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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!

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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Blame Your Friends

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A study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, of 12,067 people followed for more than thirty years found that people were at a greater risk of becoming obese when a close friend became obese. Researchers report that obesity can spread from person to person much like a virus. Moreover, it did not even matter if the friend was hundreds of miles away, the influence remained. The greatest influence was between close, mutual friends. If one became obese, the other had a 171 percent increased chance of becoming obese, too.

Don't worry. We're not conveying the message that you should make new friends or avoid certain people. However, it is important to recognize how our social networks influence our perceptions and our healthy lifestyles. For more information about the study, read the summary article and view the explanatory video.

There's good news too. Investigators say that the same effect seemed to occur for weight loss. So, if you find yourself packing on the pounds, just blame your friends or better yet share a duet with a friend.

 

Note: This blog post was originally published on August 4, 2007.


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Prevent DOA New Year's Resolutions

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The new year is here! What small change are you going to make towards better health and fitness in 2016? I'm sure that you have noticed that gyms and studios are filled with enthusiastic, health-conscious people who have made a commitment in the new year to better health and fitness. Chances are that you have also made a similar commitment and are well into your new routine and healthy habits, right? But how do you keep going when you're busy, stressed, tired or sick? 

  1. Find out how to deal with setbacks.
  2. Learn about 4 genius hacks for a healthier week.
  3. Discover 7 tips for successful Pilates practice.

Prevent DOA New Year’s resolutions with the help of Flat Belly Pilates. Keep reading this blog, try our tutorials and let Flat Belly Pilates help you get studio results in the comfort of your own home. Book an appointment online today!


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How to Survive Your First Pilates Session

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I understand that there can be anxiety around your first Pilates session. It's like going to a new country for the first time, immersing yourself in a new culture and not knowing what the rules are. Don't worry. I've laid it all out for you in this how-to post with FAQs from new clients and helpful tips to help you prepare for and get the most out of your first Pilates session.

Side Plank

Side Plank

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 also 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?

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 awareness of breath, alignment of the spine, and strength of the core postural muscles.

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.

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.

What else do I need to know?

Pilates is not suited for everyone. Before practicing Pilates, please discuss your medical history and fitness goals with your physician so that you can make an informed decision about your health.

If you have any other questions about your first Pilates session, please feel free to reach out to me and I’d happy to answer them.


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Atlanta, The BeltLine Just Got Smaller!

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Had enough with the schlep to the gym? Too busy to visit a studio? Want to make peace with your two-piece swimwear? 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 classes at the time and location you need in the Atlanta, GA area.

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, someone hoping to learn new poses at their own pace, or an advanced student seeking to develop their skills.

Get your flat belly by booking an appointment today! What do you have to lose except for the hard-to-lose belly fat? Who wants to keep that anyway?

Book an appointment today at www.flatbellypilates.com!


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