Why Neutral Spine is the Safest Position

Over the past month, I had the pleasure of listening to a medical professional describe the ramification of the practice of the hip position “tucked/tilted/clenched” while standing. He confirmed that neutral is the most structurally safe place that your cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine are in alignment. As you know from my previous blog posts, I […]

How to Use Barre Bands to Create Regressions

While teaching group fitness classes, one of the most important things to be aware of is the safety need of your class participants. However, when teaching public classes, you often do not know the entire class’s limitations prior to creating your class. It’s vital for all group fitness instructors to have a few tricks up […]

My Response to Popular Wellness Myths

We are constantly bombarded by an overwhelming amount of false information. As a 30-year veteran of the fitness industry, I have seen some pretty silly stuff sold with over-the-top marketing. From spot reducing to fad-diets, it is hard to tell what’s real and what’s not. Finally, we have an article written by Amanda Vogel, MA and […]

Barre Bands, a Bender Ball, and Bars

Personally, I like using a lot of pieces of equipment to ensure that my clients get the best experience possible in my classes. When creating compound movements, sometimes you need a little help to ensure the participant is in the correct position and executing the movement properly. This is when a Barre Band, Bender Ball, […]

Barre Bands in Yoga and Pilates Classes

One of the most common causes of injury while working out is that a person can strain a muscle. This can be caused by a lack of proper stretching. Repeating a strenuous motion required in a lot of exercises only exacerbates the problem. Flexibility is a key part of any strong and well-rounded fitness regime. […]

Two Real Booty Busters in Time for Summer

With summer here everyone is looking for that beach body! I personally think that all you need to do to have a beach body is to take your body to the beach! Just remember to bring the sunscreen! But in all seriousness, today I am offering you two real booty busters in time for summer! […]

Three Tips for Creating Compound Movements

When talking about strength training, most people immediately think of barbells, free weights, and single-joint actions. But Barre Bands are easily more functional, as well as infinitely more mobile, than those options. Single-joint actions are not functional in daily life. Instead of focusing on simple motions, we should be training multiple muscle groups at once, […]

3 Fun Upper Body Sequences for Your Barre Class

Barre fitness classes are hot right now. These group fitness classes focus on muscular endurance, while incorporating standing Pilates, yoga, and ballet-inspired movements. The fitness barre movement does not have actual ballet motions, as a ballet barre class would, but instead focuses on repeating a strength exercise to the level of fatigue, while moving to […]

Make Your Class Unique with Barre Bands

As a barre, Pilates, and group fitness instructor, I have tried various pieces of equipment to enhance my clients’ experience in my class. Bands have always been essential to an efficient and effective class in which you can regress and progress movements on the spot. But sometimes the bands provided are inadequate as they break, […]

What is Applied Functional Movement

Education is the key to becoming a better fitness professional. You probably have an interest in how the body functions in three-dimensions in relation to space, time and gravity. Equally, you may be ready to take your training career to the next level! I am thrilled to announce the Applied Functional Movement educational training. I […]