Why EVERYONE Should do Pilates

Hello, Maria Barry here! As most of you probably know, I am the Pure Pilates and Group Fitness Manager at Commonwealth Sports Club, Boston. Over the last 20 years of teaching strength, cardio, yoga and barre classes, I realized there was one common factor preventing me from injury: the core strength I’ve developed from Pilates training. After speaking with clients, friends and members, all of whom work out in many different ways, I have put together a list of the top reasons to practice Pilates studio equipment and Pilates mat. 1.       It’s exercise while you’re laying down AND a great workout!

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It’s that time of year again…

It’s that time of year again- New Year’s resolutions and all of the weight loss challenges that come along with it. “Lose all of that weight this year, join this challenge, workout like crazy and starve yourself for this many days!” But is that a realistic goal? Is it a sustainable lifestyle once the New Year’s glow wears off? How many times do we see the weight come back on? Or lose interest after a couple of weeks? So what if this year instead, you commit to staying active through these crucial first few months. Commit to going to the

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When was the last time you felt truly accomplished?

CALLING ALL SPARTANS! That familiar feeling is here again. I'd love to call it the calm before the storm but there's no calm. My adrenaline is up. I'm anxious, excited, slightly nervous. I've been here, I've done this, but every time is different. I know that when I jump that four-foot wall that blocks me from the start line that all the new mysteries of this year's course will be revealed to me. (more…)

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Strength, Stability, Mobility: Train like a Navy Seal

Have you ever wondered how you could strength train without using heavy dumbbells or weights? Ever wondered if using your body weight was sufficient enough resistance to gain the strength, stability, and mobility you want achieve? Ever see those black and yellow straps suspended from the wall and thought what in the world they were? (more…)

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Find the Strongest, Most Powerful and Balanced Version of Yourself

I have always been passionate about group fitness. For the past three years, I have had the honor of teaching participants (our #CSCFamily) to help them "find their mighty” – Their SPARK. SOUL. FIRE. LIGHT. STRENGTH. DRIVE. BALANCE. FIRE. POWER. CHALLENGE. CHANGE. (more…)

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March Mayhem Workout at Commonwealth Sports Club

Have you tried the March Mayhem workout?? I did. But, I'll admit, I didn't do last year's challenge. I watched, I listened to everyone's time, I heard how 'hard' it was, observed as they got better week over week, and I looked on as they had fun.  I'm not missing out this year, I'm 100% in! I did it Friday and I'm sore, in a good a way.  First of all, it's a challenge - so I tried to go as quickly as possible. Next, I was in the same room as Nicky, who was also doing the March Mayhem Workout,

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Bring a friend to try group training, Pilates or create your own partner workout

At CSC, there are so many ways to enjoy an hour with a friend and squeeze in a killer workout. Spending time with friends is about having fun, catching up and creating memories. Is it just me or does it seem like life just keeps getting busier? Making time for good things like laughing with friends is something we do less of with each passing week (and year). So if we have little free time for friends, how do we get in an hour of exercise? (more…)

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