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New Year 30 Session Challenge!

Long + Lean Pilates 30 Session Challenge“In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference, and in 30 you will have a whole new body.”  Joseph Pilates

 

Pilates is a transformative practice that can truly change your body to make you look and feel your very best. As we set our goals for 2016, it is important to remember that consistency is key, so we’re encouraging you to commit to your workout and complete 30 Pilates sessions by March 1st. Once you complete those 30 sessions, your body will be completely transformed!

All clients interested in participating in the 30 Session Challenge will receive a Long + Lean Punchcard. Every time you complete a class or session, we’ll punch your card! Once you complete 10 sessions, your card will be entered in to a drawing for a $50 gift certificate to Long + Lean Pilates to be used for more sessions or apparel!  Complete 10 sessions by March 1st and you’ll get one entry in to the drawing. Complete 20, you get two entries; complete 30, you get three entries (and a whole new body)!

To boost your motivation even more, we’re discounting all package pricing options! From January 1st through January 15th, all Private, Duet, and Small Group Class Packages are 15% off. Discount is valid for any first time customer or anyone buying a package for a new service (if you usually do classes, your first Private Session Package is 15% off).

We encourage you to try classes, private sessions, and duets, to truly experience all of the amazing Pilates exercises. A combination of mat and apparatus work will make you feel amazing! See what you like best, and find the type of session and schedule that you will stick to! Check out the small group class schedule here or contact us to request a private session!

 

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Charles Clay from the Buffalo Bills Tries Pilates at Long + Lean!

Charles ClayMore and more professional athletes are trying, and discovering the benefits of, Pilates. Charles Clay, tight end for our Buffalo Bills, wanted to see for himself what Pilates can do for football players so he stopped in to Long + Lean! Charles was a great student, and definitely felt how great Pilates is for athletes. His soreness from game day was gone at the end of the session in which he worked on breath, coordination, balance and stretched and strengthened muscles that will help prevent injuries and improve his performance on the field. Watch the video here to see how Charles did at his very first Pilates session at Long + Lean Pilates!

 

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Free Outdoor Class Alert!

Long + Lean Pilates at Delaware Park

We are so excited to offer a complimentary Pilates Mat Class out on a beautiful summer Saturday in Buffalo! Long + Lean  Owner Hayley will teach an all levels Pilates Mat Class on the lawn at the Amherst and Colvin entrance of Delaware Park on Saturday, August 22nd at 9:00 am. The class will be an hour long and will focus on core strength and give you a full body work out. Come enjoy the beautiful weather while lengthening and strengthening your entire physique.  We will also be handing out $10 class passes for anyone interested in coming in to the studio! Please bring your own mat and water to keep hydrated!

 

Class Details

Date: Saturday, August 22nd

Time: 9:00 – 10:00 am

Location: Delaware Park, on the lawn at the Amherst and Colvin entrance

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5 Reasons to Love the Pilates Reformer

Photo by Katie Africano

Everyone knows what a Pilates mat class is. We all see them at the gym, on videos, even outside in the parks during the summer! You’ve got the mat class down, but did you know that Pilates was created with many pieces of equipment including the miraculous machine: The Reformer? If you haven’t experienced Pilates on the Reformer, you have not yet discovered all that Pilates has to offer, and trust me, you should! Here are just 5 of the many reasons you will absolutely love Pilates on the Reformer:

1. You Can Do It!
The number one reason to love Pilates on the Reformer? No matter what your age or fitness level, you can do a Pilates workout on the Reformer! The Reformer’s spring resistance system allows your trainer to adjust the Pilates exercises to meet your abilities and needs. Resistance can be added or taken away in a snap to assist you through an exercise or make it more challenging. The machine may look a little intimidating, but after the first time you get your feet in the straps, the anxiety will pass. You will leave feeling more confident than when you walked in the door because you will have put your legs over your head, stood up on the Reformer, and worked new muscles like a champ!

2. A Truly Full Body Workout
Pilates mat classes are notorious for working the core. Although I absolutely love the Pilates mat workouts, some people find they want more leg and upper body work. The Reformer answers those needs. With a full repertoire of upper and lower body exercises that emphasize core engagement throughout (of course), you will feel every muscles of your body work during each and every Pilates Reformer workout. After only a few sessions, you will experience a more balanced feeling in your body as all of your muscles begin to find their synergy after working together throughout your workouts.

