Let's talk Pilates for Diastasis Recti and Hernia

Will Pilates help Diastasis Recti and Hernia?

Can you get stronger?

Can you pull those abs up and in again?

Absolutely!

But you have to modify, and know what to look for and feel for.

My In and Up Diastasis Recti 4 week online course is perfect for women who need to heal a diastasis or hernia.

And for Pilates teachers who see clients with diastasis and hernia.

We start the next round on Monday July 22.

Independence Day Half-Off Sale at Lynda Lippin Pilates

Happy US Independence Day! July 4th and 5th only, enjoy 50% off the following digital Pilates products, programs, and Online Privates using discount code halfoff.

Pilates Audio Classes - $10 each today (reg $20)

These completely portable Pilates audio classes are among my best sellers! Use at home, while traveling, and even in the Pilates studio. Specialized classes for back and neck pain, as well as a good basic Pilates mat class and a Magic Circle/Foam Roller class.

Pilates for Back Pain eCourse - $48.50 today (reg $97)

This comprehensive eCourse includes:

  • 100+ page eBook with photos and instructions for all exercises

  • 9 Audios covering every mat routine plus extras

  • Links to videos where I break down every mat exercise with modifications and variations

  • Links to videos explaining causes of back pain, how to modify exercises, and more!

In and Up Diastasis Repair 4-week Program - $64.50 today (reg $129)

A course specifically designed for women to heal their abdominal separation safely and naturally from the comfort of their own homes. No doctor visits.  No personal training sessions.  Just simple and effective techniques to gently heal the body.

Online Private for Pilates Pros - $55 today (reg $110)

Private online sessions for Pilates teachers in the comfort of your own home, studio, or wherever you are.

Use Discount Code halfoff

Online Osteoporosis Workshop July 7, 2019

I am teaching an online Osteoporosis Workshop this coming Sunday July 7 to give you the facts about osteoporosis so that you can help your clients stay strong and functional for as long as possible.

I am hearing myths about osteoporosis being spread in Pilates groups online.

These myths go against the researched knowledge and recommendations of the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons.

These myths will harm your clients.

If you find my videos and discussions on modifying Pilates for osteoporosis useful, how does a 2 hour workshop breaking down the full advanced mat with discussion about other apparatus sound?

And it will be online and recorded, so even if you can't make it live, you will have the full workshop video.

Sound good? 💕

Join me this Sunday, July 7, 2-4pm ET on Zoom Meeting, and learn to teach (and do) advanced mat (which includes standing footwork and wall, and use of props) modified for osteoporosis.

Cost? Just $50.

That's right, two hours of completely useful osteoporosis modifications for just $50, with unlimited video recording access.

I would love to see you! More information in the video below.

FREE Pilates Teacher Mastermind Group

For the past 30 years I have been privileged to teach Pilates and train Pilates teachers.

I realized that I had more to offer, but was frustrated by the bullying, false information, and general lack of actual education in the online Pilates "communities".

So, I decided to start my own Pilates Teacher Mastermind group.

Here is the group description:

"Hello, Pilates teachers! Welcome to a space where you can interact and learn with and from a Pilates pro who really has some answers to your questions.

In this free Pilates Teacher Mastermind group by Master Teacher Lynda Lippin we will:

1. Focus on sharing the TRUTH about Pilates, anatomy, function, fitness, and how we teach and run our businesses.

2. Explore how to best CARE for ourselves, our clients, and the Pilates world in general.

3. Communicate from a place of LOVE. If you are here I assume you love Pilates, love teaching Pilates, and only want the best for yourself, your clients, and your colleagues."

This completely FREE group has both Learning and Discussion sections, and our 60 members are currently discussing teaching clients with Osteoporosis.

I would love to see you there! And please share with any teachers you think might benefit.

Don’t forget, I teach private sessions for Pilates teachers that you can take from the comfort of your own home or studio. Our LIVE session will be conducted online and the recording will be yours to keep forever. Click here for more information!

Book Review: Chelsea Streifeneder's Studio Shape Up

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If you own a pilates (fitness, yoga, dance) studio, you need Studio Shape Up!

I have to start this review with a confession. Chelsea Streifeneder sent me an advanced reader copy of Studio Shape Up back in January. Yes, January!

And I actually read it right away, because I know that Chelsea never does anything half-assed and expected this to be great (which it is). But I am just now officially reviewing it at the end of May. No excuses, because life always happens.

That said, this book is truly indispensable for both new and veteran studio owners.

Short, simple, and to the point

This is 144 pages of gold, and I do not give out praise like this lightly.

This book starts with a list of questions. Hard questions, like, “Are you okay with not getting paid?” and “Can you handle face-to-face confrontation and not-so-happy clients?” Basically, you should know the bad as well as the good.

Streifeneder then continues with an exhaustive studio start up checklist - including everything from proper payroll set up and liability waivers to studio supplies and marketing materials.

She then moves into your meetings with clients (“Let’s be honest. A first session with a trainer is like a first date - for the client and the trainer.”) and growing and managing a team.

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Customer focused

The customer is the focus here, and Studio Shape Up reminds us to show them thanks in myriad ways, from the basics of being on time and ready to focus to birthday and holiday gifts, contests, referral bonuses, and community building both within your studio and with other businesses in your area.

