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Meet the Team: Lauren Travis

Meet the Team: Lauren Travis

Favorite thing to eat for breakfast

Egg on a bed of spinach and veggies with sliced avocado on top.  Grapefruit on the side. Black coffee.

I don’t leave home without???

My phone and a cross-body purse.

What qualities do you admire in a teacher?

I admire teachers who really see their clients, who recognize no two clients are the same and who can seamlessly cater to all types of bodies.  I also love teachers who are constantly learning more, expanding their craft and bringing new information to their classes. I think guiding a client’s wellness journey is one of the most awesome jobs, I admire teachers who are grateful everyday they get to teach.

Top 3 places you have traveled? Top 3 places you would like to travel?

Top 3 places I have traveled – Key Largo, Nashville, Miami (which is why I moved here!)

Top 3 places I would like to travel – Spain, Brazil, Greece

How would you describe your fashion style?

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10 Daily Habits for Happiness

happiness habits Apr 11, 2016

10 Daily Habits for Happiness

Remember that song, “Everybody’s workin’ for the weekend”?

After a long week packed with work, errands, appointments, etc. the weekend offers a much needed physical and mental break. On the weekend I find time to do some of the simple things that make me happy. I sit down to drink my morning cup of coffee, usually outside where I can listen to the birds and breathe in some fresh air, I read a book, organize my house, exercise, meet up with friends and family, and journal my ideas and goals. These simple things feed my soul and bring me a sense of peace and happiness.  Then I realized, I don’t want to go through life workin’ for the weekend, especially since those weekend days are few and far between. I wanted each day to be enjoyable, so I came up with some daily habits for happiness. It has made such a difference in my life and I want to share it with you in hopes that it will do the same for you. Here are my...

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Alternative Exercises for People with Achy Joints

Alternative Exercises for People with Achy Joints

Millions of Americans suffer from “achy joints” with causes ranging from arthritis, degeneration, injuries or just plain old age.

Exercise is a great way to help protect those achy joints and keep them as healthy as possible but what you do and how you do it are critically important to avoid flare-ups. Strengthening muscles around our joints will help decrease stress on the joint itself, which can reduce pain and stiffness.

Here are some general tips for clients with achy joints:

1. Slow and Steady wins the race.

Make sure your movements are smooth and not jerky. This will allow improved joint mechanics and prevent shearing forces that often happen with quick and uncontrolled movements.

2. Strength Training

Lift weights that are light enough to perform 10-12 repetitions.

Alternate between arm exercises and leg exercises to avoid overworking one body part or joint within your exercise routine. For example you can do bicep...

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Meet the Team: Kelsey Garcia

Meet the Team: Kelsey Garcia

We want you to get to know our incredible team at Pilates in the Grove a little bit better! We took some time to ask Kelsey a few fun questions that we are sharing with you today. 

Favorite thing to eat for breakfast

I’m from Texas…so breakfast burritos have always been a staple in my diet

I don’t leave home without???

Burt’s beeswax chapstick

If Joseph Pilates were alive today what would you ask him or have him teach you?

How to do the most insane Pilates exercise ever-the Squirrel on the Trapeze table

What qualities do you admire in a teacher?

Innovation, precision, and making the client both smile and sweat throughout their workout

Top 3 places you have traveled?

Patagonia (the Chilean side), Morocco, and hiking the Inca trail to Machu Picchu.

Top 3 places you would like to travel?

I would LOVE to go to Thailand, India and New Zealand!

How would you describe your fashion style?

Ideally? Boho...

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Age is NOT a disease

aging and disease Mar 21, 2016

Age is NOT a Disease 

Let’s talk about aging and disease. I can not tell you how many times I have heard my clients blame a current ailment on age. It’s not turning 50 that is making your balance worse. It’s not turning 60 that’s making your back hurt, and it’s not turning 70 that’s making you need that walker to go out grocery shopping. It’s most likely weakness and muscle atrophy that is the culprit, not age. Remember – AGE IS NOT A DISEASE! I want to share how you can age healthfully!

