September 3, 2015

Get a Red Hot Summer Sizzling Body at Suncoast Pilates

Getting ready for summer? Going to be spending more time outdoors, at the beach or going on vacation? Feeling not as fit as you would like to be? Pilates can sculpt and tone your body while increasing flexibility yet without adding bulk. Want a trimmer waistline, slimmer thighs and hips, flatter stomach, leaner toned arms, tighter buttocks and appear taller all at the same time? Pilates is the ticket to a leaner, meaner, empowered you. Leave energized, your entire body worked, strengthened and stretched.

Pilates has for a long time been the preferred workout for Hollywood stars, professional and Olympic athletes for cross training purposes and non-athletes throughout the world. Pilates is in the forefront of proven exercise regimens and not a fad. Pilates exercise (originally called Contrology) was created in the early 1900’s by Joseph Pilates, who was born in Germany and moved to the U.S. in 1926. Joe created his exercise system based on gymnastics and the physical culture found in Europe at the time. He invented and patented several pieces of equipment, all are which a part of the entire exercise system. To experience the entire exercise system, one performs exercise on all of the equipment he developed – the Universal Reformer, Cadillac / Tower, Chairs (there are multiple Chairs including Arm Chair, Wunda Chair), Pedi-Pole, Ladder Barrel, Step Barrel / Spine Corrector, Magic Circle and Mat. The equipment has springs, which offer resistance and assistance depending on the exercise to be performed.

Suncoast Pilates is a fully equipped Pilates studio, where a client will experience all of the equipment designed by Joe in his exercise regimen. Suncoast Pilates has some of the Tampa Bay area’s most highly training, experienced Pilates instructors. Suncoast Pilates offers Pilates instruction six days a week, from early morning through late evening. Suncoast is also a Pilates instructor training facility where Pilates instructors come from all over the world to become a Pilates instructor and for continuing education. If you have not yet tried Pilates, book a one -time reduced fee Intro session for $ 45 today. If you have gotten off track in your exercise regimen, get into the studio! Shape up your sizzling summer body today!


Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter, PMA®-CPT, Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master™, Second Generation Pilates Teacher – Suncoast Pilates – 34080 U.S. Hwy 19 North – Palm Harbor, Florida 34684 - Phone: (727) 772-6772 - www.SuncoastPilates.com

Suncoast Pilates
34080 U.S. Hwy 19 North Palm HarborFL34684 USA 
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Pilates for Pre and Post Rehab

Pilates Pre and Post RehabOne of the most effective exercise regimens that has proven the test of time is now named after the person who developed it – Pilates. Joseph Pilates was born in Eastern Germany on December 9, 1883. He created his own method of exercise, utilizing spring-based apparatus, which he called “Contrology”. He came to America in 1925 and filed his first of many patents, returning in 1926 to establish his studio in New York. Joseph Pilates’ New York studio put him in close proximity to a number of dance studios, which led to his “discovery” by that community in the early 1940’s. Many dancers, performers, politicians, socialites, and just normal people of New York depended on the Pilates method of training for the strength and grace it developed in the practitioner, and its rehabilitative as well as preventative qualities.

At Suncoast Pilates, established in 1997, many clients have come to the studio to practice Pilates prior to surgery or post-surgery over the years. One of our long term clients, Sonja, was diagnosed with breast cancer in February, had a double mastectomy at the end of March this year, and was released to do lower body work at six weeks post-operative and at nine weeks was released to add light upper body work as well. Sonja credits her fast recovery in part to the years of Pilates she has done at the studio which kept her strong prior to surgery.

We have had great success with other clients who have come into the studio pre-surgery and post-rehabilitation after joint replacements, such has hip and knee, as well as athletes and weekend warriors seeking exercise for injury prevention. Suncoast Pilates instructors are highly trained, certified and experienced in working with clients of all ages and all types.

Next month, there will be an update on Sonja’s progress.


Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter, PMA®-CPT, Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master™, Second Generation Pilates Teacher – Suncoast Pilates – 34080 U.S. Hwy 19 North – Palm Harbor, Florida 34684 - Phone: (727) 772-6772 - www.SuncoastPilates.com

Be Pilates Strong

If you have experienced a Pilates session, did your instructor utilize all of the equipment, including the Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Arm Chair, Ladder Barrel, Spine Corrector, PedOPull, small equipment such as Foot and Toe Corrector as well as the Mat? Was your session in a fully equipped Pilates studio with a comprehensively trained Pilates instructor? Did you leave shaking, quaking, feel totally worked out yet exhilarated and energized all at the same time? Did you feel every muscle telling you that you did something? If not, perhaps you did not experience a real Pilates session. Joseph Pilates, who developed this own fitness regimen, was a very fit, physical person. Joe was trained in gymnastics and developed himself as a body builder, wrestler, boxer, skier and diver. He developed a spring-based apparatus to help the injured soldiers and trained police in Europe in self-defense and physical training. Joe migrated to America from Germany in 1926 and opened a studio in New York City, where he trained a variety of clients including athletes, businessmen, actors, singers and dancers until his death in 1967. Pilates exercise, as Joe designed it, is an exercise system that dramatically transforms the way your body looks and feels by focusing on stretching and building strength with resistance. Pilates exercise is excellent for developing a strong “core” or center of the body, and it develops an evenly conditioned body. It elongates and strengthens muscles creating elasticity and joint mobility. As Pilates has grown in popularity and Pilates instructors abound by the thousands, the actual feeling of a true Pilates session may have been lost. In the Pilates world, to become a Pilates instructor takes a minimum of 480 plus hours of training on all of the Pilates equipment. From the initial 480 hours of training, it literally takes years to become a proficient and experienced Pilates instructor. The best Pilates instructors take hours of continuing education and are always learning and improving their technique. Suncoast Pilates is a Pilates instructor training facility with Pilates trainees and instructors coming from all over the world for both Pilates education and continuing education. As well as having two Balanced Body Faculty on staff teaching new instructors, Suncoast brings in guest Pilates teachers from around the world to provide incredible Pilates experiences for studio clients, staff and other Pilates instructors from around the United States. Always inquire as to the training and experience of your Pilates instructor. Not all Pilates instructor training is the same, though it should be. Pilates is meant to change the body, improve one’s posture, strength and health, tone, tighten and trim while increasing flexibility. Come and experience Pilates as it should be taught and felt. Book an introductory session at Suncoast Pilates today. Would you trust your body to anyone else than the best?


Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter, PMA®-CPT, Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master™, Second Generation Pilates Teacher – Suncoast Pilates – 34080 U.S. Hwy 19 North – Palm Harbor, Florida 34684 - Phone: (727) 772-6772 - www.SuncoastPilates.com

Get Beach Body Ready with Pilates

“In 10 sessions you will feel a difference. In 20 sessions you will see a difference and in 30 sessions you will have a new body” as stated by Joseph Pilates. Joe developed his effective exercise regimen that has endured the test of time, which he originally named “Contrology”. Pilates exercise has been around for almost 100 years with proven results. As summer approaches and the weather warms up, the thoughts of beach and outdoor activities may prompt one to seek a body slimming workout routine. Pilates exercise, utilizing all the Pilates equipment within the Pilates repertoire, slims and tones the thighs, buttocks, hips, arms, waistline, abdominals, shoulders and back. The Pilates system sculpts, strengthens and increases flexibility all at the same time. Each session is a full body workout, and should incorporate all of the equipment specially designed by Joseph Pilates, including the Reformer, Tower / Cadillac, Chairs (Arm Chair and Wunda Chair), PedOPull, Barrels (Ladder and Step Barrel)and Mat. The added benefit of Pilates exercise over other workouts is the emphasis on and improvement in posture. Look younger and leaner and stand taller simply from improving your posture with Pilates. Joe even created the foot and toe correctors, which along with footwork done on the Reformer and / or Wunda Chair creates a more balanced foot strike, strengthens the ankles and sculpts the calves. Joe even created a neck stretcher. Pilates exercise literally works to strengthen and sculpt from the head to the toes. Pilates can get your body beach body ready!

Exercise fads come and go. Pilates exercise is here to stay. Pilates is effective for both the beginning exerciser to the weekend warrior or professional athlete. Joe Pilates trained a multitude of people from businessmen to opera singers to actors to dancers to boxers. Pilates has been brought to awareness by the use of Pilates by professional athletes (football and basketball players, golfers and Olympic athletes of all sports), actors and dancers. Pilates is incorporated into famous beach volley ball player workouts. Pilates is for everyone, young and young at heart, men and women. Pilates is for you! Come get your beach body today at Suncoast Pilates.


Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter, PMA®-CPT, Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master™, Second Generation Pilates Teacher – Suncoast Pilates – 34080 U.S. Hwy 19 North – Palm Harbor, Florida 34684 - Phone: (727) 772-6772 - www.SuncoastPilates.com

Spring to Be Fit with Pilates

Spring is in the air with thoughts of more outside activities and to both looking and being fit. Springs are literally how one gets fit with Pilates. Most of the equipment used in the Pilates exercise (Reformer, Cadillac / Tower, the various Chairs, PedOPull, Toe Corrector and Foot Corrector) all utilize springs to offer both resistance and assistance. The springs assist in creating oppositional resistance and to create length and space in the vertebrae, legs and arms, improving posture, strength and flexibility all at the same time. The Pilates exercise system, originally called Contrology by creator Joseph Pilates and later named in his honor, has been around for almost one hundred years, and is a proven regimen.

Back in the time Joseph Pilates was growing up in Europe, springs were used in the physical culture at the time and were found in gyms. In additional to creating floor exercises to be performed on a raised mat, Joe designed and patented several pieces of equipment on which to perform his exercise system. He was actually quite brilliant in his inventions, working with clients from professional athletes to individuals with injuries. Pilates exercises can be performed lying, sitting, kneeling and standing, with the equipment offering both support as well as challenge. Pilates trims, tones and sculpts all at the same time, yielding slimmer waistlines, hips and thighs while increasing strength in arms, legs and torso. Pilates is a full body exercise, each time working all muscles throughout the workout.

When seeking to do Pilates, find a trained, experienced Pilates instructor to learn the proper form. One can perform Pilates on the floor (called mat exercise). However to experience Pilates fully, one should work on all the Pilates equipment to yield the results Joe Pilates intended. To become a comprehensively trained Pilates instructor, one goes through a rigorous minimum of 480 hours of training. Look for an instructor who is versed in teaching a client on all of the Pilates equipment and is comprehensively trained and certified. Suncoast Pilates has some of the area’s most highly comprehensively trained Pilates instructors in the Tampa Bay area. Suncoast Pilates is also a Pilates instructor training facility, where Pilates instructors come from around the world to be instructors. Would you trust your body to anyone less?


Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter, PMA®-CPT, Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master™, Second Generation Pilates Teacher – Suncoast Pilates – 34080 U.S. Hwy 19 North – Palm Harbor, Florida 34684 - Phone: (727) 772-6772 - www.SuncoastPilates.com

Get a Body You Love with Pilates

February brings thoughts of love – for your partner, a friend or family member. How do you feel about yourself? About your health? About your body? Have you tried Pilates exercise? Originally named “Contrology” by creator Joseph Pilates, this exercise regimen has been the choice of professional athletes, models and actors for many years. Pilates has been shown to increase strength while improving flexibility, provide a more sculpted, leaner look to legs, hips, thighs, and waistline. Posture is improved and energy levels increased in the full body workouts Pilates offers. Pilates is here to stay and is not a fad or trend. One’s body feels fully worked yet not unable to function the next day.

Joseph Pilates developed his exercise regimen as a system, incorporating specially designed equipment, each with various exercises designed to strengthen and stretch, while improving posture at the same time. Joe designed the Universal Reformer, Wunda Chair, Ladder Barrel and Spine Corrector, Foot and Toe Correctors, Magic Circle, PedOPull and Cadillac, as well as Mat exercises to improve the physique and wellness of the human body. Each piece of equipment is used to achieve desired results on each apparatus. If you have done Pilates previously, but have not utilized all the Pilates equipment in your sessions, you may have been missing part of the entire system Joseph Pilates designed for the body to experience. If you have never done Pilates, seek out a fully equipped Pilates studio with all of the apparatus to begin the journey to health, wellness and a better you.

When looking to start a Pilates program, be sure to check the credentials of the Pilates instructor with whom you wish to start your journey. Pilates instructors should be comprehensively trained on all of the Pilates equipment, Certified to teach on all of the Pilates apparatus and preferably should be experienced. Suncoast Pilates has some of the area’s most highly trained, experienced Pilates instructors. Suncoast Pilates is also an approved Pilates instructor training facility. Come train where Pilates instructors train from around the world for Pilates training and continuing education. Would you trust your body to anyone else? Your body will love you for it!


Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter, PMA®-CPT, Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master™, Second Generation Pilates Teacher – Suncoast Pilates – 34080 U.S. Hwy 19 North – Palm Harbor, Florida 34684 - Phone: (727) 772-6772 - www.SuncoastPilates.com

Wrap Up the Holidays with Pilates

As the presents are wrapped then opened this holiday season, one of the best gifts one could give or receive is the gift of health – the gift of Pilates exercise. As the gift giver, what could be more thoughtful than to give someone the means to improve their physical well-being, increase energy, tone and sculpt one’s body, improve posture and decrease stress levels. And have you thought of yourself for the holidays? Be sure to include a present for you and unwrap yourself the gift of Pilates sessions?

