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Why we love a strong core.

No matter where motion starts, it ripples upward and downward to adjoining links of the chain. Thus, weak or inflexible core muscles can impair how well your arms and legs function. And that saps power from many of the moves you make. Properly building up your core cranks up the power. A strong core also enhances balance and stability. Thus, it can help prevent falls and injuries during sports or other activities. In fact, a strong, flexible core underpins almost everything you do:

Everyday acts. Bending to put on shoes or scoop up a package, turning to look behind you, sitting in a chair, or simply standing still — these are just a few of the many mundane actions that rely on your core and that you might not notice until they become difficult or painful. Even basic activities of daily living — bathing or dressing, for example — call on your core. On-the-job tasks. Jobs that involve lifting, twisting, and standing all rely on core muscles. But less obvious tasks — like sitting at your desk for hours — engage your core as well. Phone calls, typing, computer use, and similar work can make back muscles surprisingly stiff and sore, particularly if you're not strong enough to practice good posture and aren't taking sufficient breaks.

A healthy back. Low back pain — a debilitating, sometimes excruciating problem affecting four out of five Americans at some point in their lives — may be prevented by exercises that promote well-balanced, resilient core muscles. When back pain strikes, a regimen of core exercises is often prescribed to relieve it, coupled with medications, physical therapy, or other treatments if necessary.

Sports and other pleasurable activities. Golfing, tennis or other racquet sports, biking, running, swimming, baseball, volleyball, kayaking, rowing and many other athletic activities are powered by a strong core. Less often mentioned are sexual activities, which call for core power and flexibility, too.

Housework, fix-it work, and gardening. Bending, lifting, twisting, carrying, hammering, reaching overhead — even vacuuming, mopping, and dusting are acts that spring from or pass through, the core.

Balance and stability. Your core stabilizes your body, allowing you to move in any direction, even on the bumpiest terrain, or stand in one spot without losing your balance. Viewed this way, core exercises can lessen your risk of falling. Good posture. Weak core muscles contribute to slouching. Good posture trims your silhouette and projects confidence. More importantly, it lessens wear and tear on the spine and allows you to breathe deeply. Good posture helps you gain full benefits from the effort you put into exercising, too.

Bottom line? We love strong cores :)


Welcome, Kayla!

Mondays can make or break the week for the next few workdays ahead. So why not start the week with a class of Pilates taught by the wonderful and experienced, Alexis Marsh?

Today is my first day as the front desk receptionist at Delta Pilates. Currently, Alexis is in the middle of a session with a client and it is amazing to see how each class she teaches for the clients are personal for them and them only. She truly cares about each of her clients and asks them how they are feeling often during the session to ensure the exercises are not too hard but not too easy. Her voice is very soothing, which makes the clients feel relaxed, even if they exercises are more challenging than others.

Going back to what I said earlier, making “sure the exercises are not too hard or too easy,” however, there is not such thing as “too easy” of a workout. The client chooses the effectiveness of their session. This is very interesting to me; it all comes down to the mentality of each client. They can choose to give it all or to give it up; the teacher will never give up. With that being said, always give 110% and never give up!

I can’t wait to see what more I’ll learn here at Delta Pilates!

xx Kayla


Facts about Pilates....

As if we needed any more reasons to love Pilates, we have compiled a list of unique reasons why Pilates is so incredible for you. Of course, it is an incredible workout that will help you to look and feel amazing - but it is so much more than that. Here are some interesting facts about Pilates that you may not have known!

Core, core and more core! If you're looking for a regiment that will be focused on your midsection, then you've come to the right place. Pilates is centered entirely on your stomach and abs and is proven to work your core more than any other workout!

It can ease your back pain - that's right! A strong core equals a happier back. Researchers believe that by stabilizing the core's lumbar-pelvic (lower-back) region, Pilates alleviates stress on the area and ups mobility.

It's easy on your joints. Slow and controlled movements put minimal impact on your joints. Bonus if you're using the Pilates reformer, you get padding that takes pressure off of the back and knees.

Pilates urges you to focus on your breath, your body, and how they move together. It takes a lot of concentration allowing you to "zone out". That means you're forced to forget about work, bills, boyfriends, and other drama for a full hour. Ahh.

It improves your performance in every other workout you do during your week. With a stronger core, you can run faster, your yoga is on point, and overall, the rest of your workouts improve.

As we said before - you didn't need any more reasons to love Pilates - but now we think the decision is clear.

We'll see you in the studio :)


Hydration - and why it's so important!

We have all heard that it is very important to stay hydrated, and most of us at this point do our part daily to keep our H20 intake up to par. But have you ever wondered why it is SO important to be hydrated?

Here are some fun facts about being well hydrated and why it is necessary.

We can start with the simple fact that your body depends on hydration to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to function and work properly. If that isn't enough, how about the fact that staying hydrated helps to combat fatigue. It's true! It gives your body the fuel it needs to maintain energy and performance levels - lessening the likelihood of pain and lethargy.

Weight loss! When our cells are depleted of water, they cannot create the energy we need to function, and so they send a signal to the brain to ‘get more goods.’ This means you will eat more, and likely carry some extra unwanted pounds. To avoid this, simply stay hydrated and your cells will stay happy and not send ‘fat signals’ to the brain. Further, and more obviously, replacing other drinks with water will help naturally keep the weight off. Some water with lemon each morning can be especially beneficial.

Hydration also has a significant impact on our skin. Staying sufficiently hydrated can greatly reduce acne, Dermatitis, Psoriasis, and premature aging of the skin – with proper hydration, the skin practically glows. Without it, our skin cannot properly rid itself of toxins and so it becomes irritated, inflamed, and congested, causing a host of unsavory results ranging from itching, blackheads, redness, acne, and general blotchiness.

We could go on. Long story short - the benefits of staying hydrated are almost endless, and it's a foolproof way to keep your body working, looking, and feeling its best. Drink up!


Delta Pilates Goes Virtual!

Delta Pilates is going virtual!

We are so excited to announce that we are now teaching virtual/online classes!

Travelling but you don't want to miss a class?

Heard all about us but don't live in the area?

No problem!

Now you can get the power of Delta Pilates right in your own home no matter where you live! Whether you have Pilates experience and equipment or nothing at all, we will work with you to provide an incredible Delta Pilates experience all from the comfort of your own home. For more information or to book your first remote session, please call us at (480)-455-0155 or email us at contact@deltapilates.com


Tips for reducing stress

Relax. You deserve it, it's good for you, and it takes less time than you think.

You don't need a ton of time or to spend tons of money at a spa or retreat. Each of these stress-relieving tips can get you from OMG to OMMM in less than 15 minutes.

Meditate - A few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety. Even a quick 10 minute session over your lunch break. It is clinically proven to reduce stress, improve your overall mood, and even boosts your immune system!

Breathing Deeply - Take a 5-minute break and focus on your breathing. Deep breathing naturally slows your heart rate and lowers your blood pressure - so good for high levels of stress or anxiety.

Gratitude - Life gets hectic. Sometimes in the midst of our crazy, we lose sight of the things we have in our lives that bring us such joy. Stop once a day and say out loud (or to yourself) at least 5 things you are grateful to have in your life. It can be a spouse, a grand baby, a dog, a book...anything. Having a grateful mindset is an incredibly effective way to reduce stress.

We don't realize how much stress can inhibit our bodies and minds from functioning at their highest capacity. Whether we are on a fitness journey, a healing journey, or a completely unrelated journey, these tools can help significantly decrease your stress levels and allow you to be the best version of yourself every single day.