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 – ShashiOnline.com

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!

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Over 80% of American Are In Chronic Pain

I was reading a few days ago that over 80% of Americans suffer from chronic pain, mostly due to inflammation. In addition, recent news suggests that the over the counter NSAIDS such as ibuprofen actually make things worse when used for the long term.

Hubby has arthritis in his spine, hip, and toes. He wakes up every day in pain, but is suprisingly physically able and mobile. He just moves through it. We have been searching for botanical alternatives to NSAIDS, since they are hurting his stomach.

Sometimes the pain can turn into depression, and becomes a vicious cycle.

So what is a person in pain supposed to do?

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So I started doing some research. We added some other supplements to his diet and multi-vitamin – vitamin D, vitamin C, glucosamine, chondroiton, MSM, and probiotics.

Hubby also started doing some meditative practices, including coloring. And we take more time away from the city, which is important to us.

But I was still looking for something else.

And then we found CW Botanicals Charlotte’s Web Pen, a whole plant hemp extract naturally high in CBD as a topical gel pen product. Each pen contains 50 applications of 2mg each and retails for $49.95.

When I saw that the possible health benefits included overall improved wellness and body balance, less inflammation, and some possible alleviation of pain, I decided that he should try it.

Charlotte's Web Gel Pen

So far, so good

Hubby has been using the Charlotte’s Web Infused gel pen twice a day for about one week, and is feeling better. His sleep has improved, and his mood is better. While the pain is still there, it seems to be affecting him less.

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Note that hubby has sensitive skin, and this doesn’t bother him at all.

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Summer Vacation In Mystic, CT

Our Summer Vacation In Mystic, CT Was Relaxing and Wonderful

Sometimes you just need to get out of town, and summer vacation is the perfect time.

Mystic, CT

Mystic, CT is a great destination from NYC. It is about 2.5 hours on the train, and about a 3 hour drive. There is plenty to do for adults and children, with great shopping, great historical Seaport and Navy sites, a nice Aquarium, plus hiking, fishing, boating, and swimming. There are interesting, good restaurants and the people are just lovely. Driving is easy, walking is easy, and all the major sites are within a two mile radius.

Mystic Seaport

NYC is Awesome, but Tough to Live In

I love NYC, but am finding it increasingly more difficult to live in. My neighborhood (the undefined area in the middle of FIDI, Tribeca, South Street) is generally quieter than many, but even here it is hard some days to steel myself up to leave the house.

Seriously, every time I go outside I have to prepare myself. I have to look out for pedestrians (especially tourists) who are so intent on their cell phones or maps that they don’t look at the street and people at all. I have to be aware of drivers who don’t stop at corners, or who try to run a yellow or red light irrespective of human beings in the way (you see, most drivers who kill pedestrians in the city get off free). I don’t even worry about crime so much as getting killed or injured by people just not paying attention!

And then there is the noise – the construction sounds which never go away, the subway noise, the street preachers, and the folks whose cell phones allow them to have intimate and angry conversations on their phones in public. Oh yes, a one-sided crazy fight is always awesome first thing in the morning!

Summer Vacation Planning

So this year we had some vacation parameters, and Mystic, CT met every single one. We wanted a place that:

  • We can get to by train and is pedestrian friendly
  • Has enough historical sites and tourist stuff to keep us occupied
  • Is near water, but not a beach
  • Has major hotels where we could get expected service, like room service

Mystic, CT is A Great Summer Vacation Destination

Mystic, CT met all of these requirements.

Mystic Seaport Sunset

  • We took Amtrack from and to Penn Station.
  • We had a great time at the Seaport, the Aquarium, and the other sites.
  • We sat by the water, but didn’t have to deal with messy beach.
  • We stayed at the Hilton, which met all of our requirements and more (even under renovation). Here is my Trip Advisor review of the Hilton Mystic with photos.
  • We bought Mystic Passes, which gave us multi-day admission to the Seaport and Aquarium, a 20% discount at the Hilton, and discounts at most of the shops we went to, including Vault Coffee and Mystic Army Navy.

Vault Coffee Sign

In addition, we had fabulous coffee every morning at Vault Coffee Roasters, great food and drinks at the Engine Room, grilled cheese at Bleu Squid, I had a great Pilates class at Aproma Studios, and we saw the last free Blue Monday blues concert at the Mystic River Park.

We brought home clothing from the Bass and Van Heusen outlets, jacket and gear from Mystic Army Navy, soap from Becca Rose Natural Body Care, Smoking Lamp coffee beans from Vault, and fudge from the General Store. And, yes, some hats and T-shirts.

Walking was interesting, as cars stop for pedestrian crossings, even when there is no light or stop sign. It took us a day or so to realize that cars would actually wait and not try to run us over! There are a lot of classic cars in the area, and we saw some beauties. The Hilton has a shuttle service, so we were always able to get a ride to town or the Seaport and back when we didn’t want to walk.

classic cars mystic, ct

We Will Return to Mystic, CT

We plan to return to Mystic, CT. There are more things we want to do and more restaurants we would like to eat in. I may try to get there in the Fall, as the colors will be stunning.

Have you ever been there? Leave a comment and let me know how you liked it.

Adrenal Fatigue and Hormone Imbalances

An Update

I Am So Tired

Seriously, I am exhausted on multiple levels. Adrenal exhaustion combined with lack of sleep from a hormone imbalance and Smiley (dog) stress have left me depleted. Depleted enough to not blog for a few weeks :).

Adrenal Fatigue and Exhaustion

To address the adrenal fatigue and exhaustion I have upped my intake of Vitamin C, Bs, and Magnesium. I am also taking Gaia Herbs Adrenal Health, which contains adaptagenic herbs such as rhodiola and holy basil.

For exercise I am doing mellow Pilates, walking, and some light kettlebell work. Anything too taxing takes a while to recover from.

Hormone Imbalance

We also made major changes to my bio-identical hormone replacement, taking away some estradiol and all the testosterone, while increasing progesterone, estriol, and DHEA. I am already sleeping better and require fewer naps and less caffeine.

Dog Incontinence

And Smiley is in a good treatment for her bladder incontinence, which is caused by a progression in her kidney disease. Lots of medication and an in-house doggie diaper later, and she (therefore we) is (are) doing better. Thank the universe for Healthy Paws Pet Insurance! They deal with every claim within 3 days and we are reimbursed within a week.

Self Care

Additionally, I started meditating, had some acupuncture, a facial, and we are going on holiday to Mystic, CT. The best part about the trip? No driving! We are taking the train and staying at the Hilton by the Aquarium and the Olde Mystic Village,  which is only a mile from the Seaport but also has an hourly shuttle to town and the Seaport.

Smiley gets a holiday too, as she gets to board with her friends at The Wagging Tail.

Mala Beads and Buddhist Meditation

I received a beautiful set of Buddhist jewelry from Earth Therapy products. The Buddha necklace is a reminder to be present. The 1/4 mala bracelet allows me to focus on the beads while meditating, even for a short moment. Plus they are beautiful and come in a lovely gift (or in my case, travel) bag.


And at least I will have few slow weeks in August to recover more before my schedule goes back to normal (increases 25-30%) in the fall.

That said, if you would like some time with me, August is a great time to get some hours with me that are not normally available. Hit me up!

In other news, I reached 10,000 Twitter followers and am taking an Instagram course in August. Look out!