PILATES PERSONAL TRAINING
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The Side Kick
Doug McBee, Certified Pilates Trainer
Last month, we covered a great “starter” side-lying exercise called the Side Lift. No doubt you’ve been practicing it all this time. Now we move on to the Side Kick in which we get a chance to engage the gluteus medius, a small but important muscle that abducts (moves away from the middle) the leg. Here we go.
Lie on a mat, preferably a thick one, on your left side, propped on your left elbow. Stack the hips and move both legs slightly to the front, keeping them straight. Reach the right arm upward, then bend the elbow and place the fingers behind the head, or the fingertips alongside the head, elbow pointing upward. Lift the right leg up, just enough so it’s parallel to the floor.
Only the right leg will move; strive to keep the hips and upper body still. On an exhale, swing the leg forward with a flexed foot. Pulse it twice. On an inhale, point the foot and swing the leg slightly behind you and pulse twice. Keep both legs straight at all times, and use the left foot to help stabilize by pushing it into the floor. Continue, using the strongly engaged core to stabilize the body. The leg movement will cause the body to shift forward and backward in response to the leg movement; try to minimize this. The belly muscles should be drawn inward to help the lumbar spine stay neutral (not arch) when the leg moves behind.
To make the exercise easier: Place both hands on the floor, or eliminate the pulses and just swing the leg forward and backward.
More advanced: Place both hands behind the head, using the left elbow on the mat to support the trunk. Hold the right leg slightly higher to make the gluteus medius work harder.
Do 6 to 10 sets, and repeat on the other side.
OPEN STUDIO HOURS
Members who are Pilates Reformer-trained may practice in our Pilates Studio!
- Sundays 12–1pm Doug (no limit)
- Mondays 6–8:30am Mel (6–7am only chairs & towers available)
- 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 its 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 & with lower impact. A gentle approach to classic Pilates, Restorative Pilates is designed for those who require carefully monitored exercises to increase strength, stability, & balance. The results will increase functionality & ease of movement.
- Tuesdays 11am–12pm
- Wednesday 10–11am
- Thursdays 11am–12pm
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 & mat for all levels of competency. She was certified through Core Dynamics in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2006 & has been a Pilates instructor continuously since. Her other certifications include PMA (2011) & 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 & certified in Pilates through ITT with Madeline Black & A Body of Work with Jean Sullivan in San Francisco in 2004. She found Pilates after an extensive injury & lengthy rehabilitation that changed her life & relationship with her body. After working intensively with a talented trainer, she knew she found her new calling & became a certified instructor. Marri sees Pilates as a wonderful adjunct to all other sports & 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 & individuals realize their health goals & navigating the sometimes very complicated medical system with people undergoing long-term illnesses & diagnoses, in addition to being a Registered Nurse with a CRRN certification, specializing in Rehabilitation. Phone (707) 337-9291
Doug is certified in Group Exercise through AFAA, Mat Pilates & all Pilates apparatus through BASI Pilates, Yoga, & Cycling. A male instructor is a rare breed, & 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, & 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 & body. She felt alive again, renewed & rejuvenated. Inspired, Diala went on to further educate herself in the Pilates Method, & 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 & Balanced Body™. She has worked with clients of all ages & levels, & enjoys watching her students benefit the way she has. Her goal is to inspire & motivate people, helping them realize their body’s full potential. Diala’s classes incorporate her joy of movement, with a focus on breathing & stretching, for a workout that is both challenging & fun! Diala continues to attend workshops & conferences to expand her knowledge in Pilates. Phone (650) 270-5388
Kim is the Parkpoint Sonoma Group Exercise Director, and is Pilates Certified through Carol Appel Pilates Plus & Stamina Mind•Body Fitness in both Mat & Reformer. She is a Certified Personal Trainer & Instructor through the American Council on Exercise (ACE) for over 25 years. She enjoys all types of personal training including training with weights, the Pilates Reformer, & 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. “I try to be very conscientious with the client to make sure that they are trained according to their particular fitness level, as well as other specific body consideration or injuries. We work together as a team.” Phone (707) 695-8528
Enrica began her exercise career as a Group Ex Instructor & Personal Trainer. Her interest in fitness for the whole body led her to expand her training to include Pilates & Aqua Aerobics. She has 11 years of Pilates training & was certified with Monica Anderson (Gold Certified Pilates Method Alliance Teacher) & through Stott Pilates International. She also holds certifications through ACE & 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, & 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 & impingement. She received her training & certification through ITT at A Body of Work in San Francisco & 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, & weight work as a compliment to her daily Pilates practice. She delights in passing on her Pilates knowledge to assist clients toward better access & improvement of the body’s dynamics related to alignment, mobility, & strength, as well as bringing benefit to life’s daily activities & 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 & Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA, Exercise is Medicine credential with ACSM, Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting Coach with USAW, Pilates Allegro Reformer with Polestar Pilates, & a Personal Training Certification from CSUS. His competitive background in Olympic Weightlifting & Bodybuilding has given Mel a great understanding of the limits of the human body. His education has taught him the balance of specification versus diversity. Decades in the health profession have brought on the knowledge of how to make exercise, recreation, & functional movement a lifelong enjoyable experience. “Think you can or think you can’t. Either way you are right!” —Henry Ford