Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Did you know that changing your posture can change the way you feel about yourself and they way your body performs?

Come see is this Thursday to see how a little tweaking to your posture can improve your life!

This is a free seminar whether you are a member of Apple Athletic Club or not.

Perfect for:
Job Seekers
Post Injury
Post Surgery
Pre/Post Natal

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Barre None!!!

What a great class today! here is a little glimpse of what you missed if you weren't there!



Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Open Bar-re - February 22, 2014 9:00am

As a former dance teacher I was immediately drawn to the idea of a Barre Class! Barre strengthens and shapes my legs and seat better than anything else I have done, including running! It is the craze that is sweeping the nation!

What is Barre?
Barre may remind you of pink tights and ballet slippers, but this work out is tough and designed to slim and tone every part of your body.  Mini-stability balls and light hand weights are included to add challenge and variety.

Do I have to be a dancer or coordinated?
NO! Everyone is welcome and can benefit! Barre will increase your flexibility, coordination, balance and strength! Our excellent instructors can offer helpful feedback to assure the movements work for you!

Will I get a "real" work out?
YES!! Your body will feel the stretched, strengthened, and energized - and maybe even a little shaky! Muscles are worked to near failure and you are in control of the intensity. Embrace the shaking, don't quench the quiver - it means you are exhausting the muscles to tone and tighten!

How do I participate?
Text 208.521.8137 to reserve your spot and meet me at the BARRE!

Watch for more specialty classes brought to you by the Stott Pilates Department at Apple Athletic Department!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Face of Stott Pilates

We love our clients and
are grateful for the experience
 to work with each of them!
Thank you for sharing your stories! 

(from top to bottom, left to right)
Sharon: Pilates keeps me healthy enough to enjoy my life, travel, and golfing…I even gained an inch of height back!
Sue: “I still stay active with tennis, skiing, hiking...and in Costa Rica recently...zip-lining!  I started Pilates about 3 years ago and know these classes have helped keep me strong and flexible for these activities as well as daily life...not to mention less ‘jelly belly’!”
Patti: “I am stronger and more flexible. I am excited with what I am able to do physically! I tell all my friends that Pilates is meant for people OUR age to help protect us from injuries and keep us mobile and strong!!”
Marilyn: “After Pilates, my bone density increased 7%, and my flexibility and strength are greatly improved.”
Christine: “Apple Athletic Club provides the best Pilates program and THE best instructors in all of eastern Idaho. The instructors make it a personal experience for each client.”
Joyce: Pilates has helped me recover from knee surgery and improve my posture enhancing my yoga practice and outdoor activities!
Sally: “I have gained a greater awareness of my core through Pilates. It has helped me stay healthy and strong, even through injury.”
Shelley: I have been enjoying Pilates for almost 8 years. I love increasing my understanding of how conscious movement improves my body and health!
Phil and Phyllis: “[Apple’s Instructors] designed our program so they varied from session to session, keeping it interesting. Each Exercise was…appropriate for our age and level of development. “
Ken: “Pilates has helped my back problems and I am now able to do things I have not been able to do for years.”
Susan: “Pilates helps me enjoy all my pets, especially puppies!”
Shanna: "Pilates has given me a sound, whole, and balanced body. Pilates has given me a body that feels good and a body I love!"
Jerry and Nancy: “We love Pilates! It helps to strengthen & condition us for road biking. We wish we could do it every day!”

Join us and create your success story!
Call: Robby or Nicki @ 208.529.8600
**Are you in Apple’s Stott Pilates program and don’t see your picture here?** Please email us your Picture and Testimonial to tnthiel@cableone.net
for a future spot in Apple Athletic Club’s Face of Pilates

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Feeling Stressed?

Case 1
Camille has just changed jobs, her last job was very stressful and during the transition became more so. She walked into her Pilates session rattled and uptight.  The first words out of her mouth are.. 

"I need this so much today!"

Case 2
Sara has spent 3 days trying to get lights on her Christmas tree.  It may seem like a small thing, but sometimes the small things can throw you for a loop when combined with work and family responsibilities. Her words echo Camille's...

