Pilates Mat Teachers - This Is For You!

If you have been teaching Pilates Mat for at least one year and would like to increase your knowledge and revenue, you have come to the right place!

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I have noticed that Pilates Mat teachers are a very underserved population in the Pilates world. In fact, many Pilates teachers do not even recognize mat-only training, which leaves you with very few continuing education and mentorship opportunities. That is very sad, since many people have their first introduction to Pilates in a mat class that is often taught by a Pilates mat-only teacher who successfully completed a weekend, or even online, training. 

If you are a Pilates mat teacher with at least one year experience, and successfully completed a mat-only or comprehensive Pilates training, this post is for you!

If you have been searching for ways to reinvigorate your teaching, leading to more buzz, more new clients, and better client retention, you are in the right place.

I can guarantee you that having more knowledge about the actual Pilates mat exercises, including the order, progressions, modifications for common injuries, appropriate use of props, and extras like the standing footwork and wall exercises, will make you a better Pilates teacher and lead to full classes, better retention rates, and more sustainable income for you.

Start with my free guide - 5 Simple Ways to Make More Money Right Now Teaching Pilates Mat

Mastering the Mat MENTORSHIP

You will have people flocking to your classes when you start teaching Pilates mat in proper order, as well as extras like the standing footwork, wall, and 2x4 work. Your clients' feet will feel better, their posture will improve, and their booties will be higher and tighter. Who wouldn't want that?

In just the first 2 hour online workshop, I cover Basic and Beginner mat, as well as easy-to-implement and super effective standing work that everyone can do at any level. You will do and learn the mat, standing footwork, wall, and 2x4 exercises. Add these to your existing mat classes and watch how many people tell their friends!

In the four following online workshops, I cover the Intermediate and Advanced Pilates mat exercises and how to progress clients into them. You will also learn how to modify the Pilates mat exercises for many common injuries, including back pain, and when and why to use props in your class. 

Clients Love Consistency

Pilates mat teachers often believe that their clients will get bored with a consistent series of exercises, but in my 28 years of experience that is not the case. Think about the most successful fitness studios and classes - Soul Cycle, Barry's Bootcamp, Orangetheory, and Crossfit all offer a consistent product. You know what the class is, and it is the same no matter where you go, with only very slight, if any, variations.

Instead of new, my Mastering the Mat Pilates mentorship invites you to go deeper into your Pilates practice. Your advanced Hundred will be completely different than your beginner Hundred, even though it is ostensibly the same exercise. I invite you to re-discover, and again become excited about, Pilates mat.

About ME & The Mastering the Mat Mentorship

I was originally trained in Classical Pilates at Purchase College, under Steve Giordano and Nancy Allison. When I moved to Philadelphia for graduate school, I worked with and taught with Karen Carlson, who had learned from Mary Bowen. And when I settled on a mentor and certification, I chose Eve Gentry and the PhysicalMind Institute, as I was a founding member.

When the trademark lawsuits started in the 90s, I left the classical community and stuck with PhysicalMind. In 2000, I started doing teacher training for them, which I did for over a decade. Yet, here I am, a Master Teacher at Real Pilates, as classical a studio as you will find.

I speak both classical and contemporary, and answer any and all questions. You will learn how to teach Pilates mat in a more consistent and classical way that will benefit you and your clients.

Register Now for Mastering the Mat

Asics I Move Me Jump Room Event with Steve Aoki

Now that I am moving steadily towards my dream space of working solely from home and online, hubby and I have time to attend the fitness influencer and press events that I receive invitations to. Awesome venues, celebrity meet and greets, some lovely food and beverage service, and a chance to learn more about brands I love - what could be bad?

Why I Wear Asics

Let me start off by saying that I actually do wear Asics to run and workout in (I do high intensity interval runs - 20 seconds on/30 seconds off, and weight training). They are very supportive and not too flexible, which is exactly what my arthritic, injured feet need. In fact, in a very unscientific survey, I looked at the shoes of subway riders this weekend, and realized that almost every woman around my age (51) was wearing, yes, Asics.

After decades of marketing to athletes and runners, Asics is pushing to re-enter the younger, hipper US market. After opening bespoke stores in major markets, Asics has now teamed up with Grammy-nominated DJ and fitness fanatic, Steve Aoki, for the new I Move Me campaign.

