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Create Success by Scaling Back

Life gets busy at the most inopportune times, but that doesn’t mean your health, fitness, or athletic goals have to wait. By pinpointing your priorities, it’ll be easier to stay consistent and still see the results you are after.

To help illustrate, a little personal history: I used to work out 10+ hours per week, balance my ratio of protein, fats, and carbs, and considered myself a connoisseur of nutritional supplements. I had everything dialed in. It didn’t take long for a budding relationship, a pair of demanding jobs, and a long distance management obligation of family affairs to cause a slow burnout.

I’d like to think I can put my head down and power through anything, but it’s simply not true, and I’m not alone. On a daily basis I hear from people who start a family, accept a new job, or otherwise take on more responsibilities stating they don’t have the time or desire to do all of the things they used to do (especially go to the gym 4 times per week.)

While chiseled abs and exceptionally low body fat are appealing, they may not be top priority for all of us. Sometimes the goal is too grand to fit within the context of daily life. It can be frustrating and downright discouraging when we’re putting in our all, but not reaping the rewards that we’re expecting. At times our best effort may simply not be enough when we’re trying to do too much.

Instead of continuing to follow a tired old program, quickly fall off track, beat yourself up for not sticking to the routine (which may or may not be within reach), and slipping slowly further away from your goals, handle this transition phase by scaling back. Relentlessly focus on improving just one thing at a time.

Scaling back can be done in a multitude of ways. One of the simplest things to try is to reduce the number of hours spent in the gym. Asking yourself, “What do I really want to accomplish here?” Be honest in your answer. You might find that you have a different goal at age 35 then you did at 28, which are inevitably different from your goals at 21. Sure, you still want to be athletic and lean, but it might not be the most important part of your life.

Take a long-term view; look good, feel good, and move well with each passing year while having plenty of time to focus on other pursuits and passions. Your relationships, career, and hobbies that delight are worth your time and effort too. Truthfully, this isn’t an easy transition to make. Ego and identity can get tied up in performance and appearance, but eventually, the transition becomes easier, little by little.

Go to the gym to lift heavy, cycle indoors during a rainstorm, or learn new choreography so you can dance your heart out (even more). On sunny days, enjoy fresh air and nature while you exercise and appreciate the company of friends and family. Include variety, but no need to feel overwhelmed. Focus on the quality of your workouts instead of the quantity. Put time in, but ensure that the time you invest is in line with your goals and your purpose. You’ll probably find that you’re done in a third of the time, minimize your exposure to injuries, and feel better than ever.

When life gets busy, consider what matters most to you. Clinging to the old way of doing things will waste effort, cost time, and may cause frustration. Focus on only one goal by scaling back; make the plan simple and doable to experience success. This will help you stay consistent, which we both know is the most important part of accomplishing anything.

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From the Floor to the Core: How Pilates Can Help You


Why Pilates? 

Because we know that it’s important for you to be active… whether you bike, hike, run, lift or take lots of classes, Pilates when done correctly offers major fitness benefits. It improves sports performance, develops a strong core and balanced muscles, and decreases your risk for injuries, allowing you to enjoy all activities you love.

What is Pilates? 

Pilates conditions the entire body from the floor to the core. No muscle group is over trained or under trained using this method – your entire musculature is evenly balanced and conditioned helping you to enjoy daily activities efficiently, with greater ease and better performance. More people of all ages and fitness levels, including elite athletes, turn to Pilates to stay in tip-top shape. With over 500 exercises, you will strengthen and stretch with control using Gratz spring loaded equipment to deeply work the weaker muscles while stretching the tighter ones. The moves may look easy, but they take a lot of precision and control.  There is a strong emphasis on technique; you’ll preform less reps with control taking away your ability to cheat. You use your core for all activities in life, and if it’s strong and healthy, you will do them better.

Pilates is an amazing, complete, and corrective system of exercise, created by a man named Joseph Pilates originally for men. As a child, Joseph Pilates turned to exercise and athletics to strengthen his body and overcome asthma and other ailments. He was always seeking to widen his knowledge, he studied many forms of exercise, and was particularly influenced by the classical Greek ideal of a man who is balanced equally in body, mind, and spirit. Joseph Pilates was a boxer and gymnast, and he created this method of exercises called Contrology* for his own body and for the men during WWI while he was in an internment camp. Out of necessity, he used bed springs and beer keg rings to create resistance exercise equipment for those who were suffering from disease and injuries. These were the beginnings of equipment we use today like the reformer and magic circle. When he moved to New York, his method was embraced by dancers and since become known to the world as just Pilates.

What’s new at Studio Pilates?

We are rolling out more mat and small group equipment classes to help you take your training to the next level.  Check out our class schedule to find the current Mat, Reformer, and Tower classes.  Ready to get started?  Sign up now for your Complimentary 60-Minute Private Session with one of our talented classically certified Pilates instructors by emailing us at We look forward to working with you to set some goals, change your body, and help you fall in love with Pilates. We did and are ready to get you started!

