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Miley Cyrus Exits Pilates Class In Skin-Tight Clothing — New Pic

Posted: June 24, 2012 at 1:13 am


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MileyCyrusGSI_HR_JPEG.NGRE062212M_02Miley is at it again! The former Disney star was spotted leaving a Pilates class on June 22, wearing nothing but a tiny pair of short shorts! See the photo!

Miley Cyrus clutched onto a a nutritious drink as she exited a Pilates class in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday afternoon June 22 wearing a pair of barely there short shorts and a skin-tight top!

This is not the first time that Miley, 19, has been spotted out in public, wearing hardly anything! In fact, Miley is quite infamous for her racy moments!

The last several days, Miley has been showing off numerous pairs of short shorts and even exposed her butt cheeks in an American Apparel store in West Hollywood on June 20!

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June 24th, 2012 at 1:13 am

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Boulder Pilates instructor leading international competition

Posted: June 23, 2012 at 5:15 am


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Hayley Hobson instructs Laurie Silver, of Boulder, in Pilates in her private studio earlier this year. ( RACHEL WOOLF )

Boulder Pilates instructor Hayley Hobson is leading an international competition, ahead of dozens of contestants from around the world.

The Next Pilates Anytime Instructor Competition is sponsored by the Pilates Anytime website and Pilates Style magazine.

"I consider myself a great teacher," said Hobson, 43. "My teachers were taught by Joseph Pilates himself."

Hobson leads Pilates and yoga classes at her private studio, at 5122 Second St., the Little Yoga Studio, at 2525 Arapahoe Ave., and the Colorado Athletic Club, at 1821 30th St. in Boulder. Hobson also serves as the "mind and body coordinator" at the Colorado Athletic Club.

Before turning to Pilates and yoga 15 years ago, she worked as a lawyer in Los Angeles.

"I didn't feel like being in the corporate environment was the right fit for me," Hobson said. "I am really into making people feel good in their bodies -- I feel like I can just look at somebody and feel what they're feeling, where they have pain or where they are off-balanced."

By Friday evening, Hobson had received 337 votes in the competition, putting her in first place among the 53 contestants. Voting began this week and concludes July 15.

"I feel lucky," Hobson said. "I have a lot of gratitude to a lot of the people voting for me. I feel blessed that all of my knowledge and education has finally paid off."

The winner will be featured in a four- to six-page spread in Pilates Style magazine, as well as with an instructional video posted on the magazine's website.

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June 23rd, 2012 at 5:15 am

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Puppy Pilates? Yup! It's easy and fun for you, your pet

Posted: June 20, 2012 at 9:14 am


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I have a new dog. His name is Grover.or nutsy butz, leave it, drop it, or uh-oh. Grover is a busy little boy. He feels obligated to grab shoes and run before we can put them on our feet. It is also his duty to shred the newspaper before we read it, to landscape the yard, and to drag anything not tied down out the dog door including my underwear. Yes, he has an agenda run, run, runsleep. Run, run, runeat and sleep. Run, run, run.well, you're probably getting the picture. Just like having a toddler, silence is not golden.

Little Grover is Cavalier King Charles and Brittany Spaniel with a super-long constantly wagging tail sure to be a deadly weapon to wine glasses in the future and disproportionately long front and back legs none of which work well together. For example: There goes the rest of my pack, thinks Grover, as he chases across the yard after them run, run, run, trip over a bump, somersault, and up and running again who cares if it's in the wrong direction.

While I love to expound on the greatness of my puppy, there is a point to this other than telling you what a klutz he is. Grover is just that a puppy. He often loses his proprioception the sense of where his paws or anything else are in space. He is also just beginning to develop skills such as sit, down and drop that cell phone and his strength and endurance.

What Grover needs is Puppy Pilates. Yes, your puppy can do Pilates right along with you with just a few simple items: phonebooks, baskets, a balance disc or round pillows and plenty of treats. Puppy Pilates helps your puppy become aware of its body, strengthen its core, and build its skills all while developing a fun relationship with you.

Puppy Pilates: Start with a small basket or box that is filled with something to hold it down, and use rubber drawer lining on the bottom the side that will be up so it's not slippery to stand on. Or can you can use several phone books taped together. Lure your puppy onto the box just the front legs and offer a treat. Then see if you can get all the legs on the box and treat. Next try to have them get off the box slowly, trying to leave the back legs on and treat. If you know how to use a clicker, click away for any action toward or on the box. You can try a sit on the box, a down on a bigger box, turns, puppy squats sit-stand-sit, and a beg.

