Client Spotlight – Lili Shim

This Client Spotlight features Lili Shim.  She is a regular in my Saturday class and I love working with her.  She’s always willing to try something new!

Q. How long have you been practicing Pilates?

A. I have been practicing Pilates for 3 years.

Q. What is your favorite exercise?

A. My favorite exercise is anything that works the glutes or hips.

Q. What is your favorite piece of equipment?

A. As for equipment, I like the jumpboard the best.

Q.What other forms of exercise do you regularly participate in?

A. Other forms of exercise I do on a regular basis include: treadmill, rowing machine, stationary weight machines, yoga.

Q. Tell us about your family.

A. I have 2 sons: one graduated from college last year and the other is about to start college this fall. My husband works in higher education and I work in the healthcare industry. We enjoy playing golf during the summer, although it gets harder to do as the boys get older and busier!

Q. What is your favorite food?

A. My favorite food is Asian noodle soups. From Korean to Chinese to Japanese, I can always find one I like!

Q. How do you find time for Pilates?

A. Right now I only have time for Pilates on the weekends. Some day I would like to be able to do Pilates 2-3 days a week because I really enjoy it.

Q. What do you think is the biggest benefit of doing Pilates?

A. I think the biggest benefit of Pilates is building strength without gaining bulk. And core strength most notably. My family was involved in a car accident a few years ago. While the impact was very painful, I firmly believe that my core strength was a huge factor in my not sustaining more serious injuries.

Jennifer Bertucci teaching Mondays & Tuesdays at Pilates, Core, & More

fullsizeoutput_8deI am excited to announce that Jennifer has been added to the schedule this fall!  Starting September 4th, Jennifer will teach on Mondays at 9am & 10am, as well as Tuesdays at 1:30pm.  She has subbed quite a bit for me already so many of you already know her, but here is a little more information to help you get to know her better.

In her own words, ” I started teaching aerobic classes in college at UNL over 20 years ago  Received a BA of science with an emphasis in Exercise Science and corporate fitness.  I worked as an Extended Care Trainer transitioning patients from PT to an independent fitness program.

Most currently, I am a full time mom of 3, became a certified STOTT Reformer Instructor and have been teaching the reformer for over 2 years.

[I] love Pilates because it allows me [to] constantly change and challenge my body and core in different ways without feeling overworked!

I enjoy running outside, swimming, movies and spending time with my family.  I have a dog named Crew and I love chocolate covered pretzels.”

Jennifer’s first official class is Tuesday, September 4th at 1:30pm.

August Challenge Post-A-Plate


For the August Challenge, I will be joining nutritionist, Lisa Garrett in her challenge to Post-a-Plate!  Join us as we post a picture of a meal every day for 14 days – any meal!  Post a picture of the food you’re eating, good or bad, and share it with Eat 2 Succeed, #eat2succeed!! Make sure you Like and Follow the Eat 2 Succeed FB page! The Post-a-Plate picture with the most Likes over the 14 days wins a brand-new Ninja Blender!!!  This is a piece of cake compared to last month’s Summer Abs Challenge! 😉 Here’s a link to the event on Facebook.

The Challenge starts today so get your phone and start taking pictures!unnamed-11

June Challenge – Drinking Water

Drinking water is a big component of a healthy lifestyle.  Drinking enough water each day will help increase your energy, helps with weight maintenance, helps regulate body temperature, and cushions your joints.  That’s why drinking water is our June challenge.  How much water should you drink?  Take you body weight in pounds and divide it by 2.  That number is the amount of ounces you should drink each day.  If the weather is extremely hot and/or if you exercised and sweated, you need to drink more than that to replace what you have lost.  This may seem easy but it is so important!  Plus, you are going to feel great! So, raise your glass!


5K Every Day in May!


Our next challenge is a 5K every day in May!  The weather has improved so I want you to go out and hit the pavement! Let’s see if we can walk, jog or run a 5k every day in May.  Five kilometers is equal to 3.11 miles.  The only way your 5k counts is if your feet are hitting the ground.  If weather doesn’t allow you to go outside, then a treadmill is acceptable, but I’d prefer you get outside.  Bicycles, skates, scooters will not count!

There are many benefits to walking/running outside.  The impact from walking/running will improve your bone density.  Being outside has been known to improve your mood.  Walking and running are great forms of cardiovascular exercise so it will improve your heart health, reduce your risk of disease, and helps you burn calories!  Do I need to say any more?

Get out there and keep track of how many days in the month of May that you complete a 5K!

I’ve got my walking buddy!  Get a friend to do it with you!  You’ll be more successful!


Client Spotlight

IMG_7951This Client Spotlight features Jessica. She is new to Pilates but has jumped in with both feet!  She comes to class a couple times a week and has seen some dramatic results.

Q. How long have you been practicing Pilates?

A. I started doing Pilates about 5 months ago.

Q. What is your favorite exercise?

A. One of my favorites is the hips rolls with the press outs.

Q. What is your favorite piece of equipment?

A. The reformer for sure, but I love when we incorporate smaller pieces like the ring to make our workouts more challenging. I’m also a huge fan the Cardio Blast class where we utilize the trampoline or jump board.

Q. What other forms of exercise do you regularly participate in?

A. I like to run or walk and in the summer I play sand volleyball.

Q. Tell us about your family.

A. I have been married to my husband, Colby, for 5 years. We have a 3 year old daughter, Ruby and two Labrador retrievers, Chuck and Murphy. We love to spend time outdoors whether it be doing yard work, playing with the dogs, going to the lake, or playing sand volleyball with friends.

