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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

 â€śIf 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

Pilates Can Take Your Yoga Practice to the Next Level

Many yoga practitioners lay down on their yoga mat with a specific goal in mind. I want to deepen pigeon pose, I want to hold my handstand effortlessly, I want to float into crow without bruising my triceps. No matter what your goal is during your Yoga class, we have the secret.

Pilates is often compared to Yoga, but there is a defined difference. Pilates requires strength and precision, teaching you to move from a solid foundation, and connect to postural muscles that are universally underused. Learning to connect to these postural muscles can lead you into a lengthened chest position during triangle pose, control your centre of gravity during half moon, and flow through chaturanga lightly in neutral alignment.

PJ Yoga

Here are a few key reasons why Pilates will take your Yoga poses to the next level.

Proper Alignment

Pilates is all about positioning your spine in proper alignment, so you can walk out of your session and take this posture into everyday life. Focusing on balancing the musculature helps create symmetry between the left and the right sides of your body. Working both sides simultaneously, you’re able to compare the strength of both sides and work them equally. You can take this knowledge to your Yoga mat, and connect to your muscles equally during balance poses to help your stability and use your core properly to protect your back during back bends.

Flexibility

Pilates exercises incorporate dynamic stretching, so not only are you strengthening one muscle, you are getting a stretch through another. Although Pilates does not solely focus on flexibility, it is known to create more flexibility and length through the muscles, lengthening your body from head to toes. Learning how to dynamically stretch and stay neutral also protects your muscles from hyperextension during Yoga classes, this allows you to engage proper muscles before you lengthen into a stretch to avoid injury and create lasting results. 

Stronger Core  

A stronger core equals less back pain. Ask anyone who came to Pilates to relive back tension, they will tell you that they experienced some sort of relief. Our bodies were made to move, it only takes a few classes or private sessions to remind our body how to align and work properly to avoid tension. Having a strong core leaves more room for mobility through the body while doing Yoga, instead of suffering through back pain during poses. As a beginner going into a Yoga class, you may not realize when and where to connect to your centre, by incorporating the Pilates principles you can trust that your body is properly flowing from pose to pose. 

Allows you to Work Deeper

Once you start focusing on your abdominals, you realize that your bodies movements are powered through your core. Try doing downward dog without your core engaged; you’ll most likely leave with back pain. During exercise our larger muscles like to take over, Pilates helps us zone into our small, more intrinsic muscles. During Yoga classes, you will notice more strength during movements. With stronger abdominals, you can improve every single one of your poses on the yoga mat. If you decide to work one on one with an Instructor you can even mimic and improve your entire Yoga routine by dissecting each exercise.

Overall, Pilates can help Yogis advance into poses that they hadn’t felt possible before and avoid injury. Have you always wondered how that girl at the front of class effortlessly holds her position in handstand? Well now you’re in on the secret!

 

 

 

 

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

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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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

Fall 2017 Classes: September 11 – December 22, 2017

Fall classes now ready for sign-up!

Fall 2017
Fall Classes Starting Monday September 11

  • Fall Classes: September 11 – December 22, 2017
  • Monday September 11 – December 22, 2017 (15 wks)
  • Monday classes 14 wks
  • (Classes cancelled Thanksgiving Monday October 9, 2017)

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.

Let Us Know Your Vacation/Away Dates

Please email Stephanie at steffipilates@me.com any of your vacation/away dates this Fall prior to September 5, 2017 in order invoice your season properly. Thank you!


New Classes

Iron Yoga on the Reformer with PJ Wight
Wednesday’s 7:15 p.m

Indoor Cycle & Restorative Yoga with PJ Wight
Wednesday’s 6:15 p.m

45 minute Reformer Class
Tuesday’s  7:30 – 8:15 p.m

60 minute Reformer Class
Thursday’s 6 – 7 p.m


Downloadable Printable Schedule

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


Upcoming Event
LEARN @ LUNCH: Packing The Perfect Lunch

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
with Angela Nosalik (Registered Holistic Nutritionist)
www.relishcookingstudio.com
Looking for a little lunch box inspiration? Join us today for lunch and a whole lot of learning. Registered Holistic Nutritionist Angela Nosalik from Vibrant Living ..