"'ASICS stands for Anima Sana In Corpore Sano, a Sound Mind in a Sound Body and we are so excited to show the world a reimagined interpretation of that mantra,' says Gene McCarthy, President and CEO of ASICS Americas. I MOVE ME is more than a campaign. It is a movement representative of the evolution and growth of the ASICS brand. We are setting out to reframe our narrative, deepen relationships with our core consumers and connect with a new generation of fitness minded consumers.'"

Asics I Move Me Event at The Jump Room

I received an invitation to meet Steve Aoki, learn more about I Move Me, and experience the new Asics shoes at The Jump Room last Wednesday, 10/25/17. The Jump Room is a secret event space in the East Village that has, yes, trampolines and special cameras that take a .gif of you while jumping. Plus a DJ balcony, great sound and AV, and awesome lighting.

We had a great time! I met Steve, tried on the new Asics, which were so comfortable, and jumped on the trampolines! The crowd of press and influencers was very diverse, with all races, genders, and ages ranging from 20s-70s.

I am looking forward to seeing where this goes. I heard many teasers about what will be coming up, and what will be happening, but still am not quite sure where this is going in terms of products. I hope this is not just more marketing noise, but will culminate in a solid campaign. 

Here are some photos from the event:

 

Entrance - by Lynda Lippin, 2017

Entrance - by Lynda Lippin, 2017

Steve Aoki, Alicia Napoleon, and the KINJAZ, Kris Connor, Getty Images on behalf of ASICS

Steve Aoki, Alicia Napoleon, and the KINJAZ, Kris Connor, Getty Images on behalf of ASICS

The pre-jump area, by Lynda Lippin 2017

The pre-jump area, by Lynda Lippin 2017

Me and Steve Aoki

Me and Steve Aoki

Why I Love My GRIPBELLs

GRIPBELLs are a dumbbell, kettlebell, and weighted bar all in one!

When the folks at GRIPBELLs contacted me to try their new product free to review, I really wasn't sure. I receive requests to review products all the time, and generally at this point I say NO. Why? Because I have little time, little storage space, and tend to be happiest with my old school kettlebells and dumbbells.

Then I showed them to hubby, who thought that they looked great, and could be a good addition to our home fitness gear. He has had shoulder surgery, and prefers to work both arms at once, but we have no space for traditional weighted bars.

About a week or two later, I received two - 8# and 12#. The GRIPBELL comes in five weights - 3#, 5#, 8#, 10#, and 12#. You can order them singly and in pairs, and the whole set or just the heavier ones singly or in pairs.

While the weights are lighter than, say, a standard pood kettlebell, note that the GRIPBELL allows some larger mobility movements do the the shape of the weight. Each GRIPBELL is the same size, similar to competition-style kettlebells.

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Why I Love the GRIPBELL

First, we live in a studio apartment, so storage is key. The GRIPBELLs store flat and stacked, or on their sides. And since one of these replaces a kettlebell and dumbbell, they take up much less room!

Second, I love being able to alter my grip placement based on either comfort or what muscles I am working. Hubby and I often use different grips for the same exercise, since he is wider with larger hands. 

Third, due to the width and shape of the GRIPBELL, it is easy to do larger, sweeping, full body movements comfortably. Great if you are a trainer working with athletes or dancers, and if you are an athlete or dancer! Here is a great video with some demonstrations:

As you can see, the GRIPBELL is an extremely useful and user-friendly tool.

GRIPBELL founder Mark Wood started his fitness journey with kettlebells, until he lost his grip on the metal handle (sweating does that) and ended up with a knee injury. This is when the GRIPBELL was born with no exposed metal, consistent sizing, and a good grip with multiple hand points.

While not cheap at approximately $50 per single GRIPBELL, they are so useful and well made that they are worth every penny. Go and pre-order your GRIPBELLs today!

Why Imbue Botanicals CBD Products Are the Best

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Imbue Botanicals CBD Products Are Game Changing

Imbue Botanicals CBD products are super effective, plus you can trust their cannabis sourcing and extraction methods. They use organically grown plants, flowers only, and a long, slow extraction using food-grade ethanol, water, and low heat. Hubby and I can tell the difference in taste and efficacy, and so will you.

Hemp and hemp products are legal in all 50 states, and the research on CBD (one of the many cannabanoid compounds found in hemp and cannabis) shows positive effects in many areas, including sleep, pain, depression, seizures, and inflammation. The increase in market demand means many companies are looking for the least expensive ways to source and process CBD. This can include purchase of extracts and isolates from China and Romania, using only less expensive stems and seeds for extraction, and using cheaper extraction methods involving industrial-grade chemical solvents.

