Welcome to my website, where I share my passion for Pilates, Fitness, Health, Food, etc.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise, or method of body conditioning developed by Joseph Hubertus Pilates, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength flexibility, and body awareness thus making our movements flow and more graceful. Mr Pilates originally called his method Contrology, using your mind to control your muscles. As trainers we often tell our clients to put their mind in their muscle, be present, be aware.
Jodie A. Fontenot has been training and advising clients since 2004. As a Personal Trainer, Pilates Instructor, and Fitness Nutritionist; Jodie offers customized training programs which include: * Pilates * Plyometrics * Weight Training * Boot camp training * Nutritional counseling * Cardiovascular exercise * Running specific training ( endurance/speed etc) * Improving Flexibility and Balance I train out of a private training studio in Northwest Houston, TX (Willowbrook, Champions, Spring, Cypress, CyFair are in 77070 zip code) equipped with a reformer, Cadillac, a full array of workout machines, free weights, ellipticals, and treadmills. I am passionate about fitness and health and will take a holistic approach in working with you.
Call today at 713-398-2370 or email to setup your appointment or click here to register on the popup form.
This salad was made up one day when I did not know what to cook for dinner. It can be eaten by it self or the meat of your choice. Let me know what you think if you make it.
CURRIED SQUASH AND SPINACH SALAD
1 Bag of organic spinach
1 Granny smith apple, diced
1 small thinly sliced red onion
4tbs sliced almonds
¼ cup dried cranberries or cherries
1 small butternut squash, cut into squares and roasted
1 can drained and rinsed Chickpeas Salt and Pepper Garlic Powder
1-2 tbs Olive Oil
1-2 tbs fresh lemon juice
1-2 tsp curry powder
1-2 cucumbers sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
Red pepper flakes (as much you like)
Preheat oven to 400. Peel and chop the squash place in a zip loc bag then add the salt and pepper, garlic powder, curry, oil, lemon juice and pepper flakes and a splash of water if needed. Shake and empty contents in a baking dish. 15-20 minutes before the squash is done mix in the chickpeas. Assemble salad, spinach, red onion, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell pepper; apple slices sliced almonds and cranberries. Once squash and chickpeas are cooked, add to salad bowl and toss.
Enjoy Exercise of the Month Roll back with small ball.
Source Sit with your legs extended straight out in front of you, feet flexed. Hold the ball in front of you at shoulder level, arms straight. Keep your chest up and back straight. Contract your core and glutes, then slowly roll back until your back is flat on the floor and the ball is directly overhead. From that position, bring your chin to your chest and slowly roll back up to the starting position. That’s one rep, do 10 reps.
A few days ago I was invited by a fellow blogger Becky her site Tres Chic Bellevue to share some health and fitness tips with her readers. She descibes herself as a reviewer of all-things-chic. Let me know what you think.
We all have days when we are dragging here are a few ideas/tips I have found to be helpful when I lack energy.
1. I will drink 2 ice cold glasses of water.
2. Take a 10-15 walking break.
3. Listen to music.
4. A 20 minute Pilates routine.
5. Deep Breaths
6. Lastly, I will take a “cat nap”. Sometimes all I need is 10-15 minutes.
What are your energy boosting tips?
If you are a meat eater, how about replacing one meal each day with veggies for 3 weeks?
Sitting at a desk all day? How about doing this Desk Routine.
Here are 2 of my favorite products from Burts Bees:
Beeswax Lip Balm and Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.
They have a lot of amazing porducts. If you have never tried their products you should, you won’t disappointed and their story is very interesting.
Which products are you liking right now?
Exercise of the month
Exercises for your hands.
Pilates on the Foam Roller ( it’s not just for tight muscles)
I am also taking reader requests, what would you like to see on the site?
If you are tight on time but still would like a workout that includes all the features of a well rounded routine, such as cardiovascular, strength, endurance and flexibility training your answer:
KETTLEBELLS. Kettlebells are small and portable and can be used anywhere. Many times all you need is one. Kettlebells are not balanced like dumbbells so more muscles are used to stabilize the body during most movements. Kettlebells are swung not lifted like dumbbells, making the movements more dynamic in nature and constantly challenging your balance.. You will “torch” a lot more calories than traditional weight training because you are using multiple muscle groups thus raising the heart rate. * Word of advice, always grip it tightly and wear wristbands, as this will provide cushioning while you swing away. There are 3 different grip positions for the kettlebell exercises, (1) the Rack Position: this is the most stable position (2) the Waiter Position and (3) the Bottoms Up Position. As always warm up before for 10-15 minutes before. Suggested kettlebell weight for women 10-25lbs and for men 15-35.
Consult your physician before trying these exercises.
Here are a few exercises:
Kettlebell Reverse Lunge and Shoulder Press
Kettlebell Upright Row
There are countless exercises that can be performed using kettlebells. If your gym offers a kettlebell class, try it sometime.