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It’s OK to feel awkward for your first few Pilates sessions!

Many clients come into a session and expect to do everything we teach them perfectly on the first try, then beat themselves up when they can't do it! It doesn't matter if you danced for 20 years, are an elite athlete, run marathons, lift weights, did Yoga, or if you are in the best shape of your life! If you are brand new to Pilates, you are brand new to Pilates and it will take some time to learn!

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Your neck should never hurt during Pilates!

One of the first things I tell new clients when they are starting Pilates is, "Pilates should not hurt!" If something hurts then we need to adjust the exercise in your body in a way that it can be effective and help you create balance and strength so you can continue to progress without pain.

One of the most common places people find their neck hurting is while doing an upper ab curl. This movement specifically involves lifting your head off the mat and curling toward your body as you roll to approximately the tips of your shoulder blades. This movement is fundamental in many traditional Pilates exercises, although it can be modified as needed for individual bodies.

If someone is brand new to Pilates, and they jump into a large group class without any specific training on how to do this movement properly in their body, they end up feeling like they are straining their neck and not feeling the work of the movement throughout the rest of the body.

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Stretching for flexibility

Do You Think You Need to Stretch More?

Something I hear from people when they know I own a Pilates studio is," I am so inflexible, I really need to take Yoga." It is true that that many people could use more flexibility in their bodies and a mind body practice like Yoga may help, but I find that most people don't understand the process of how to gain that flexibility. I get the impression that many people believe they need to sit around and stretch more and that would do the trick. That if they just sat on the floor with their legs in a V and leaned forward into a stretch on a regular basis that would make them more flexible (and it might help a little!)

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Aime teaching beginner Pilates

Those People Look Normal

was chatting with a client during one of her introductory private sessions and we were talking about adding some classes into her regular routine. She mentioned that she was enjoying her beginner classes and she thought she was ready to add another class per week. She also mentioned how relieved she was to see the people headed to a different class on our schedule that day were, well, normal.

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Don’t Forget to Hydrate

Love this article from breakingmuscle.com on why water is so important to our bodies! 

Your body is composed of roughly 60% water1. That means when we are dehydrated – and most of us spend our days constantly dehydrated to some degree – we are affecting the performance of the majority of our body. Nearly all of our systems do not function as well without the proper water intake.

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Weight Management & Pilates

Have you ever heard anyone say, “I do Pilates to lose weight and keep it off”? Probably not, and here’s why.

The Pilates method of exercise encompasses so much more than physical exercise and physical benefits! Even if you started practicing Pilates to drop some pounds, usually the transformation that happens by practicing Pilates is so much bigger than weight loss that you forget to even mention it when you’re chatting with your friends about the benefits of your Pilates practice!

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Private Pilates Session

Why should I Start with a Private Session?

you are new to Pilates, you may wonder why you can't just take a reformer class and try it out. We understand your frustration with our request to have a few private sessions under your belt before joining group equipment classes and want to explain why in a little more detail.

I'm guessing that you are pretty healthy with no major injuries and have probably tried a lot of different types of exercises over the years, so it seems silly that you wouldn't be just fine to join this Pilates Reformer class. The reality of it is that you would be fine and I'm sure you could make it through class just fine. The reason we don't suggest just jumping into a Pilates Reformer Class without Pilates reformer experience really has to do more with the other participants in class than you.

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Amie Ross, owner of Studio 54 Pilates & More

Why Pilates is the Perfect Exercise for Scoliosis

If you are one of the many people with scoliosis, you know that not all exercises are equal when it comes to strengthening, stretching, and balancing your body. Depending on the severity of your scoliosis you figured out at an early age that many traditional exercises and sports do not feel good in your body.

If no one ever explained to you why this is, you may have even learned to dislike exercise and movement because of your bad experiences. Movement and exercise are supposed to help you feel better, stronger and move easier. Unfortunately for those with scoliosis this is not always the case. Your curve and twist in your spine can make certain movements painful and even impossible. Many movements can create more imbalance in your body and cause pain.

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What is Pilates Flow?

Are you new to mind body exercises like Pilates? Do you see the word FLOW in a class name and think about flowing down the river in a raft? What does it mean to FLOW in a class?

The Pilates method of exercises uses the concept of learning a sequence of exercises and then tying those exercises together in a way that makes it seem like you are constantly moving or flowing. This type of practice allows the practitioner (student) to continually practice specific movements and fine tune them in their body while getting a great workout.

