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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Video proof that two is better than one

BY MICHAELA YOUNGBERG AND HECTOR PLAZA Have you ever had one of those days when you wake up and say, “I’m going to skip the gym today because I’m just not feeling it,” or “I’m just so tired from work today, I’ll skip the gym today?” Then one skip-day turns into two and so on, then the next thing you know you haven’t been to the gym in weeks. Guess what… you’re not the only one. We’re human; we’ve all done it. One of the things that keep me motivated (and could motivate you too!) is looking forward to doing

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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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Let’s work together! Couples workout at CSC Valentine’s day weekend

Working out with your partner can make an intense workout more fun.  When you have fun with someone you care about, time seems to fly by. That could be the difference between success and failure for your fitness goals. Another benefit of working out with a partner is that you'll both get more from your workout having someone supportive there to help push you. It's less intimidating to try new, challenging exercises and equipment. Trying new things and pushing each other to your full potential are great ways to stay mentally and physically engaged in a workout. You may even spark a bit of healthy

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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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