Suncoast Pilates has been offering Pilates private, duet and group Pilates sessions since 1997, with some of the Tampa Bay area’s most experienced and highly trained Pilates instructors. The studio is a fully equipped Pilates studio, with sessions tailored to the individual utilizing all the Pilates equipment – the Universal Reformer, Cadillac / Tower, Pilates Chairs and Barrels, Ladder Barrel, PedOPull. Pilates offers results that have withstood with test of time.

Suncoast Pilates is also a Pilates instructor training studio, teaching Pilates instructors to be instructors, as well as offering continuing education and workshops. Throughout the year, Suncoast Pilates is renowned for offering the best in Pilates education. Earlier in 2014, the studio hosted “Pilates Trainer to the Hollywood Stars” Siri Dharma Galliano. Ms. Galliano will be back at Suncoast Pilates January 22 – 27, 2015, for two days of Pilates workshops, six days of Pilates private and duet sessions and Pilates Master classes. Ms. Galliano is known for sculpting the bodies of Hollywood Stars for movies including Uma Thurman for”Kill Bill “, Carrie Ann Moss for the Matrix movies, Jessica Lange, Sting and Madonna. Accompanying Ms. Galliano will be Vil Shaynurov, Pilates teacher and former Moscow Russian Circus Performer and trick equestrian. Siri and Vil will be co-teaching Pilates workshops, each teaching private Pilates sessions and teaching Pilates Master classes. Treat yourself for the holidays with a session with one of these incredible Pilates teachers during January. Or come in today for a Pilates Introductory Session with Suncoast Pilates own talented staff! Suncoast Pilates sells gift certificates which can be purchased in studio or online.


Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter, PMA®-CPT, Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master™, Second Generation Pilates Teacher – Suncoast Pilates – 34080 U.S. Hwy 19 North – Palm Harbor, Florida 34684 - Phone: (727) 772-6772 - www.SuncoastPilates.com

Improve Your Body Thanks to Pilates

What is your goal right now? Improve your golf swing and golf game? Into tennis or racquet sports and need an edge? Practice martial arts or box? Play basketball, football or soccer on the side or professionally? Enjoy ski trips? Love to swim? Enjoy running anything from a few miles to a marathon? Triathlete? What are professional and Olympic athletes incorporating into their cross training to improve strength while increasing flexibility, improve concentration and control and endurance – Pilates exercise.

Did you look in the mirror one day, seeing the effects of daily life (computers, driving, texting, or sitting at the desk all day long) and appear to be slouched over and tired? Feeling lackluster or lacking energy? Pilates exercise will improve one’s posture, energy levels and sense of well-being.

Are you post surgical and post rehabilitation from injury and need to find a good exercise regimen that will work for you? Pilates exercise has been utilized for years to assist is post rehabilitation programs.

If a woman, are you pre or post menopausal, pre or post natal and need a good exercise routine that will carry you through these life events? Post breast cancer recovery? Pilates exercise has been shown to help tremendously with all of these.

Pilates exercise is effective for most all ages, from the beginning exerciser to the professional athlete or weekend warrior. Pilates is for both men and women (Pilates exercise was developed by Joseph Pilates who originally developed his Contrology regimen for men).

What IS Pilates? The Pilates method is a physical movement program designed to stretch, strengthen and balance the body without adding bulk. Pilates exercises focuses on postural symmetry, breath control, abdominal strength, spine, pelvic and shoulder stabilization, muscular flexibility, joint mobility and strengthening through the complete range of motion of all joints. Instead of isolating muscles groups, the whole body is trained. Joseph Pilates designed several pieces of equipment utilizing springs to add assistance and resistance. Pilates can help dramatically change one’s body.

Get started by seeking out an experienced, comprehensively trained Pilates instructor. Suncoast Pilates has some of the Tampa Bay area’s most experienced and highly trained Pilates instructors, and is the area’s oldest Pilates studio, serving the area since 1997. Suncoast has instructors on staff who offer sports specific training, post-rehabilitation, pre and post natal and pre and post menopause training and beginning to advanced exercise programs. Call to book an Introductory Pilates Private Session today!


Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter, PMA®-CPT, Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master™, Second Generation Pilates Teacher – Suncoast Pilates – 34080 U.S. Hwy 19 North – Palm Harbor, Florida 34684 - Phone: (727) 772-6772 - www.SuncoastPilates.com

Fall into a Pilates Practice

It is always the right time to start an exercise regimen. People often wait for the New Year, after the holidays. However, getting the start on a solid fitness routine will do many things including stave off holiday weight gain, increase energy levels, improve mood, gives one a sense of well-being. One of the proven exercise practices that will do all that and more is Pilates.

Pilates is a proven exercise system that has withstood the test of time. Not a fad, nor a passing fitness trend – Pilates is an extremely effective system utilized by seasoned athletes, actors, models, singers, golfers, tennis players, weekend warriors and great for beginning exercisers. Pilates WILL improve your overall body strength, flexibility, posture while trimming the waistline, hips and thighs without adding bulk. The system of Pilates, initially named “Contrology” by Joseph Pilates, is a full body workout, utilizes equipment developed by Joe. “Reform your body” with the Universal Reformer, the Trapeze Table, the Chairs, Ladder and Step Barrels, PediPole . Strength and length are increased by using the springs on the Pilates equipment. Pilates exercise works the muscles in different ways than standard gym equipment. Initially created by a man for men, Pilates exercise is for everyone.

Find a Pilates instructor / studio that offers the entire Pilates system on all of the Pilates equipment. Ask to work with a comprehensively trained Pilates instructor. Suncoast Pilates has some of the Clearwater / Tampa Bay area’s most experienced and highly trained Pilates instructors. Fall into a fitness routine now, before the holiday rush. You will feel better for it!


Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter, PMA®-CPT, Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master™, Second Generation Pilates Teacher – Suncoast Pilates – 34080 U.S. Hwy 19 North – Palm Harbor, Florida 34684 - Phone: (727) 772-6772 - www.SuncoastPilates.com

Pilates for Her

Want to do something special for the lady in your life, be it wife, girlfriend, mother, sister, daughter or just a good friend or co-worker? Give her the gift of Pilates, a proven exercise system created in the first part of the 20th century by Joseph Pilates. This unique exercise system utilizes specially designed equipment created and developed by Joe Pilates including the Cadillac / Trapeze Table, Reformer, Wunda and Arm Chairs. Ladder and Step Barrels, PediPole, Foot Corrector, Toe Corrector. The Pilates system improves strength while improving flexibility, posture, and increasing energy and yielding an overall sense of well being. In today’s society of more, harder, faster, better, fitness regimens can often feel punishing and grueling. Pilates leaves your body feeling worked, yet able to stand, sit and walk the next day. Fitness fads come and go, and nothing is really new – just recycled and rebranded within the fitness industry. However, Pilates exercise has withstood the test of time and has been improving bodies for almost 100 years. Pilates works the entire body each and every time, applying the principles of precision, control, concentration, centering (all movement originates from the center of the body) and incorporating breath and flow. Pilates exercise is the choice of many professional athletes, who incorporate Pilates into their cross training regimen. Pilates is for everyone, from beginner to weekend warrior to Olympic athlete. Pilates will trim the waistline; tone the buttocks and inner thighs, while giving one the feeling of being taller and lengthened.

Where does one start in Pilates? First, find an experienced, comprehensively trained Pilates instructor who has completed a minimum of 480 – 600 hour Pilates training program. There are over 500 exercises in the Pilates system on all of the equipment; therefore training is rigorous to become a Pilates instructor. Find a fully equipped Pilates studio in which one can experience all the equipment in the Pilates system. Pilates can also be performed on the floor, called Mat Pilates. However Mat Pilates is simply part of the exercise system. The Pilates equipment enables one to have assistance and resistance in exercises performed in a variety of positions (lying, sitting, kneeling, standing and side-lying). Find a Pilates instructor that resonates with the individual goals and needs. Private Pilates sessions are initially preferred to achieve the maximum results and are catered to the individual and for anyone with orthopedic issues or injuries.

Suncoast Pilates prides itself in being the Tampa Bay area’s first and premier Pilates studio, opened in 1997, and is a fully equipped Pilates studio. Suncoast has some of the area’s most experienced and highly trained Pilates instructors with availability from early morning through evening seven days a week. Give the woman in your life the chance to feel fabulous. Schedule her an Introductory Pilates session today!


Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter

Patricia Massey Welter, PMA®-CPT, Lolita San Miguel Pilates Master™, Second Generation Pilates Teacher – Suncoast Pilates – 34080 U.S. Hwy 19 North – Palm Harbor, Florida 34684 - Phone: (727) 772-6772 - www.SuncoastPilates.com

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