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Arabesque Pushup
Posture Check
Joe Said...



Think of the Arabesque Pushup as a combination of your regular pushup and leg pull front.  This is a great balance exercise.


Begin by standing at end of your mat.


Inhale with arms overhead and one leg extended off of floor behind you.  Test your balance by lifting supporting heel then lower.  Exhale as you dive over to floor & walk out to plank position (leg still off floor). Perform one (or more) pushup.  Walk hands back to foot (keeping other leg extended) and roll up to upright arabesque position.  Lower leg and continue on other side.


Repetitions - 8

Gimme More...
Pilates can be applied to other "machines" at the gym so that you get MORE out of your workout...for example -ROWING MACHINE as used in Orange Theory.
Keep these "DO'S" in mind:

-when extended, keep legs straight & strong

-when rowing back, pull belly to spine

-when rowing forward, stretch out of lower back

-keep tension on arm pulley

More challenge?  Add miniball between knees!  YAHOO!!!
I refer to it as "floating barre"...incorporating the Pilatesstick with our barre series.  Using either the loop attachments or the stick attachment, the Floating Barre forces you to stabilize, increases the intensity, and adds to the "fun". 

Pilatesstick is a great investment in your Pilates and/or Barre practice.
about $150  or check eBay!

I teach a Pilatesstick Pilates session at YMCA Boca Raton.  Tuesdays 9:15a  Only 7 spots....$10 for members.  

As you're standing in line...


talk about hunching over - yikes...fix that by...


*lengthening your spine

*pull your abs in

*draw your shoulders down

*lengthen your neck


ahhhh....much better!

Me Likey

& you might too!



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Tom Segura (comedian)


Juliet & Romeo (song)


the Hugo (adult bev)



Valentine gift idea... MASSAGE !

Denise Conlon, LMT

February 2020
Hello hello !  Hope you are well and 2020 is treating you well so far.  This month's newsletter has a theme or two going for it...posture & powerhouse.  And you know that the two are related - in Pilates/Barre and in your day-to-day life.  So read on, log these tips to memory, and practice during your training and during your non-training time!  All this stuff applies...and makes life better!
Momma said, momma said..."Stand up straight!"
Joe said it too..."Standing also is very important and should be practiced at all times until it is mastered.  First, assume the correct posture, then when tired, shift the weight of the body from one side to the other while resing on the 'idle' side.  Do not push your hips out or lock your knees.  Progress forward with a slightly swaying graceful motion comparable to the effectslouch created by a gentle breeze blowing over a field of growing wheat ready for harvest, causing it to gracefully sway in 'waves' from its roots to its tips.  Never slouch, as doing so compresses the lungs, overcrowds other vital organs, rounds the back, and throws you off the balance created by poising the weight of your body on the balls of your feet."


Think about it...when you slouch, your shirt gets wrinkles/folds in, right?  Now think about what goes on inside...YUCK.  Stand up tall - you breathe better, digest better, etc.!  NOT like our guy in leather.
So you've heard it said..."Use your powerhouse" ...

And you're not quite sure what that means, allow me to recite an excellent primer courtesy of Brooke Siler:

                                    sitting tall

(1) Move to the front edge of your chair with your feet firmly beneath you and your heels directly beneath your knees;

(2) Pitch your body forward, keeping spine straight from hips through the crown of your head, and squeeze your buttocks together tightly;

(3) Now lift up in your waistline as if being hoisted by wings, separating your ribs from your hips;

(4) Pull your belly in and up, as if filling up your back with the muscles from your front;

(5) Try to touch your bottom ribs together inside your body without rounding forward in your shoulders.



So you plan to workout in the morning and then....
For one reason or another, you are anchored to your house - could be waiting on cable guy, could have a sick child, your garage door won't open & your car is inside...regardless, here's a great idea.  jumprope

GRAB A JUMPROPE & your mat. 

This is how it works...give yourself a good warmup, JUMPROPE for a song, go through hundreds, rollup, rollover, rolling like a ball (to standing),JUMPROPE for two songs, walk the house until you can talk, lower to your mat for the fantastic five (Pilates ab series), JUMPROPE for three songs, again walk the house to catch your breath, lower to mat seated for spine stretch forward, bridge, saw, JUMPROPE for two songs, again walk the house, next forward flexion takes you to down dog then to plank then to your belly (or prone), perform torso extension, leg extensions, swimming, lift to plank to down dog to forward flexion to standing, JUMPROPE for one song, last time to walk ab curlthe house, lower to mat for side leg series (forward & back, up & down, top leg circles, bottom leg circles ... other side), next up is crab to get you standing for some light weight work, and lastly you finish up with chest expansion.  TaaDaa - you got your workout in despite the cable guy, sick child, or the garage door getting in the way!  

ps - you could also check out my videos on youtube....  pilateswithjennifer    all ONE word! Or go to my website So many to choose from - I am uploading a new one as I type this.   Barre, Pilates, warmup, cooldowns, boxing sequence, stretching,  weightwork, even a stretch session with a chair.
Lynn Women's Health & Welless Institute
Community Acupuncture?

It's true.    Lynn Women's Health & Wellness Institute  offers community acupuncture at a reduced rate.  I'm only  sharing now because they've added more days.  Appointments were typically 4 weeks out!  Check it out - 561.955.4949   Located right by the Boca Raton Regional Hospi tal

"Because the goal of  acupuncture   is to promote and restore the balance of energy, which flows throughout the body, the  benefits of acupuncture   can extend to a wide variety of conditions, from emotional disorders (anxiety, depression) to digestive complaints (nausea, vomiting, irritable bowel syndrome)."  Dr. Weill

Words of the Master....JHP 

Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.

Contrology is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercises you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities.

Contrology develops the body uniformly...

Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong postures, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.

Parting Words....
So , remember your posture, engage your powerhouse, and life will be just a bit better.  Heck...your arabesque pushups will be absolutely fantastic!
P.S.  Happy Valentine's's an idea - do something heart healthy with your Valentine on Friday, 2/14!

Pilates makes  absolutely EVERYTHING better!

Consider a private Pilates/barre session at Studio Schultz.  It's a great way to perfect your form through individualized attention.  (Mat, Reformer, Tower, Wunda Chair, or Pilates Barre)
It's all about you!