QUESTIONS? ANSWERED.

WHO DOES PILATES?

Anyone can do and should do Pilates! From NFL players, pre/post-natal women, golfers, high-stress corporate executives, to those recovering from injuries or surgery or who want to enhance their fitness program, Pilates is ideal. By focusing on individual needs and goals, I design Pilates programs to keep clients safe and get them long-lasting results. The focus, discipline and body-awareness that develops as a result of practicing Pilates translates into everyday life. 

IF I'M NEW TO PILATES, WHAT SHOULD I KNOW?

You don't need to be flexible to do Pilates. It's not just an ab work out. People with any varying level of fitness, those recovering from injury and those looking to amp-up their workouts should do Pilates. While exercises are executed with a deep emphasis on the core, Pilates is a full-body workout that improves strength, balance, flexibility, endurance and focus. One of the best parts of Pilates is how you can apply what you learn to improve other physical activities-- from golfing to running to cross fit to sitting at your desk. 

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MAT PILATES, AND PILATES ON THE TOWER AND REFORMER?

In all types of Pilates exercises, the emphasis is on using resistance to build strength, control and balance from your core or powerhouse. Mat Pilates can be performed anytime anywhere, and the resistance work comes primarily from gravity and your own body weight. The reformer is a piece of equipment with moving parts and the resistance comes from weighted springs and your body weight. The tower consists of a mat with vertical poles on which springs and bars are attached; it provides some benefits of mat Pilates along with the challenge and variety of spring-loaded resistance training. Clients have called Pilates on the reformer and tower as "next level." If you've never practiced Pilates on these pieces of equipment, give it a try and experience the differences for yourself. 

WHY DOES YOUR TRAINING STAND OUT FROM OTHERS?

I come from a background of competitive sports, diverse fitness practices and corporate life. I know that when people want a workout, it's important to get the most effective, efficient workout designed to meet specific fitness goals. The study and practice of Pilates-- from functional anatomy, injury prevention and recovery and exercises designed to improve strength and symmetry--- provide an ideal method for getting clients the sustainable results they want. My health coaching education is rooted in practicality-- how to get well and stay well while living your life. 

WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB?

Experiencing the "ah-ha" moments with clients-- when a exercise or concept just clicks; they become more self-aware and inherently connected with what their bodies can achieve.

WHAT TYPE OF CERTIFICATIONS DO YOU HAVE?

The certification process to become a Pilates instructor is unlike any other fitness certification program, with extensive training that encompasses many areas of health and wellness. I am certified through Equinox Pilates Teacher Trainer Institute, a 450-hour program which follows the method that Joseph Pilates originally created in the early 1920s, while applying modern fitness knowledge to this system. Training is focused on the comprehensive repertoire, from beginning to advanced-level exercises, including how to make the practice suitable for any individual. The comprehensive program includes instruction on over 300 exercises using all apparatus, in-depth anatomy, injury prevention and recovery, and vocal training. I also hold the PMA-CPT designation; the Pilates Method Alliance Certified Pilates Teacher (CPT) examination is the only third-party accreditation program, and is only open to instructors who have completed a comprehensive teacher trainer program.

I received my Health Coaching certification through the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the only NCCA-accredited health coaching program. This certification focuses on areas of behavioral psychology, fitness, nutrition, anatomy and physiology. 

DO YOU DO ANY CONTINUING EDUCATION TO STAY CURRENT? 

Yes, both PMA-CPI certified instructors and ACE-certified Health Coaches are required to participate in continuing education programs to maintain certification. Throughout the year, I participate in hands-on and virtual workshops that cover topics involving anatomy, special cases, injuries, and exercise modifications.

More questions? Give me a ring, shoot me a text or send me an email: 
917.860.9292 | kellysimmonshealth@gmail.com

 

kelllysimmonshealth@gmail.com | 917.860.9292| NASHVILLE, TN