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Starting a new fitness class can be daunting. Just remember: no one knows what they’re doing the first class, but also it’s nice to learn a little info before you book.
Whether you’re on the mat or machine, take a few tips from the team at Pilates Plus OC on how to prepare for your first class—and enjoy it!
What separates Pilates Plus + OC from other studios is our amazing staff and instructors. But, the energy our clients bring to the studios is what really sets us apart. All of our instructors are certified in teaching the Lagree Method, but many of them have various other certifications as well. This not only makes them super knowledgeable in fitness techniques and movement, but it also helps them cater to our diverse clientele by allowing them to create routines for all levels of fitness.
While staying true to the Lagree Method, each instructor incorporates their own technical flair and playlists, so our clients never get bored! Our tight-knit community of clients bring fun and inviting energy to every class. Everyone becomes part of the Pilates Plus OC family when they walk through our doors!
We not only specialize in the Lagree Method, but Pilates Plus OC was actually one of the first licensees to open nationwide, and the first one in Orange County! The Lagree Method stays true to the strengthening and lengthening of traditional Pilates, but it builds upon it by safely providing more intensity.
The Lagree Method is a low impact, full-body conditioning program that focuses on continuous “time-under-tension;” targeting the slow-twitch muscle fibers that lean out the muscles. Think of a marriage between strength, endurance, core, cardio, and flexibility, and you’ve got Lagree! There’s a reason why celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Sophia Vergara trust Lagree to keep them in camera-ready shape. It is truly fit for royalty…just ask Duchess Megan Markle.
When coming to a Pilates Plus OC class, you can expect a state of the art, low-impact machine known as the Megaformer. The versatility of this machine is truly incredible. It is easily adaptable to all fitness levels and designed for ease of use and fast transitions in a class setting.
The Megaformer is often imitated, but never duplicated. The amount of research that has gone into its design is unparalleled and constantly evolving! We also use various props during class likes weights, balance discs, and weighted balls. The possibilities are truly endless with this machine!
Amy Briant and Gianna Stremick—Pilates Plus OC owners—share their favorite move: scrambled eggs! It targets the obliques in such a deep way that you cannot mimic it on another machine. While working your core, you also target secondary muscles like your glutes, hamstrings, and the stabilizing muscles along your spine. You end up working your entire body just holding the position and keeping proper form!
Amy and Gianna also love the Reverse Crunch because it truly targets your pelvic floor and your transverse abs (deep abs). The Reverse Crunch does this all while keeping your neck and shoulders from straining, which can often happen during a traditional crunch done on the floor.
Honestly? Sore in all the right places! But you will always feel accomplished, and ready for more.
Ideally, our trainers recommend you start off doing Pilates two to three times per week to see the results. If your schedule allows, three to four times per week is even better!
The best part about taking a Pilates Plus OC class on the Megaformer is that you truly work the entire body in every single class! Our clients are always pleasantly surprised at how quickly the class goes by—it’s so much fun! When you walk out of our door, you're done working out for the day. You've already worked all of your muscles in our 50-minute class!
“Stretch, protein and LUMIONskin,” says Studio Operations Manager Kayla Lyons, who is also a certified fitness trainer. Making sure to stretch after she exercises, she knows that, “most people aren’t aware you can gain up to 15% more muscle mass by stretching after a workout, not to mention it keeps me flexible.”
Kayla recommends consuming protein 1-2 hours after every Pilates class to help muscles recover quicker, and reduce soreness. “I’m super busy, and constantly on the go. I don’t have time to stop or shower after class if I’m working at the studio, so to avoid breakouts and kill post-workout bacteria I use LUMIONskin Mist; an oxygen spray we carry here at the studio.”
LUMIONskin is an all-natural skincare line created by co-owner of Pilates Plus OC, Amy Briant, and can be found in many fitness boutiques and wellness stores across the nation. Explore LUMIONskin products and follow them at @lumionskin on Instagram!
Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.