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Week 4 – Seeing the Difference?

This week had a rough start. The Monday I was supposed to see the difference saw me feeling low energy and frustrated. I was the only person in Sean’s evening class, so I asked if we could take things slow and restoratively.

Week 3 – The Middle

How is it that I’ve had obliques my entire life but am just now understanding what it feels like for them to activate? Don’t I use them every single day? Don’t they literally function to keep me upright and stable? Thanks to this week, my obliques are now engaged and sore in a way that I never knew was possible.

Week 2 – Feeling the Difference?

Last week I mentioned how humbled I was feeling by this experiment. It’s abundantly clear to me that, no matter your level as a devotee or as a teacher, we are all students of Pilates, and it’s our real-time growth that keeps us moving forward.

Week 1 – Back to Basics

My lats, they hurt. I only discovered this during a private with Anna where she had me take a stretch on the Cadillac. It was a sore burning that kicked on when I raised my arms and went into a slight back extension—and it let me know I’d been putting in work.

Hello! I’m Cambrey.

Hello! I’m Cambrey. I’m a professional writer and fitness enthusiast from Detroit. After rolling with the punches of 2020, I decided I would make 2021 a little better by recommitting to my health.

The Value of Matwork

Before I was certified on the Pilates equipment, I had my Mat certification for about two years. Eventually, I got fully certified, and soon found that I chose to do a lot of my workouts on the equipment, since there is so much variety available and I love using the equipment for my clients.

Why Pilates?

As someone with a passion for movement and well-being, I was naturally drawn to Pilates.

I was exposed to movement during my childhood years as a dancer and after graduating college, I began practicing yoga as a mental and physical outlet.

Focus on a transformation bigger than myself

I moved to Detroit so I could pursue my Masters degree in Acting. I wanted to focus my mind, body, and spirit on a transformation bigger than myself. I’ve realized through my studies and Pilates training that I want to help other artists like me reconnect with their bodies.

Working out in a Mask

Since we've been back at the studio, the biggest change for me has been wearing a mask. Though our cleaning protocol is a little more intense, we have always kept a very clean studio and I haven't really felt much of a change there. Even coming through one door and leaving through another hasn't been much of an adjustment.

Pilates Diversity Scholarship

My dear friend and colleague, Holly Furgason, owner of Blue Sparrow Pilates in San Francisco sent me this note recently.

Dear Nancy,

The Pilates field should be a reflection of our larger society and be a leader in creating diverse, inclusive, and equitable spaces for movement.