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.


Thanksgiving Can Be Every Day

Thanksgiving Can (and should) Be Everyday

I am just busting full of gratitude today for all of the awesome people in my life and the exciting things that are happening!

Family Is Fabulous

Today we will happily subway out to the Three Star diner on Avenue U in Brooklyn for an early 4pm dinner with my uncle Bob and my cousins. Uncle Bob Lippin is my dad’s older brother, and I don’t think he ever saw himself outliving my parents and his wife Rita. Yet, he is still here to enjoy time with us as a family!

So when he asked if we would come out, we happily accepted!

Creative Self Love Month

November is normally quite stressful, but this year has been a bit more so. I really miss my parents this year, Smiley is another year older (and 13 is really old for a dog), and my body feels completely out of whack. Tires, bloated, and stressed. To address the latter, I went to my holistic doctor on Monday and had all of my hormone levels and thyroid checked, so I can hopefully take some action next week.

To address the former, I have been using Cheryl Bridges’ new book, Me, Myself, & I ~ 28 Days of Creative Self-Love. The book includes inspiring pictures and artwork, links to uplifting music and videos, plus daily creative exercises and journaling cues.

Since I have huge issues with boundaries and saying no, I chose to spend more than one day focusing on this topic, which is still happening on Thanksgiving day.

When the lack of boundaries keeps us from speaking our needs clearly and saying “No,” when our hearts desire it, it’s not unusual that we end up doing things out of obligation. Resentment for what we’ve gotten ourselves into can sometimes be directed at the very person we had hoped not to hurt when we didn’t say “No” in the first place. We can become bitter when the situation happens again and again.

We have to let go of our overfunctioning concern about what the other person thinks or how they will react.


Through the affirmations, meditations, and journaling, I am able to more clearly understand and see how my indiscriminate Yes was actually harming me. I even said no to a review opportunity this Thanksgiving morning and it felt great!

Learn more about the book and author at or click here to purchase the kindle version of the book on Amazon.

Finally, here is an awesome interview with Cheryl Bridges about Me, Myself, & I ~ 28 Days of Creative Self-Love:

Note that I received this book free of charge in exchange for my unbiased review.

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….



Four Indoor Exercises to Try This Winter

Four Indoor Exercises to Try This Winter (other than Pilates)

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With winter approaching, exercise often has to take a backseat. Driving wind and howling rain might not deter erstwhile fitness enthusiasts, but those who struggle to motivate themselves often feel otherwise.

However, a healthy lifestyle isn’t really something to just pick up and put back down. Although any effort towards staying fit and keeping in shape should be commended, experts like SuperBody recommend that the best way to make a lasting difference to your health and well-being is to stick to it.

So how can you combat those winter blues and stop all of your hard work from going to waste? If you need a little help, here are four great indoor exercises, other than Pilates, that you might want to try…


The perfect indoor pursuit, yoga is a fabulous way to relax and unwind after a long day at work, and it has the added bonus of helping to tone and define bodies in need of some shaping. Most local gyms will offer classes for those who would like to give it a go. Alternatively, if you’re a little self-conscious, there are lots of fabulous DVDs and YouTube tutorials around to educate you.

Indoor Interval Training

If yoga is a little tame for you, and you’d prefer to up the ante, then consider attending some indoor interval training at a local gym. Designed to really make you work, interval training is guaranteed to get you sweating. It uses a number of different muscle groups, helping to burn calories, shape, tone, define, and improve your overall health and fitness.


Running is always popular, yet most people view it as an outdoor pursuit. During the summer, a long jog in the park can feel like an idyllic way to end the day, but when the wind is howling and cold nips at your fingers and toes, lots of people would prefer to curl up by the fire and relax. Don’t give in to temptation; swap tarmac for a treadmill to maintain your stamina, burn some calories, and keep your heart healthy.

Dance Cardio

A lot of people find it hard to stay motivated when they exercise alone, and this means that a good old-fashioned group class can be a godsend. Enter aerobics. Fun, communal, and high-energy, it’s an ideal way to burn some calories, have a good laugh with your friends, and work up a sweat to shed those pounds.

