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Flat Belly Pilates is making things easier for you by delivering fitness classes at the time and location you need in the Atlanta, GA area.

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4 Genius Hacks For A Healthier Week

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Here’s a list of four hacks for a healthier week.

  1. Is your exercise routine feeling staid? Try these five ways to get a flat belly that are better than sit-ups. You’ll wish you knew about them sooner. Plus, see the new Flat Belly Pilates tutorials!

  2. What do you need to know for your first Pilates session? Find out how to survive it.

  3. Conquer the most challenging Pilates poses with one small change in your practice.

  4. Did you know that Pilates was developed for men? Here are a few other reasons why your boyfriend should try Pilates. It isn't just for women.

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5 Ways to Get a Flat Belly that You’ll Wish You Knew about Sooner

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Flat Belly Pilates is making things easier for you by delivering classes at the time and location you need in the Atlanta, GA area. If you’re not in the Atlanta, don’t worry. You can still reap the benefits of personal training from Flat Belly Pilates with our comprehensive guide. This guide is now available through Amazon for anyone who would like to practice on their own and get studio results. I am so pleased to be able to share this guide with you. In this guide, I've compiled some of my favorite belly-flattening poses for you along with color illustrations,  step-by-step instructions, helpful modifications and challenging progressions as you advance in your practice so you’ll have a flat belly in less time than it takes to binge-watch Orange is the New Black!

Here’s a free peek into the Flat Belly Pilates Comprehensive Guide! See the quick routine below that works your upper, lower and traverse abdominals in just a few minutes.

Single Leg Stretch

Lie down on your mat with your arms at your sides. Scoop your abdominal muscles in and up and keep them there throughout these five poses. Bend your knees and bring them to your chest. Lift your head, neck and shoulders. Place your hands on your right knee and extend your left leg out to a 45-degree angle and switch sides. Complete for 10 repetitions on both sides. 

Double Leg Stretch

From the previous pose, keep your head and shoulders lifted. If you’re new to Pilates and still building strength, you can rest your neck between poses. If you want a challenge, keep your head, neck and shoulders lifted throughout these five exercises. Curl both legs in and lightly place your hands on your knees. Inhale and extend arms and legs in opposite directions. Exhale and return to the starting position. Complete for 10 repetitions. 

Scissors

Keep your head and shoulders lifted. Extend both legs to the ceiling and reach up as far as you can on your right leg. Pull it in for two short pulses and then switch legs. Be sure to climb up your leg and not pull it towards you as you complete 10 repetitions. 

Criss Cross

Keep your head lifted, bring your knees to your chest. Extend your left leg out to 45-degree angle and twist towards the bent right knee. Switch sides. Aim for 10 repetitions on both sides and be sure to keep your shoulder blades off the mat. 

Lower Lift

From Criss Cross, keep your head up and place your hands at the base of your neck. Extend both legs up to the ceiling. Slowly lower legs to a 45-degree angle. Then, return legs to a 90-degree angle. Aim for 10 repetitions.

The Flat Belly Pilates Comprehensive Guide is now available online at Amazon. Here’s what you’ll get when you purchase this comprehensive guide: 

  • Easy-to-read, step-by-step instructions 
  • More than 50 color illustrations 
  • 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
  • Pilates Glossary

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 including a flat belly! Buy it today. What do you have to lose except for the hard-to-lose body fat? Who wants to keep that anyway? 


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Did You Know that Pilates was Developed for Men?

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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. Pilates 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.

Flat Belly Pilates is helping men in the Atlanta area by providing Pilates sessions at the time and location you need. It's a great alternative to the studio or gym for men who prefer to practice one-on-one with an instructor, busy professionals who don't have time to visit a studio, and businessmen on travel in Atlanta. During a session, instructors 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. Since Flat Belly Pilates delivers, there are no excuses. Just results!

To learn more about our services or to book a session, visit www.flatbellypilates.com.


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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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