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What Pilates Can Do for You

For those that are not familiar with the Chinese calendar, 2015 is the year of the Goat. The Chinese calendar is associated with an animal sign, occurring in a 12-year cycle. Individuals born as early as, but not limited to; 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, and 2015, this is YOUR year. People born within the year of the Goat are generally perceived as gentle, mild-mannered, stable, shy, and sympathetic with a strong sense of kindheartedness and justice. Although they have delicate thoughts, a strong sense of creativity and perseverance, and may appear to be very gentle, don’t be fooled. Goats are tough on the inside; they have a strong inner resilience and defense instincts. Goats prefer to work in groups but do not strive to be the center of attention; they are quiet and reserved, usually focusing on their own thoughts. They enjoy the finer things in life but are far from materialistic and snobbish. Goats are extremely serene and calm; therefore they tend to have fewer health problems. In order to maintain good health it is important for Goats to place themselves in mental and emotional good spirits throughout the year. Eating fresh organic produce and slowly weaning off the red meats will have a positive impact on their physical health. Most importantly stay active; get out among nature and commune outdoors, the fresh air, sunlight, and trees will greatly influence their health. It is also suggested that Goats keep their wake and sleep times consistent and maintain a regular schedule for their meals. In honor of the Chinese New Year, Sommet Fitness would like to show our appreciation for our clients of 5 or more years; no matter their zodiacal sign. The loyal Goats, Monkies, Roosters, Dogs, Pigs, Rats, Oxen, Tigers, Rabbits, Dragons, Snakes, and Horses will receive a traditional lucky red Chinese envelope containing a gift card for 3 complimentary private sessions $225.00 Value. One for you and 2 for people you think would benefit the gift of fitness. We encourage you to share your Sommet experience with anyone you would like, friends or family, and present them with the opportunity to have 2 one-on-one Pilates, golf, or personal training sessions, We would like to thank you for your continued loyalty.

I began pilates training with Steve 4 years ago after I had my first son. He helped me quickly get back into shape after gaining 30 pounds during pregnancy. I worked with him during my second pregnancy up until a week before I had my baby, and I truly believe his workouts helped with labor, recovery and quickly getting the weight back off. I am now carrying my third baby and continue to work with Steve weekly doing pilates, light weights, balance and coordination and stretching. Steve is very knowledgeable in prenatal training and I am confident in his ability to safety guide me through workouts! -Lindsay HopePilates involves a series of movements and positions in unison with deep breathing and relaxation techniques that train your body to be strong, flexible and balanced. The movements focus on your core, pelvic floor and back muscles that are essential for having good posture, balance, strength, and support for your back and pelvis. Pilates helps to build this strength through a series of controlled, and increasingly challenging movements that don’t place strain on your body; strengthening these muscles will help you develop a stable core.

Performing Pilates exercises regularly has many benefits to assisting women during their pregnancy. Pilates strengthens your stomach muscles and your pelvic floor, which will ultimately help your body to cope with the strains that can be caused by the increasing weight of your growing baby as it moves down. Pilates also reduces back pain by taking the strain off your back and pelvis during pregnancy. Exercising the deepest core muscles that stabilize your back and pelvis will greatly decrease the strain that is often placed on your back; positions similar to going on your hands and knees are extremely beneficial for pregnant women, it may also help to get your baby into the right position for birth when performed towards the end of the third trimester. Pilates also helps to improve your balance; some women may feel clumsier or off-center during pregnancy. Pilates exercises strengthen your core and make your more stable, as your baby bump gradually gets larger. One more benefit of Pilates is that is helps you relax and control your breathing, which will come in handy throughout your pregnancy and labor.

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