Give these great indoor exercises a go today.

Shashi Socks

Shashi socks are cooling grippy socks for yoga, pilates, and even wearing with shoes.

When Shashi contacted me regarding their socks, I was not very interested. I mean, really, how many grippy socks can we have? So I agreed to look at and try some samples, which arrived within a few days.

They sent me three pair, one white with the big toe separated, one black with no separation, and one nude with sequins. I tried them all!

shashi socksSize

Shashi socks are sized, and you can see above that the nude socks are smaller than the other two pair. I am an 8, which would put me in a medium, but the small actually fits me better. The mediums come up too high on my ankle and bunch a bit at the toes.


I wanted to love the style, but I really don’t. The white pair with the big toe separation was so uncomfortable to me (I hate things in my toes and barely tolerate thong sandals), but a gave to a teacher friend who doesn’t have that issue and she loves them!

The sole is thinner to allow wearing in shoes (even dress shoes and flats), and the mesh top is breathable.

The socks are made for left and right feet – they are styled for each foot.

The sparkly ones look cute on and are very comfortable.

They work with my Pluggz fold ups – I could see this with pants on.

Sparkly shashi socks


Shashi socks are thin, light, breathable. The bottom of the sock is thin, so you feel the floor or the equipment. They have enough traction to be safe for just about any movements.

I didn’t notice a big cooling effect, but my feet do not get extraordinarily hot.

In general, these are fine. I had some toe and bottom of foot bunching in the medium socks, as they are a little too big for my feet.


This is where I think Shashi socks have their biggest problem. One pair costs $16-$18. Yes, I know they are well made, cooling, and grippy, but $18 for one pair of socks? I am not sure that the product justifies that price point.

Check out the Shashi socks on their website –

Why Women Should Think About Lifting Weights

Why women should think about lifting weights

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Lifting weights can often fell like a male dominated activity. We still tend to associate the weight area of a gym with the large bodybuilders who are trying to bulk up and get as muscly as possible. But what about for the average woman – should we all be hitting the weights?

Weight lifting can be daunting and women often ignore it as part of their exercise regime. You always hear stories like, ‘lifting makes women bulky,’ or ‘it’s bad for your joints.’ The reality is these are all silly stereotypes that are keeping too many women from experiencing the profound benefits of resistance training.

When you sit down to list your fitness objectives, you may be surprised to learn that that strength training will not only help you reach them, but may reach them faster than performing cardio exercise alone. There are plenty of fitness blogs out there that will all talk about the benefits of lifting weights. Sites like Fitness Drum who use personal trainers to offer insights and advice all discuss the importance of lifting weights for anyone looking to get healthier.

Cardio workouts will always form the foundation of any fitness plan however lifting weights is the perfect way to progress and help you become fitter and healthier.

Although many people consider weightlifting only a means to add size, when contrasted head-to-head against cardiovascular exercise, resistance training comes out on top in the battle to burn calories. A HIIT programme combining some type of weight lifting will really help you burn calories.

There is also some added advantages to lifting weights. After a session of strength training, you continue to consume additional oxygen in the hours and even days that follow. This is known as excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. When your body uses more oxygen, it requires more caloric expenditure and an increased metabolic rate. In essence, your body is still working hard when you’re not exercising.

Lifting weights will also help in everyday life. Being that little bit stronger will make those daily tasks seem so much easier. Carrying those shopping bags no longer has to be a struggle. Opening that jar of sauce no longer has to be a struggle.

Strength training greatly improves sleep quality, aiding in your ability to fall asleep faster, sleep deeper, and wake less often during the night. A study published in the International SportMed Journal suggests that morning resistance training or high intensity training greatly affects the quality of sleep and lengthens the time of sleep the night after training. Strength training is also strongly associated with improved heart disease.

To get these kind of benefits you don’t need to be lifting really heavy weight every day. Any personal trainer or fitness instructor can design a program that will help you achieve these benefits. Start off just lifting very light weights once a week and slowly progress at your own pace – you’ll be amazed at what you can achieve!