Not Imbue.

Extraction Process

The global Cannabis Oil community has long been in debate over the use of solvents in the preparation of Cannabis Oil. Rather than enter into that debate, Imbue chose to stick with what they know - that Food Grade Organic Ethanol Extraction done under strict laboratory conditions produces the safest and most potent whole-molecule oil.

It also should be no secret that the quality of the oil that comes out is dictated by the quality of the materials that go in. Imbue produces Flower-only Full Extract Cannabis Oils (FECO), Tinctures, and other products using just 100% Organic Food Grade Ethanol, Low heat, and Water.

According to Imbue founder, Dan Ianotte,

There are many ways of preparing and producing Cannabis Oil, however we believe keeping the medicine as close to its source is vital. We believe in slow, low-temperature, gentle preparations that leave the medicine and its full terpene profile intact. Further we do not artificially manipulate or believe in mass produced compounding. We believe in handmade, high grade, lab tested, Full Extract Cannabis Oil and have seen the results for ourselves. Lab tested Full Extract Cannabis Oil or FECO is what we know as the whole molecule essential oil that is the most curative. We believe in: gentle temperatures, slow processing, diagnosis specific protocols, solvent free natural preparations...

And hubby and I can tell the difference!

Known Supply Chain and Corporate Responsibility

Imbue believes in corporate responsibility. This means that they follow the product from seed to extraction, using only pesticide-free, food-grade, organically grown, non-GMO hemp grown in Colorado. This “Earth First” approach means they never use pesticides our harmful chemicals in growing or processing our products. Even their packaging materials are fully recyclable.

Imbue Botanicals also donates to animal rescues and provides discount programs for veterans and disabled customers. Basically, you can feel good about using Imbue Botanicals CBD products on many levels.

Effectiveness

Of course, I also care about effectiveness, and Imbue delivers in spades. We primarily use the 25mg CBD capsules, the Elevated tincture, and the Embody topical salve. The capsules and tincture help hubby with depression, and help us both with chronic pain and insomnia. The salve helps with muscle aches, eczema, and psoriasis.

Imbue also makes pet products and has launched a face cream, which I am super excited to try!

We have tried other brands, including Charlotte's Web and Receptra, but I continue to purchase Imbue Botanicals CBD products because I trust them and they work without fail.

Imbue Botanicals Testimonial - Depression

As someone who has dealt with depression off and on for 10+ years, has tried several anti-depressants and anxiety medications… I have never experienced results as life changing as the ones I have experienced from Imbue. Although I do have some hard days here and there, they are nothing close to the extreme depressive episodes I experienced before. Imbue 25mg capsules really help to elevate my mood and keep me in a more positive state. Thank you for creating this wonderful product!!

Have you tried Imbue Botanicals CBD? You should!

Why I Take Probiotics

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I take quality probiotics every day, and since I started my health has been better, I sleep better, and my digestion and elimination are much more regular. There are several quality brands of probiotic supplements on the market. Probiogen and Hyperbiotics are two of my favorites.

Why Take Probiotics?

The bacteria in our guts plays a role in most of our important body functions. We now know that the micro-organisms in our guts have a direct relationship on our digestive health, our immune systems, brain and nervous system, urinary tract health, allergies, and levels obesity. That's a lot!

Our levels of bacteria are affected by pollution, stress, poor diet, and antibiotics. Since I live in NYC, have a reasonable amount of stress, and have only recently lost over 40#, my gut flora are a concern.

Choosing a Probiotic

The most important qualities in a good probiotic are that it contains useful strains of bacteria, and that they are alive in sufficient quantity when they hit your gut. Your supplement can contain billions of bacteria, but if they are all dead or not of a useful form, the supplement is useless.

Your supplement should not require refrigeration. If the bacteria cannot survive heat, how exactly will they survive your digestive tract? You want live spores in your digestive tract. Really!

Probiogen

Probiogen is formulated by microbiologist Kiren Krishnan, who specializes in nutrition research. He chose the most needed and effective bacteria, DNA-verified the strains, and made sure they could stay alive.

probioticsThey make several formulas, including allergy, stress and mood, and weight balance. I have tried just about every formula, and my body has responded well. The herbs that support the probiotics are well chosen, and the supplements do help.

