Cardio vs Strength Training

Cardio vs Strength Training

I must admit, I do not do cardio as much as I used to.  One reason why, is that it hurts.  Walking is good, but jumping, no way.  Also, I have not noticed a big difference in my heart rate or weight by doing more strength training as opposed to cardio.  My own experience tells me strength training, (Barre, Pilates,…

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Dynamic Stretching vs Static Stretching

Dynamic Stretching vs Static Stretching

What is difference between Static stretching and Dynamic stretching? Static stretching is where you hold a stretch for 15-30 seconds, or if you are doing Yin yoga, you hold the stretches for even longer, 1-3 minutes. Dynamic stretching, or active stretching is moving in and out of the stretch. What is better Static or Dynamic Stretching? There is evidence Static…

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Classical Pilates – There is Magic in the Sequence

Classical Pilates – There is Magic in the Sequence

I was trained in Classical Pilates Mat sequence in June of 2015, and I am a full believer there is Magic in the sequence. You work your abs, back, hips, shoulders, and thighs in a way that realigns your body. In the 1920’s Joseph Pilates opened his first “Contrology” studio. He did not called Pilates, Pilates, he called in Contrology…

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Fat vs Muscle

Fat vs Muscle

We have all heard the saying fat weighs less than muscle. I am a big believer in this. Since I started doing barre in 2015, I have noticed the number on the scale never really went down, but my body changed, somewhat sort of. I have never been small, I have never really dieted (I believe in lifestyle changes not…

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Strength with Flexibility, Huh?

Strength with Flexibility, Huh?

“If strengthening were the masculine side of fitness, then stretching would be the feminine; they would be the alpha and the omega of each other. As the two most basic forces in nature, one cannot exist without the other.” Miranda Esmonde-White, the founder of Essentrics. How can you build strength with flexibility? Isn’t strength something you build when you lift…

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You Are Only as Young as Your Spine Is Flexible

You Are Only as Young as Your Spine Is Flexible

“You are only as young as your spine is flexible.” – Joseph Pilates. He also said, “If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. IF it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.” How true are these statements. If you have ever had back pain you will know how old you feel, hunched over, every movement…

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