Pilates Personal Training
As a Parkpoint member, you are entitled to a complimentary 30-minute Pilates orientation. To use this benefit, simply sign up at the Front Desk and schedule a time to learn about the many benefits of practicing Pilates. We look forward to seeing you in the Studio!
by Doug McBee
Last month, I described a safe way to float the head upward to establish a starting position for many Pilates exercises. Let’s continue with a chest lift.
Lie on your back in the “home position” with knees comfortably bent and feet on the mat, hip joint width apart. (You may also squeeze the knees and feet together to engage adductor muscles in the legs, which actually helps you to “find” the abdominals.) Hands are behind the head and the arms are soft, with elbows relaxed out to the side. Do the head float, then on an exhale, loop the head forward and lift the upper spine and the shoulder blades off the mat. Keep the mid-back down. Pause and inhale, then exhale and control the movement back down.
To add rotation, stay in the lifted position and on an exhale, rotate or twist the upper body to one side. Inhale back to center and then exhale to the other side. Go slowly to avoid relying on momentum, and pause the rotation as you inhale at the center. Stay lifted throughout and avoid side-bending; the spine stays along the mid-line axis of the body.
- The hands are a hammock for the head; avoid pulling on the neck to try to assist the abdominals.
- Do not “tuck” the pelvis during the exercise—keep it and the low back neutral.
- In the rotation, the arm and the back of the shoulder should not touch or rest on the mat. Think of rotating the rib cage; the shoulders and arms just follow along for the ride.
- Be precise and deliberate. Six or eight repetitions should be enough. There are no marathons in Pilates.
OPEN STUDIO HOURS
Members who are Pilates Reformer-trained may practice in our Pilates Studio!
- Sundays 12–1pm (Doug) (no limit)
- Mondays 6–8am (Mel) (6–7am only chairs & towers available)
- Tuesdays 2–3pm (Diala) (no limit)
- Wednesdays 6–9am (Mel) (no limit)
- Wednesdays 11am–12pm Johanna (limit 3)
- Thursdays 6–7pm (Doug) (limit 3)
- Saturdays 8–9am (Rickee) (no limit)
- Must be approved by Parkpoint Pilates Trainer
- No longer required to have an ‘active’ Pilates package
- Monthly flat fee $25
- Can attend any or all sessions (some sessions will be limited to 3 attendees)
PILATES REFORMER TEAM FIT
Always wanted to try Pilates Reformer? Now’s your chance to extend the great benefits you get from mat classes by challenging yourself even more—on the Reformer! Come join the FUN and feel your body!
4-Session Series: $88 per member for 1-hour sessions
Class size limited to 6
PILATES REFORMER INTRODUCTION SPECIAL
1 Session (55 min) for $35 (½ price)
- This is for “first-timers” ONLY (Intended to introduce the Reformer and to show it’s abundant benefits for the physically fit, as well as, practical for “rehab” individuals)
- If you took advantage of the “free” reformer classes previously offered, you are NOT eligible for this special offer
Only “ONE” session total per person at this discounted rate
- Call a trainer listed below to set up an appointment*
- Purchase your ticket at the Front Desk and be sure to indicate that this is for the one-time introduction rate of $35
*Actual training times will vary with each trainer—you will need to call & set up your training day and time directly with her.
Restorative Pilates provides all the benefits of Pilates, but at a slower pace and with lower impact. A gentle approach to classic Pilates, Restorative Pilates is designed for those who require carefully monitored exercises to increase strength, stability, and balance. The results will increase functionality and ease of movement.
- Wednesdays 9–10am (Johanna) (limit 3)
- Wednesday 10–11am (Johanna) (limit 3)
Physical limitations will be addressed and exercises will be designed to accommodate those limitations while achieving the benefits of Pilates—a body in balance. Please contact Johanna Avery at (707) 934-0550 for more information.
