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

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

A little note on self-care from Alexis

My clients come to Delta Pilates for a variety of reasons. Some are here to help with chronic injuries or keep those issues from coming back. Some just love the exhilaration of consistently practicing authentic Pilates. Some (cough cough - you know who you are) come here to talk about the latest red carpet dresses/celebrity gossip/restaurant visits, etc - and that's ok too.

The one common thread that we all share is that we are choosing to take time out of our day, our week, our life to say "this is an hour of self-care for me." It is sometimes hard to get to a place where we accept that we are worthy of an hour to ourselves, our method, our time to just do what we came here to do, whatever that may be.

I have a favorite saying - it's not mine, feel free to borrow it for your own purposes. "When you're on an airplane, you are instructed to put your own breathing mask on before you help anyone else." We cannot serve the other people, pets, jobs, whatever in our lives if we don't take time to keep ourselves healthy. So, if you haven't already, plan out how and when you can take time and put your own well being first - even if it's just for an hour.

xx Alexis

Molr Carbon & Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder

Molr Carbon & Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder Molr Carbon & Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder

If I’m not drinking carbonated water then there is either a cup of coffee or a glass of red wine nearby. Even though I brush my teeth 2-3 times a day I still feel as though my teeth could be whiter.

So I have decided to give Molr’s Carbon & Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder a try. (I debated for a long time about before and after photos but I cannot stand looking at photos of myself. So Instead you have a pretty accurate photo of a very brave and nameless woman.) Why did I decide to try this instead of something easy like whitening strips? I have no idea and after my first use of this toothpaste I did consider it.

Molr’s Carbon & Coconut Teeth Whitening Powder is made from organic coconut shell and activated charcoal. The packaging is cute and toothbrush is a pretty teal and has very soft dark grey bristles. The packaging very clearly warns that this will get messy. Please pay attention to this warning! I did not. I had clean the basin and vanity. Twice.

I guess I hadn’t really thought this through or realized how much of a mess I make when I brush my teeth. Everything turned black. My teeth, my lips, my hands, my sink…. It is probably a good thing I wear black pajamas.

It looked like the middle photo, but this woman is a much neater tooth brusher than I am. I rinsed my mouth for a good three minutes until the water was clear again and then smiled at myself in the mirror. I almost screamed! My gums were still grey and it looked like I had not flossed my teethe in 25 years! I spent another 10 minutes flossing, brushing my teeth with my electric toothbrush, and rinsing until I could smile without scaring myself.

This morning went much better, I used a smaller amount of the powder and was much more careful in handling the powder and trying to keep my mouth closed while brushing. It still made a mess, but it was much easier to clean up. I used my normal electric toothbrush after.

I have to admit that my teeth feel super clean! We will have to wait and see if I (or anyone else) notices that my teeth are whiter.

Delta Pilates is on Amazon

Delta Pilates is on Amazon

Do you have a hard time completing your Pilates homework because you don't have a flex cushion or power circle? Do you know how sometimes you wish you could take the prop from your favorite Pilates class home with you? Now you can!! Delta Pilates is now on Amazon!