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Entries in Pilates (3)


Pilates: an exercise that can benefit everyone

The way that Allison Beardsley, the founder and CEO of Club Pilates, a San Diego–based franchise, talks about her old sports injuries, you’d think she was a retired linebacker for the San Diego Chargers - but it was NCAA Division 1 basketball at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, where she was studying on an athletic scholarship, that did the damage.

Beardsley blew out a knee early in her freshman year, redshirted the season, and tried to bulk up—at 5' 11" she was small for Division 1 ball—while enduring the slow, painful rehab process. But that injury, along with all the other dings and strains of play, proved too much. Allison’s collegiate basketball career, and her scholarship, were history.

“I was devastated,” she says, recalling that moment of hard truth.

Then a happy accident, combined with some basic math skills, a good eye for business opportunities, and some fortuitous timing, put her back in action with Pilates.

Read on to see the popularity of Pilates and how it can benefit almost everyone.

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Under Fire! Yoga and Pilates professionals rise to the challenge to ensure students’ safety  

“Don’t do yoga.”

This somewhat surprising admonition appeared in the January 5 edition of The New York Times as part of an article entitled “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body.” It has, predictably, sent shockwaves rippling through the fitness industry. 

The story was excerpted from The Science of Yoga: The Risks and The Rewards, a new book by William Broad, the Time’s science writer. The book details Broad’s discussions with Glenn Black, a yoga instructor with more than 30 years of experience who teaches classes at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, a nonprofit wellness organization based in Rhinebeck, New York.

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This Week in Fitness: Making Fitness Stick

It's an unfortunate fact that a lot of people think of exercise as a chore. CNN examines all the innovations that make fitness more bearable for time-crunched people. Read about this and more in This Week in the Fitness Industry.

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