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Feeling Pilates is most of the practice

Weight Management & Pilates

The Pilates method of exercise encompasses so much more than physical exercise and physical benefits! Even if you started practicing Pilates to drop some pounds, usually the transformation that happens by practicing Pilates is so much bigger than weight loss that you forget to even mention it when you're chatting with your friends about the benefits of your Pilates practice!

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Pilates can improve your golf game

What can Pilates do for your Golf Game?

Tiger Woods, Rocco Mediare, Phil Mickelson, Carin Coch, Annika Sorenstan, Camilo Vilegas, Richard Beem, Butch Harmon, Betsy King, David Duval, and Kelli Kuehne all do Pilates to improve their golf game. There must be a reason - right? Pilates will strengthen your core muscles. The overall core strength gained from Pilates can help improve your swing by increasing your ability to stabilize your body as well as being able to initiate movement from those core muscles.

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Memorial Day (Week) Schedule

Join us for this COVID-19 Special Memorial Day Pilates Workout Compilation.

Memorial Day

Start Virtually

8:00 am Burn at the BARRE – Online Class from the West Studio

Get Reformed

9:15 am Reformer Plus At the West Studio

Spring Out

10:30 am Spring Board At the West Studio

Tuesday May 26th

9:00 am – Virtual – Happy Shoulders – Bring TheraBand & Foam Roller

10:00 am – West Studio – Reformer Plus

1 pm – Virtual – Abs & Buns – Magic Circle

5 pm – East Studio – Reformer Plus

6:15 pm – Virtual & In East Studio – Burn at the BARRE

Wednesday May 27th

9:30 am – Virtual & In West Studio – GYROKINESIS® – Bring Chair/Stool & Mat

12:30 pm – Virtual – Pilates Grounding & Fundamentals

5:30 pm – West Studio – Spring Board

Thursday May 28th

10 am – West Studio – Reformer Plus

1 pm – Virtual – Happy Feet – Bring a Stick, TheraBand, Tennis Ball & Studio 54 wrist bands or hair ties

5 pm – East Studio – Reformer Plus

6 pm – Virtual – Happy Shoulders – Bring TheraBand & Foam Roller

Friday May 29th

9:30 am – Virtual – Magic Circle Fun

10:30 am – West Studio – Spring Board

5:30 pm – Virtual – GYROTONIC® Homework Series & Upper Body Openings – Bring Chair & Mat – Followed by Social Hour

Saturday May 30th

9 am – Virtual and In West Studio – Burn at the BARRE

10:30 am – Virtual – Shoulders & Legs – Bring TheraBand & Ball

2:00 pm – Virtual & in East Studio – Celebration / Donation GYROKINESIS® Class

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Why Husbands Should Buy Pilates Sessions for their Wife!

It's that time of year again and if you are like many men you are trying to think of a unique, thoughtful gift for your wife that she won't want to return! What about purchasing her a package of private Pilates sessions? I know what you are thinking ... If I buy my wife fitness classes she's going to think I think she needs to lose weight or get into better shape and that could get me in trouble!

Let me put some of your fears at ease and give you some of my top reasons why private Pilates sessions makes a perfect gift and why it may be the best present you've ever gotten her!

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Does just thinking about taking a Pilates Private Session make you uncomfortable?

Studio 54 Pilates & More offers Private and Semi-Private Training Sessions. You may have saw the Private Sessions on the website, and thought "yeah right!" First there's the price. It's more expensive than classes, and you aren't sure if you wanted to spend that much. Then there's the scary thought. For 50 minutes, you are the only person the instructor is concentrating on.

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Aime teaching beginner Pilates

It’s ok to be a beginner!

I am amazed at how many clients come into a session, expect to do everything perfectly on the first try, and then beat themselves up when they can't do it. It doesn't matter if you danced for twenty years, are an elite athlete, run marathons, lift weights, did Yoga, or if you are in the best shape of your life. If you are brand new to Pilates, you are brand new to Pilates, and it will take some time to learn!

I hear a clients say, "but you just did that exercise perfectly." My response is usually something like: "Let me tell you how many times over the last fifteen years I have done that exercise…(hundreds…even thousands) and I'm still working on it too!"

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Feeling Pilates is most of the practice

Where Should I be Feeling This?