Streifeneder even walks you through specific client scenarios, like “Clients balk at new pricing” or “Our substitute teachers get a grouchy reception,” offering responses for each.

Self-care for studio owners

Pilates teachers are notoriously bad at self-care. We work a lot and tend not to focus on ourselves as much. But I am always reminded that if my well runs dry, I am in no position to serve my clients.

Streifeneder reminds us to replenish our own energy reserves by making time for our own workouts, as well as taking regular time off and getting enough sleep. She also outlines some basic quick Pilates workouts, because sometimes we forget. After all, there is always something else to do in any studio that seems more important than exercise.

So Many Great Ideas

If you implemented even 30% of what is in this book, it would be a win. I try to only learn from people who I know for a fact are successful, and Chelsea Streifeneder is one of those people. If you either own a studio or are thinking about it, get this book right now! Click below to purchase on Amazon with my affiliate link.

Pilates Fundamentals for Lower Back Pain

Just 6 simple pre-Pilates exercises used morning and evening and your back will feel much better!

Most people I know suffer from lower back pain (except most of my clients, who feel better). And most people would like some simple exercises to help get things under control.

This video that I put together a few years ago offers you a simple and free solution to MOST chronic lower back pain.

And these exercises won’t hurt, either.

Literally thousands of my Pilates and fitness training clients have successfully eliminated chronic back pain using this simple program.

I hope it helps you!

From Famine to Feast on FASTer Way to Fat Loss®

I always thought I was fat

Today I want to talk about all things food! I have a long and complicated relationship with food, which left me in starvation mode starting at the age of 13.

My mother always battled her weight, and unfortunately went through that when the only options were strict old-school Weight Watchers and Atkins. She was also bipolar, and would project a lot of her crap on me, including calling me fat.

She took me to Weight Watchers, where they played along and gave me a diet plan. She also tried to take me shopping in Lane Bryant (plus size only), where they laughed at her because I was not plus size.

So basically, I thought I was overweight when I wasn’t. This led me to have no idea of what healthy should look like (apparently it looked like me, but who knew?) and to a place where I just ate 600 calories a day and weight 103 pounds (that is 60 pounds less than I weigh now, and I am at a healthy weight).

I starved myself for decades

From then on, I either ate whatever I wanted and overexercised (I remember doing hundreds of situps in my room at 3am when I couldn’t sleep), or starved and overexercised. After I started endometriosis treatment, and especially after my hysterectomy, I found it impossible to lose weight or fat at all.

I remember carrying lots of snacks and eating little tiny portions every few hours. Stuffing snacks in between Pilates clients was never fun! Then there was the plan that had me counting bites of food (nothing overly controlling about that ;)), the no carb diets (Atkins, South Beach, and Keto - they all ended in a pile of mashed potatoes with bread), and the general calorie cutting plans.

For exercise, I would push myself to do tons of long-form cardio (which I HATED) as well as strength training (low weight/high rep for fat burning, remember?) and Pilates. This took at least an hour every single day. Plus teaching and running around. Why rest?

I was hungry all the time

As you might imagine, I was hungry all the time! All the time!

And I just couldn’t lose weight. I was stressed out, seriously overweight (I went up to 208 at one point), and totally frustrated.

Me at 163 pounds today

Me at 163 pounds today

Me at 208 pounds

Me at 208 pounds

Finally, my thyroid and adrenals went. I started a low dose of levothyroxin, and as I started to feel better I searched for solutions.

Enter the FASTer Way to Fat Loss®

My friend Amanda Tress started talking about this program she had developed, and I watched her gain muscle and lose fat before my eyes, as she was literally eating donuts! I tried some pieces, like intermittent fasting and adding two rest days per week, and immediately started to drop weight and fat.

So when she opened the program up to train coaches, I raised my hand! And here I am, over a year later, still eating more than I have in years and helping others find there happy place. I almost can’t believe how much I eat and don’t gain fat!

I eat full calories for an active woman

Having always lived on around 600-1400 calories per day, I had no idea how much I am actually supposed to eat. When I calculated that on My Fitness Pal, I was amazed to see that I could eat closer to 1600 calories every day! I am never hungry anymore.

Did I say “fasting”? How is that a feast?

Intermittent fasting as I practice it and teach it, simply involves eating within a time window. For me that is 8-12 hours a day, which means that I am fasting 12-16 hours per day (a chunk of which is sleep time).

Because I fit a full 1600 calories into that window, I eat a lot! I just ate a giant chicken cobb salad with avocado and bacon for lunch, after breaking my fast a few hours ago with a protein shake. No deprivation here!

Did I mention donuts?

I also carb cycle, which means that two days per week I intentionally eat very low carb. Not every day, just two days per week (matched with HIIT cardio). The other days I either rest or lift weights, and eat balanced macronutrients (50% carbs).

Because I never want to feel deprived, on a heavy weight training day I will enjoy a treat. Donuts, cookies, pastries, ice cream, and even fried chicken or a burger and fries may show up as my treat in any given week.

Life without treats is not a life I wish to live. That is another reason why I love FASTer Way!

I would love to help you come to a healthy relationship with food that you can maintain forever. My next round starts prep week on Monday, October 29th. Click below for more information and to register!