Snots not Hot



The cold and flu season is upon us!  If you have a cold or the flu, please be considerate of your work out buddies and instructors and stay home from Pilates.  Workout environments are especially conducive to spreading germs, and while we are very careful about disinfecting equipment between sessions, we need your help to keep our community healthy and happy.

Private clients, if you feel like you are fighting off a cold or the flu, cancel with at least 24-hours notice to avoid being charged.

Duet, trio, and mat clients, you can always sign up for a make-up class if you are sick or fighting a bug off!  Plus you’ll benefit from and enjoy your workout more when you are closer to 100%. 😉

Need to make-up an equipment class, sign-up for an equipment make-up or a mat class!

Benefits of Physical Activity


brainDid you know your visits to Bodytonic Pilates are both a physical and mental experience? Physical exercise improves memory performance and cognition. A recent study shows exercises, such as Pilates, strengthens the areas of the brain affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Next time you visit the studio, keep in mind that every drop of sweat increases brain blood flow in a key regions of the brain.


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Sleep Vs. Excercise


sleep or exerciseGretchen Reynolds discusses the importance of understanding the correlation between sleep and exercise. This article is based off of Dr. Phyllis Zee’s expertise as a scholar in neurology and sleep disorders. We are all familiar with the importance of sleep and exercise, interestingly though a person must equally prioritize each one in order to reach his or her health goals. Dr. Zee describes this connection as a “bidirectional relationship”. Next time you feel sluggish before arriving to class, ask yourself “Did I get at least seven hours of sleep?” : )

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Be Happy


happy jellysWhat gets you through your day? This article captures the natural beauty we tend to desert on this beautiful planet. When Reddit user, AaronM97, looked to his community for comfort, thousands of posts brought laughter and a smile to his day. The assortment of pictures submitted illustrate the diversity of joy. Next time you visit Bodytonic Pilates make sure you leave with a smile and pass the smile along.

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Slooow Down – The Benefits of Eccentric Contractions



Has your Pilates instructor ever directed you to sloow down? If you’ve worked out at Bodytonic Pilates, you’ve certainly heard this cue in one if not many of your classes. While this direction could be stemming from a number of objectives, one of the most common reasons to slow down while you are working out is to elongate and emphasize the time spent time spent in eccentric contractions, basically that part of the exercise that your muscles are producing force and lengthening as opposed to producing force and shortening (concentric). For those of who are familiar with the Pilates exercise the Teaser, when you are rolling up into your teaser you are contracting rectus abdominis (6-pack abs) concentrically, when you roll down and out of your teaser you are contracting rectus abdominis eccentrically. Now, if you let gravity take over and just plop down out of your Teaser, you reap little of the benefits that eccentrically contracting rectus abdominis has to offer. Focusing on eccentric contractions is a very efficient way to develop strength and flexibility, and increase metabolism.

The following two articles nicely cover the benefits of eccentric contractions. The first is a nice layman’s read and the second is a little bit more scholarly and geeky, it goes into muscle cell structure and biomechanics (sliding filament theory).

Read the layman’s article

Read the geeky article

New Mat Class Schedule Starting in September


We have a new and improved mat class schedule that we hope better accommodates your ability to attend a class! Our Mat Classes really give your abdominal muscles a run for their money, so we hope you join us!  Strong Abdominals = a Strong Body.

Mondays – 6pm w/Jennifer
Tuesdays – 11:30am w/Nadia
Wednesdays – 5:30pm w/Nadia
Thursdays – 11:30am w/Nadia

Welcome back Amanda and New Fall Mat Schedule


I’m very excited to announce that Amanda is returning to teach at Bodytonic after a leave of absence to complete her final year of naturopathic medical school.  Amanda graduated from Bastyr and gave birth to her first child this past June!  Impressive, no?  We’re soo proud of her!!She will be starting back on September 4th and her schedule will be:

Mondays 8am-11am
Wednesdays 10am-1pm
Thursdays 8am-11am
Saturdays 9am-1pm

For those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to meet Amanda, here is a little about her:

Amanda Lucero began her work in the fitness industry in 1999, teaching a variety of group exercise formats including NIA, cardio kickboxing, and spinning. In 2000 she discovered Pilates at the Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado and was hooked. While witnessing the profound personal changes resulting from a consistent Pilates practice, she began to view physical fitness in an entirely different light

After that she moved to San Francisco and became certified through the Ellie Herman Studios in 2004 and Lizz Roman’s Pilates physical rehabilitation intensive in 2005, which is based on the physiotherapy teachings of Dr. Vladimir Janda and his approach to chronic pain syndromes. While she enjoyed a busy and fruitful career as a trainer, learning about the rehabilitative aspects of Pilates inspired Amanda to deepen her education in health and wellness. In 2008 she moved to Seattle to study Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University.

During her five years at Bastyr, Amanda was trained as a primary care physician, using both conventional and naturopathic approaches. Her education includes physical medicine modalities such as myofascial release techniques, osteopathic/naturopathic manipulation, CranioSacral therapy, and Kinesiotaping. During her time as a student clinician, Amanda did four rotations in physical medicine, including one in pain management. Amanda graduated with a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr in June 2013, one week after giving birth to her first child. She plans to start her Naturopathic residency in 2014 at the Evergreen Center for Integrative Medicine.

Amanda enjoys teaching Pilates to all fitness levels and ages, including pre and post-natal clients. She believes Pilates is nurturing to the mind, body and spirit and loves providing a fun and effective workout for her clients. When Amanda is not training or healing others, she enjoys cooking, crafting botanical products, studying astrology, and spending time with her newly-expanded family.

If you’d like to take a class from Dr.Amanda, email Nadia!

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