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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!
Times are strange right now, as you all know. We’ve all heard the phrase “new normal” about a million times already, and all the while, things are still changing every day. If you asked me a few months ago what I’d be writing about right now, I would never have guessed I’d be interviewing someone about what it’s like to get a haircut.
Nonetheless, we’re all doing our best to band together and help each other out right now. You may have noticed salons and spas offering messages of support, video tutorials for DIY beauty, and now, waitlists and announcements of reopening their doors. But as we all know, this isn’t the “old normal” anymore, and there will be changes.
Here’s what you can expect to be different when you finally head back into the salon or spa:
As salons and spas begin to reopen, they’ll likely have to make changes due to new social distancing requirements. When you enter the space, you’ll probably see a complete rearrangement. Stations will be separated by at least six feet, and some might even be removed to allow for more space. Salons that don’t have that much space to spare are putting in temporary walls or partitions.
On top of that, there may be fewer appointments scheduled at the same time (and definitely no walk-ins) to limit the number of people in the building. Say goodbye to waiting rooms and lobbies—you’ll likely be asked to wait outside or in your car until the exact start time of your appointment to prevent too many people crowding the front.
In addition to their increase in space, salons and spas will likely up their cleaning standards and procedures. We surveyed active consumers on the Mindbody app and learned that among the many changes beauty and wellness businesses can make upon reopening, following rigorous sanitization guidelines is the most important. You’ll probably see social posts or confirmation emails that outline new cleaning protocols, and you may notice some signage hanging around the building to reassure that the areas have been disinfected. Employees, and even guests, will be wearing masks and/or gloves, and you may even get a spritz of hand sanitizer at the door. According to Salon 124 Group, getting these supplies is turning out to be one of the largest obstacles for reopening.
In between each appointment, they’ll thoroughly disinfect the area before the next client arrives. Not only that, but each time you move to a new station (like from shampoo to haircut), they may also wipe down the station as soon as you get up to make sure it’s clean for the next guest.
After a good haircut, we all want to check ourselves out. And now that we’re all more cautious of germs and bacteria, we also want to literally check ourselves out at the end of our appointments. Out of the various fitness, beauty, and wellness businesses on our platform, consumers feel most comfortable returning to hair salons, and 62.7% said hair cutting, coloring, styling, barbering, or blow-drying would be the first beauty service they book once restrictions are lifted. An extra, important layer of comfort can be added in the form of contactless payments.
Many salons and spas will likely be incorporating some sort of contactless checkout process to limit touch points. They may end up taking your payment information at check-in via text and removing the front desk, so you don’t have to interact with another person face-to-face.
All-in-all, you can expect changes—and lots of them. Whether it’s increased retail offerings, curbside pickups, virtual consultations, at-home appointments, or video tutorials, many salons and spas are getting creative with how they offer support to their clients. Above all, they want to help us feel beautiful, confident, and somewhat normal during this time—and for that, we’re so thankful.
Want to hear about a real salon experience firsthand? One of our own got her hair done at a reopened salon in Georgia—here’s how it went.
Are you a salon owner yourself? Check out the Reboot Kit for Salons, Spas, & Wellness Businesses for extensive info and advice on how to prepare for reopening.