As I reflect on 2017, I am overwhelmed from the growth and opportunities. This past year I found myself growing with not just one team, but multiple teams. The mission is still the same, but it’s a lot more fun and moves a lot faster together!
—» 2017 HIGHLIGHTS «—
FEBRUARY – Release of my first Pilates DVD → also available for digital download ashleybensonfitness.vhx.tv ← find them here! I’m closing out the year with 6 videos and will be adding more in 2018.
APRIL – I was contacted by Pilates Style Magazine for an interview.. my story was published in the May/June issue
Core strength/core stability is the ability of the abdominals, back muscles and pelvic floor to support the spine and keep the body stable, safe and balanced. This is a fundamental in any physical activity and is key to preventing injury and performing at full potential in sports.
We have to be intentional to gain awareness of and develop the powerhouse muscles. It requires us to slow down, get quiet and concentrate. It’s difficult to feel and control deep muscles, but when you do, your perspective on movement changes. The hands and knees demo below is an exercise our clients do to help build a strong core base.
We add TYE4 to help understand and feel the body positioning. It also requires more muscles to fire from the start 🔥 I made Kelsey Feltman try it with and then with out TYE4, and this was her feedback:
► WEARING TYE4
gives feedback to help with form
resistance (much harder work for abs, triceps, quads, and hamstring)
arms and legs reach longer
feel muscles firing immediately
brings you back to home base automatically
► NO TYE4
easier but less controlled
harder time telling if hips are tucked
have to do more reps to feel muscles
easy to not be aligned
TYE4 • PARASETTER • MINIS • HEADFLOATER workshop coming to the Nashville area! Details will be posted soon. Perfect for chiropractors, massage therapist, trainers, coaches, instructors and everyone else who helps people improve their body. Also great for individuals. Let me know if you want early bird info.. comment below, message or email email@example.com
“I wish I could zap you with how good I feel after I go to Pilates! You would understand why I love it and encourage you to go!” Jean Hill
“Finally a workout I can look forward to. But is it really a workout?! I don’t even break a sweat! I had noticeable results in flexibility and posture after only a few classes.” Collette Ashley
“Pilates is a workout but it’s not exhausting. I usually feel relaxed and less stressed after class. It involves stretching, balancing and I have noticed my posture has been better, others have notice too. My shoulders aren’t scrunched up underneath my ears either, they’re more relaxed. Ashley is an awesome instructor that loves what she does & helping people. Each person in the class is different not only in age, shape and size but also in levels of flexibility and fitness. Exercises are well explained & shown. She can modify the exercise for everyone’s need, as a beginner or to make it more difficult, your choice. It’s for anyone.” Jennifer Fopiano
We love using the TYE4 apparatus to provide assistance to overstressed areas like neck and hip flexors. We also use it to add resistance through full range of motion to add intensity.
It was such an honor to participate in the Rutherford Heart Walk and represent St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital Wellness Center this year! I led the warm-up for the group and they were all so awesome, energetic and so happy to be there!!! We had beautiful weather and it was just a great day to be active for a great cause.
The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke. Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that’s fun and rewarding for the entire family. ♥heartwalk.org
JUST LAUNCHED… the latest online Pilates training course from Pilates PhysicalMind Institute!
It is such an honor to be involved with the teacher training program for the original and leading Pilates training center! This project has stretched and challenged me, I have learned so much from working with the Institute.
My Daughter TAYLOR has taken over my Youtube Channel!!!
She follows Youtuber Cassey Ho → Blogilates ← and wanted us to try her PARTNER WORKOUT. It was so fun and I was laughing so hard I could hardly talk… But we did it! We mastered almost all of these exercises.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN!!!
Share with a friend and give it a try!
Subscribe HERE to my YouTube Channel so you don’t miss the next videos. I have a feeling this won’t be the last Taylor-takeover 😳
A few weeks ago we filmed the TYE4® FUSION class for the PhysicalMind Institute Certification Program. I earned my certification in NYC 2 years ago —» more on that here «— and now PMI is creating online training so many more people can add this class to their schedule! FUSION is a fun class that hits the whole body and provides a challenging, safe and effective workout.
Meet my friend and client Kay Walker. She is 72 years old and was diagnosed with Polio when she was 8 months old. I have the privilege of helping her discover that she CAN exercise! Four years ago she bravely attended my St. Augustine Fitness Retreat. We worked multiple times a day learning her limits, but more importantly discovering what she COULD DO. Since then we have spent the past few years personalizing her exercise to meet her lifestyle… which is unbelievably active!!