Pilates for a full-body workout

Looking to vary your workout? Try Pilates at the J!

Pilates uses resistance and your body’s weight to increase strength, lengthen muscles, increase flexibility and strengthen your core. Our knowledgeable instructors will guide your session based on your fitness level and goals. The J houses two fully-equipped studios to offer comprehensive private and group Pilates sessions at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

Members receive one free Pilates consultation, so schedule yours today!

Can you still rack up the MEPs doing Pilates? Yes! Our Pilates Manager put her Myzone to the test. She compared her MEPs earnings from a Pilates session to a session with her trainer and found that she burned almost the same amount of calories during both workouts. 

Myzone Mayhem Challenge

March 26 – April 2

Reminder: Don’t forget to record your pick for the college basketball championship by noon on Saturday, March 31 at the fitness desks. Participants who pick the correct team AND earn 750 MEPs over the eight days will receive two additional guest passes on their membership account and will be entered into a drawing to win a massage roller set. 

7 Weekly Health & Fitness Tips

1. Eat until you’re 80% full – It takes about 20 minutes after you’re finished eating to actually ‘feel’ full (your brain needs to catch up). Try to finish your meal before you feel completely full and let your body catch up. 

2. Take a 30-minute walk – This simple habit is a great way to improve your health. Walking can help you avoid workout burnout, help control hypertension, slow the progress of osteoporosis, produce a calming effect and much more!

3. Exercise your mind – Lifelong learning is necessary for a balanced lifestyle. Playing games, reading, puzzles, etc. are all great ways to exercise your mind and de-stress. 

4. Forgive others (and yourself) – Forgiveness has been found to improve the body’s response to stress (lower blood pressure, heart rate and quicker recovery from stressors). Of course, every situation is different, and you know your life best, but if you can, work on forgiveness – your body may thank you.

5. Learn about workout nutrition – Different types of workouts and fitness goals take different types of fuel. For example, for weight loss, you may want to make sure that you increase your intake of quality protein to avoid muscle loss. Take the time to research and learn about what type of nutrition is right for your goals. (Ask us if you have questions!)

6. Use more mustard – Mayo contains trans fats, and BBQ sauce and ketchup contain a lot of sugar. In contrast, mustard is low calorie and is a good source of several beneficial minerals and nutrients. 

7. Practice good hygiene – It may seem like we’re stating the obvious, but being mindful of your cleanliness is good for you. Daily showers, proper food handling, hand washing and regularly cleaning help stop the spreading of germs and infections (and just makes everything smell better).