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Get to know PJ Wight

PJ is a personal trainer here at Art of Fitness, bringing with her over 25 years of experience in the fitness/coaching industry. She is certified with the Canadian Personal Trainers Network and the International Youth Conditioning Association. Her primary goal as a personal trainer and coach is to develop a goal-oriented plan and provide guidance, encouragement and creativity in assisting each of her clients to attain his/her personal fitness goals and improve their quality of life.

Prior to joining the Art of Fitness team, she was a figure skating coaching and attained a Level II coaching certification. She states that two things led her to pursue a career as a personal trainer. First, is her personal love of fitness. Second, she loved coaching and guiding both young people and the young at heart to achieve their personal fitness goals.

Below is part 1 of an interview we did to get to know PJ even better! 

PJ Wight

1. What is on your bucket list? Trip to Australia to see my cousins; travel to Scotland, Ireland, England, Italy, Alaskan cruise
2. Where did you grow up? Kitchener, Ontario
3. What food can you not live without? eggs
4. Who is the funniest person you know? Gary 
5. What is the best gift you have ever received? Finding my birth family
6. First thing you do in the morning? turn the alarm off
7. What is the one thing people would never guess about you? my age 🙂
8. What’s on your bedside table? Tiffany lamp; clock radio and decorative turtles
9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? follow your gut instincts
10. What’s the background on your computer? The beach and the ocean

 “If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or otherwise it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them”- Bruce Lee

Get to Know Erin Mahony

Welcome to our new series “Get To know Our Instructors”. We grilled Erin with 30 random questions, that we will post for you over the Spring Session! Have a question for Erin? Email us and stay tuned to see it answered! 

Lower back weakness and muscular imbalance initially brought Erin to the practice of Pilates more than 15 years ago. What initially began as a prescription for rehabilitative and strengthening exercise has since developed into a tremendous passion of hers! As an ambitious woman going after a variety of athletic pursuits, Pilates compliments her lifestyle as both student and instructor. Training clients to be conscious of posture, breathing and alignment in various exercises, offers increased core strength and greater body awareness. As a Pilates instructor, Erin looks forward to educating her clients, challenging them and having fun!

Learn more about your Tuesday evening Instructor, Erin, below: 

1. What is on your bucket list? Open a market stall at the Paris Wincey Mills, run a hobby farm with my family, rent a houseboat for a holiday, knit a sweater, travel to Australia, play a gig at a coffee house
2. Where did you grow up? I’m a home-grown honey, born and raised here in Kitchener-Waterloo
3. What food can you not live without? Grandma Elsie’s homemade perogies
4. Who is the funniest person you know? Uncle Doug
5. What is the best gift you have ever received? My husband and two step-children
6. First thing you do in the morning? Meditate
7. What is the one thing people would never guess about you? I love to crochet
8. What’s on your bedside table? A lamp, my happiness journal and a few random pieces of jewellery
9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Always remember, everyone is doing their best with what they know”
10. What’s the background on your computer? Boring old black default screen…it’s a work laptop so I haven’t personalized it

Want to take a class with Erin? Click here to register.   

Certifications Include:

  • Certified PhysicalMind Institute Vertical and Matwork Intensive
  • Body Harmonics Pilates Reformer Intensive – Apprentice
  • Half Marathon Runner, Participant in Sprint level triathlons
  • Member of ROW Masters Swim Program

When Instructors become Students

As Instructors we are always looking to keep things interesting for our clients. Taking courses and workshops to learn more about movement is key to staying up to date with current information and to keep things creative for our clients and so we don’t get bored stuck in the same movement patterns. We are constantly searching for different ways to challenge your bodies creatively so you see the benefits!
Angamardhana

That is why in April, our favourite Studio owner, Steph, is heading to Merrickville, Ontario in the Ottawa area to explore three separate workshops, ‘Angamardhana A Classical Hatha Yoga‘, ‘Bhuta Shuddi‘ and ‘Surya Kriya‘.

See below for some information on what Steph will be bringing back to the Studio at the end of April! 

ANGAMARDHANA A CLASSICAL HATHA YOGA 

Anagamardhana means gaining complete mastery over the limbs, organs and other parts of the body. This is a physical practice that roots from the belief that being fit is not about showing off your muscles but about moving through life without having your body as an obstacle. Anagamardhana is partially an aerobic exercise but it also tones muscles without bringing any rigidity to your body. This is an ancient system, which brings stability to the mind and body. Staying true to its name, Anagamardhana revitalizes the body on all levels, muscles, circulatory system, skeletal structure, nervous system and energy system.

Benefits of Angamardana:

  • Strengthening the spine, skeletal system, and muscular system
  • Builds physical strength, fitness and tenacity
  • Takes years off the body, bringing a sense of lightness and freedom
  • Prepares the body for Hatha Yoga

BHUTA SHUDDHI

Bhuta Shuddhi is the most fundamental practice in the yogic system. “Bhuta” refers to the five elements and “Shuddhi” means “to cleanse.”

The basis for all creation, including the physical body, is a group of five elements: earth, water, wind, fire, and space. The wellbeing of your mind and body can be established by purifying the five elements within the human system. This is a stepping stone towards ultimate wellbeing.

This purificatory process helps one to achieve a state of harmony and balance which prepares the body for higher levels of sadhana, or spiritual practices..

Keeps the body and mind in harmony and balance. Prepares the system to handle powerful states of energy.

