100+ Pilates Class Super Star: Allyson

We want to give a shout out to our awesome client Allyson for reaching the 100+ class mark! Allyson has been taking group Reformer classes 3-4 times per week for a year and she has the results to show for it! Read on to find out why Allyson loves Pilates…

What do you love about Pilates?
I love Pilates because since I have started taking classes I do not only feel better physically but also mentally.  I find that after a class at Long and Lean, I am less tense throughout the day and I sleep better.  At Pilates, I also receive a total body workout- some days reaching muscles I did not even know I had. The personal attention from the instructors is unmatched and every workout is different and challenging.


What motivates you to workout?
Unfortunately, I have never been a fan working out.  Pilates is the first workout that I absolutely hate to miss.  The workouts challenge me, while at the same time give me a sense of accomplishment and make me feel better about myself.


What changes have you noticed since starting Pilates?
Since starting Pilates I feel more toned.  My balance and posture have improved and I find myself correcting how I sit or stand to improve my alignment.


Other than Pilates, how do you like to stay active?
As a full-time, working mom I hardly sit still. I do enjoy walking once the weather breaks in Buffalo.  Pilates is an amazing workout that compliments any other activities that you may already be doing.



100+ Class Superstar: Susanna

Long + Lean Pilates Class StarSusanna has been taking class at Long + Lean since before we even had Reformer classes!  This busy lady does Pilates six days a week, mixing in private sessions and duets with her regular classes. Susanna is a 100+ Class Superstar more than two times over, with over 200 classes, and she has the results to show for it! We love having Susanna at the studio for a lot of reasons, but we especially the fun, bright outfits she always wears!! Read more


100+ Pilates Class Superstar: Patty

Ever since we started offering Small Group Reformer Classes we have been so blown away by the commitment and progress that our amazing clients have been making! Its time to take a moment and recognize the dedicated clients who have taken 100 (or more classes) and have been kicking their goals’ butts!

Our first 100+ Class Superstar is Patty!  Patty has completed almost 150 classes in just the past 6 months, taking 5 classes almost every week! We love having Patty’s super positive and fun spirit at the studio!  Find out a little bit more about Patty and why she loves Pilates below. Read more

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Homework Series: Calf Stretch

If you take classes at our studio, you know we are obsessed with the Calf Stretch.  But we don’t just want you to do it at the studio, we want you to do your Calf Stretch every day, even multiple times a day! The reason this stretch is a L + L favorite, and so important for you to do often, is because of how much our daily lives can lead to shortened muscles in the lower leg. High heels are a main culprit for shortened, tight calf muscles but take a look at your shoes, even if they aren’t “high heels” there’s a pretty good chance there is at least a small elevation at the heel. Even a small lift at the heel means you are constantly standing and walking with a shortened calf muscle. Sitting also shortens the calf muscles, and there’s a pretty good chance you spend a lot of time sitting in a chair throughout your day, right? Pair sitting with shoes with elevated heels, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to have tight, shortened calf muscles. Read more


Here’s What You Can Gain from a Private Session

Long + Lean Pilates Private SessionsWith only a week left for our Fall special, we want to share what you can gain from a private session with one of our Long + Lean instructors.

During a private session, you will have the luxury to work on the additional Pilates Apparatus that we don’t work on in class.

The Chair is considered to be the most challenging piece of Pilates equipment. Most of the repertoire on the chair is geared towards strengthening the legs and shoulders. The Chair is great for runners, golfers, tennis players, skiers, and any clients that use Pilates to cross train for their sport. It also challenges balance and core, which are elements everyone needs to work on.

The Trapeze Table, or Cadillac, is another great tool used for private sessions. The Cadillac offers exercises for all ages and abilities from assisted sit-ups to advanced acrobatics. We can also use the Cadillac to break down any of the Mat exercises (hello, Rollups) you see in class.

Pilates is very intricate. Every exercise you do should be a total body exercise. With a private session, we can take the time to break down the group class repertoire that challenges you and ensure you are getting the full benefit of each exercise.

Everyone’s bodies are different. Have you ever come to class and one part of your body is just so stiff? You hope you can stretch it out in class, and although you do, you just want a little bit more attention to one specific area? You can use your private sessions to stretch a little longer, and a little deeper, trying different stretches on the other Pilates Equipment. Your private session will be tailored specifically to your needs. One thing as humans we don’t do enough is listening to our bodies! Take the time indulge in a stretch, perfect your form, or learn some exercises to do at home, which will only add to the benefits you get from group classes!

Our Fall Special, 5 Group Classes and 5 Private Sessions (30 min.) for $210, is only available through October 31st. Contact us to get in on this deal!!