*Contrology develops the body uniformly, corrects wrong posture, restores physical vitality, invigorates the mind, and elevates the spirit.  – Joseph Pilates

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Health + Fitness Industry Night: Fri Nov 13th 5-9pm

Health + Fitness Industry Night:

Energize, network, and celebrate with like-minded peers for an evening full of guest speakers, educational workshops, healthy bites & beverages, trunk shows, live DJ, and giveaways you won’t want to miss.

Fitness is booming! Today you can find a multitude of great instructors and gyms that deliver cycling, weight lifting, boxing, and everything in between.

Believe it or not, there was a time that I found myself embarrassed to tell people my profession. If conversation shifted at a dinner or house party, “What do you do for a living?” I would gulp, sweat, gasp and then whisper under my breath, “I am a fitness instructor.” When I started in fitness 15 years ago, working as a personal trainer or group fitness teacher was not often thought of as a profession. Back then, one may have worked in fitness as a hobby, to get through college, or maybe even to just help pay off school loans while they waited to get a REAL job. Today, I walk through this bustling, health-conscious city (dressed in my work uniform of lululemon pants, Gap Body shirt, Lucy bra, and Lorna Jane jacket. Guilty!) amazed and excited to see yet another gym, another juice bar, or another cool new place where I can find a community of like-minded people. Now I am proud say that I am a part of a growing industry that continues to shape and shift attitudes, bodies, and minds.

It’s 2015 and time for an industry wide paradigm shift in our commoditized, just do it till you drop, poly/cotton, spandex-blended world (which I love, mind you). As fitness professionals we owe it to our clients, members, and followers to stay committed to being knowledgeable, passionate, and unified. With all the growth and changes in technology and fitness programming the time has come to open our doors to each other and discuss how we can elevate our level of instruction and industry as a whole. Together lets discuss movement as it applies to quality of life. There is room for all of us at the fitness and wellness table who have a mission to make lives better. Let’s realize there is no patent on the lunge or squat, but recognize instead a palette of movement exists that can be artistically blended to create more ways to change lives, have fun, and stay strong.

The Studiomix team will be hosting a night of education, inspiration, and movement on Friday, November 13th from 5-9pm. This evening is free and open to all fitness professionals and enthusiasts. Check out our awesome schedule of events below. Get more information and RSVP above under FIND A CLASS. We can’t wait to see you!

Industry Night: Uniting to Inspire a Physical Culture
Schedule of Events: Friday, November 13th 

5-5:30pm  |  Ayurveda Elements  |  Monica Bloom |  Performance Studio

5-6pm  |  Mat Pilates  |  Mollie Rose +  Stella Sandoval  |  Core Studio

5-6pm  |  TRX® for Yoga  |  Tenae Roth  |  Power Studio

5-6pm  |  Open Rock Climbing  |  Julie Light  |  Climb Studio

5:30-6pm  |  Indoor Cycling Tips + Trends  |  Buddy Macuha  |  Cycle Studio

5:30-6:30pm  |  Strength + Conditioning  |  Katy Jercich  |  Strength Studio

5:45-6:30pm  |  Zumba®  |  Pablo Masangcay  |  Performance Studio

6-6:45pm  |  Express Cycle   |  Buddy Macuha  |  Cycle Studio

6:15-7pm  |  Ground Games  |  Philip Levi  |  Power Studio

6:15-7pm  |  Slow Burn  |  Cecily Guest  |  Core Studio

6:30-7pm  |  Studio Pilates Demos  |   Brett Ekren + Jackie Latour   |  Pilates Studio

7-7:30pm  |  Uniting Through Fitness  |  Dennis Dumas  |  Performance Studio

7:30-8pm  |  Aerial Silk + Hand Balance Demos  |  Kyoko Uchida  |  Climb Studio

7:30-8:15pm  |  Re-Energize + Beat Burnout  |  Caroline Jordan  |  Core Studio

7:30-8:15pm  |  Strength with Purpose  |  Chip Conrad  |  Power Studio

7:30-8:45pm  |  Dance Xperience  |  Ronnie Reddick  |  Performance Studio

Contributing vendors and community partners:

Airbnb, ALOHA, A Runner’s Mind, Athleta, Barnana, CAN CAN Cleanse, Clearly Kombucha, Epic Wines and Spirits, DJ OlgaT, Gina Heart Lifestyle, Golden Gate Physical Therapy, GreenLid, Guayaki Yerba Mate, Humphry Slocombe, KRAVE Jerky, Laundry Locker, Lorna Jane Activewear, Lucy Activewear, lululemon athletica, Mama Chia,  Muffin Revolution, SF Custom Chiropractic, Sparky’s Balloons, Studiomix Chair Massage, The Vitamin Shoppe, Three Trees Almond Milk, Thrive™ Culinary Algae Oil, TruFit®, Tsu.ya by Kristi Yamaguchi, U2 Photo Booth, Whole Foods Market Franklin, Yoga-Cation, ZICO, Zipcar, & Zona Foto


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