100+ Pilates Class Super Star: Molly

Next time you see Molly at the studio, go ahead and give her a high five because she has far exceed 100 classes at Long + Lean Pilates! Between private sessions and group classes, Molly does a great job making sure she always gets a new challenge. Molly has been coming to Long + Lean Pilates before we were even in our current location! Thank you for your dedication, Molly. You rock!

What do you love about Pilates?
Since I’ve started Pilates I feel stronger and longer and definitely more flexible.  It has become like an addiction to me.  I wish that I had time every day to come to class.

What motivates you to workout?
What motivates me is the fact that my body feels instantly better after every class.  I am stretched and ready to tackle the rest of what the day may bring.  I am more relaxed and feel more centered in both mind and body.

What changes have you noticed since starting Pilates?
My body is toned and I have discovered muscles that I didn’t realize I had.  My body has become more of a source of pride rather than something to hide.  If I go even a week without Pilates I can instantly see and feel that my body is suffering. Pilates is now officially a part of who I am and what I love. My dog walks get longer and  faster after every Pilates class. Not only does that benefit me but it benefits my dog, Winnie, as well.

Other than Pilates, how do you like to stay active?
Being a mom of two young kids, Pilates has helped me to stay very active and to truly be a hands on mom.  Whether its playing soccer at the park with my family, doing Girls on the Run with my daughter or hockey in the house with my son…I am energized, fit and ready to roll.


Pilates + Wine at Freedom Run Winery

Long + Lean Pilates at Freedom Run WineryJoin us on the Niagara Wine Trail for an amazing event that combines two of our favorite things: Pilates + wine!

Hayley will lead a fun and invigorating Pilates mat class outside on the beautiful Freedom Run Vineyard. We will then head in to the Freedom Run tasting room for a wine tasting including four wines of your choice.  The Pilates class will include classical Pilates mat exercises, Reformer exercises modified for the mat, and standing work that will improve balance and posture.

Freedom Run makes world class, delicious wine. With everything from Pinot Noir to Riesling, and even a dessert wine made from apples, there is something for everyone to enjoy at Freedom Run! Learn more about Freedom Run and their wines here.

Event Details

Date: Sunday September 11th, 2016

Time: 11:45 am

Sign in begins at 11:45, Class begins at 12:15 pm

Location: Freedom Run Winery, 5138 Lower Mountain Road, Lockport

Price: $25 (includes tasting)

You can register online and join the Facebook Event to stay up to date and get any last minute tips before your class! Feel free to contact us with any questions!


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Jenn’s 5 Fav Healthy Lifestyle Tips

Long + Lean Pilates instructor JennStart the Day off Right
I like to start the day off with a smoothie filled with spinach, banana, frozen fruit and green tea matcha powder for an early morning boost. If I have time, I’ll normally make a piece of toast with avocado and two poached eggs.

Prioritize Exercise
Exercise is very important to me, which is why I went for my bachelors in Exercise Science and minored in Health and Wellness. Even though Pilates is my core, I also love to spice up my exercise routine from time to time. I absoutly love the outdoors, whenever I can I try to do any kind of activity outside to get the blood pumping and a dose of vitamin D. With winter upon us I try to get to the gym 3-4x a week or a few sessions a week of Pilates Jumpboard for cardio!

Stretch Every Day
Stretching helps increase range of motion, prevent injuries and overall keeps the muscles and joints of the body happy and healthy. In today’s world everyone is so busy that it’s hard to commit to stretching everyday. However, it really only takes 5-7 minutes to stretch all the major muscles of the body. I normally stretch when I first wake up or before I go to bed at night, in order to awaken or prepare my body for the day.

Enjoy Every Moment
In my mind there’s no point going through life without enjoying moments and indulging in cravings from time to time. Cheat days and red wine with dinner are what keep my health kicks going and my mind motivated!

Take Time to be Mindful
I take a few minutes before I fall asleep each night to be mindful of my actions of the day, make a note of what I’m thankful for and just take a minute to connect with my inner thoughts. This helps with stress levels, helps me fall asleep faster and just to be a better person when I wake up.

Long + Lean Pilates instructor Jenn


Hayley’s 5 Fav Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

Hayley, owner of Long + Lean PilatesWe all know life gets busy and it can be hard to maintain the healthy habits that keep our bodies and minds happy and well.  Here on our blog we’re going to share with you each Long + Lean instructor’s favorite tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, even when our worlds are spinning out of control! Today, owner Hayley shares the healthy lifestyle habits that she sticks to no matter what!


Lots of Variety

I need variety in my life. Luckily for me, variety keeps my body healthy, too.  I try to be adventurous in the grocery store, choosing a different fruit or vegetable that I don’t usually buy to add to my diet each trip. I always have apples and bananas on hand, but adding pomegranate seeds one week, persimmons the next, and staying open to new vegetables in salads and stir-frys, ensures that my body gets tons of different nutrients all the time. I also try to switch it up with my workouts.  Pilates is my foundation, but I like to try something different whenever I get a chance. From Yoga and hiking to dance classes and weight training, I give my body lots of different movement options!


Embrace Balance

Balance is my key to happiness and sanity. I find pleasure in green juice, and nachos. In 3 hours of Netflix, and a 3 hour hike. We can’t all be perfect pictures of health, and I personally don’t think we should try.  I believe in living life to the fullest, even if it means skipping a workout every once in a while or putting off paperwork for a day. We all work so hard, so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to do the things that make you deliriously happy to balance out all the tough stuff.


Never Skimp on Sleep

Don’t mess with a good night’s rest! I have learned the hard way that I do not function properly with less than 7 hours of sleep, so I refuse to compromise on getting the rest I need.  It’s my non-negotiable, absolute must have for staying healthy and well enough to be my best each day.


Walk Everyday

We are conditioned to live in a sedentary routine that can be super hard to break from, especially in a place with notoriously miserable weather. But humans are meant to walk. Our joint and bone health depend on us walking. Walking allows me to stretch and strengthen my whole body, breathe in fresh air, and let my mind wander without any buzzing distractions (buh-bye television). It’s exercise, injury prevention, and meditation all wrapped up in one very enjoyable experience. Even if I only have time for a brisk walk around the block, I get some walking in each and every day.


Feel Good to Look Good

The key to looking good does not live in your make-up bag.  The truth is, if you feel your best on the inside, you’ll look your best on the outside.  My best beauty plan is to get lots of sleep, keep my diet full of raw foods, stay hydrated, consume lots of healthy fats (I love you, avocados) and move as much as I can all day. And when that fails…mascara and lip gloss. 😉


Stay tuned for Jenn’s tips next week!




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!