JM Fitness & Pilates Newsletter

ABOUT US

At Jean Marie Fitness & Pilates we provide personalized attention and set realistic expectations for each person who walks through our door. We offer private and group instruction so that YOU are our main focus.


Our typical clients work with us to: 


  • get in shape, lose weight, improve energy, feel great and look fabulous
  • slow down the aging process and increase muscle mass and bone density 
  • learn good posture and healthy movement patterns
  • correct faulty movement and reduce or prevent musculoskeletal pain and injury
  • strengthen their body after injuries, surgeries, and childbirth in a post-rehabilitative setting
  • improve their athletic performance
  • learn proper body mechanics and self-awareness

BENEFITS OF PILATES

Pilates is a low impact form of exercise that strengthens the body from the inside out, working the smaller deeper muscles of the spine and joints. It is a total body workout that focuses on building muscle strength without adding bulk. Pilates is challenging yet safe and gentle for all ages. Today, Pilates is commonly used for injury recovery, cross training for sports and relieving back pain.


Jean Marie Fitness & Pilates specializes in STOTT PILATES - A contemporary approach to the mind-body exercise method developed by Joseph Pilates over 90 years ago.  STOTT PILATES has a 20 year legacy of incorporating modern bio-mechanic research and rehabilitation making it one of the safest and most effective methods available.


DISCOVER HOW PILATES CAN HELP YOU EXCEED YOUR FITNESS GOALS, IMPROVE YOUR POSTURE AND ENHANCE YOUR SPORTS PERFORMANCE. 

About Us

For over 20 years, Jean has been helping people reach their goals for better function, greater fitness, and an overall sense of well being. Her philosophy is concentrating on core strength, stabilization and eccentric training. This training approach complements the body, making it more functional and improving its appearance. 


Jean's story began in the 1990's after opening her first personal training studio, Maxx Fitness in Palm Harbor.  Jean enjoyed lifting heavy weights and taught a variety of high impact group classes.  She was a Fitness America Pageant Competitor, and even though she looked great on stage, internally her body was suffering from low back pain, neck pain and a sacral iliac joint injury.  Jean began searching for other methods of training that would not exacerbate her injuries and cause more pain. She discovered Pilates in 1998 at an ECA conference in Miami, and took her very first Pilates class taught by Moira Stott. After her first class she started practicing Pilates and realized that Pilates was the only form of exercise that she could practice to help heal her injuries. Inspired by the precision and control of the Pilates Method, Jean embarked in her Stott Pilates teacher training in 2001, and has been teaching Pilates at her private fitness and Pilates studio ever since.  


Jean has an eye for detail in movement and alignment, and she understands that every person's body has its own story and unique needs.  She makes it her priority to give everyone the attention they deserve.  


She welcomes you to her studio and can't wait to meet you!  


FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS PILATES?

Pilates is not a new fad. It has been around for nearly 100 years. It is a method of body conditioning developed by Joseph Hubertus Pilates (1880-1967) in the 1940's and uses specially designed equipment as well as traditional mat work.  Joseph Pilates called his original method “The Art of Contrology” which refers to the way that the method encourages the use of the mind to control the muscles. Pilates consists of a series of precise, rhythmic, fluid movements achieved through a harmony of breath, concentration and control. Pilates equipment uses springs as resistance allowing you to lengthen your muscles while strengthening them. Pilates offers an effective, challenging non-impact method of exercise that is gentle on the spine and is easy on the joints. 


WILL PILATES HELP ME WITH BACK PAIN?

Pilates exercise can be very beneficial for people with back pain.  If you have a back of neck condition, we wil introduce you to a safe Pilates workout that will not increase back or neck discomfort, but will strengthen the core and increase mobility of the limbs. For more information  about Pilates YUR Back programs, call Jean for a free consultation.  


WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Women can wear modest yoga pants that are fitted just above or below the knee. Men can wear knee length, baggy gym shorts and wear optional biker shorts underneath.  Wear non-stick socks to avoid slipping off the equipment.  Go to www.ShashiOnline.com to buy Pilates socks.  Avoid wearing zippers or buttons.  


HOW MANY TIMES PER WEEK SHOULD I DO PILATES?

Two or three times per week is ideal.  Pilates is gentle enough to do every day.


WHO IS ESSENTRICS FOR? 

If you want to exercise while giving your body a self-massage at the same time then try Essentrics. It is a workout that draws on the flowing movements of tai chi which create health and balance, the strengthening theories behind ballet which create long, lean, flexible muscles and the healing principles of physiotherapy which create a pain free body.  To find an Essentrics Instructor in your area visit, www.Essentrics.com.

Discover how Pilates can help you move better and feel great!