Summer 2017 Classes: July 10 – September 1

Summer classes now ready for sign-up!

Summer 2017


Register Now

Summer Classes: July 10 – September 1 — Indoor cycle, yoga, pilates mat, running, and reformer classes are ready for you. 

  • Classes cancelled for Civic Long Weekend August 7, 2017
  • 8 weeks (except Monday – 7 weeks)
  • Monday July 10 – September 1, 2017 (8 wks) (Monday 7wks)
  • 4 weeks minimum enrollment per class to receive Loyalty Program Price
  • Spring Class Break: July 3 – 7, 2017
  • Summer Class Break: September 4 – 7, 2017

Time To Enjoy Summer

This summer, put your phone away. Make some memories no one else will know about. Make some memories that are just yours!


Downloadable Printable Schedule

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


New This Fall

• Introduction of a 24 session package price for Private and Semi-private sessions
• Introduction of a 24 session package price for Private and Semi-private sessions
• Sound system repair and upgrade
• Platforms for the tower end of reformers – yes this will be fun!
• Introduction of an open class pass providing increased flexibility and freedom for attendance 

 

Spring 2017 Classes: April 10 – June 30

Spring classes now ready for sign-up!

Spring 2017


Register Now

Spring Classes: April 10 – June 30, 2017  — Indoor cycle, yoga, pilates mat, running, and reformer classes are ready for you. 

  • Spring classes…April 10 – June 30, 2017 (12 Wks) (Mon 10 wks)(Fri 11 wks)
  • Classes cancelled for Good Friday April 14, Easter Monday April 17, Victoria Day May 22
  • NO Classes July 3 – 7, 2017
  • 12 weeks (except Monday – 10 weeks and Friday – 11 weeks)
  • 6 weeks minimum enrollment per class to receive Loyalty Program Price

Time To Enjoy Spring

Enjoy time to be outdoors, outdoor activities, walks, sports, adventures!


Downloadable Printable Schedule

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

Winter 2017 Classes: January 9 – March 31

Winter classes now ready for sign-up!


Register Now

Winter Classes: January 9 – March 31, 2017  — Indoor cycle, yoga, pilates mat, running, and reformer classes are ready for you. 

  • Start – January 9 End – March 31
  • No classes Feb 20 (Family Day)
  • 12 weeks (except Monday – 11 weeks)
  • 6 weeks minimum enrollment per class to receive Loyalty Program Price

Continuous Learning

–Julane —
From January 9-15, 2017 in Julane will be studying physiology and techniques of Fascial Stretch Therapy through the Stretch to Win Institute in Tempe, Arizona. For more information please visit http://stretchtowin.com/. What is Stretch to Win ® Fascial Stretch Therapy? One of the most effective manual therapy & movement training methods; Enhances & integrates with all training and .. Stay tuned for Fascial Stretch Therapy Promo with Julane in the New Year!

–Kris, PJ and Steph —
…are attending a Tom Meyers based workshop in January for Anatomy Training for Movement Therapists on Fascial Mechanics. The Anatomy Trains concept moves beyond mechanical “cause and affect” actions of muscles to the integrative relational connections of real-life functional movement.


Educational Essential Oil Class

January 14, 2017  8 – 9 a.m.
Michele Schmidt — an amazing Registered Massage Therapist, Acupuncturist and Aromatherapist will be presenting an educational Essential Oil class. There will be discussion of the science behind essential oil as well as recipes given for muscles, joint and body health. Please email Stephanie to confirm your desire to attend info@artoffitness.net


  1. STUDIO CLOSED from Monday December 26 until Sunday January 8, 2017.
  2. Thank you for another fantastic year! HAPPY NEW YEAR
  3. Reminder that classes and appointments all start the week of January 9, 2017

Downloadable Printable Schedule

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