"If you have a family member, friend or loved one who needs to get back on their feet after physical therapy or rehabilitation, Pilates can be helpful." ...read more on pg 20
Pilates for Golf, Tennis and Gardening. Barbara Grant shares some great exercises to get ready for spring on Daytime Toronto.
Watch Barbara Grand and 14-year Retrofit PIlates veteran Robert Spence discuss the benefits of Pilates for men on Rogers Daytime:
"Your back is killing you. It is so tight and sore all the way up one side you can barely turn to look back over one shoulder. Driving is a challenge. Playing golf makes it worse. Forget yard work or shoveling snow.
You ask your doctor about the pain. She orders an X-Ray and reports your back looks fine – no arthritis, no herniated discs. She tells you your back muscles are in spasm and prescribes rest and anti-inflamatories. She mentions, by the way, “you have scoliosis.”
Scoliosis? What the heck does that mean? What is it? How did I get it? Is this causing my back pain or is my back pain causing my scoliosis? What can I do about it?" ...read more
"When we think of the benefits of Pilates we often think strong abs and a toned backside. But there’s much more to Pilates than a whittled waistline. Check out what else Pilates can do for you to improve your overall health and make you feel better." ...read more
" We all know Pilates is great for toning our abs and strengthening our core. But did you know that Pilates will dramatically improve your golf game?
Golf, like many sports, requires repeating the same essential movements over and over which often results in muscular imbalances throughout the body. Certain muscles get over-worked and tight and others weaken. This increases your risk of injury. It also decreases your stamina, your performance, and your enjoyment of the game." ...read more
"Pregnancy, childbirth, and the never-ending needs of a new baby place incredible physical and emotional demands on a woman. Committing to a specific Pilates program pre- and post-natal will do wonders to alleviate the back, hip, and shoulder pain that often accompanies pregnancy and new motherhood. Not to mention Pilates’ positive impact on the stubborn weight gain, the fog, and the fatigue. Here are six ways Pilates can help both expectant and new mothers." ...read more
"We all love Pilates for whittling our waists and creating strength, flexibility and tone in our entire body. But as we travel through the various stages of our life, our fitness focus changes"... Read Barbara's exciting article in Pilates Style Magazine and be sure to check out all the contributors.
"If you’re a small business owner, you’re likely on the lookout for new customers on a fairly regular basis. After all, having a steady stream of interested parties who become paying clientele is the benchmark of a successful business. Whether you’re in a service industry, retail or otherwise, there are some tried and true methods for expanding and keeping your customer base evolving": ...read more
"These days, the key to a business’ profitability is based on a number of factors, many of which, though obvious, are often overlooked by those starting out. With a precarious economy and less dollars available from consumers, potential customers and suppliers, small business owners need to be even more strategic than ever in order to build their business into a profitable and viable enterprise.
Following are six key strategies that entrepreneurs can employ that will result in the realization of consistent revenue and ongoing success". ...read more
"The vibe here is fun, and the use of lots of props makes the workouts accessible to all levels. Traditional and specialized classes (like Yoga Fusion and Bikini Bootcamp) fill the 7-day schedule. Clients know each other by name, and staffers encourage bringing a friend"....read more
"An exercise program that focuses on your needs and goals, with a trainer that can support and inspire you will give you the mental and physical energy you need to parent. It will make you feel better about the way you look. It will help you recover. It will bring you come back to a place where your body and mind belong to you again". ...read more
"Four months after my total hip replacement I returned to Retrofit to build back my strength and balance. My instructor took the time and attention to include the hospital’s most difficult and final exercises and with persistence and fun I feel better than before the operation. Now my spouse, three months following his double knee replacement is scheduled for one-on-one lessons. We're going on a walking tour of Europe together this summer."
- Cynthia Scott, Retrofit client since 2002
"Retrofit makes me feel better. For the past few years I have been completely free of back pain. The studio is so bright and in such a good location close to the subway. I can go straight to work after my early morning class."
- Robert Spence, Retrofit client since 2003
"There is a level of enthusiasm for Pilates that I don't think exists in other studios. You do things you would never think your body can do!"
- Margaret Kelch, Retrofit client since 2000.