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For Chicago Cubs top pitcher, Pilates saved his career

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta works out on a Pilates reformer with trainer Jessica Mendoza. Arrieta has said Pilates turned his career around.

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta works out on a Pilates reformer. Arrieta has said Pilates turned his career around.

From Rose Alcantara:

One of the hottest pitchers in Major League Baseball today was nearly a wash-up after his disastrous 2013 season.

When Jake Arrieta was traded by Baltimore to the Chicago Cubs in July 2013 his ERA (earned run average) was a ghastly 7.23. Batters were pounding everything he threw at them.

Fast forward to last season and the current one.

According to Associated Press, “The Cubs have won Arrieta’s last 17 starts, tying a franchise record. He’ll face the Brewers on Wednesday night (April 27, 2016) trying improve on a 24-game stretch in which he’s 20-1 with an 0.86 ERA, 33 walks and 173 strikeouts.”

After the mid-season All-Star break last year, Arrieta won 12 games and lost one with a 0.75 ERA over 103 1/3 innings in 15 starts. He went on to receive the coveted Cy Young Award as outstanding pitcher of the year.

What changed for the 30-year-old pitcher from those Baltimore days? Continue reading

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Best foods to eat before and after your workout

eat-workoutFrom Rose Alcantara:

I love good food.

That probably is no shock to those who know me.

But I can’t always eat what I want, when I want. Especially if I am teaching Pilates classes. If you think it is hard exercising on a full stomach, try teaching all day that way!

But there are good foods to eat before working out (in moderation of course) — and foods that will maximize the benefits of your workout to eat when you are done.

Todd McCullough, founder of TMAC Fitness in California, offers some good suggestions for fueling up before a workout and replenishing afterward.  Read all about it right here.

McCullough’s philosophy on eating is kind of interesting, too: “If I can plant it, pick it or catch it, then I can eat it. If not, then I stay away.”

What do you think about that?

Want more tips?


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10 ways in which Pilates leads to a happier, healthier life

Stretch those abs and shoulders!

Stretch those abs and shoulders!

Do you often get asked about Pilates and why you do it? Do you wish you could just reel off a list of amazing benefits that might persuade others to get off their sofas?

Well, here it is,  your Top 10 list of ways that Pilates leads to a happier and healthier life.

My favorite is No. 2: A flat belly. Most ab exercises focus on the superficial abdominals that won’t give you a flat stomach. Pilates targets the deep core, which leads to a flat tummy, a narrow waist, and—bonus!—a healthy spine.

It makes me think: A flat tummy equals a happy mummy!

Which reason do you like the best?

 

 

 

 


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When good things happen to positive people

Chelsea Roff gets the surprise of her life.

Chelsea Roff gets the surprise of her life.

Leading a positive life can be richly rewarding, for you and those around you. Chelsea Roff is a yoga teacher who owns a non-profit studio that specializes in helping people recovering from eating disorders.

Her own life has been filled with challenges and she has met them all with a most positive outlook. (This most inspirational video is a glimpse into how challenging her life was growing up.)

That positive outlook has not gone unnoticed by her coworkers, friends and other people she has touched through her life. Continue reading


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For Rose, Sundays are all about chilled eucalyptus-scented towels

Miss Rose is enveloped in the cooling scent of eucalyptus as she prepares chilled towels for her Pilates classes for the week.

Miss Rose is enveloped in the cooling scent of eucalyptus as she prepares chilled towels for her Pilates classes for the week.

At the end of every Pilates session, private or group, Rose loves to hand out chilled towels scented with eucalyptus oil.  Nothing revives you after a hard workout like resting on your back with a scented towel over your face, breathing in the cool invigorating eucalyptus scent.

This is a picture of Rose this afternoon, dipping her freshly washed towels in the eucalyptus water, then rolling them up before packaging in sealed plastic bags.

She is starting the week off with 40 scented towels and will likely rewash, scent and chill them again by Thursday.

Rose brings towels for her two floor Pilates classes at Zen Belize, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. Some Pilates students are so refreshed they stay for the 11 a.m. yoga class with Tara!

On the first Friday of every month Rose has extra towels ready for the all-volunteer Tres Cocos Roadside & Beach cleanup crew which ends the day at Daydreamin’ Belize Bed & Breakfast and Marbucks Coffee House. In both cases, Rose never knows how many people to expect so she always prepares extras, just to be on the safe side!

If you have never experienced the feel of a chilled eucalyptus-scented towel on your face as you rest on the mat at the end of a vigorous workout, you are missing a real treat.

Come try a Pilates floor session at Zen Belize and feel the coolness at the end of class!


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10 ways to ease those sore muscles from your workout

The POPSUGAR website recommends 10 things you can do to avoid muscle soreness after a good workout. (Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography)

The POPSUGAR website recommends 10 things you can do to avoid muscle soreness after a good workout. (Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography)

I love hearing how sore some people are two and three days after a Pilates session on the reformer. It is called delayed onset muscle soreness and it means we got into areas that aren’t used to being worked.

Understand, the pain gives me no pleasure but the message it is sending to your body does.

Once you have received that message — that those muscles have been worked hard —  you don’t want it to linger, do you?

Here’s a quick list of 10 steps you should always take before, during, and after a workout.