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Register for Summer Classes!

It’s that time of year again! Summer classes will begin on Monday July 2. 

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Summer Classes: Monday July 2 – Friday August 24, 2018
Monday classes (7 weeks), Tuesday – Friday classes (8 weeks)Classes cancelled Monday, August 6, 2018

If you’re a returning client and have already let your instructor know you’re coming back you’re already enrolled.  Otherwise you can enroll here.

Transitional Season Break: Monday August 27 – Friday September 7, 2018

Downloadable Printable Schedule 
Online Schedule

Cancellation Policy: Gentle reminder of our 8 hour cancellation policy for group classes and 24 hour cancellation policy for private sessions.  When we receive sufficient notice, you will receive a credit for your class or session.  Otherwise, the entire cost will be processed as if you were in attendance.

E-Transfer Payments: Please note that we do accept e-transfer payments to ‘steffipilates@me.com’

Spring Registration!

Spring Landscape HeaderIt’s that time of year again!

Spring classes will begin on Monday April 2. 

Spring Classes: Monday April 2 – Friday June 22, 2018
Monday classes (11 weeks), Tuesday – Friday classes (12 weeks)Classes cancelled Victoria Day Monday, May 21, 2018

If you’re a returning client and have already let your instructor know you’re coming back you’re already enrolled.  Otherwise you can enroll here.

Transitional Season Break: Monday June 25 – Friday June 29, 2018

Downloadable Printable Schedule
Online Schedule

Class Cancellation Policy: Gentle reminder of our 8 hour cancel policy in order to receive class credit, otherwise the class cost will be processed

E-Transfer Payments: Please note that we do accept e-transfer payments to ‘steffipilates@me.com’

See Ya Later Alligator … We’ll Miss You Julane! 

As the Spring approaches we say goodbye to one of our valued Instructors as she sets out on a new adventure! Julane is freeing up her schedule in order to pursue her dreams within the massage therapy world. The biggest part of this dream: to work towards being hired on with a sports team! To learn more about Julane’s next steps and a heartfelt goodbye, keep reading! 

What is your next adventure?

No imminent adventure, but definitely some big dreams! At the moment I will be using my spare time to train for my upcoming duathlon… and maybe for another bobsled combine! I am filling up my calendar by completing my last year of university for my degree in health sciences online, courses to fulfill some curiosities, complete some upgrades and to better my skills in massage, Pilates and business!

I also intend to send in some resumes to professional sports teams. I  have completed a season as the trainer for the Panthers, semi pro baseball team, and three seasons as the massage therapist with the Kitchener Rangers. I would love to have a more prominent role!

Will massage be your sole focus?

I will be adding some massage hours to continue building my practice as well as focusing on some self improvement (see above)!

What was your favourite part about working at KW Art of Fitness?

Definitely the people! I couldn’t ask to be surrounded by a better group of clients and coworkers! I have loved working here over the last decade thanks to you truly wonderful people.

You guys have helped me learn and laugh every day and I couldn’t be more grateful to have you in my life! It is tremendously hard to say goodbye because I feel like I have a special bond with every single one of you; but I am leaving you in good hands!

What is your official last day?

Thursday March 22nd! 

Inspiring Instructors

Once again Body Harmonics has rocked my world with the Post Rehab Protocol: Shoulder workshop earlier this month. After having a couple of weeks to digest the information, I find myself still with a breath of fresh idea’s in my own movements as well as inspiring cues and concepts for clients.

A Snapshot of my Shoulder workshop notebook

A Snapshot of my Shoulder workshop notebook

A few fun facts that really resonate with me (my body) and my instruction of classes and clients.

  1. Fingers are very important … not just for picking up your morning coffee!
  2. Move your body around your arm … why didn’t someone just say so?! I’m kidding that is part of this inspiration SIMPLE GOOD ideas
  3. Planks can be smart … still not fun maybe, but smart when done with a few fun twists, curves and ideas.
  4. Transfer of Force in the upper limbs … like a snake, all this and more we will share with you during your class and or sessions.

Thanks Body Harmonics for keeping us educated, inspired and inspiring!

