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It’s the dog days of summer. This year, more than any other, we need to rest, reflect and prepare for what lies ahead. The stress, change, and uncertainty of the last five months has been exhausting. For more than 20 years, Retrofit has helped change people’s lives for the better by providing a safe, compassionate, […]

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Hello!

WATCH MINAQU’AS WRIST & FINGER RELEASE STRETCHES Hello to everyone in the Retrofit community! I miss you all.  As many people have in these pandemic times, I’ve turned to cooking and baking as an outlet. My partner Max and I started baking bread together when we were first dating as a way to get to […]

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My not-so-secret life as a Tango Dancer!

Watch Isabella’s Shoulder Opener Exercise! After being a dedicated student of Pilates for many years, I completed the Teacher Training program at Retrofit Pilates and have been teaching here ever since. By day, I am an itinerant Music Teacher for the TDSB. But my true passion is music and movement…and Argentina! Typically I spend my […]

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Quarantine Gratitude

Watch Barbara’s Hip & Glute Exercise! This time of quarantine and isolation has offered many of us time for self-reflection. This coupled with the tragic events of the last few weeks have given me the chance to really appreciate how lucky I am. For the things I don’t worry about. For that which I do […]

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Change

So, life is beginning to return to normal. Except that everything has changed. Stores are open and we can finally get our hair done, but customers and staff are wearing masks. Patios are open, but diners are sitting far apart and cutlery is sterilized like surgical equipment. We now add extra time to tasks to […]

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Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter – My story with feeling uncomfortable, listening and being a better support for my son Mazin. When I got pregnant, I knew my child would be half black but it wasn’t even a flicker of a thought in my head that race would affect my baby.  I was naive to think there would […]

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With Love From Felicia!

TOUCHING BASE WITH FELICIA! The pandemic quarantine created two realities for all of us: to guarantee life safety, we had to be responsible citizens! At the beginning, I did not believe it was happening. Then I woke up and read a text from Barbara insisting I must stay home. “Do not come to work. We […]

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Pandemic Grief

This pandemic has impacted everyone. Maybe you can’t pay your rent, your business has closed or you have lost a loved one. We are all experiencing many kinds of losses – and many kinds of grief. Last September, I was on track to nearly double my previous years’ income. I felt like I was “making […]

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Pie & Lattes!

WATCH BARBARA’S CLASS CLIP: ROTATION AND SIDE BEND FOR HIP STRENGTH & MOBILITY I am very excited to be participating in the 30 -class challenge. I am on course to complete seven classes this week and I feel great. I am also on course to eat 30 desserts in 30 days – one per day. […]

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Community in the time of Covid

How do we create community in the absence of communing? Since we have moved online, Retrofit members have expressed gratitude that they can stay part of the community. It has made me think about what makes a community. Before the pandemic, we belonged to many different communities – family, neighbourhood, work, clubs, teams, faith communities, […]

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Touching Base with Ana Cukic

WATCH ANA’S AB SERIES WITH SHOULDER STABILITY! I learned Thomas Reid’s ‘weak link’ concept 30 years ago, in my competitive synchro days. The team members were of different levels. So our success as a team depended on our weakest swimmer – the weakest link. This is also true of your body: you are only as […]

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Touching Base with Carrie Lynn Nieves

See Carrie’s short demonstration of a PNF stretch (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) performed in a chair. Touching base with Carrie So here we are, two months since the province enforced emergency measures due to SARS-COV-2. It’s all starting to feel more like routine, is it not? Staying home for days on end, meeting each other over […]

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My Quarantine Journal: Pandemics, Procrastination and Pilates

My Quarantine Journal:  Pandemics, Procrastination and Pilates By Joanna Webb So far this Pandemic my days are filled with Pilates and procrastination and a few other things I’ll leave out because they don’t start with the letter “P”.  Yes it’s true.   I’m a terrible procrastinator.  Pandemics don’t help this particular proclivity. I haven’t mopped the floors.  […]

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The Quarantine Continues!

It feels like we’ve been at this a long time. We are getting used to it, but it’s tiresome. What’s next? No one knows? How do we make plans? We can’t. My mom used to tell me that when she was raising her family, as soon as a special event ended or after they returned […]

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Setting Up a Pilates Home Studio

Watch Ruth’s Home Studio Set-Up Bloopers! Setting up a Pilates Home Studio. Just about everything has gone online now. It’s the new normal, but it’s far from what we’re used to doing! In my recent experiences teaching online, there’s one thing that has made some of these experiences better than others – being prepared!   […]

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Touching Base with Shawn Haines-Shanahan!

  Watch Shawn’s Video Hello! Oh, the places you’ll go! On this day last year, I was in California. I had just driven down from San Fransisco to Los Angeles and spent my first couple of days exploring the quintessential LA sites, such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame and took a bus tour of […]

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When Time Loses Meaning

Hello friends! It’s been a while. I haven’t seen most of you in person since the first few days of March. Just a month ago, I was on an incredible journey in Peru, hiking the Lares Trek, visiting Lake Humantay, exploring Machu Picchu, and spending every day outside, trekking through the Andes and breathing in […]

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Love in the Time of Quarantine

Wow! What a difference a month makes. This time last month we were planning all sorts of spring events at Retrofit and looking forward to travelling and attending international conferences and training. But as Judy Blume said, “That was then. This is now.”  And now of course is something completely unprecedented, unexpected and uncertain. Now […]

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Take it to The Mat!

