About Our Balanced Body Equipment
Balanced Body founder Ken Endelman kept saying no to custom equipment requests right up until he became the world’s largest supplier of Pilates equipment. The story about the California native, who grew up just outside of Los Angeles and now lives in Sacramento, credits a life-long interest in working with his hands for the company’s current success.
From Waterbeds to Reformers
Endelman was building frames for a waterbed company in the mid-‘70s that was on its way down when a customer first asked him to create a Pilates reformer for her personal practice. He agreed, without giving it much thought.
After finally taking a look at the apparatus he’d agreed to reproduce, which he’d put off as long as he could, he saw plenty of room for improvement, and the enterprise that began as a series of one-at-a-time orders for custom equipment today sits leads the pack of manufacturers of professional Pilates machines.
Built to Last A Lifetime
Balanced Body equipment reflects the founder’s reputation as a builder of fine furniture, from the doweled joinery of the reformer to the rock maple, one of the hardest woods available, used for the frame. The glued dowel joinery keeps the frames perfectly aligned for a lifetime of hard, everyday use.
Attention to detail and nearly indestructible construction are the hallmarks of Balanced Body’s professional line of Pilates apparatus.
In the nearly five decades the company’s been in business, Engelman has accumulated 28 separate patents for Balanced Body Pilates equipment, including the Revo Springbar reformer adjuster that maintains constant spring tension for the carriage in various seating configurations. This is why when you work out at Your Pilates Lifestyle, you’re working out on the best equipment available.
NIH Studies Pain Relief Alternatives
Fresh Look At Non-Addictive Methods of Pain Relief
NBC News reports that the National Institute of Health, after an extensive review of alternative methods of pain relief including acupuncture, tai chi, massage, meditation, and yoga, has found that those and other procedures can be just as effective as opioids in relieving symptoms.
The study, which looked at 16,000 patients, focused on the role pain relievers play in our daily lives, and whether or not other approaches could deliver relief without the threat addiction poses when using pharmacological remedies.
Researchers examined the three most common pain complaints: arthritic knees, neck, and lower back, and concluded that, in the case of lower back pain, yoga and acupuncture provided substantial relief. Even though Pilates wasn’t mentioned, I’m assuming that had it been included as a part of the study we’d have been well represented as being both safe and effective.
The research also looked at supplements like glucosamine, and found them to be ineffective in achieving any significant change in joint health, let alone pain relief.
This study began as an effort to find a solution to increasingly common opioid addiction as a result of commonly prescribed pain relief medications, and ended up discovering that safe and effective alternatives, including centuries old exercise based on ancient beliefs, can perform as well or better than modern pharmaceuticals.
We’re talking about does coffee count towards hydration, safe alternatives to opioids, and how much exercise do we really need. Hip flexors get a going over also, so take a look!
Here’s what’s making YPL news: Pelvic Floor exercises, World Record planks, training for the Rio Olympics, and more!
Hollywood’s “Normal” Perfect Bodies Explained
Read all about it in Your Pilates Lifestyle Fitnews. Think Hollywood’s biggest stars come by their bodies naturally? Turns out it’s an awful lot of really hard work. Just ask J. Law! Also: six-pack abs, ACL injuries, Major League Baseball Pilates training, and more.
Happy Birthday YPL!
It’s Happy Birthday to Your Pilates Lifestyle, as we celebrate five years of Classical Pilates fitness instruction to the Florida Gulf Coast! Here’s what’s in the news this month:
- Hydration Tips
- Flu Shot Update
- Add Years By Working Out
- Mindbody Adds Fitbit
- Schedule Changes
Find out more in Your Pilates Lifestyle FitNews online!
Your Pilates Lifestyle turns four this month! Boy has time flown by since I first opened my door back in 2010, with little more than hope and a deep belief that a Classic Pilates studio would find appeal among Suncoast residents looking for a quality fitness experience.
Getting the Most Out of Your Pilates Practice
Joseph Pilates developed his breakthrough Contrology fitness concepts nearly a century ago. To explain his revolutionary exercise workouts he diagramed the importance of a physical and mental practice that, when followed, results in superior conditioning.
At YPL, the Classic Practice focuses on achieving the rhythmic harmony that naturally occurs when mental clarity and physical conditioning are in synch. The feeling you experience after powering through a challenging workout is one of accomplishment, control, and exhilaration.
Join me for a class or session and discover how Contrology can dramatically improve your workout experience and level of fitness.
Diet tips and fitness hints in this Dog Days of Summer August, 2014 newsletter.