As a Pilates instructor I often get the question," Where should I be feeling this?".

It seems like a simple enough question but often the answer can be complicated. I find then when people ask me this they want to know if they are doing the exercise correctly and if they are "feeling it" in the correct place. Or maybe something is hurting during the exercise.

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Christina Schraeder Client of The Month

Our Zoom Client of The Month April 2020

Christina Schraeder has been coming to Studio 54 Pilates & More for two years. She originally came into the studio because she really wanted to blow the dust of off the reformer, she had purchased 10 years ago and would only use as a clothes horse or for some exercise occasionally. Christina noticed that her other exercise courses were beginning to hurt her body and she was walking around feeling pain rather than feeling strong. From the moment she walked into Studio 54 and its vivaciously inspiring instructor, Amie Ross, she has walked taller and felt stronger in her core than at any other time in her life. Christina now enjoys entering rooms feeling the confidence that Pilates and the encouragement of the intimate community of friends at Studio 54 has breathed into her and it feels so nice! She has participated in Private and Group classes in Pilates and THE GYROTONIC® Expansion System and continues to inspire us with her progress! Here are her answers to our questions.

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Online Classes with Studio 54

Special Class April 11

For anyone who wants to try a Virtual Class, you can attend and pay nothing, or you can make a donation. Bring a friend to try it out as well. This class is for anyone who needs some stress relief, anyone who’s interested in trying a barre class, and for all my Studio 54 clients.

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Stretching for flexibility

Do You Need To Stretch More?

Something I often hear from people when they know I own a Pilates studio is," I am so inflexible, I really need to take Yoga." It is true that many people could use more flexibility in their bodies and a mind body practice like Yoga may help, but most people don't understand the process of how to gain that flexibility.

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Amie Ross, owner of Studio 54 Pilates & More

Our Coronavirus Response & Mitigation

As you are probably already aware, the COVID-19 Coronavirus strain is making its way around the world! At Studio 54 Pilates, we take your personal health and safety very seriously. So, we want to put your mind at ease with the steps we are taking in the studio to keep our students and staff safe and healthy. We know how beneficial mindful movement can be when life gets a little stressful and chaotic and it's our goal to create a safe, healthy environment where you can get some much needed "you time"! If you are immune compromised or feeling unsafe coming to public areas we also want to give you some options to get your movement time in without coming to the studio!

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Student with dog

Are you an “exercise introvert”?

I don't know about you, but the thought of having to go to an event or business or even a new dentist or doctor for the first time is on the bottom of my list of favorite things.  I would definitely call myself an introvert and it takes some effort on my part to get out of my shell and talk to new people and get out of my comfort zone. I'm also crazy busy with a business and kids and just the thought of setting up something new seems like such a big task that I avoid it if I can.

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Student Barb Adams

March 2020 Client of the Month

Barbara Adams has been coming to Studio 54 Pilates & More for six months. She originally came into the studio because of lower back pain. She has participated in Private and Group Classes in Pilates and continues to inspire us with her progress! Here are her answers to our questions.

When did you start working out at Studio 54 Pilates & More and why?

September 11, 2019 for lower back pain.

Describe your workouts. How many days a week do you workout?

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Amie with Student in Private Session

Have You Hit a Plateau?

At Studio 54 Pilates & More we are super passionate about movement and the amazing benefits movement brings to your life. We find that our clients can be categorized into those who are private clients--those who generally only take one on one sessions with their instructor--and class clients--those who only take group classes. 

We think both options are great, and we love to encourage people to do what works best in their schedule and their budget. 

Our small group classes are an affordable way to get individualized workouts in on a regular basis and are the best option for most people. If you are a person who regularly takes classes, we want to encourage you to think about doing an occasional private session to take your own movement practice to a whole new level. 

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Ten Reasons I will go to Pilates Today

I'm a Pilates student and I have a zillion excuses about how much work I have to do. So this top 10 list, is helping me focus for one hour a day on ME!

1.  I always feel better when I'm finished!

2. My health is important and Pilates is part of my health care plan.

3. Stress relief. When life is crazy and stressful it's easy to skip the things we need most...all the more reason to make it to the studio.

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Studio 54 Pilates & More West Wichita Location

West Wichita

9099 W. Central Ave.
Studio 54 Pilates & More East Wichita Location

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Studio 54 Pilates & More East Wichita Location

East Wichita

214 S. Rock Rd.