One of my favourite quotes from the course: “Collar bones are like oars on a boat” Margot McKinnon

Berry Fro-Yo

frozen fruit for the winter, when fresh are not available

frozen fruit for the winter, when fresh are not available

 (4 servings)

2 ½ cups strawberries, sliced and frozen
2 cups blueberries, frozen
½ cup plus 2 tbsp frozen plain low-fat yogurt
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Place frozen berries in the food processor.

Process until smooth. Gradually add the yogurt and lemon juice and process until completely incorporated. Serve immediately or cover and freeze in individual portions for up to 2 weeks.

If you freeze the portions, let them sit at room temperature for 10 minutes before eating.

recipe found on Robin Walsh, ND

Vote K-W Art of Fitness!

The Waterloo Region Record Reader Awards 2015 have just opened up! It’s time for you to nominate your favourite businesses, people and service providers that make our community so great.

We’re so excited to be included in the “Health Wellness and Beauty” category under “Favourite Fitness Club.” If you think K-W Art of Fitness rocks, we’d love for you to vote for us by clicking here.

The nomination period will be open until Monday August 31st at 12:59pm.  The 10 Nominees in each subcategory with the MOST nominations will move onto the voting round. After the votes have been tallied they’ll publish a list of the winners in October.

Thanks so much for all of your support!

Reader Awards

Youth sports training, and why it’s important!

j picGrowing up playing various team sports, one thing I learned is thats it’s no secret, some are naturally more gifted with certain athletic abilities.  I also began to realize that sports can carry a certain “politics” stigma that might make the road even rougher for some, as they get more competitive. One fact stands through all of this. You can never deny hard work and determination.

Many sports these days are focused on things that can be worked on from an early age, such as speed, explosiveness, stability, hand-eye coordination, etc. If your child is committed, even working once a week on extra conditioning and sports skills, it can put them miles apart from the ones who don’t.

Extra training can be sport specific or focus on more general activities and biomechanics. These types of training can help in numerous sports. We always focus on teaching proper form and techniques from the beginning, which they can take into any athletic endeavour going forward in their lives. It is also important to continue these forms of training through not just the competitive season, but throughout the off season as well. With growth spurts and increased strength, programs need to progress often. Staying on top of their form is a must!

I feel that having the experience of being a young athlete and still being in training, helps me really target the athlete’s needs for their best benefit. I also feel that it helps the athletes have a different kind of respect for their bodies and their sport.

If you have a child in athletics that you want to help safely get to the top of their game, contact me and we will set up our free first session!

jake_marken@hotmail.com

 

The benefits of adding nuts and seeds to your diet!

When approaching our nutrition plans many of us immediately write off the “fat” food group. And while there are many unhealthy and derived fats, monounsaturated fats such as nuts, seeds and certain oils can totally throw a wrench in the nutrition battle and help you subdue your cravings. By adding some walnuts to your salad, sunflower seeds to you yogurt or even using an almond milk extract in your morning shake you can feel fuller longer and get some serious nutriental benefits from some of these guys! So add them in to your diet, but only start with a few handfuls a day, lets not get “nuts” here guys…

In this article, Dr. Lisa Young lists 7 nut and seed super foods and explains each of there value!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-lisa-young/healthy-foods_b_2115225.html

Julane Pratt attends bobsleigh national combine!

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Click on the image to learn about the Ontario Bobsledding history.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of accompanying Julane to the 2015 open National bobsleigh and skeleton combine in Hamilton. With about 60 athletes attending, (a few already on team Ontario and approximately half the remaining athletes previously attending recruitment combines) Julane performed awesome! For just starting her training, she tested just outside the National testing standards for 30 meter dash, standing broad jump and underhand ball toss. Most athletes who try out for bobsleigh usually come from a speed or power sport, such as track and rugby. With Julane being a former figure skater, she may have been at a fundamental disadvantage but still tested great. If she is not called to the national tryouts she intends to train hard for the next combine in the winter! The moral of this is, it’s never to late to try something new or to try and achieve a goal you’ve always wanted to. No matter how big or small it may seem its always good to test yourself and try new things!  Good luck Julane!