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Pilates Plus OC
Fitness
Published Thursday Oct 03, 2019 by Pilates Plus OC

What to Know Before You Take a Pilates Class

Pilates
Fitness
Expert Advice

Starting a new fitness class can be daunting. Just remember: no one knows what they’re doing the first class, but also it’s nice to learn a little info before you book. 

Whether you’re on the mat or machine, take a few tips from the team at Pilates Plus OC on how to prepare for your first classand enjoy it! 


For those who have (or haven’t) taken Pilates before, what separates Pilates Plus OC from other studios? Is it the energy? The instructors? 
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What separates Pilates Plus + OC from other studios is our amazing staff and instructors. But, the energy our clients bring to the studios is what really sets us apart. All of our instructors are certified in teaching the Lagree Method, but many of them have various other certifications as well. This not only makes them super knowledgeable in fitness techniques and movement, but it also helps them cater to our diverse clientele by allowing them to create routines for all levels of fitness. 

While staying true to the Lagree Method, each instructor incorporates their own technical flair and playlists, so our clients never get bored! Our tight-knit community of clients bring fun and inviting energy to every class. Everyone becomes part of the Pilates Plus OC family when they walk through our doors!  


You also specialize in the Lagree Method. What differentiates the Lagree Method from traditional Pilates, and what are the benefits?

We not only specialize in the Lagree Method, but Pilates Plus OC was actually one of the first licensees to open nationwide, and the first one in Orange County!  The Lagree Method stays true to the strengthening and lengthening of traditional Pilates, but it builds upon it by safely providing more intensity. 

The Lagree Method is a low impact, full-body conditioning program that focuses on continuous “time-under-tension;” targeting the slow-twitch muscle fibers that lean out the muscles. Think of a marriage between strength, endurance, core, cardio, and flexibility, and you’ve got Lagree! There’s a reason why celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Sophia Vergara trust Lagree to keep them in camera-ready shape. It is truly fit for royalty…just ask Duchess Megan Markle

 

What type of equipment should you expect to see (and use) in class? Also, what the heck is a Megaformer? 
Pilates Plus OC

When coming to a Pilates Plus OC class, you can expect a state of the art, low-impact machine known as the Megaformer. The versatility of this machine is truly incredible. It is easily adaptable to all fitness levels and designed for ease of use and fast transitions in a class setting. 

The Megaformer is often imitated, but never duplicated. The amount of research that has gone into its design is unparalleled and constantly evolving!  We also use various props during class likes weights, balance discs, and weighted balls. The possibilities are truly endless with this machine!

 

Favorite moves on the Megaformer?

Amy Briant and Gianna StremickPilates Plus OC ownersshare their favorite move: scrambled eggs! It targets the obliques in such a deep way that you cannot mimic it on another machine. While working your core, you also target secondary muscles like your glutes, hamstrings, and the stabilizing muscles along your spine. You end up working your entire body just holding the position and keeping proper form!  

Amy and Gianna also love the Reverse Crunch because it truly targets your pelvic floor and your transverse abs (deep abs). The Reverse Crunch does this all while keeping your neck and shoulders from straining, which can often happen during a traditional crunch done on the floor.

The Lagree Method is a low impact, full-body conditioning program that focuses on continuous “time-under-tension;” targeting the slow-twitch muscle fibers that lean out the muscles.
How are you *really* going to feel the day after a Pilates Plus workout? 

Honestly? Sore in all the right places! But you will always feel accomplished, and ready for more.

 

How often should you do Pilates?

Ideally, our trainers recommend you start off doing Pilates two to three times per week to see the results. If your schedule allows, three to four times per week is even better! 

 

What’s the best part about taking a Pilates class?

The best part about taking a Pilates Plus OC class on the Megaformer is that you truly work the entire body in every single class! Our clients are always pleasantly surprised at how quickly the class goes byit’s so much fun! When you walk out of our door, you're done working out for the day. You've already worked all of your muscles in our 50-minute class!


What’s your go-to, post-workout wellness routine? 

Pilates Plus OC LUMIONskin

“Stretch, protein and LUMIONskin,” says Studio Operations Manager Kayla Lyons, who is also a certified fitness trainer.  Making sure to stretch after she exercises, she knows that, “most people aren’t aware you can gain up to 15% more muscle mass by stretching after a workout, not to mention it keeps me flexible.”