This month, the Pilates community celebrates March Matness – an opportunity to practice and preach on the beauty and benefits of the Pilates Mat work. Mat Pilates remains tremendously popular around the world and this month your IG and Facebook feed will be full of images of fabulously fit people doing Mat exercises in stunning […]

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How to make your resolutions “stick”

Remember back a few short weeks ago when you decided it was finally time to make a change? Maybe it was that day you felt exhausted just trying to keep up with your grandkids or the dread you felt when you thought about wearing a bathing suit on your winter vacation. You decided you had […]

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The Enduring Power of Pilates

Ahh… the New Year.  Everything seems ripe with possibility. This will be the year – the decade – where we really start to take our health seriously and Get in Shape! Lose the weight. Get the body we want! Print and social media will be promoting every diet plan and exercise scheme under the sun. […]

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Keep it Simple

It’s almost time to switch from our regular anxiety to our fancy Christmas anxiety. A friend of mine posted this the other day. It’s funny because it’s true. It’s so easy to get caught up in the stress of creating perfect holiday moments. But as we have learned from all the Whos down in Whoville, […]

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In the blink of an eye…

TWENTY YEARS WENT BY. The year was 1999 and Pilates was pretty new in Toronto. There were less than a handful of studios, mostly downtown. I had recently completed one of the city’s first comprehensive Pilates teacher training programs. I was teaching private clients out of my west-end apartment and had started a Pilates program […]

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Movement is Medicine

Most people admit they feel great after Pilates class. No matter how reluctant we may feel about getting to the studio, completing our workout leaves us feeling satisfied, mentally alert and physically at ease. Movement – as long as it’s appropriate to our needs – does make us feel better, often immediately, always in the […]

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The Myth of Self-Care

Are you taking care of yourself? I mean, really taking care of your “self?” Are you dedicating enough time to self-care? Are you meditating daily, eating clean, getting enough protein (but not too much animal protein), doing adequate strength training plus flexibility training plus 10,000 step per day? Are you getting enough sleep, taking time […]

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10 ways to make the most of summer!

It’s the dog days of summer and hopefully you are getting a well-deserved break from your usual routine. Whether your enjoying long weekends at the cottage, summer holidays away from home or evenings and weekends wandering the city streets and festivals, the long days and hot weather invite us to slow down and savour this […]

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Change is Inevitable

There is only one thing most of us fear more than change: when things stay the same.   Change is inevitable. We know this. We long for it. We imagine how our lives will be better when things change; when we get a new job, find a new mate, lose 10 pounds or renovate the […]

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Pilates to GO!

Pilates to GO! Don’t let it go while you’re on the go! One of the hardest things to do is keep up your Pilates practice while on holidays! “Rest and Relaxation” is the name of the game, but at what cost? If you’re like me, it doesn’t take long to start feeling stiff, weak or […]

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Mindfulness and Movement

Mindfulness is trending.  We are encouraged to be mindful in our day- to -day life to ease our stress, anxiety, and even depression. The concept is regularly used to describe typical human activities such as mindful parenting, mindful eating, and mindful exercise.   But what exactly does it mean to be mindful? And what does […]

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Get Outside

Summer is short in Canada and this year it’s been a long time coming. Now that it has finally arrived, you can feel the energy of people gearing up to savour its sweetness. We know we’ve got to get it before its gone! Ontario summers, both urban and rural, favour the great outdoors: hiking, biking, […]

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What’s The Difference Between Using My “Core” And Using My “Abs”?

SO, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN USING MY “CORE” AND USING MY “ABS”? Sometimes you hear an instructor asking you to “engage/ use your core” other times you may hear “use your abdominals/ scoop your abs”. But what are you truly being asked to do?! To understand this better, let’s make sure we know the difference between your “core” and you “abs”.

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The Power of Pilates Personalized

Pilates teachers are more than exercise instructors. We create exercise programs based in sound, scientific methodology using specific equipment to address the whole body’s response to injury. We train our clients to move better, with freedom, ease, strength and joy.

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Love Yourself

It’s all about balance.

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Five Tips to a Healthy Gut. By Guest Writer Shawn Haines Shanahan

There is not one quick fix to gut health, unfortunately. These tips all work together to create a more harmonious environment to promote healthy digestive and colon function.

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Resistance. Resilience. Balance. Strength. Flexibility.

How do we gain and maintain these qualities of mind and body to enable us to continue to live fully?

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Take a Breath this Holiday Season

The Holiday Season is upon us and suddenly the tension is mounting as lists get longer and time gets shorter. The rush is on. How about we all just take a breath. And pay attention.

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Use It or Lose It.

Keep moving. Purposeful, productive movement is necessary if we want to live joyous, active lives. Find something you love to do and do it every day.

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Movement Heals

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everyone knows someone whose life has been impacted by breast cancer.

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