2016 Is My Year

2016 Is My Year

Seriously, with so many things still up in the air, 2016 is my year! According to my astrology friends, 2016 is a year of completion and wholeness.

I Completed My First e-Course in 2016

While I planned to have it done and delivered by Christmas Day 2015, my Pilates for Back Pain eCourse was delayed when my video camera decided to stop working. I purchased a holder so I could attach my Samsung Galaxy S6 to my tripod, and a few days later did all the videos on my phone. The course was delivered to pre-buyers last Sunday, 3 January 2016.

More about my Pilates for Back Pain eCourse here.

I Started Thyroid Treatment in 2016

After months of dragging around, being incredibly tired yet not sleeping, and gaining weight, I was finally diagnosed with hypothyroidism and started Synthroid on New Year’s Eve (since this medication takes several days to weeks to take effect, I count this as a 2016 start). I now sleep seven to eight hours straight and have lost over 13 pounds.

As part of a dietary change to support my thyroid treatment, I have stopped eating gluten and most sugars. I am scared by how quickly my body reacts to these substances, by instantly bloating and getting tired. Instantly!

I Joined Team Inspire (Beachbody) in 2016

I don’t know about you, but I am tired. Not just low thyroid tired, but tired of studio teaching all the time. So I am building up recurring sources of residual income.

My eCourse, the first of many, is a first step. Digital products have no expiration date and continue selling even when you are not actively selling them.

My second step is my new partnership with Beachbody and Shakeology via Team Inspire. I could not ask for a better and more inspiring group of people, all of whom already had their own independent fitness and coaching businesses. I love the taste and the nutrition behind Shakeology, and while I technically joined at the end of December, my eCourse took up so much time that I am just now getting to learning the Beachbody business in early 2016.

This will be a worthy source of dependable residual income from products that I truly love.

Expanded Publishing in 2016

While my books (Pilates Fundamentals to Eliminate Back Pain and the Zombie Killing Stoners series that I co-wrote with hubby) have always been exclusive to Amazon, I am expanding their reach via Smashwords. This requires some reformatting and such, but I believe that will be worth it in the end.

With such a crazy start, how can 2016 fail to be anything but incredible and awesome? I cannot wait to see what it brings!

It’s Been A Crazy Month

It’s Been A Crazy Month in my life!

Sometimes things in my life converge in a way that everything happens at once. I am sure you have experienced this kind of crazy month, where business and medical things all come up at one time.

And regardless of whether stress is good or bad, it is still stress!

Pilates for Back Pain eCourse in pre-Launch

Last month I signed on to Amanda Tress and Lindsey Murray’s eBook Academy, not realizing how busy my December would end up being. And as I started to put my Pilates for Back Pain eCourse project together, I realized how huge it really is. Many photos, videos, and audios in addition to the text of the book.

That said, the book text is almost completed, and to meet my goal everything will be done and delivered on or before Christmas (just 13 days away).

Did I mention that I already sold quite a few of these eCourses? So I have to get this baby done! There is nothing like money on the table for motivation.

Order your copy of my Pilates for Back Pain eCourse now and save $50!

Beachbody Team Inspire

In a totally unlikely move, I have partnered with Beachbody via Team Inspire, a group of close to 100 vibrant and successful fitness professionals!

I joined this partnership for a number of reasons:


I am dealing with hypothyroidism (see below) and weight gain, and need access to the best superfood meal replacement shake. So many women who I respect drink Shakeology to replace at least one meal a day, that I knew I needed to try it.

Beachbody On Demand

Since living and working in the Caribbean, I have a need to travel light and not collect lots of paper and plastic. I prefer workout subscriptions that I can easily access on line on any device. With Beachbody On Demand, I have access to hundreds of workouts, including every version of P90x. Plus I have preview workouts from new products, such as Hammer & Chisel and P90.

Passive Income & No Hard Selling

Not one member of Team Inspire is expected to hard sell, or to identify solely as a Beachbody coach. We all came into this with a healthy business already, looking for a new line of income. So we lead by example and encourage folks who want to partner with us to check out the group.

In fact, we have a free Beachbody Team Inspire preview starting on Facebook Monday 12/14!

Leave a comment if you are interested and I will make sure you get more information.


I have been getting more and more tired over the past year. And I simply cannot lose weight, no matter how much I exercise or how little and how well I eat.

It is very frustrating!

So I went to my GYN last month and had all of my hormones tested (I had a total hysterectomy about 20 years ago, and am on hormone replacement therapy). My hormones are balanced and my cortisol levels are low.

But… my Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) level more than doubled, going from 2.08 to 4.66 in a year. When your thyroid slows down, the body produces more TSH to try to get it going again.