Then, add another box right next to the first so your puppy walks from one to another. You can add a balance disc or a round pillow in between the two boxes and have them walk from one to the next. The possibilities are endless. Different heights, and different textures solid vs. soft builds both core strength and confidence.

Other fun ideas to do with your puppy are:

1. Buy some noodles (swim-type not pasta-type silly!) and have your puppy walk over them, one at a time, treating after each step-over or put a treat between each one. It might be easier to do this game on a leash so they walk through the maze rather than race through, tripping and grabbing treats. You can also try having them walk through a ladder placed on the ground again with one treat between each rung. Try walking them backwards with you in front of them, walking toward them.

2. Put a plank between two paint or coffee cans and have your dog walk the plank great for finding their feet and good core strengthening. Add pirate hats and an eye patch for the dog and give the neighbors something to talk about.

3. Buy an Ikea tunnel and encourage them to run through the tunnel. Or really have fun and lead your puppy through the tunnel.

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June 20th, 2012 at 9:14 am

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Pilates can make your bad back worse: Experts agree it can help reduce pain and improve posture, but there are also …

Posted: June 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm


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By Charlotte Dovey

PUBLISHED: 20:32 EST, 18 June 2012 | UPDATED: 20:32 EST, 18 June 2012

Sophie Barnes slipped a disc while doing pilates

Like thousands of women, Sophie Barnes decided to do Pilates to get back into shape after giving birth.

While driven by the desire to lose her post-baby belly, Sophie, 38, was also keen on it for medical reasons.

She was born with scoliosis, an abnormal curvature of the spine, and her doctor had warned that the extra weight of the baby could put added strain on her fragile back and muscles.

A maternity nurse told her that Pilates a series of stretching exercises to improve physical strength and flexibility was excellent for women post-birth.

The classes are particularly good for back problems because the exercises strengthen the muscles that support the spine.

Seven months after the birth I felt ready to start exercising, says Sophie, who lives in North-West London with her husband Martin, 42, a building company manager, and their three children Jonathan, seven, Helena, five, and Melody, three.

I told the instructor about my scoliosis and the pregnancy, and he nodded and told me to join aclass.

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June 19th, 2012 at 4:17 pm

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Pilates of Fayetteville studio closing

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By Jennifer Calhoun Staff writer

Fayetteville's only full-service Pilates studio will close its doors June 29 after five years in business.

Malinda Craven, who co-owns Pilates of Fayetteville with Sandy Fisher, said business had been good and was growing. But they struggled to find instructors certified in the training required for the studio and its equipment.

Pilates, named for creator Joseph Pilates, is a system of exercise that emphasizes developing core strength and flexibility. Some instruction can be done on a mat, while others do exercises on various machines that use pulleys and resistance.

The studio is located in a 2,000-square foot rented space at Ferncreek Center just off Raeford Road and offers several morning and afternoon classes during the week, as well as private instruction and a few classes during the weekend.

Most gyms and fitness centers that offer Pilates instruction in Fayetteville do not offer a full range of equipment and classes, including instruction on the Pilates machines.

It can be costly for instructors to obtain full certification to teach clients on the machines - around $6,000, Craven said.

"Some of our best instructors were (affiliated with the) military," she said. "We've had a lot of them transfer."

The lack of personnel made for long and exhausting work days for Craven and the three remaining instructors, she said.

"If I were 35 again, I might continue to make a go of it," she said. "But I'm 53, and I like spending time with my husband."

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June 19th, 2012 at 3:16 am

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Diane Mastrull: A Pilates business pregnant with possibility

Posted: June 18, 2012 at 11:23 am


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Already in a position that seemed far too much to ask of a woman six months' pregnant, Liz Cahill maneuvered from her upside down "V" pose to another ridiculously tough configuration known as an extended fire hydrant.

While still face down and gripping a bar in front of her, Cahill turned her belly to the right and thrust her right leg up and out to resemble a dog doing its business. A very pregnant dog.

Perhaps crazier still, Cahill, 30, and her also-pregnant sister, Carrie Rorer, 34, who was similarly contorted alongside her, were each paying for this hour of sweating, panting and manipulation $400 for a 10-session package.

That doesn't surprise Kelly McBride. She was confident a niche market existed when she formed Belly Pilates in Bryn Mawr in 2006. Then again, she was working off what she considered solid research: three pregnancies of her own.

Not that running a business focused on pre- and postnatal mothers' fitness was her original career plan.

