In addition to variety of Pilates equipment, we have added 3 more Pilates Chairs to our studio!
Simple in design, the Pilates chair Due to the simplicity of the chair, a myriad of core strengthening exercises can be performed. A lot of the exercises are based around resistance training, but beyond that, the chair also taps into what is known as open/closed-chain kinetic movement in the body. Open-chain kinetics is when the body moves through space while minimal body parts are fixed to a surface. Types of open-chain kinetic movement include daily activities, as well as regularly played sports. The opposite is closed-chain movement, which is when a part of the body (i.e. hands, feet, or spine) is in a fixed position against a surface. A bench press, push up, or chest lifts are types of closed-chain movement. The chair not only can do closed-chain exercises, but has many open-chained exercises that challenge correct posture gaining core strength in a more functional manor.
Our own instructor Katie has just returned from Momentum Fest in Boulder, CO. Momentum Fest is the three day Pilates inspired event for anyone who loves to move, it is centered around celebrating and improving Pilates skills. Through empowering fitness classes, motivating conversations, and uplifting connections this event feeds the mind, body, and soul. We are excited to incorporate what Katie has learned at Momentum fest into our routine! Check out some photos from the festival below!
Excerpt from a class. Note the attention to precision, technique, and alignment. Looks amazing!
Hope you had a great time, Katie! We are happy to have you back and can’t wait to hear all about it!
We would like to welcome our new Instructors, Mima and Katie!
Originally from Venezuela, Mima came to the USA in 1996. As a gymnast and dancer most of her youth, Mima went back to her native country and became involved in Competitive Aerobics while pursuing a career in Fashion Design. She was also a finalist in the in the individual female and mixed pairs categories in the World Aerobics Championships in 1993, 1995, and 1996! Mima has over 20 years experience in the fitness industry and is an AFAA Certified Group Exercise Instructor, ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Polestar Certified Pilates Instructor, and a Spinning Star 3 Certified Instructor. Mima believes that it’s never too late to start gaining body awareness and becoming a fitter individual! Mima will be attending the Mind Body Conference by Yogafit in here in Houston July 12-15. This retreat will help further her education in yoga by learning new techniques and sharing ideas with other yoga instructors and enthusiasts.
Katie is a native Texan from Ft. Worth who grew up dancing and running cross country. She’s an Industrial Distribution graduate from Texas A&M where she was first introduced to Pilates in 2002. In 2013, Katie became a Certified PEAK Pilates Instructor. She resigned from the Corporate World after 11 years in 2017 to refocus her energy and pursue Pilates full time. Katie loves working with clients to inspire and empower them as they progress in their own practice. She’s an avid believer that the power of Pilates will not only strengthen the body but also strengthen the mind to build a more well rounded life. Her hobbies include running, traveling, painting, attending music festivals and discovering new hot spots around Houston! Katie will be attending Momentum Fest in Boulder, CO centered around celebrating and improving Pilates skills June 22-24. Momentum Fest is a three day Pilates inspired even for anyone who loves to move! It focuses on feeding the body, mind and soul with empowering fitness classes, motivating conversations, and uplifting connections.
Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. Don’t get caught the day before looking frantically for a gift! Treat your loved ones with the gift of relaxation or Pilates. Gift certificates are now available and can be emailed to you for convenience. For more information about John Paul, our massage therapist, please click here.
On behalf of the AATB Pilates team, we hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas! As a reminder, we will be open this week and the week of New Year’s.
It’s not too early to get ready for the holiday season! Get ahead of the game and get the gift of massage or Pilates class for a friend, family member, or loved one.
AATB Pilates and Jennifer Klein Physical Therapy is proud to be a sponsor of the 9th Annual Garden Oaks Wine Walk. Come join us on Saturday, October 21, 2017 for a fun evening of 13 different wine and food tasting stations. The event is hosted by our very own Brenda de Alba at her home on 744 W. 43rd, around a huge and lavishly landscaped backyard in Garden Oaks. Proceeds benefit the Garden Oaks Constable Program.
Welcome to our spacious and tranquil studio! We look forward to seeing you in class!
We hope you’re just as pumped as we are about stepping foot into our new studio! Coming soon: a trio of brand new classes that will help you strengthen your core, improve your flexibility, and reduce stress.
1. TRX/Pilates combo – workout system that leverages gravity and your bodyweight to build a strong core and deliver a fast, effective total-body workout
2. Aerial Yoga – a spin-off of traditional yoga which combines the traditional yoga poses, pilates, and dance to improve blood circulation, muscle and joint strength, and psychological health
3. Gyrokinesis stool/Pilates combo – a movement method that addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences.
We’re excited to offer a new test for your nutrition and fitness optimization: cheek swabs! Cheek swabs are a simple and inexpensive genetic test that can help you tailor your diet and workouts to align with your personal genetics.The tests determine the genotypes and corresponding phenotypes of mutations on genes known to be associated with nutrition or exercise based on compiled scientific and clinical research data. Two tests will be available: one for nutrition and one for exercise and fitness. Contact us for more information to order your own swab test!
