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Johns Creek Pilates opens their new studio in the Suwanee/Johns Creek area

2917599346Johns Creek, GA — Brooke Dempsey-Fanning, owner of Johns Creek Pilates is hosting an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Party on Thursday, August 14th at 5:30 p.m. The community is welcome, so please join us for drinks, refreshments and door prizes. Everyone attending will have the opportunity to purchase reformer and group packages with an “Open House” discount.

Johns Creek Pilates is located at 4375 Johns Creek Parkway, Ste. 330 in Suwanee, Georgia.  All Johns Creek Pilates instructors are fully certified and classically trained by Peak Pilates®. Our instructors specialize on a total body workout that focuses on improving your strength, posture and balance.

Johns Creek Pilates houses top-of-the-line Peak Pilates® equipment. We offer individual instruction as well as duet and group classes. Join us in celebrating the opening of our studio! We look forward to meeting you to discuss what Pilates is and how it’s practice can change your body!

The Benefits of Pilates!

2495800122Pilates focuses on developing strength, flexibility, and body awareness. Pilates is not focused on building muscles but rather on overall physical wellbeing. Its creator, Joseph Pilates, wanted a form of exercise that linked mental and physical health, and developed a form of exercise that trained the whole body. Pilates is now practiced by millions of people worldwide.

The core elements of Pilates are focused on core muscle strength and spinal alignment. Loosely speaking, the core muscles are the back, spine, hips, abs, and the muscles that surround these areas. During a Pilates session the instructor will ask participants to focus on core muscles and breathing. Instructors are usually more concerned about quality of movement rather than quantity. The objective is training your mind and body to bring many benefits:

Better posture

Pilates practitioners become aware of their bodies over the course of their practice. When performed correctly, Pilates can make you aware of how you sit, stand or move, and how these habits relate to the aches and pains we experience every day. For example, it can make you aware of the twinge you feel in your back when you sit in front of your PC every day in a slouched manner. Practicing Pilates will correct this so when you sit, you will automatically do so erectly so that core muscles are supporting the entire body.

Better muscle tone

Since Pilates focuses on using the core muscles, you can expect improved muscle tone with continuous practice. Think of your body as a tree, strength is not found in the branches but is found in its trunk and roots. This is the aim of Pilates –  better muscle tone so that the core muscles can support the weight of the whole body.

Improved mental concentration

Pilates focuses on quality of movement rather than quantity. Instructors are more concerned about how you move, not on the number of repetitions. Quality demands concentration and after months of practice concentration and focus become sharper.

Improved flexibility

Practicing Pilates regularly can help improve flexibility because Pilates involves stretching muscles and joints. Expect to see an improvement in your range and motion which leads to longer and leaner muscles. This is perhaps one of the reasons why those who practice Pilates regularly are not bulky but are able to stretch their muscles fully. With Pilates you are only stretching muscles, not adding layers. This is a great way to reshape your body and achieve a lean look without adding bulk.

Weight loss

It must be emphasized that Pilates is not a calorie buster, however a 165 pound adult woman can still burn up to 480 calories during one hour of advanced Pilates. This means is can be a great exercise for those looking to lose weight who also mix in cardio training too..

Good complimentary exercise

Pilates is ideal for those who are recovering from an injury. It is also great for athletes who need a low impact activity that will compliment their usual training. It helps improve balance, flexibility, and strength using low impact exercises.

It’s time to get excited about Pilates. The different exercises are designed to strengthen your core muscles and spine. You will notice your body changing in just a matter of months. Do you need the benefits Pilates promises? Get in touch!

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Biggest weight loss mistakes!

1371748906In a world of ever increasing weight gain, the way to lose weight can seem a far off destination that many people struggle to reach. It seems as if more research is looking at what causes someone to be overweight, aside from simply too much of the wrong foods. In essence though, the answer is to eat healthily and exercise. But even then you need to be wary that you are not making the biggest weight loss mistakes!

You have the motivation, support and expert advice to help you lose weight, and yet without following some sensible tips you might find that success eludes you. To give yourself a good chance of changing your weight story, you need to really stick to some diet guidelines:

  1. TV dinners – It’s better to focus on eating your meal and letting your food digest rather than eating in a mindless way when your attention is diverted. Eating slowly and chewing your food is best.

  2. Depriving yourself – The worst way to diet is to go without food for too long. Your body goes into starvation mode and then starts to store fat more easily when you do decide to start eating. You’re more likely to get so hungry that you end up eating unhealthy foods that you suddenly crave too.

  3. Skipping breakfast – A good breakfast sets you up for the day and it is better to make this your main meal of the day if you want to lose weight, with a smaller lunch and healthy dinner. If you’re too tired to eat first thing then try getting up earlier or taking a pre-prepared breakfast with you if you’re out and about in the morning.

  4. Exercise – Diet and exercise go hand-in-hand. If you’re not burning calories with some good quality cardio then you’re not going to see the fat melt away either.

  5. HFCS – High fructose corn syrup is not just a no-no if you want to lose weight but a substance that should be on the banned list of anyone who wants to lead a healthier life. Found in lots of breads and pastries, as well as artificial sweeteners, HFCS increases food cravings and can play havoc with your digestive process.

  6. Cooking – If cooking isn’t your forte, there’s no reason to despair. Get hold of some easy to prepare low fat and nutritious recipes for some inspiration. Stick to simple foods such as grilled fish and a salad. You can add flavor with a homemade dressing that isn’t calorie rich and a salsa full of fresh ingredients. By cooking your own food you have greater control over what you eat.

  7. Late night dining – It’s understandable that busy days lead to eating at strange times and often the last meal of the day can be later than expected. Wherever possible try and stick to a schedule that has you sat down and enjoying your evening meal at a reasonable time, so that you have time to digest this before you bed down for the night.

  8. Temptation – Diet is about re-education and not about willpower per-se but putting yourself in the path of tempting goodies is sensible. This might be as simple of not buying certain foods for a while at least, and even adjusting your social life.

  9. Weigh-ins – There are plenty of people who are not overweight but are unhealthy, while you might want to lose actual weight, focusing purely on what the scale says can lead to an unbalanced approach to getting in shape. You want to tone your body and look great by losing weight in a sensible way. Drastic weight loss can be aging and leave you looking drained.

  10. Sleep – Enjoy it! Your body needs it and this can also help your body recover from the demands of the day. Lack of sleep can cause the body to release a hormone which stimulates your appetite, so next time you have a lie-in remind yourself that you are only enjoying the extra sleep for the sake of your weight loss plan!

Next month we’ll share with you 10 more tips to avoid making the biggest weight loss mistakes! If you can’t wait that long and want to know more then let us help you create a healthy strategy.


Published with permission from FitnessAdvisory. Source.