"This is Kelly 3.0," McBride, who lives in Wayne, joked last week.

The Brookhaven native had been an advertising major at Temple University. With training in computer graphic arts, she wound up teaching multimedia presentation at Moore College of Art and Design in the early 1990s. She also went into business preparing multimedia presentations for corporate clients, which lasted about five years.

"Then I entered into my second career: mommy," McBride said.

After her first two children were born, in 1997 and 2000, "I realized I needed to prioritize, and my children were my first priority," she said. She also realized something generations before her had already discovered: "Motherhood could be very challenging."

That got McBride thinking about how it could be made easier with fitness.

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June 18th, 2012 at 11:23 am

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Vail Vitality Center kicks off new pilates program

Posted: June 12, 2012 at 4:19 am


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VAIL Vail Vitality Center is now offering enhanced pilates programming thanks to the arrival of new pilates coordinator, Kellie D'Elia Laskin. Part of the new programming includes the introduction of unique sessions targeted to specific needs or special techniques designed to combat deficiencies or weaknesses. One of those programs is pfilates.

Pfilates is a scientifically derived plyometric pelvic floor and core stabilization conditioning program developed by Dr. Bruce Crawford, a Reno-based physician who created the program to help combat pelvic floor weakness. Crawford diagnosed the disorder in many of his patients and was determined to find an alternative to surgery.

Pelvic floor disorders are epidemic and include urinary incontinence, overactive bladder, female sexual dysfunction and pelvic floor prolapse. These disorders are commonplace and regarded as inevitable consequences of childbirth and hormonal changes from aging. Dr. Crawford regards these disorders as neuromuscular, deserving of a neuromuscular solution. His research and determination led to the development of specialized pfilates exercises.

Pfilates was created using pilates exercises based on extensive EMG recordings taken from the pelvic floor. The technique provides a widely accessible method of recovering or enhancing pelvic floor strength. Pfilates goes beyond Kegel exercises by using movements that condition the pelvic floor, and also tone the thighs and glutes.

D'Elia Laskin trained with Dr. Crawford, and now teaches pfilates as part of the Vail Vitality Center's Pilates programming. She is excited to introduce the new program to Vail Valley residents and visitors.

Pfilates is life-changing, said D'Elia Laskin, who's been teaching pilates for more than 12 years. Students have experienced obvious results and we're pleased they've found the exercises to be simple and quick to implement in the studio and at home.

The Vail Vitality Center's pfilates program is unique in that it incorporates the physical exercises, taught by D'Elia Laskin, with a lecture delivered by regenerative medicine specialist and staff doctor Heidi Archer, M.D. The integrated course is designed to help students understand the anatomy and hormonal changes that contribute to pelvic floor disorder, and pelvic floor prolapse, and teach the exercises that help combat the effects of the disorder.

This special Pfilates class takes place on Wednesdays (starting this week) through July 18 (no class on Wed., July 4), from 9 10 a.m. The cost is $100, which includes the lecture on June 13, four subsequent exercise-specific classes (June 20, 27, July 11 and 18), and a take-home kit with instructions. For information or to register for Pfilates at Vail Vitality Center, visit http://www.vailathleticclub.com or call 970-476-7721.

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June 12th, 2012 at 4:19 am

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Pilates Program Helps Stroke Victims Recover

Posted: June 7, 2012 at 11:17 am


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A new pilates program at the Davis Family YMCA in Boardman is helping stroke survivors regain strength, mobility and quality of life.

Local veteran Dave Burns is benefitting from the program.

Burns spent 14 years in the Air Force, flying F-15's during Operation Just Cause in Panama, and Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield in the Middle East. He then flew commercial airlines for Delta.But in August 2010, he was hit with a stroke.

"It wiped out the whole left side of my body," said Burns."I'm blind, everything, over this way,I can't move my arm,I couldn't move my leg."

Pilates instructor Doretta Hegg knew the Reformers pilates benches could help Burns. She researched the machines and convinced the YMCA to buy a few.

"At firstI was a little skeptical, but when you can't move, you'll try anything," said Burns.

During the last 18 months of physical therapy, Burns has regained strength and some motion on his left side. Hegg explained just how this painfulprocess took place.

"Shoring in the shoulder to get those muscles that sling the arm in stronger, getting his leg stronger so he can go from sitting to standing," said Hegg.

Burnssaid some days are tougher than others, but he always feels better after the hour-long sessions three times a week.

"If there's a silver lining to a stroke, she's it," said Burns. "Because she was as good for me emotionally as she was with these machines, because she's a wonderful person."