For the weight balance supplement, Krishan did his own hunger study with healthy college kids, testing their ghrelin levels after a fasted state and also after a 2000 calorie fast food breakfast.  The out-of-whack Western ghrelin response was nearly identical. But after 30 days on the probiotic strain included in the Probiogen Weight Management formula, their ghrelin levels dropped after the calorie-laden meal, as did their insulin responses.

Easy to take and no refrigeration needed. Dairy-free, soy-free, vegetarian, non-GMO.

Hyperbiotics

probioticsHyperbiotics was founded by Jamie Morea, who developed the line after she took a life-changing trip from Guatemala to Thailand and contracted Entamoeba histolytica, a rare intestinal parasite most common in developing countries.

She pulled together a team of microbiologists and started creating a probiotic supplement that works. Hyperbiotics also gives back with carbon-offset programs and the Change for Women Collective.

Again, easy to take, no refrigeration needed, and these you can buy at Target!

My Favorite Natural Skin Care

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Here you go - My favorite Natural Skin & Body Care

Yes, these are the products I actually use!

People tell me that I have great skin, and I know that a lot of that is genetics. As a teen I had very few breakouts, and in my 50s I have very few lines and wrinkles. Here are the skin care products I use every day.

1. Oil Cleanser

I use oil to cleanse my skin, and like to keep it as simple as possible. I use Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil, which is grapeseed oil.

2. Serums

In the morning I use Source Vital Liposome Serum, which a blend of oils, and in the evening I use the moisture-boosting Vichy Mineral 89.

3. Oils

I am super-picky about the skin care oils I use, and BR Naturals out of Canada produces the cleanest oils I have used. They sent me some free products, and I love all of them! In the morning I use Black Cumin Seed Oil for its healing properties, and at night I use Papaya Seed Oil to help exfoliate and heal. I just use 3 drops.

Also, I eat a lot of unsaturated oils, and BR Naturals does a perfectly sweet and mild Avocado Oil, a mellow and nutty Sesame Oil, and a flavorless Safflower Oil. I have used the avocado oil as a dip (a little salt and pepper, Eataly bread), and have used all three in various salad dressings. The sesame oil is delicate, so works well in recipes where traditional asian sesame oil is too much.

4. Moisturizer & SPF

For day, I use Garnier's Clearly Brighter lotion with SPF, and at night I use CBD For Life Pure Face Cream.

5. Eye Cream

For eyes I need a de-puffing treatment, and the two best that I have found are Source Vital Cucumber Eye Cream and CBD for Life Eye Serum.

For body care, we use a large number of brands, including the above-mentioned BR Naturals (great soaps and lotion bars), Seaweed Bath Company (soap, body wash, and lotion), and Serenity Acres Farm (soap, body cream).

There you go!

 

Celebrate Summer!

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Celebrate Summer! New Logo - Cute Juniper Peanut Video - Half-off Pilates eCourses & Audios Today Only - Summer Appointments Available - Half-off Skype Pilates Sessions

Summer is finally and officially here and we are very happy at my house.

I am very happy with my new logo. What do you think? My website is also being revamped as I type this. Let's celebrate summer!

1. Celebrate Juniper Peanut's Video of the Week

Juniper Peanut continues to come out of her shell and delight us! Here she is showing off her new doggie trick - a full 360-degree turn on her back legs.

2. Half-off Pilates eCourses and Audios Today Only

Starting right now through tomorrow, get any Pilates Audios (back pain, neck pain, ring/roller, basic mat), the Pilates for Back Pain eCourse, and/or the Usui Reiki I eCourse ALL AT HALF PRICE! No code needed. 50% discount will show up in cart automatically. Save up to $80! Just click here to buy all of my audios & eCourses at half-price.

3. Summer Appointments Available

For much of the year, it is almost impossible to get an appointment with me in the studio. But that eases up in the summer! I would love to see you at either Real Pilates or Pilates on Fifth this summer.

We can create a program that works for you, and I have a number of great teachers that you can continue with in the fall in either location.

To sweeten the deal, new clients can purchase their first session with me this week for just $100 using this link.

I will be in touch to schedule as soon as I see the Paypal notification! Only 6 spots available - 1 per customer. New clients only!

4. Half-off Skype Pilates Sessions Today Only

Starting right now through tomorrow, new clients can click here to buy their first Skype/Facetime Pilates Session for just $40.

I will be in touch to schedule as soon as I see the Paypal notification! Only 6 spots available - 1 per customer. New clients only!