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June 2001

STOTT PILATES is proud to announce a promotion with Kellogg's* Special K* cereal in the US offering consumers an exclusive STOTT PILATES Basics video. The video is redeemed by sending in 2 box tops and $1.99US to Kellogg's*. In May, 13 million specially-marked boxes featuring Moira were shipped to participating grocery stores. We are thrilled to be able to bring our unique brand of mind-body fitness to a greater audience. Check specially-marked boxes of Kellogg's* Special K* for details. (Available only in the U.S.)

Merrithew Corporation, parent company to STOTT PILATES Inc. and STOTT PILATES Equipment Inc., has made PROFIT Magazine's Top 100 Fastest-Growing Companies in Canada list for the second year in a row. Our ranking jumped from #99 in 1999 to #53 in the year 2000. Merrithew Corporation is the only fitness company to have made this prestigious list. We would like to thank all of our clients for making our success possible.

IDEA*  2001
The Art of Fitness
IDEA Health and Fitness recently ran an article by Lindsay and Moira on how to integrate pilates into an existing fitness facility. The article builds upon seminars being presented by STOTT at tradeshows across North America. The next seminar will be at the World Fitness IDEA Conference in San Francisco in July. Call IDEA at (800) 999-4332 ext 7 to register. (Outside the U.S. and Canada, dial (858) 535-8979 ext 7.) You can also e-mail IDEA at

June Promotion
This month, if you purchase any floor mat - our Raised Floor Mat, Split Floor Mat, Institutional Mat or Folding Home Mat, you will receive 10% off the new 2nd Edition STOTT PILATES Matwork video series. Visit our store for details.

Tip of the Month: STOTT PILATES & Pregnancy

The available information on pregnancy and exercise can be very confusing - even conflicting. STOTT tries to stay on top of the latest research regarding safety and pregnancy and covers this topic in the ISP (Injuries & Special Populations) segment of our Certification program.

No two women's bodies are the same, and this is especially true during pregnancy. There are workouts that are quite appropriate for some people during pregnancy and not for others.

During a normal, healthy pregnancy, moderate exercise is safe for the fetus. Exercise is also said to prevent varicose veins, hemorrhoids and low back pain - not to mention boosting self esteem. The guidelines stated by the American Council on Exercise are not as hard-and-fast as they used to be. However, research suggests that no new exercise routine should be started during your first trimester. As well, you should be careful of over-exerting the abdominal muscles. During the second trimester these muscles become stretched out, and some women experience diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles). With reduced support for the back, you also run the risk of injuring the lower back. Further, because of the increased amounts of relaxin and progesterone released in the body during pregnancy, the ligaments surrounding the joints become lax, which leaves them loose and vulnerable. For this reason, you should be careful not to over-stretch. It is important, though, to continue strengthening and rebalancing the muscles around the joints - still trying to center the body as it goes through many postural changes due to pregnancy.

Today many guidelines for pregnancy indicate that once you reach the second trimester you should not exercise in a supine position (lying on your back) as you may be cutting off oxygen to the fetus even if you yourself are not feeling dizzy. In general, we teach that it is better to be safe and not take any chances. In the second trimester we still do some Matwork courses but we make sure that the upper torso is raised as it is when using the "Spine Supporter". We then alternate the inclined position with sitting, kneeling and standing exercises done on Mat, Reformer and Cadillac.

A great piece of the equipment for pregnancy is the Stability Chair, because it facilitates so many exercises in an upright position. Of course, drinking lots of water is always important, and be sure not to over-exert yourself. The beauty of this type of work is that it can be individualized for anyone's ability.

STOTT Events

STOTT is coming soon to a tradeshow near you! Our representatives will be in the following cities over the summer months at these tradeshows:

June 18-22
Club Industry, New York

July 6-9
World Fitness IDEA
*, San Francisco (Attend Moira & Lindsay's seminar: "Pilates Programming for Profit & Retention")

July 19-22
Sara's City Workout, Atlanta

August 1-5
DCAC, Washington DC

August 16-19

Can-Fit-Pro, Toronto

August 23-26
Sara's City Workout, Dallas

For more details, visit our events page.

New & Updated Products

We are constantly working to add great new products to our list of offerings, as well as constantly improving on old favorites. Visit our store for more details on these new and updated items:

  • 2nd Edition Matwork video series
    - brand new tapes featuring a different, more balanced matwork exercise order

  • Flex-Band video with Flex-Band
    - the benefits of a Reformer workout using the resistance of the included Flex-Band
  • Split-Pedal Stability Chair Video
    - refine balance and coordination and fine-tune your core stability
  • Folding Home Mat
    - nylon-covered Home Folding Mat is ideal for personal use
  • Institutional Mat
    -provides soft, resilient cushioning for comfort, safety and protection
  • Posters & Postcards
    - inspirational artwork
  • Wall Charts &
    Client Workout Sheets
    - outline the STOTT PILATES repertoire of exercises
  • Comprehensive Matwork Manual*
    - replaces the Complete Matwork Manual

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* - Kellogg's and Special K are registered trademarks of the Kellogg Company.