3. Two Words: Eccentric Contraction
The unique spring resistance system forces you to work during all portions of the Reformer exercises, including the release. You will contract your muscles concentrically to perform each movement, and then release with control to engage them eccentrically. This strengthens your muscles in a very functional way that will help you in your day-to-day life, improves the flexibility of your muscles, and helps develop that signature Long + Lean Pilates body.

4. Workout Variety
Have you ever gotten frustrated with a workout that includes 4 moves repeated 50 times to exhaust your muscles? I have! Although that method does build strength, it can be incredibly boring and hard to stick with. Pilates Reformer workouts take you through a whole series of workouts, repeating each movement only 6-12 times. You will often work the same muscle group in multiple exercises, but in a different way each time. There is a beautiful flow to the Pilates Reformer exercises that keep you moving and guessing what will come next. Each Long + Lean Pilates Reformer session is a bit different from the one before it. Whether it’s changing up the order of the exercises, or trying new variations, your Pilates Reformer workout will never feel like the same old thing.

5. It Just Feels Good!
The beauty of the Pilates Reformer workout is in its ability to work all of your muscles without exhausting them. You build strength without reaching fatigue while also creating improved range of motion in your joints and improving your flexibility. Each session will leave you feeling energized, relieve stress, improve your posture, and relieve joint pain. Many people say they feel longer and taller after their Pilates workouts and Pilates is famous for relieving back pain and rehabilitating injuries. Bottom line? You will feel soooo good after your Pilates Reformer sessions!

Ready to feel amazing and try Pilates on the Reformer for yourself? Contact us today to set up your introductory appointment at our Allentown Studio on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo!

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Core Strength: What’s the Big Deal?

Reason numero uno for doing Pilates is always….”amazing core strength!” Pilates is a method built around strengthening the core and just about everyone out there tells you to increase your core strength. But why? What does increased core strength give you?  First let’s talk about what the core actually is…

Yes, the core includes your abdominal muscles.  That means not just your six pack muscles (the rectus abdominis), but also your internal and external obliques, and your transverse abdominis. Pilates works all of these abdominal muscles, thank goodness, because they are all integral to having strong and flat abs. But your core goes beyond your abs. Also included (and worked in Pilates) are the pelvic floor, glutes, multifidi, diaphragm, psoas, lats, and quite a few other muscles of the back and hips that stabilize your pelvis, spine, and shoulder girdle. The important thing to know here is that a strong core means more than six pack abs.

Pilates is such a great workout because it works all of those muscles listed above in every exercise. Each and every Pilates exercise is designed to work your core and train your body to stabilize your limbs with those support muscles. Pilates devotees all have super strong and efficient core muscles. When I say efficient I mean they’re quick to engage and support you when the body needs to move and do all the crazy things your life asks you to do.

So let’s talk about why that’s so important…the core muscles, especially the deep ones like the pelvic floor, transverse abdominis, and psoas, are the muscles that turn on just before your mover muscles (quads, pecs, etc.) start performing. The deep core should work intuitively to protect your spine and support your pelvis while your limbs are moving freely. That’s another thing about core strength: when you have it, your other muscles don’t have to try to compensate so they’re free to do their own job easily and effectively. Movement efficiency means you work less to get the same thing done, which is so amazingly important for athletes but also for everyone else too.

As I mentioned before, core strength supports your pelvis and protects your spine. Which will, in turn, protect your from injury and keep you free of back issues and pain. Injuries can occur to anyone, not just athletes and weekend warriors. You can hurt yourself twisting to get a bag in the car, bending over to pick up your toddler, walking down your driveway. Also, core strength will improve your balance and coordination, meaning you won’t fall as easily or you’ll be able to recover from a stumble without spraining your ankle.

Beyond all of these benefits that will make you move better and feel better, core strength will help you look better too! Not only will focusing on your core muscles give you a flatter belly, slimmer thighs, and a toned behind, core strength also helps improve your posture and make it easier for you to sit up and stand tall without having to work too hard at all.  A strong core will give you the ability to maintain great posture without even having to think about it. Woohoo!

Are you convinced that having a strong core is well worth it? Great! Now come do Pilates with Long + Lean and start strengthening that core!!