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Is Pilates Useful for Men?

Is Pilates useful for men?

Consider this: Pilates was started by a man, Joseph Pilates; it's been a training vehicle for elite athletes, both men, and women, for over 50 years; and men have figured prominently as instructors and promoters of the Pilates method throughout its history.


Core strength, flexibility, balance, uniform development, and efficient movement patterns — all are hallmarks of Pilates training and highly relevant to men's fitness. The integrative component of Pilates can be especially beneficial for men, whose workouts often emphasize a part-by-part approach to muscular development, such as occurs in weightlifting.


Pilates, by contrast, emphasizes moving from the center of the body, the powerhouse, and developing core strength in the deep muscles of the center to stabilize the trunk and protect the back. This kind of core training makes Pilates an excellent technique for whole-body fitness, as well as a foundation for cross training with other kinds of sports and exercise.

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Developed on a man's body, and taught with input from both men and women, Pilates is founded on healthy movement principles for the human body in general.


Pilates is a body/mind practice where part of the exercise is to bring one's full care and attention to every movement. Similarly, exacting alignment and core training that goes beyond the superficial muscles require more subtle attention and micro-adjustments than some men are used to finding in an exercise class. There is none of the "just power through" kind of attitude that men might be used to from gyms. This often becomes most apparent when working with the Pilates equipment, which, though it is resistance equipment, is not intended to be overpowered.
(By Marguerite Ogle @ verywellfit.com)

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MELT WORKSHOP #1 - Introduction to MELT

Living an active, pain-free lifestyle for your entire lifetime.

Intro Workshop Hand and Foot


The MELT Hand and Foot Treatment is a gentle self-treatment that creates whole-body results by treating the hands and the feet.

These simple self-care techniques provide relief from neck and low back pain, arthritis, bunions, plantar fasciitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome.


Improve flexibility, balance, and posture as you reduce everyday aches and pains. Discover how to make your body feel better and stay active and pain-free for a lifetime.

 

MELT 2

Date:

1. Thursday February 7 - 6 - 8 pm

2. Friday February 8 - 2-4 pm

3. Friday March 8  - 1-3 pm


Cost: $85+ gst (includes customized Ball Kit)


Register at admin@twconline.ca or 604.943.8823.  

In person: #120- 5133 Springs Blvd, Tsawwassen Springs Clubhouse

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Instructor :
Linda Mallard

Owner, TWC


THINKING YOU ARE NOT GOOD AT PILATES?

Have you ever thought or said out loud at your Pilates session “I don’t think I’m very good at this” ? If the answer is “yes”, know you are in good company and that if you feel this way, you are right on track! Read More

Life Span or Health Span

Back in the day, I exercised to burn calories.  To look good and be able to eat what I wanted.  As I age, good health is taking precedent.  I am in this for the long haul, so I’ve adopted on a more balanced approach to fitness that emphasizes longevity. 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I still want to look good and enjoy indulging without consequence, but my energy, wellbeing and remaining injury free are a solid part of my regime.  I take time to breathe, stretch and move my body in ways that promotes health, good posture and restoration.

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Engaging daily in mindful movement such as Pilates, Fascial Conditioning and CoreAlign brings quality sleep, reduces stress, keeps my brain sharp and body strong.   Instead of aches and pains from overtraining, I feel a greater sense of strength, mobility, aliveness, mental clarity, and energy.

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Life span is how long we live.  HEALTH SPAN is living a high quality of life for as long as possible.  I invite you to join me at the TWC in the realm of mindful movement where you will enjoy getting fit and strong while connecting to yourself and others.

 

Linda Mallard

Owner, Tsawwassen Wellness Center


Become a Pilates Instructor

Pilates instructors are in high demand.  It is a great career for either part-time or full-time work.  If you love Pilates, if it has made a difference to your life, perhaps it is something that you would enjoy learning more about.

Teaching Pilates is fun.  We work in a positive environment with likeminded people living a healthy and active lifestyle.  It is an active job where you are moving your body while assisting your clients.

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What is the Structure of the BASI Pilates  course?

The BASI Pilates course takes place over 4 weekends every 4 weeks.  In between each weekend you practice, do observation hours and study.  This can be part-time study or if you want to complete the course requirements sooner, full-time study.  

Once you have completed the 4 weekends in class/studio, 100 observation hours and personal practice hours, you begin as an apprentice instructor at a studio.  This can take between 4-6 months.  Most students complete their practice and teaching test anywhere from 6-12 months after the end of the classroom work.

Should you have prior education?

It is recommended that you are familiar in basic anatomy, physiology and movement principles.  A fitness theory course will give you this information.  INFOFIT.ca is an excellent company that teaches both in class and online.

Pilates is a great next step for Personal trainers.  If you don't have this training, it is ok.  But the more movement and anatomy knowledge you have going in the better.  The course doesn't teach this, it focusses on the Pilates repertoire.

Personally practicing Pilates is important.  The course is to teach you how to teach.  The more personal experience you have the more you will get out of the course.

What is BASI and who instructs the course?

BASI Pilates operates in Orange County, California under the leadership of Rael Isacowitz.  It is world renowned with teacher training courses world wide.  The Tsawwassen Wellness Centre is a host facility for BASI.  Instructors come from the BASI faculty and primarily live in the United States.  As a host facility we will provide observation hours and possible mentorship for students.

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Next BASI Pilates course at the Tsawwassen Wellness Centre

Our next BASI Instructor course begins Friday October 12th.  Click here for dates and costs.  http://twconline.ca/BASI Pilates  

If you have any questions, please email Linda Mallard, owner of the TWC at linda@twconline.ca 

 

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BARRE FUSION CLASS THIS SEPTEMBER

Inspired by Pilates, Barre and dance, this will be an intense workout using small controlled movements and full body exercises to create a well rounded workout. 

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Instructor: Danielle Braund

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Date: Sundays September 9, 16, 23

Time: 4—5 pm

Cost: $102 + gst

Max 6 clients/class

 Register: admin@twconline.ca, 604.943.8823 or in person at the Studio.

 


Why is Your Safety at the Top of Our List?

The fitness industry has gone full circle it seems.  HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and CrossFit type gyms are popping up all over the place promising great results and fast.   With great marketing we start to believe that "no pain, no gain" must be the only way. Read More

COREALIGN - get strong, get balanced, get aligned

What's in a name?  CoreAlign says it all.  When you have stability and alignment, you move with grace and ease.  Your balance, energy, posture and coordination all improve. I use CoreAlign to get strong for all the things I love to do in life.  It strengthens my legs, glutes, feet, hips, back, arms and core.  1-2 classes/week leaves me ready to go on the weekends with my activities. Read More

The Power of Fitness through Pilates

Tsawwassen Wellness Centre owner, Linda Mallard, shares the impact Pilates has on her life.

Play Better Golf with Pilates

According to the PGA Pro Mat Baird, there are four main areas that are necessary to focus on to improve your golf game and prevent injuries. These are your core, hamstrings and gluteal muscles and flexibility. Read More

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