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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! 

5 km Running Clinic

The first running clinic class is on Friday, October 14, 2016 at 6:30 p.m

A Running Room event that we are happy to promote
Course Instructor: Leonard Cornelisse

Running Clinic
The running clinic goal is participate in the Resolution Run, January 7, 2017.
SIGN UP at the Running Room store (15 King St. S #3, Waterloo) or online

Diagonal Side-Sit

Diagonal Side-SitThe thoracic spine is designed for rotation. It’s supposed to rotate more than your lumbar spine, but for the majority of people, it’s the opposite. Why? Lifestyle choices lead to posture that feeds thoracic spine dysfunction. Hunching over your cell phone and rounding your shoulders increases your thoracic curve, making efficient rotation damn near impossible.

Watch video and read more here.

 

Tower of Power

Allegro Tower of Power

Allegro Tower of Power
We love keeping your Pilates Reformer classes dynamic, fun and full of options. Each of our reformers has the tower which allows us to incorporate some amazing options into your Reformer based classes.

Learn about our reformer classes here.

Ever Tried the Exo Chair?

EXO chairs

EXO chair classes — ever tried the EXO chair?

EXO chairs strong

 

Leave our studio feeling strong after after using the EXO chair in a fun and unique full body workout.

EXO chairs split

All of our EXO chairs come with a split pedal and the Functional Resistance kit. Follow this link for a clip workout example:


Storing the Functional Resistance Kits has never been so pretty! Live edge slab of tree…

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Rediscover the Miracle of Movement

..rediscover the miracle of movement so you can make it part of your daily routine..

Body Harmonics helps people rediscover the true meaning of Pilates and what it means to move with ease and strength..rediscover the miracle of movement so you can make it part of your daily routine. You’ll look better, feel better and have the power to do anything.

Body Harmonics is who educates and inspires is at the KW Art of Fitness through all of the certification courses and continuing education classes. The message that is in this video resonates deeply with us and we bring it back to Kitchener Waterloo to our clients.

The Piriformis – a small muscle that can cause a lot of discomfort

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The bright red muscle in the picture is the piriformis muscle that can cause so much discomfort and pain when tight. Sometimes, one side is tighter then the other which can cause misalignment in the pelvis.

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This is one of the many exercises we do on the reformer to help relieve tension in the piriformis. Be sure that there are no other issues (hip, back or knee) that would override the benefit of this movement. It isn’t for everyone, but those who are able to do this enjoy the release. Click the image to learn more about this exercise.

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