to download the video.

Improve Your Health in Five Minutes With These Four Tips

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  • There are many reasons why you may take time off from your practice but, when you’re ready, how do you make a safe return to the mat? Take a look at these four tips before you step on the mat. 
  • Join us for an intimate workshop on Sunday, May 1 at 12 pm to begin your spring practice with intention and inspiration! During this practice, you'll receive undivided attention, hands-on assists, alignment cues, and practice tips, as well as goodie bags filled with special items from our partners including Athleta (Atlantic Station), Suja Juice, and Tucketts! Reserve your space today.
  • Is your exercise routine feeling staid? Try these five essential tips as you advance in your practice.
  • Unroll your mat for an invigorating full-body Pilates/yoga fusion workout with Flat Belly Pilates and Athleta Atlantic Station and Lenox Squre! Visit flatbellypilates.com/events to register for this series of free classes.

Ready to improve your health and fitness? Book an appointment with Flat Belly Pilates today and save $10 with promo code GETFIT10 until March 31!

Five Things Guys Need to Know About Pilates Now

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Here are five things guys need to know about Pilates right now.

1. Pilates was developed by a man for men. It was designed by Joseph Pilates, a former boxer and gymnast to rehabilitate wounded internees during World War I. When Joseph Pilates first opened his New York studio, many of his clients were boxers, wrestlers and other athletes of varying disciplines. Despite its subtle, careful movements, Pilates isn’t just for women. Many men including professional athletes benefit from practicing Pilates.

2. It’s a challenging workout that emphasizes the importance of core stability, strength, balance and flexibility to prevent injury and improve athletic performance. Many men will be surprised how sore they are after a Pilates session.

3. Pilates is great for developing smaller, supporting muscles that are often neglected in daily life and weightlifting. Developing these areas increases strength, flexibility and range of motion. Many men who have tight shoulders, backs, hips and hamstrings will find welcome relief in these areas.

4. You’ll never skip leg day. Pilates is a full-body workout that will work everything from the top of your head to your tips of your toes.

5. With consistent practice, the benefits of Pilates include increased strength and flexibility, improved posture and balance, an overall toned body, and reduced stress. 

Flat Belly Pilates offers private classes and tailors each session to the client’s individual needs. During your session, your instructor will guide you through a series of 20-25 poses with verbal cues and physical adjustments specifically for your needs whether you are a beginner who wants an introduction to the practice, someone hoping to learn new poses at your own pace, or and advanced student seeking to develop their skills.

Since many men have tight shoulder, backs, hips and legs, we take time to properly warm up the body. The first part of the session is spent warming up in preparation for the deep stretching, strengthening and balancing poses where clients are encouraged to work up a sweat and find their edge. As they advance in their practice, clients are challenged with various Pilates equipment including weighted balls, fitness rings and resistance bands so that they continue to make progress towards their fitness goals.

New to Pilates? Find out how to survive your first (or next) Pilates class with this free guide!

Flat Belly Pilates offers 50-minute private Pilates and yoga sessions for individuals, duets and groups. Sessions start at $70. Session packages of five and ten classes are also available.


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