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June 7th, 2012 at 11:17 am

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ThirdAge Health Close-up: Pilates

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By Judy Kirkwood

Im doing Pilates machines workouts by the process of elimination. Ive tried and given up just about everything else. For the last year, my friends words have echoed in my guilt chamber: Just pay the money and do Pilates machines classes. They work!

I had to agree, considering that my friend and her husband, whom Id known for years, no longer had their familiar pudgy guts. But my hesitation was because of the money, as it is an expensive workout, and also because of my complete ignorance of the machines, which look like variations on an obstetrics table and other torturous appliances. However, Ive found the machines provide great strengthening workouts THAT I CAN DO ON MY BACK! What could be better than that?

A quick rundown on Pilates. The methodology is credited to Joseph Pilates. In an internment camp in England during World War I with other German nationals, he created a system of resistance exercises using springs and hospital beds to help those who were confined and bedridden to increase their strength. After the war, his methods were adapted as part of a modern dance curriculum. Because many of the exercises are performed in reclining or sitting positions, and most are low impact and only partially weight bearing, Pilates is so safe it can be used as physical therapy to recover from injuries.

The main piece of equipment we use in my Pilates class at Lents Pilates in Delray Beach, Florida is the Reformer. Its a sliding, padded platform with springs and ropes that can be adjusted to create resistance-based exercises using your own body weight. You lie down with your shoulders against padding and your feet on a bar and push up and down in different positions to strengthen different muscles. One of my favorites is when we put down the bar and put in a small platform for horizontal jumping, like on a trampoline, but youre lying down. Other machines include the Pilates Tower, Cadillac, Chair, and Barrel. Its kind of like learning to be your own marionette. It is super important to be trained on the machines before taking a group class. Also, the group classes should be small enough that the teacher can keep a close eye on everyones alignment, which is key. My trainer, certified Pilates instructor Amalia Massey, had a year and a half of training, including anatomy and foundational movement classes, before teaching me. In addition, she is a triathlete and could definitely do "Dancing With the Stars" with no stamina whatsoever. Some certified Pilates instructors have only a few weeks of training, so be sure and check them out before committing to $75 per hour and up sessions. I had three privates before joining a class. Otherwise I would not have known what I was doing on the machines. Amalias instructions Keep your tail down while pushing, and other tips helped me focus on my core when moving weights with my legs or arms. The machines give you feedback on moving symmetrically, Amalia points out.

One of the things that Amalia told me when I was struggling with balance was instead of worrying about falling and breaking your hip as you get older, prevent the fall. No one else had ever pointed that out. In other words, if you have good balance, you are far less likely to fall. I was focusing on taking calcium and getting bone scans, which are potentially helpful. But most helpful is not to fall at all. In just a month, my balance is so much better I bought a pair of 5-inch platform shoes that I have actually worn to Target for 15 minutes. So far, so good. Although I have realized I dont need to be 6 feet tall. I just need to maximize the spaces between my vertebrae and tuck in my tummy and butt, with the help of Pilates. Contributing writer Judy Kirkwood is getting balanced in Delray Beach.

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June 7th, 2012 at 11:17 am

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Get fit this summer for free with these workout apps

Posted: June 1, 2012 at 5:21 am


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Looking for some workout guidance? Check your pocket.

Here are three fitness instruction apps to take with you everywhere and anywhere.

Yoga and Pilates with Kristin McGee Stressed for time or just stressed? Unwind and workout with the guidance of 10-minute Yoga and Pilates with Kristin McGee. If you want a longer burn, simply combine routines.

Detailed instruction takes you through intro level Ashtanga and chant, Pilates leg and mat workouts, and many more working your abs, arms, wrists, shoulders and back. The primary focus of the routines is to give your energy.

McGee is the host of the Pilates Power Gym on HSN, Health Magazine's Yoga and Fitness Contributing Editor and Fila's Personal Performance Ambassador. McGee teaches in New York City at Equinox. The free app put McGee's expertise in the palm of your hand.

Download Yoga and Pilates with Kristin McGee: iTunes.

Here's how it works:

SteelABS A6W Everyone would like a 6 pack to go with that bathing suit right? No exercise equipment necessary, SteelABS A6W focuses on six moves gradually ramping up your workout to build muscle and burn fat.

Follow through with the guidance from this free app and you will be looking and feeling confident in no time.

Download SteelABS A6W: Android MarketplaceMobilewalla Score: 17 out of 100

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