Q. What is your favorite food?

A. I love pasta, but I eat anything my husband makes.  He’s a great cook!

Q. How do you find time for Pilates?

A. I find time because I truly have made it a priority. I typically work over my lunch hour so that gives me the flexibility to find a class time to attend.

Q. What do you think is the biggest benefit of doing Pilates?

A. I have experienced so may benefits that it’s hard to name just one. When I started Pilates, I was both physically and mentally unhealthy. I was really looking for a way to strengthen my core and just focus on me. In the last 5 months I have reduced my stress and anxiety levels, I have toned my body from head to toe, and an added bonus is I have lost weight! It is the best mind-body workout I’ve ever done.

April Arms & Abs Challenge

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We are hopefully getting closer to warmer weather, so let’s get our bodies ready!  The April Arms and Abs Challenge is underway, but it is not too late to join!  Just start today and follow the calendar all the way through.

The exercises are really very simple.  Here is a brief description of each:

A plank push up is when you start in a plank on your elbows then push up to a plank on your hands one hand at a time.  These can be done on your knees or on your feet. Once you are on both hands, you go back down to your elbows one arm at a time.  On the calendar you will see it say, “2 Plank push-ups R”, which means, do 2 plank push ups leading with your right arm.  So you would start in your plank on your elbows.  Then you would place your right hand on the mat and start to straighten your arm, then you would place your left hand on the mat and straighten both arms.  To come back down, you would start by placing your right elbow down, then place your left elbow down and you are back where you started.  Easy as pie!

Dips are great for strengthening your arms and back and you don’t have to do them the hard way!  Find a bench, chair or step that is a couple feet off the floor.  Place your hands on the bench with your fingers pointing towards your body.  Your feet can be place flat on the floor with your knees bent or they can be further away from your body on your heels to make it more challenging.  Then, keeping your shoulders out of your ears, bend your elbows and press back up.  That’s it!

For the ab curl, I think most of you know how to do that.  Just remember not to pull on your head & neck with your hands.  Let your head rest into your finger tips and leave a space between your chin & chest.

Reverse curls are just that – instead of lifting your head and shoulders up, you will be lifting your buns.  Your feet will be up off the mat.  You can cross at the ankle with legs bent if that feels better to you.  You will exhale and tuck your legs over your body until your tailbone lifts up, then you will roll it back down on the inhale.

For the full body curls, just put the ab curl and the reverse curl together and do them at the same time!

I hope you will give this challenge a try.  It will be a great way to get your body ready for those warmer temps that we all wish would come sooner rather than later!

March Mat-ness Challenge Day 30

All of the Exercises

Today is the last day of the March Mat-ness Challenge!  So today, take some time and go through all of the exercises you have learned and perform them all in the order you learned them.  You will end up with a great full body workout with stretching incorporated into the workout!

Here is the order of exercises:

  1. Ab Prep 5-10 Repetitions
  2. Breast Stroke Prep 3-5 Repetitions
  3. Hundred  10 Sets
  4. Half Roll Back  5-8 Repetitions
  5. Roll Up  5-8 Repetitions
  6. One Leg Circle  5 Repetitions each leg in each direction
  7. Spine Twist  3-5 Repetitions
  8. Rolling Like a Ball  8-10 Repetitions
  9. Single Leg Stretch  8-10 Repetitions
  10. Obliques  8-10 Repetitions
  11. Double Leg Stretch  5-10 Repetitions
  12. Scissors  8-10 Repetitions
  13. Shoulder Bridge 3-6 Repetitions on each leg
  14. Roll Over 6-8 Repetitions
  15. Heel Squeeze Prone  8-10 Repetitions
  16. Breast Stroke  5-8 Repetitions
  17. Saw  3-5 Repetitions each way
  18. Open Leg Rocker  8-10 Repetitions
  19. Neck Pull Prep  5-8 Repetitions
  20. Obliques Roll Back  3-5 Repetitions to each side
  21. Side Kick  8-10 Repetitions on each leg
  22. Side Leg Lift Series  5-10 Repetitions of each exercise on each leg
  23. Spine Stretch Forward  3-5 Repetitions
  24. Teaser  3-5 Repetitions
  25. Swan Dive  5-8 Repetitions
  26. Swimming  3-5 Sets
  27. Leg Pull Front  3-6 Repetitions on each leg
  28. Seal  8-10 Repetitions
  29. Side Bend  3-5 Repetitions on each side
  30. Push Up 3-5 Repetitions

March Mat-ness Challenge Day 30

Push Up

Pilates Push Ups are slightly different from regular push ups in that you add a roll down to the mat and you stand all the way back up when you are done.  It is a great way to take your push ups to the next level!

Start standing, looking straight ahead with a neutral spine.  On your inhale, nod your chin and begin to roll down letting your arms hang by your sides.  Try to get your hands to the mat – you may need to bend your knees.  Once your hands are on the mat, exhale and walk them away from your feet in four counts until you are in a plank position.  Now, if you cannot perform push ups in a plank position on your feet – no worries!  Just place your knees down on the mat for a modified push up.  Perform 3-5 push ups, inhaling as you bend your elbows and exhaling as you push up.  Then if your knees are down pick them up off the mat.  Inhale and walk your hands back towards your feet in four counts.  (Again, you may need to bend your knees if the stretch in your legs is too tight.) Once your hands are close to your feet, pull you belly button towards your spine and exhale as you roll all the way up to a standing position.