OUR PILATES-TRAINED PROS
Johanna is experienced in all Pilates disciplines on equipment and mat for all levels of competency. She was certified through Core Dynamics in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2006 and has been a Pilates instructor continuously since. Her other certifications include PMA (2011) and Pink Ribbon Pilates (2013) for breast cancer survivors. She enjoys working with a wide range of clients, from competitive athletes to clients with serious physical limitations. Phone (707) 934-0550
Marri was trained and certified in Pilates through ITT with Madeline Black and A Body of Work with Jean Sullivan in San Francisco in 2004. She found Pilates after an extensive injury and lengthy rehabilitation that changed her life and relationship with her body. After working intensively with a talented trainer, she knew she found her new calling and became a certified instructor. Marri sees Pilates as a wonderful adjunct to all other sports and physical activities as well as being an extremely fulfilling physical modality on its own. Marri recently received her Certified Health Navigator diploma from Sonoma State University, helping patients and individuals realize their health goals and navigating the sometimes very complicated medical system with people undergoing long term illnesses and diagnoses, in addition to being a Registered Nurse with a CRRN certification, specializing in Rehabilitation. Phone (707) 337-9291
Doug first became trained to teach group exercise in 2013 through AFAA, and began teaching at Parkpoint and elsewhere soon after. Later that year, he was certified to teach mat Pilates through BASI Pilates, then went on to complete yoga teacher training in 2014, and became a cycling instructor the same year. In 2015 he went back to BASI and completed the comprehensive teacher training course on all Pilates apparatus, and began teaching in the Pilates studio at Parkpoint in January 2016. A male instructor is a rare breed, and Doug can sympathize with issues common to men. He is eager to share with everyone the many benefits working on apparatus has to offer. Phone (707) 774-5579
Diala grew up outside the United States, and was not aware of Pilates until 2009. While attending college, she was introduced to the Pilates Method as she pursued her degree in Bachelors of Art. Within less than a year of practicing Pilates with Kinesiology Instructor Sarah Artha, Diala noticed a deeper connection between her mind and body. She felt alive again, renewed and rejuvenated. Inspired, Diala went on to further educate herself in the Pilates Method, and has chosen to become a teacher to share the benefits of Pilates with others. Diala is currently a fully certified trainer through the College of San Mateo and Balanced Body™. She has worked with clients of all ages and levels, and enjoys watching her students benefit the way she has. Her goal is to inspire and motivate people, helping them realize their body’s full potential. Diala’s classes incorporate her joy of movement, with a focus on breathing and stretching, for a workout that is both challenging and fun! Diala continues to attend workshops and conferences to expand her knowledge in Pilates. Phone (650) 270-5388
Kim is Pilates Certified through Carol Appel Pilates Plus and Stamina Mind*Body Fitness in both Mat and Reformer. Kim has been the Group Exercise Director at the Sonoma Club since 1982 and a Certified Personal Trainer and Instructor through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) for over 25 years. Kim enjoys all types of Personal Training including training with weights; the Pilates Reformer or Pilates Mat Training. Kim is conscientious with her clients to make sure that they are trained according to their particular fitness level, as well as other body considerations of the client. Phone (707) 695-8528
Enrica started her exercise career 23 years ago as a Group Ex Instructor and Personal Trainer in the field of Fitness. Her interest in fitness for the whole body led her to expand her training to include Pilates and Aqua Aerobics. She has 11 years of Pilates training and was certified with Monica Anderson (Gold Certified Pilates Method Alliance Teacher) and through Stott Pilates International. She also holds certifications through ACE and AFAA. Enrica encourages her students to explore aqua aerobics. This is an excellent way to get a super cross-training to complement all types of fitness programs. Besides having awesome resistance factors built in, the water is also forgiving to any injuries that might be holding a current exerciser back from doing other physical activities. Enrica has always been sensitive to the need of mixing up exercise routines to see a greater change in overall health. She is dedicated to working with her clients to develop a program that brings each person a wonderful sense of strength, awareness, balance, and well-being. Phone (702) 743-5421
Rickee has been engaged in the practice of Pilates since 2000 when she first discovered Pilates via mat classes at Parkpoint Club. Her work with the Pilates apparatus began a few years later following a rotator cuff injury, where she found complete relief from pain and impingement. She received her training and certification through ITT at A Body of Work in San Francisco and with Madeline Black at Studio M in Sonoma in 2007-2008. She is also a nationally-certified Pilates Method Alliance trainer. Rickee comes from a Ballet/Jazz dance background and has employed the use of yoga, cardio, and weight work as a compliment to her daily Pilates practice. She delights in passing on her Pilates knowledge to assist clients toward better access and improvement of the body’s dynamics related to alignment, mobility, and strength, as well as bringing benefit to life’s daily activities and enhancement of overall well-being. Phone (415) 309-4904
Mel has nearly 30 years in personal training experience, ranging from post-acute rehabilitation to sport-specific training. His background includes a B.S. in Exercise Science, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA, Exercise is Medicine credential with ACSM, Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting Coach with USAW, Pilates Allegro Reformer with Polestar Pilates, and a Personal Training Certification from CSUS. His competitive background in Olympic Weightlifting and Bodybuilding has given Mel a great understanding of the limits of the human body. His education has taught him the balance of specification vs. diversity. Decades in the health profession have brought on the knowledge of how to make exercise, recreation, and functional movement a lifelong enjoyable experience.