Getting Older

As a society we are very quick to accept a loss of functional independence, impaired balance, muscle weakness and aches and pains as “part of getting older." The media, drug companies and even doctors are all guilty of perpetuating this completely inaccurate information. Research shows that lean muscle mass and power can be preserved as we age. That loss of muscle mass is NOT an unavoidable part of the aging process. There are...

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Pilates and Physical Therapy: How Pilates Became My Way of Life

Pilates and Physical Therapy: How Pilates Became My Way of Life

During my first year at the University of Miami’s Physical Therapy program, we were offered the chance to participate in an elective to learn about Pilates and how it could be applied in the physical rehabilitation world. 

I will admit that at first I was skeptical.  A few of the thoughts going through my mind were:

  • “But isn’t pilates just for rich people?  I’m a broke student with a lot of debt – Not interested.”
  • “I thought this was a thing created for dancers. I don’t want to be a PT for only dancers”
  • “It just looks kind of boring!”

But being the nerdy, overachieving student I was, I decided to take the class anyway.  And that’s where my life began to change. 

Pilates changed everything

I immediately started to look at the human body in a different way.  I began to see the quality of ...

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Meet the Team: Genine Brand

Meet the Team: Genine Brand

I don’t leave home without???

My phone

If Joseph Pilates were alive today what would you ask him or have him teach you?

Breathing.

What qualities do you admire in a teacher?

A great eye to correct, connecting with clients, teaching with a purpose, creative verbal cueing.

Top 3 places I have traveled:

Colorado, Israel, New York

Top 3 places I would like to travel:

Napa, Italy, Spain

How would you describe your fashion style?

Classic with edge

3 things you would grab in a fire?

My favorite framed picture of my kids, my phone, my ipad and purse

Top 3 things on your bucket list?

Need a new one!

When was your Pilates a-ha moment?

Learning how to really lift up from my pelvic floor to connect deep with my core.

Favorite Blog?

Mindbody green and Smartbrief Nutrition

Favorite Book?

The Secret

Favorite quote?

Keep Your head high, Glutes tight and your coffee strong

How has Pilates changed your body? Your outlook?

I am stronger...

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Best of Miami’s Restaurants

miami restaurants Feb 22, 2016

Best of Miami’s Restaurants

Check out this list of some of the best restaurants in the Miami area showcasing a wide variety of foods, flavors and local fare.

And when you’re ready to work off all of this great eating,...

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Good Posture, Bad Posture – Who Cares?

good posture Feb 15, 2016

Good Posture, Bad Posture – Who Cares?

Joseph Pilates cared. I care. Clients constantly tell me that they appreciate the cueing I give them to correct their form when doing Pilates. I have a reputation for being very “picky” about form and alignment. This is because, as I explain to my clients, they will see the results they desire sooner if their form is correct.

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Improving Posture

When you start practicing Pilates, one of the first changes you’ll notice in your body is that your posture improves. Pilates elongates and strengthens, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. You will look taller and leaner and feel stronger. Besides the outward appearance, there are many changes that happen inside your body.

Proper posture helps ensure that joints and bones are correctly aligned which means the individual muscles are being properly used. This helps prevent muscle fatigue, as muscles are being used more efficiently and conserves the body’s energy....

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Music as Motivation

music and motivation Feb 01, 2016

Music as Motivation

For those of you who haven’t made it into one of my classes in South Miami, I’ll tell you I’m a firm believer in hard work.

To me, if you’re not working hard to achieve a goal (whether you’re at the gym, at work, or even in life in general), what’s the point?

Within reason as an instructor, I love to push my clients! Whether that means giving them a little extra motivation to keep their tailbone down while working on Footwork, encouraging them to hold planks (with proper alignment!) for a whole minute, or giving them the courage to hang upside down in a split on the Cadillac, everyone needs that extra push.

Music is my motivation

Having been a fitness enthusiast and gym-goer for quite some time now, and also as a new instructor, music has and always will be one of my biggest sources of motivation. At this point, the motivation may not be about keeping my tailbone down during footwork or even completing a...

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