Planking is my favorite exercise for building strength in your stabilizing muscles. It can be performed anywhere. This exercise works your abs, back and muscle stabilizers. I include planks in almost every session I teach now, I simply modify planks depending on my client and strength level.

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Beautiful Potential.

posted in // All Things Pilates
author// xoxojill
04-28-141

What is potential, really? Is it a recipe where we can't quite find the missing piece, but know there is hope? Is it a family member you know is capable of so much more than he or she offers? Is it the old house you bought in hopes of bringing back the character it once held? Is it you?

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"Honey, I don't have time for allergies!" I am not sure about your location, but here in the south the last couple of months have been tough for those who battle allergies! In fact, one month ago I thought I was going to need an antibiotic. I had taken allergy medicine for a couple of weeks, but I did not feel like it was helping me. Several of my clients were battling the same allergies. Pollen was everywhere!

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I try to eat organic, but my funds are limited! Can you relate? If I had it my way I would shop at Whole Foods every week and I would not think twice about what I spend because I can trust what I am putting into my body. That would be great, but for many of us it just does not work that way. First of all, the closest Whole Foods is 45 minutes from me and secondly it is expensive.

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I DID IT! Yes...I challenged my fear of public speaking last week when I spoke at the 10th annual Conference & Luncheon for the Union County Women's Coalition. I apologize there was no blog post, but I was incredibly nervous to speak in front of so many strong women who I have looked to as leaders in my community over the past ten years. I had some practicing to do...

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I traveled from Charlotte this past weekend to a fitness workshop in Charleston with a friend of mine from high school and our lovely Glamour Owl Girl. I was excited to go, but I ran out of time in my week to prepare. In fact, I barely had time to pack my luggage, much less my snacks and meals. I was thirty minutes late meeting Carrie because I ran out of the studio and our meeting spot was a bit further than I expected. When I met her I laughed hysterically at the amount of bags she brought with her....plus her fan (who does that!?) . She had been to Whole Foods and brought a cooler full of healthy snacks. I have a confession about my meal planning...I had nothing. I was feeling a little hungry, but we were on a time crunch so I ate one of her vegan bars. Once we arrived in Charleston we had no time to eat until 8:30p. At that point she was ready to eat a salad she prepared and I stopped at the grocery store for a salad from their deli....gross, and who knows if the lettuce was washed.

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Congratulations Kathryn Sartori! You are the winner of the Studio C Giveaway! Thank you to everyone who participated! Have a lovely week!

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I had a great time participating in a recent photo shoot with Studio C www.shopstudioc.com! It was very exciting for me because I knew the brand before the shoot. In fact, the striped notebook I carry my Pilates notes around in every day is a Studio C notebook. I bought several of them last year for my dance and skating students to maintain their fitness logs and goals. At that time I did not realize they were a Charlotte based company!

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I am more excited than ever to plan my spring garden! In the past I have successfully maintained one raised bed and two small raised herb gardens. I moved away from "my little garden" at the house I sold in the Fall, and I am accepting the challenge to add a few more beds! I sat in the sunshine today planning my garden.

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I used to be obsessed with scales. I would get on the scale every morning just to make sure I hadn't gained a couple of pounds. This was extremely tough for me after the birth of my children (all three of them!) because it was all about the number to me. I would feel very discouraged when I would get on the scale and I was not anywhere near where I wanted to be. It didn't help that I couldn't fit into any of my jeans.

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