The nutrition test results include: matching diet type, BMI/obesity/weight loss, food intake, blood sugar, cholesterol, and potentials. This panel specifically looks for mutations in the following genes:
ACSL5, ADIPOQ, ADRA2A, ADRB2, ADRB3, ANKK1/DRD2, APOA2, BCAA associated PPM1K SNP, BCMO1, CCR3, FABP2, FADS1, FTO, FUT2, GC,HLA-DG2.5, IL21, IRS1, ITGB2, KCTD10, LEPR, LIPC, LPL, MC4R, MCM6, MMAB, MTHFR, MYO9B, NBPF3, NMB, PLIN, PPARG, SLC23A1, TAS2R38.
The exercise and fitness test results include: endurance/VO2, obesity risk, muscle cramping/soreness, resistance training, response to exercise, and risk for various pathologies. This panel specifically looks for mutations in the following genes:
MMP3, NOS3, EDN1, FTO, LEP, LIPC, PPARD, ADRB3, NRF2, PPARGC1A, ADRB2, GABPB1 (NRF2), GABPB1 (NRF2), ACTN3, CCL2, LEPR, MYH7, MYH7, ADRB2, FTO, AMPD1, GDF5, intergenic, MSTN, INSIG2, IL15, LEPR, IL15RA, SLC30A8, GABPB1 (NRF2), GABPB1 (NRF2), PPARGC1A, NRF2, INSIG2.
We are excited to announce that online scheduling will be available this month with new classes and new content! As always, we will be happy to schedule you in house, if that is your preference. You will still receive confirmation texts. And now you will have the ability to change your appointments via text or online. Online scheduling will be available as another option to give you control of your schedule on the go! Click the link below to create a login and to download the free app today!
Introducing the Inaugural AATB Pilates & VO2 Max Houston 5k Run/Walk Club! We’re lacing up and training for the Rodeo Run 5k! If you’ve ever dreamed of completing an endurance event, then this club is just for you! Perfect for everyone from beginners to avid runners & walkers. Led by Lisa de la Vega, Certified Walk/Run Coach and accomplished endurance athlete – marathoner and triathalete – as well as IronMoman finisher. Lisa was a longtime coach for “Team in Training” benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the Los Angeles and San Francisco AIDS Foundations. She knows how to motivate you, inspire you and get you across the finish line! Registration is open NOW! Package programs available. Training begins on January 1st.
AATB Pilates is a proud sponsor of the 2016 Garden Oaks Wine Walk, the annual fundraiser for the Garden Oaks Constable Patrol Program. The event was hosted by our client, Brenda and her husband, with the theme of “Old Vines” in celebration of European wines. Instructors Jennifer Klein and Heather Norbeck were both in attendance to support the community that Brenda and many of our other clients call home.
Photo from gardenoaks.net
GYROKINESIS!! Coming soon to AATB Pilates! Stools are on the way!
Here’s a great video of Gyrokinesis on the stool demonstrated by Mary Jo Cohen from Portland, OR. The stool is where we’ll be starting so check out the video and sign up today and get your spine moving!
Jennifer Klein and Heather Norbeck returned from the Pilates Method Alliance conference in Denver with chalk full of information! Both ladies took a variety of classes and received instruction from first generation instructors who were taught by Joseph Pilates himself!
Heather Norbeck, Pilates Method Alliance, Certified Pilates Teacher, just completed an intense and extensive Cadavar Anatomy course at Bastyr Univeristy! Taught by Pilates teacher and educator Rebecca Leone, and gross anatomist, Dr. Love. Heather, expanded her knowledge and understanding of the body with hands-on experience examining the muscles and structures of the back, upper and lower extremities, head, neck, and organs of the thorax and abdomen. We are excited to have her back in the studio and apply what she learned at Bastyr University!
AATB Pilates is a proud sponsor of HELMS Elementary’s PTA Auction; October 2, 2015. Thank you Elena for including us in this important event and for your continued support of our studio.
Renewal Through Pilates
Joseph Pilates believed that we are body, mind, and spirit, and understood that modern daily living could disrupt our natural rhythms and vitality. The practice of Pilates involves synchronizing a few fundamental principles so that our natural born state of well-being is enlivened, and we renew, regenerate and begin again. One of the most simple and powerful principles of Pilates is breathing. With every breath, we cleanse and renew; exhaling carbon dioxide and inhaling oxygen. Practicing Pilates utilizes and enhances the basic, often taken for granted, function. By bending your torso through twisting, flexion, extension, and lateral flexion, these movements make the tissue that encase your ribs and diaphragm more supple and able to expand uniformly and receive more air while inhaling. These bending movements also enable muscles of the torso to contract equally throughout, which creates a more thorough exhale. Precisely coordinating a cleansing breath with the choreography of pilates gradually and gently awakens the body into a dynamic unencumbered flowing rhythm of movement which vitalizes the body and calms and centers the mind, elevating the spirit. The system of pilates is designed to make this possible for anyone no matter their fitness level.
“Lazy breathing converts the lungs, figuratively speaking, into a cemetery for the deposition of diseased, dying and dead germs as well as supplying the ideal haven for the multiplication of other harmful germs. Therefore above other all, learn how to breathe correctly.”
-Joseph Pilates, Return to Life, 1945
Online scheduling, including your mobile app, coming December 5, 2017! This is in addition to texting or calling us for more personalized services!