So I go see my GP for another test on the 21st of this month to confirm the findings.

It turns out that women with a history of endometriosis and interstitial cystitis (both of which are now thought to be auto-immune disorders) have seven times the rate of hypothyroidism later in life. And since those are whey I had the hysterectomy….

Well, you get the picture.

In my research I have found that a gluten, soy, corn, and peanut-free diet is best for hypothyroidism. I have started that, and in general I feel a little better.

I can’t wait to start some medication and see how much better I will feel when my levels are normal.

Returning Clients

I love to teach Pilates, and also love to see returning clients. In the past two weeks I have had two clients who have been away for over a year return to my schedule! Yay!

So, there you have just a taste of my craziness this month! Now let me go work on that eCourse!

Review: Robert Brace’s D28 for Life

Review: Robert Brace’s D28 for Life

A couple of years ago I reviewed my friend Robert Brace’s workout and weight loss program, 28 Day Challenge. The program was great then, and the expanded and revamped 2015 version, D28 for Life, is even better.

Note that I received this program free via Fitfluential and Robert Brace for my unbiased review.

A Solid Exercise Plan

One issue with the original 28 Day Challenge was that there were only four workout plans, so after a couple of weeks they became somewhat repetitive.

While D28 for Life is built around the same four core workouts, Brace has added in extra short workout blasts, some dedicated to a body part and some to stretching. These new workouts help break things up so that the program feels fresher, with more variety.

A Solid Food Plan

The food guidelines in D28 for Life are nutritionally sound. Lots of lean, light proteins (chicken, turkey, tilapia, sole, etc.) with plenty of greens and fiber, very little sugar, and low glycemic index fruits.

The full kit comes with protein powder and supplements, to help you get the extra protein and nutrition you need. I elected to try just the exercises and diet program, as I am very picky about supplements. However, many of my friends from Fitfluential assure me that both the chocolate and vanilla protein powders taste great.

There is also a book of recipes, all of which sound fabulous. All I know is that the D28 for Life recipes I have tried turned out well, and they have for other too, which gives me hope that they are all good. Check out these Apple Cinnamon Energy Bites, which use the protein powder.


D28forLife Affirmation


This is probably the most important element of success that most programs under-deliver on. Motivation can be hard to come by, especially closer to the holidays.

D28 for Life includes an entire book of daily lessons and inspiration/motivation, as well as daily video lesson from Robert Brace himself.

Brace is very motivational – good-looking, pleasant, nice, and knowledgeable. No wonder the Victoria’s Secret angels love him! Check him out in this short video on willpower:

Try D28 for Life Free

Try D28 for Life, and if you do not see results in 28 days, return the kit and just pay shipping. And you can use code LLIPPIN for 10% off the program.

Try it!

Black Friday Pilates Sale 2015

Black Friday Pilates Sale 2015 – Audios, eCourse, and Privates!

I think a sale is always exciting, especially when I have one of my very own! For this Black Friday Pilates Sale 2015 you can enjoy significant discounts on all my Pilates offerings, including Pilates audios, my new Pilates for Back Pain eCourse, and private Pilates sessions with my via Skype or in studio.

Pilates Audios 35% Off through 12/4/15

My popular Pilates audios, normally $5 – $7.77, are on sale for 35% off through next Friday, 12/4/15. These easy to follow, effective Pilates mat class audios are 30 minute workouts that you can do anywhere.

Choose from Beg/Int Pilates Mat, Pilates with Magic Circle & Roller (the only one using equipment), Pilates for Lower Back Pain, and Pilates for Neck/Shoulder Pain. Use code thanks2015.

Buy Pilates Audios

Pre-order Pilates for Back Pain eCourse $10 off

In this eCourse I will teach you how to move properly through the Pilates mat exercises without spine compression and with a stable pelvis. I start at the beginning with pre-Pilates fundamentals, moving into the full classical Pilates mat in beginner, intermediate, and advanced sequences.

I discuss and show how to modify the Pilates exercises and positions to keep them safe. Great for teachers and students, includIng beginners. The material is presented in several formats – text and photos, audio, and video.

Buy now for $37 (reg. $47) – expires 12/4/15

Save 20% on Private Sessions through 12/4/15

Private Pilates sessions are effective and important to make sure you are well aligned and getting the most out of your Pilates workouts. I can teach you via Skype anywhere, or in a NYC studio.

Buy up to five private sessions with me for $128 each (reg. $160),

Number of Privates

or get a ten pack for $1152 (reg. $1440).

Keep or give as a gift. Gift certificates are available. Sessions are good for one year from purchase date. Offer not available to Real Pilates clients.


