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Pilates Can… Help You Touch Your Toes

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Spring Training vs. Opening Day

Spring Training vs. Opening Day The Major League Season officially opened on March 31, 2022, and the first home game for the Toronto Blue Jays is scheduled for Friday, April 8th. Things are looking good for the Jays, a young and talented team of heavy hitters from around the globe that has approached each season […]

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SPRING INTO SPRING

21 days…let the countdown begin! This winter has felt particularly challenging–we’ve weathered cold and ice, more closures and contagions, and a challenging national conversation, but it feels like we might just be turning the corner. So here’s to springing into spring! Joining me Blogside this month are Barbara Czyzowski and Joanna Webb, to talk about […]

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Acts of Service

December is upon us, and while some of us are welcoming a slightly busier season, with more social gatherings and time to connect with friends and family, many of us are still keeping our circles small, limiting travel, or staying close to home. If you’re a person who’s always shown your gratitude through the things […]

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Why do you come to the studio and why do you keep coming back?

Last month, we talked about motivation, habits, and lifestyles when it comes to our collective Pilates practice. As we write this blog, It’s been about 21 days since the newsletter came out…just when it would be pretty easy to drop that habit in favour of sleeping in a little later on those dark, rainy mornings, […]

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Fall in love with Pilates (again)!

For some of us, it’s been almost nineteen months since we set foot in a gym, or a pool, or a Pilates studio. We’ve walked. Oh, how we’ve walked. And we’ve tried the online thing. We’ve curled up on the couch to watch Mare of Easttown and Ted Lasso, and we’ve spent a lot more […]

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Welcome! If we haven’t met before, I’m Pam.

I’m going to start this post the way I typically start my online Pilates classes, by way of introduction: Welcome! If we haven’t met before, I’m Pam. Even though I’ve been an instructor at Retrofit for almost seven years, this summer feels like a rebirth. It’s not just that I’ve assumed a different role at […]

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Vaccines, Diet & Control

Because of the miracle of modern science and my home address, I received my first dose of the Covid vaccine last month, as did my husband. The only reaction I experienced was a profound sense of relief and gratitude. I hadn’t realized how much fear and anxiety I had been carrying about my loved ones […]

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WHEN CARAMEL POPCORN IS THE PERFECT CHOICE FOR LUNCH.

The sun is shining. Spring is here. Vaccines are rolling out. New projects are beginning. Plans are unfolding. There is promise in the air. … and then bam, we are right back where we started. Another spring, another lockdown. Since we’ve been essentially locked -down for the past year, what’s another 28 days?  Déjà vu. […]

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I ❤️ Retrofit

I’m a little bit worried. I don’t feel so great. This quarantine is going on and on and on. It feels harder to handle this time. I’m worried about my kids. I’m worried about my business. Even though my parents are no longer living, I’m worried about all the elderly people in care homes – […]

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The Power of a Compliment

Compliments are so easy to give. And so powerful. They are almost guaranteed to engender a smile. Compliments are little acts of kindness wrapped up in sparkly tissue paper tied with a bow! They are as good to give as they are to receive.   You look fantastic! I love your outfit!   I came […]

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Old habits. New beginnings

There have been three things that have kept me sane and helped me keep fear and anxiety at bay over the past several months of quarantine, closure, political and economic upheaval and racial tension. Firstly, the love of and caring for and by my family has been paramount. There is nothing like a global crisis […]

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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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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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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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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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“My love of Retrofit Pilates has gotten my husband and daughter hooked. It's become a family affair! I’m definitely stronger, and I feel more in touch with my body. My plantar fasciitis has disappeared and I sleep so much better! Bottom line, I'm enjoying life to its fullest!”

SARAH W