Teacher Classes, Blog Awards and the Swan – Oh My!

Teacher Classes, Blog Awards and the Swan - Oh My!
Hello there!

Let me express a HUGE thank you to all my lovely subscribers. Thank you for all your support, kind words and Pilates success stories over the past 5 years. It's an inspiration to have all of you with me on my Pilates path.

I'd like to thank my Reformer… and my Small Barrel…

The Top 75 Pilates Blogs by feedspot.com has included my blog amongst some of the big kahunas in the Pilates industry including Pilatesology (5), Balanced Body (3), Blogilates (2) and Pilates Anytime (1).

Wowza! I am truly honored.

Even more amazingly I cracked the top 10, settling in at NUMBER 9 on this list.

View the full list here.

OMG and welcome NEW subscribers!

Take a look around and stay tuned for more exercise tutorials, workouts and classes to come.

Be sure to check out my most-viewed post On the Order of the Pilates Reformer Exercises.

If you've got a topic, concept or exercise you'd like to see featured in a post or video, leave me a comment, I'd love to hear about it.

NEW! Classes for Teachers

I'm offering a new class in my Solana Beach, CA studio.

It's a 2-hour workout/workshop I'm calling The Teacher Lab. In the 1st hour you'll workout independently in the studio. We'll decide on a discussion/workshop topic to explore in Hour 2. The cost for The Teacher Lab is $100.

I'm currently offering 1 each month for the remainder of 2017. If they fill up fast I'll add some more. You'll find a class on September 15, October 20, November 10 and December 8.

Classes are limited to 6 students. Non-Teacher Nerdy Enthusiasts are also welcome.

Pick a class and jump in it! Purchase your classes here.

New Tutorial!

Teacher Classes, Blog Awards and the Swan - Oh My!

Today's video is on one of our most angst-producing exercises, the Swan. That's the bad news. The good news is we're looking at 2 versions of Swan done on the Cadillac.

Swan on the Cadillac is a wonderful companion for the Teaser on the Cadillac. View my recent exercise tutorial below.

Tummy Time

The Mat behind us is our teacher too.

Learning to control the Push Thru Bar (PTB) for Teaser will require all the muscles of our trunk and back. The Mat provides feedback and support for our entire body while we perfect this skill.

Now let's get ready for the next challenge: repeating the very same task while lying on our bellies.

What fun!

Enjoy this short tutorial. Thank you for watching!

Access my YouTube library of workouts, exercise tutorials and the occasional Pilates shopping haul here. Thanks to you I have surpassed 1200 subscribers!

Save the Date San Diego!

My lovely colleague Lesley Logan, author and owner of Profitable Pilates will be heading to San Diego for her signature Pilatini® Night.

Save the date for Friday November 10, 2017.

We'll be gathering at Pacifica in Del Mar around 5pm in time for a bit of Happy Hour.

Pilatini® NIghts include Pilates instructors, laughter, networking and a chance to connect outside the Pilates studio. Lesley Logan's Pilatini® Nights are all about Pilates Instructors ditching their Pilates pants for their favorite outfit and hanging out with other Pilates professionals. Grab your Pilates instructor friends, shed the luon and join us for a date night for Pilates Pros only!

And here's where to find me for the rest of 2017

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  1. Congratulations, Andrea!
    Your blog is amazing and always so fun to read/view.
    Keep ’em coming! ????

    • Thank you so much Lisa! One of the perks of Pilates and my blog is that it helped me to reconnect with you after all these years 🙂 Thanks for reading! xox

  2. Congratulations, Andrea!
    So excited for you and happy that my favorite blogger has been recognized! You always deliver a quality video with an upbeat, friendly, and professional teaching style! You include details sure to reveal you’ve studied Pilates!! You know your stuff!
    (Aha! I knew you were great!)
    You keep on bloggin! Ill keep on watching, learning and enjoying! ????

    • Wow thank you for the biggest compliment – to be a favorite! Your comment is full of awesome encouragement – I can’t thank you enough. And yes, always more on our Pilates horizon… 🙂 xox

  3. Great blog Andrea! I have relied on your blogs and videos many times. You have been an incredible asset for those like myself that are more remote from major training centers. Keep it going!

    • Hi Carmen! Thanks so much for sharing your comment here – it is lovely to have you. I so enjoy when I get to see you at Vintage. Good luck with your Chairs and Barrels module 🙂 xox

  4. Christine Crivello says

    Congrats Andrea!! That’s so amazing! Loved the videos too!

  5. Fine Number Nine!! Congrats! You truly do offer us such good inspiration, advice, tutelage (and laughs too)!

    Golly you make that Swan look easy! I liked the “Shave” reference on the going up Swan because it gives a good reference on when to lift the back to the arms!! You know, I think Flying Eagle on thee Wunda has helped me a ton with this! It’s like suddenly your back (sorta) uncranks and says “fine, I’ll bend the wrong way for you, hmph” But stomp on the brakes cuz one handed Swan…omg. wow. forget everything I thought I could do with the Swan!! Hmmmm, a 30 day challenge perhaps?

    So excited to do Pilates with you tomorrow! Yippe Yi Yay!

    • OMG no!! Not a 30 Day Swan challenge – aaargh… Of course this is possible to include swan in whatever daily workout you do – not a problem, but I laughed because all I could think about was being deprived of all the other exercises and relegated to do only Swan for a month LOL. Thanks for the blog praise – I can’t thank you enough for being such an amazing subscriber and enthusiast and awesome Pilates peep!!! I loved every minute of you in San Diego so when are you moving back ha ha. xox
      See you on Friday!

  6. Alessandra Niccolai says

    Hey there!
    Just wanted to congratulate you on your well deserved award ???? and to send you an enormous thank you for hosting the first teachers class last week!! Anyone out there thinking about attending- sign up immediately! She’s amazing ???? I really enjoyed meeting everyone- including lovely Corrie- who thought we’d meet up for real – hey you do exist!! ????????????????
    Let’s hope I can Skype and join in again from across the pond! ????????
    Looking forward to seeing you again in October for more #pilatesgeeksontour????????????????????????

    • Thank you so much for being a part of my very first Teacher Lab. Yes, I will be in touch regarding September 15 class and attending via Skype. I have an idea that includes moving the iMac into the Reformer room for the class. Can’t wait to see if it works well 🙂 Can’t wait to see you in Portsmouth in October. #pilatesgeeksontourindeed Also thank you so much for the lovely coffee chocolates and the Chiswick kitchen towel. I LOVE kitchen towels!! I may have to make it into a wall hanging as I don’t know if I can bear to soil it 🙁 xox

      • Alessandra Niccolai says

        Well.. I thought you might think of me when drying your dishes!!???????????? maybe we should design a #pilatesgeek tea towel..???? Now there’s an idea!!
        Thanks for all your encouragement ???? See you soon xoxo

  7. Congratulations!

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