Instagram Academy 2.0 from Amanda Tress

Instagram Academy 2.0 from Amanda Tress

Back in August of this year I joined Amanda Tress’ Instagram Academy course. I had decided to get my Instagram game on, but was really unclear about how to proceed. I managed to get my Twitter follower count over 10,000, and have some nice interactions on my Facebook Page, but Instagram just eluded me.

And then I met Amanda Tress, business marketing and social media expert, super-Mom, and fellow Fitfluential Ambassador.

I joined her IG Academy and quickly learned what I was doing right, what I was doing wrong, what I wasn’t doing, and how to fix that. My follower count has more than doubled, and while it has been slow, that is more due to my inconsistency than anything else.

That said, Amanda is about to launch a new Instagram Academy group starting November 30! And if you think my IG Academy 1.0 experience was awesome, Amanda has linked up with marketing expert Lindsey Murray and is now in version 2.0.

You will have daily deliverables, a follow along eBook, and access to a private Facebook group for sharing your work and asking questions. For me, this course was exactly what I needed!

If you use what you learn in Instagram Academy 2.0, you will increase engagement and sales in your business.

Sign up for Amanda Tress’ Instagram Academy 2.0 right now for only $97.

(Note that these are affiliate links and I receive a commission when you sign up!)

Fitness Trends for 2016 (and why Pilates is still going strong)

Fitness Trends for 2016 (and why Pilates is still going strong).

ACSM has released their latest list of Fitness Trends for 2016, and while Pilates is not named on the list, everything that Pilates does is listed.

Here it is:

fitness trends 2016

With Pilates you get all of these Fitness Trends:

  • Bodyweight Training
  • Strength Training
  • Certified and Experienced Fitness Professionals
  • Personal Training
  • Functional Fitness
  • Programs for Older Adults
  • Exercise and Weight Loss
  • Group Personal Training
  • Sport-specific training
  • Exercise Apps
  • Circuit Training
  • Core Training
  • Outcome Measurements

And considering that you can do Pilates Outdoors, as part of a Worksite Health Promotion strategy, and that many Pilates pros do Wellness Coaching – Pilates alone encompasses most of this list (16 out of 20).

Now, I am a little confused as to why some of these things are even called fitness trends.

Wouldn’t it always be appropriate to have Outcome Measurements and Certified and Experienced Fitness Professionals? Is there ever a time when that is not called for?

If you live in NYC and are interested in trying a Pilates session to see if it really does what I say it does, send me an email and I will get you in!



What Pilatespocalypse? Pilates Is Going Strong!

What Pilatespocalypse? Pilates Is Going Strong!

I was perplexed when I read Annie Lowrey’s article in New York magazine last week, The Pilatespocalypse: How the Method That Started the Boutique-Fitness Trend Is Going Bust.

After all, I have a waiting list; Real Pilates is crazy busy on all levels – classes, privates, teacher training, business mentoring, workshops; and the Pilates teachers I work with are doing well.

But then I saw how many of my fellow Pilates professionals were shaken by this article. “Is it true?”, they wondered. “Are we becoming obsolete?”

Not at all.

I, and many Pilates teachers I know, have ridden this out before. The difference now is that there are more Pilates teachers and studios than ever before, and all gyms and many yoga studios have Pilates classes on their schedules. But believe me, the cream always rises.

In the eighties, Pilates was also failing. Everyone was in search of newer, more fun workouts. High impact dance aerobics, step classes, and repetitive toning classes started coming to the forefront. Remember getting your high-top Reebok aerobic sneakers and grapevining and high-kicking across the aerobic studio? Because I do! Some awesome choreography, some great dance music, and we had ourselves a workout.

And then we all sustained injuries from the constant high impact moves, especially in step class.

Where did we go? Back to Pilates. The nineties saw the huge growth of Pilates as people flocked to core-strengthening, functional, bio-mechanically correct exercise. But then you still had to go to a Pilates studio to get even a group Pilates mat class.

Today everyone has forgotten about the negatives associated with high impact dance cardio and repetitive movements, which is the basis of most of the new and shiny classes. Somehow having specialized shoes seems to make us think we are safer. And for those who want to add a Pilates class, they can do that at their gym for free and not pay for group class at a Pilates studio.

Most of my clients, who are around my age (49) and saw what happened 30 years ago, know that they need something like Pilates to mitigate the damage from these classes. And they want private Pilates sessions. In fact, my schedule is so full with private sessions that I don’t teach any group classes at all.

My prediction is that, like in the nineties, folks will soon come flocking back into the Pilates studio. The high impact exercising will take its toll and those folks will come in to get fixed. But instead of classes, which they can take at their gym, they will come to the Pilates studio for privates and smaller groups utilizing the Pilates apparatus.

Pilatespocalypse? Pilates going bust? Not at all. Just wait….