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Laura Sachs

Laura Sachs is the creator of the E-MOTION® body-mind fitness video, relaxation and yoga walk programs. She is a mind-body expert with 20 years experience in the health and fitness field. She has created fitness content for the Soma Management website and has been featured in Shape, Fit Yoga, Natural Health, IDEA Fitness Journal and American Fitness. Laura currently teaches at the Bay Club, the Jewish Community Center and the University of San Francisco. She is also a level three trainer with Heart Zones.
Certifications: ACE and AFAA

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Heart Rate Training

May 18, 2011

Our heart’s physiological response to changes in exercise intensity during physical activity can be both monitored and measured to better manage a cardiovascular training (CVT) experience. A heart rate monitor is an accurate tool for measuring these changes. According to cardiovascular expert Sally Edwards of Sacramento, California, author of The Heart Rate Monitor Guidebook to Heart Zone Training (Heart Zones Publishing 2010), “You only need two pieces of gear to work out: a good pair of athletic shoes and a heart rate monitor.”

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Sample Class: Mat Pilates With Props

May 20, 2010

If you don’t always have access to the same pieces of small equipment, improvise. This sample class outlines ways to use what you have and be creative. The workout lasts about 35 minutes. Each participant will need a magic circle or one 3- to 5-pound handheld weight; two 2- to 3-pound weights or weighted balls; a foam roller; and an inflatable miniball. Ask participants to place their props within arm’s reach.

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Sample Class: Mat Pilates: Interchangeable Props

March 16, 2010

Most clubs have small pieces of equipment, or props, but not all have exactly the same props. This can be a good thing, as necessity gives you an opportunity to interchange props and jazz up your Pilates mat class—especially if you work at different facilities. This sample class outlines ways to use what you have and be creative.

Mat Pilates: Interchangeable Props Details
format: Pilates mat class using small pieces of equipment

Total Time: 35 minutes

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Route to Relaxation

April 30, 2005

These days, it seems, we’re all more familiar with feeling stressed than with feeling calm. Luckily for us, we’re designed to relax. The breath is our route to…

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Strategic Communication

January 31, 2003

As a personal trainer you take pride in your ability to motivate and inspire your clients to new levels of fitness, strength and self-esteem. Have you ever considered exactly how you do this? Is it your choice of words? Your tone of voice? Is it your timing (cadence of delivery)? Have you noticed that a key phrase works for one client, but not another? Or it works the first few times, then sounds trite or overused?

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