Benefits of Bhuta Shuddhi:

  • Keeps the system in harmony and balance
  • Prepares the system to handle powerful states of energy
  • Enhances the capabilities of the physical body, mind and energy system
  • Creates the basis to gain complete mastery over the human system

SURYA KRIYA

Surya Kriya, also referred to as the forefathers of Sun Salutation, is a 21-step, potent yogic practice with tremendous antiquity. Traditionally only practiced by reserved Yogis, Surya Kriya becomes a strong foundation to explore higher dimensions of life.

Surya” means “Sun,” and “kriya” means “inner energy process.” Surya Kriya activates the solar plexus within the system and balances a person’s energies, leading to stability of the body and stillness of the mind.

Benefits of Surya Kriya:

  • Develops mental clarity and focus
  • Remedies weak constitutions
  • Boosts vigor and vitality
  • Balances hormonal levels in the body
  • Prepares one for deeper states of meditation
  • Enhances the elements and benefits of Surya Namaskar

To learn more about these courses, click here.

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’

Meet Our New Instructor: Katie Cameron Sullivan

Hi! My name is Katie and I am so excited to be the newest Instructor at KW Art of Fitness. I have been living in Toronto for the last nine years, originally moving to pursue a career in Public Relations, but life had other plans. I walked into my very first Pilates class with a friend during my first year of school and after the 55-minute class I realized I had never been more inspired by anything. My curiosity of the way the human body moves and this exercise that has so much depth and purpose took over and I was signed up for my first teacher training a few months later.

Katie Cameron Sullivan

I started teaching Matwork in local studios and worked as a Physiotherapist Assistant. I worked closely with client injuries putting them through safe and effective exercise programs. After gaining this invaluable experience I landed a job at the STOTT PILATES® headquarters bridging my Public Relations experience and my passion for Pilates. I spent the next two years working in the Toronto headquarters marketing the STOTT PILATES® Studio and learning from some of the top Instructors. While I was there I furthered my training and completed the Matwork and Reformer programs.
 
I can’t wait to bring my experience and love for this form-focused exercise to KW Art of Fitness and in time learn more from all the Instructors and you! My inspiration comes from the clients through the changes you see in daily life from committing to Pilates. Whether you are looking to hold your grandchild without a sore back, recover from having a baby of your own, help your golf drive or to just walk with a taller spine, I want to help you get there.
 
On my spare time you can find me taking my puppy Addy to the dog park, taking a Pilates class of my own, snowboarding in the winter or driving my husband crazy by planning our next travel adventure while on a current vacation. I love getting to know new people and hearing what brought them into the Studio. As much as my clients inspire me, I want to also inspire you!
 
If you want to learn a little more about me, you can visit my website here, or visit my Instagram page 

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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! 

Winter 2018 Classes: January, 8 – March 23, 2018

Winter classes now ready for sign-up!

Winter 2018 Classes AoF
Winter Classes Starting Monday January 8

  • Winter Classes: Monday January, 8 – Friday March 23, 2018
  • Monday classes (10 weeks)
  • Tuesday – Friday classes (11 weeks)
  • (Classes cancelled Family Day Monday, February 19, 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.

Holiday Season Studio Closed
December 25, 2017 – January 7, 2018

Downloadable Printable Schedule
Although you can see the online schedule here, you can also get the full Downloadable and Printable Class Schedule Here

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


The Bello Project Holiday Pay it Forward ProjectThe Bello Project
Walking Together: Care and Compassion for Pets of Terminally ill Pet Parents. We are selling 2018 calendars to raise funds, $25 each, all funds go to the charity, when purchasing calendar leave us your mailing address and full name to receive a tax receipt from The Bello Project

Summer Classes: July 4 – Sept 2, 2016

Summer classes now ready for sign-up!

Summer Classes


Summer classes now ready for sign-up!

Register Now Summer Classes: July 4 – Sept 2, 2016 — Indoor cycle, yoga, pilates mat, running, and reformer classes are ready for you. 9 weeks. (No Classes Monday, August 1)

New Pricing Descriptions
The new Loyalty program pricing for people that do more than half of the classes in a season.


Julane News
ErinJulane is an official RMT and the Pilates instructor for Kitchener Rangers


Downloadable Printable ScheduleRunning + Reformer

Although you can see the online schedule here, you can also get the full Dowloadable, Printable Class Schedule Here


More Storage

More storage — Project IKEA Art to the rescue


Discover The Power of Movement

A feature inspirational video in case you missed it.

Connect AppMore Art 

Art art and more art

Missed Class? Replacing Class Credit with Class Make-Up

Over the last few months we have been reworking and revamping our website and have added the new shopping cart option. This has already made it much simpler for clients to ensure they are enrolled in the class of their desire and have an accurate invoice sent directly to them. Through this process, I have come to realize that my system of invoicing needs to be simplified further in order to properly manage the company. This in turn will allow me to purchase great new equipment and continue to keep the level of service we offer above and beyond expectations.

Missed a classThis season we will be eliminating the class credit option and replacing this option with a class make-up. This means that within the season if you have to miss a class due to illness, sleeping in or busy life schedule, we request that you attend another class within that same season or the next registered class season. In order to ensure we maintain a safe environment for those attending classes, your make-up can be a reformer class only if you have previous experience on a reformer with one of our trainers. To start, we will be open to you attending any other class as a make-up regardless of what class you are registered for. Once we have been through a few seasons and re-assess how this is working, we will review feedback from clients and create concrete guidelines around the make-up class option.

Please note: when registering for your classes at the beginning of the season you are still welcome and encouraged to register for only the number classes you will be able to attend.

We appreciate your continued support and participation at KW Art of Fitness.