Kayla recommends consuming protein 1-2 hours after every Pilates class to help muscles recover quicker, and reduce soreness. “I’m super busy, and constantly on the go. I don’t have time to stop or shower after class if I’m working at the studio, so to avoid breakouts and kill post-workout bacteria I use LUMIONskin Mist; an oxygen spray we carry here at the studio.” 

LUMIONskin is an all-natural skincare line created by co-owner of Pilates Plus OC, Amy Briant, and can be found in many fitness boutiques and wellness stores across the nation. Explore LUMIONskin products and follow them at @lumionskin on Instagram

 

Want to try a Pilates Plus OC class? Book online at Pilates Plus OC, or download the Pilates Plus OC app

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Pilates Plus OC
OC's First Lagree Studio
About the author
Founded in 2009, Pilates Plus OC is the first Lagree studio to open in Orange County. Female owned and run, Pilates Plus OC has two studio locations in Newport Beach and Laguna Niguel, California. Using the most up-to-date Megaformer machines, Pilates Plus OC provides their clients with high-intensity, 50-minute workouts that tighten, strengthen, and tone the body.
shanila sattar
Wellness
Published Wednesday Mar 17, 2021 by Shanila Sattar

Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice

Self-care
Expert Advice
Personal Growth
Wellness

When you think of self-love what do you think of? Bubble baths, walks on the beach, facemasks, or what? Self-love can mean so many different things but when we think about self-love, we have to acknowledge loving ourselves both on the outside and on the inside. The way that we show ourselves love is one of the most important things we will ever do. 

How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love?

As self-love defines and redefined itself for you over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.

 

Step 1: Learn to set boundaries

Don’t we love this one? Loving ourselves has a lot to do with the boundaries that we have for ourselves, with others, and for others. Take time to think about your own emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual needs when setting boundaries that reflect your personal needs. Boundaries don’t have to be big and scary; they are here to remind us that you get to have your lived experience and still have expectations about how you’d like to be treated and what you’d like to feel.

When thinking about your boundaries, ask yourself:

  • How do I feel without having boundaries?
  • What would I like to have boundaries around?
  • Are my boundaries actual boundaries or am I creating walls in my life?
  • How do I plan to uphold my boundaries?
Step 2: Cultivate self-compassion

In a world where perfectionism and curated existences have been rewarded, begin to cultivate compassion for yourself. You are a soul having a human experience and it’s totally okay if things are not perfect. 

Mindfulness exercises such as Breathwork, self-care activities, and self-compassion, all help train the mind, emotions, and even the body’s stress chemicals to be able to deal with undesired situations. Self-compassion means, can you be nice to yourself? Can you find empathy and kindness for yourself in the middle of what feels chaotic, stressful, or unwanted? Self-compassion means that we get to make mistakes, have our plans not work out the way that we wanted, and we still get to celebrate that we are doing the best that we can and it is enough.

When thinking about self-compassion, ask yourself:

  • How do I respond to stressful situations?
  • How hard am I on myself?
  • How do I celebrate myself?
  • How do I show myself kindness?
Step 3: Nourish yourself

In every sense of the word “nourishment”, begin to learn what nourishes you and what depletes you. Nourishment doesn’t just mean food for yourself; it means that whatever you are consuming whether it be media, podcasts, people, energy, information, etc. all impact the way that we think, feel, and experience life.

Nourishing yourself definitely goes right along the lines of having your boundaries intact and practicing self-compassion. 

When thinking about nourishment, ask yourself:

  • How do I nourish my emotional well-being?
  • How do I nourish my mental well-being?
  • How do I nourish my physical well-being?
  • How do I nourish my spiritual well-being?
  • How do I nourish my social well-being?
  • How do I nourish my financial well-being?

That’s it. Those are the foundational steps to cultivating a self-love practice that you can ease into your daily routine. Come back to these questions often, because like anything else, self-love is a practice and it takes effort, time, and intention to maintain. 

If you’d like to try breathwork, mindfulness, or play classes with me, check out these workshops and training sessions that work with your schedule. For other breathwork classes, browse Mindbody.

 

About the author
Shanila is a 4th generation sound healer, breathwork coach, mentor, women’s researcher, and speaker. She is the Founder of AlwaysPlayStudios where she trains breathwork facilitators and sound healers. Her background is in tech, having co-founded an award-winning web agency, and in women’s research, specifically in mindsets, implicit bias, perfectionism, women's health, and societal experiences supported through the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and several universities. She has implemented several health and wellbeing programs in underserved populations throughout the US. Shanila mentors healers on their healing and intuitive wellness journeys. Connect: @shanila.sattar