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Pilates Training Is a Game-Changer

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA | August 19, 2021 |

Strong evidence shows that Pilates training is an effective conditioning method for healthy individuals, particularly those wanting to increase core stability. Furthermore, Pilates can be a game-changer for athletes. Benefits of Pilates Training Here’s a quick look at some of the evidence-based benefits of this style of exercise: Builds Muscular Strength and Endurance Multiple studies…

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Tubing Exercises

Tubing for Two

By Aileen Sheron | March 11, 2020 |

Resistance tubing has been popular for years, and it’s still one of the most versatile and inexpensive fitness tools available. There are countless styles of tubing, which vary in size, resistance, shape, material and covering. They even come braided! Regardless of which ones you work with, they are portable, they’re easy to pull out and put away, and they take up very little space to store.

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High-Cadence Cycling and Recreational Cyclists

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA | October 15, 2019 |

A recent study supports indoor cycling instructors who urge students not to pedal at a cadence above 90 revolutions per minute. Researchers found that at 90 rpm and beyond, pedal forces exerted by recreational cyclists decreased, heart rate increased by 15%, and exercise efficiency and skeletal muscle oxygenation declined.

The study appeared in the International Journal of Sports Medicine (2019; 40 [5], 305–11).

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Overcoming Pain to Stay in the Fitness Game

By IDEA Authors | October 4, 2019 |

More and more people choose exercising at gyms and studios to stay healthy. The trend is occurring across the age spectrum, from baby boomers to millennials. Americans choose the convenience, expertise, and comradery found at gyms and studios to stay at their fitness best.

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Minimalist Shoes and Stronger Foot Muscles

By Shirley Archer-Eichenberger, JD, MA | September 23, 2019 |

Minimalism is trending in many areas of life, including athletic shoes, with many fans touting numerous benefits. But does the evidence support the hype? Yes, according to research findings published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2018; doi:10.1249/MSS.0000000000001751). Walking in minimalist shoes is as effective as foot-strengthening exercises and may result in better compliance than doing specific exercises.

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Indoor Cycling: Safe for Prenatal?

By Tracie Smith-Beyak | August 21, 2019 |

You’re helping participants get set up on their bikes in your 6 p.m. cycling class when someone taps you lightly on the shoulder: Is it okay to ride if she’s pregnant? To your knowledge, you’ve never had a pregnant participant in class, and you don’t know how to respond.

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Standing the Test of Time

By Judy Minich | August 21, 2019 |

“Returning to Pilates has changed my life,” says Linda Arroz. That’s a powerful affirmation, but Linda’s journey with trainer Jillian Hessel has power to spare. Their story extols the virtues of focusing on health over weight and building connections that stand the test of time.

The Foundation of a Lasting Partnership

It began in 1994. Hessel, a multicertified master Pilates teacher, remembers her first meeting with Linda.

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