"I almost didn't come to class today, but I knew I would feel better if I did."

I could site a dozen similar examples from just this month, but everyone has said the same thing.

Each comment has been a great reminder for me of the unexpected benefits of Pilates.

Pilates relieves stress!

When people lose their capacity to cope successfully, they can experience negative stress. This form of stress has been identified as an influencing factor in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, immune system problems, poor wound healing and musculoskeletal pain. 
(Rozanski, Blumenthal & Kaplan 1999; Pickering 2001; Krantz 2000; Goetsch et al. 1990; Surwit & Schneider 1993; Glaser et al. 1999; Rozlog et al. 1999; Lundberg, Dohns & Melin 1999).

If you have been reading past posts, you will be familiar with the 5 Basic Principles Stott Pilates incorporates into each and every exercise.
  • Breathing
  • Pelvic Placement
  • Ribcage Placement
  • Scapular Stability and Placement
  • Cervical (neck) Placement
Deep, focused breathing is a proven tool to reduce stress in the body. When you breathe deeply a message is sent to the brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to the body. An increased heart rate, fast breathing, and high blood pressure, all decrease as you breathe deeply to relax.

The remaining four principles, Pelvic Placement, Ribcage Placement, Scapular Stability and Placement, Cervical (neck) Placement are all designed to create a well aligned, strong, and healthy body. When applying them correctly to each movement, along with the breathing, there is little time to think of anything else.  The random thoughts, lists, and worries take a back seat as you listen to the instructor and focus on your body.

So when was the last time you did something just for you that would improve your health, both mentally and physically?  Come try out a class and see what Stott Pilates can do for you!

For more information contact Robby or Nicki @ 208.529.8600

Thursday, October 11, 2012

A-lways A-ctive C-ore Photo Challenge Week 1

It has been so fun seeing everyone's great Instagram pics!

These are our favs from week one.  
It is never to let to join us in some Insta-fun!

Seize the Day
On the Run
Worth It
Makes me Smile
Let us know your favorite!
Please comment below...

Friday, October 5, 2012


Google the word "CORE" and see what pops up.

With all these "definitions", which ones address the core we talk about in the center of our bodies?  We hear the term all the time, but how many really know what the human CORE is?

Major muscles include:
- pelvic floor muscles
- transversus abdominis
- multifidus
- internal and external obliques
- rectus abdominis
- erector spinae 
- diaphragm. 

Minor core muscles include: 
- latissimus dorsi
- gluteus maximus
- trapezius.

For the purpose of this article, consider just the abdominals.

Have you seen the "Dog Whisperer"?  He reinforces the importance of a pack leader. Just like dogs...your abs will respond better if they have a strong and concise leader.  Tune into your inner "Ab Whisperer" to find out just where and what the core muscles are and how to tap into them.

Think of the Rectus Abdominis (your six pack muscle) like a Rottweiler - It is big and strong and knows its job.  It holds the body upright and flexes the trunk forward. Because it is so big, it thinks it should be the pack leader...it shouldn't.

Now consider the Obliques. compare them to a Grey Hound, these babies can move!  They help the Rectus Abdominis flex the trunk forward, they also flex it to the side, and rotate the trunk. They are your boogie muscles. They are mobile, and like to work! But again...they are not the pack leader.

The one we want to be the pack leader is your Transverse Abdominis.: the Chihuahua, small and protective. It is like shrink wrap around your organs and lumbar spine and works to support and stabilize the lower back, organs. It is the power house.

When you can find your Transverse Abdominis or corset muscle AND fire into the abdominals correctly, strength, stability, balance, and endurance all increase. I know for me, this is the "core" reason I exercise.

While the aesthetics of great toned abs are a plus, the ability to move efficiently and effectively become more and more important as we age.  Those 1000 crunches are not going to be enough if we are by-passing the leader of the pack.

Learn more and schedule a free consultation by contacting:
Robby or Nicki