STOTT PILATES is a Senior Partner of IDEA
Health & Fitness Association

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In this issue:

Events & Tradeshows

Prepare for a new season of fitness at an event near you. Check out what’s coming up in April and May:

Body Mind Spirit
Santa Clara, CA | Apr 13-18

Essen, Germany | Apr 22-25

STOTT PILATES European Symposium
Essen, Germany | Apr 23-25

IDEA Fitness Fusion
Rosemont, IL | Apr 22-25

View a complete list of events for 2010!


What’s New at our
Corporate Training Centers?

Toronto, ON
Essential Matwork on Stability Cushions™
May 1
Comprehensive Matwork & Reformer
starts May 3

Tribeca, NY
Intensive Reformer
starts April 23
Programming for Osteoporosis Management
May 20

Denver, CO
Injuries & Special Populations
starts April 29
Intensive Matwork
starts May 15

Training Dates Worldwide

Visit our website for upcoming workshops and courses held by our LTCs and Hosting Centers.


Continuing Education:
Spotlight FAQ

Q. Why maintain my certification?

Click here for the answer


Bits n’ Bites

Join STOTT PILATES and our exclusive Spanish distributor Aerobic y Fitness at Planeta Madrid 2010! Mingle with fellow fitness professionals and enjoy three days of cutting-edge STOTT PILATES workshops and equipment savings. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to broaden your skills in one of the hottest fitness trends today!

Test Your Pilates Knowledge!
Challenge your mind with a crossword puzzle co-created by STOTT PILATES Certified Instructor, Myra Green and published in this month’s issue of Pilates Style. With the help of her long-time client John de Cuevas – whose puzzles have been published in magazines such as the New York Times – Myra was able to make her long-time dream of creating a puzzle a reality. Congratulations Myra!


Exercise of the Month

Hip Rolls on the Stability Ball™

Targets glutes, hamstrings & abs
View the exercise of the month

Exclusive Promotions

Our Biggest Promotion Yet!

Buy a V2 Max Plus™ or V2 Max Plus Rehab Reformer† bundle and receive a FREE Stability Chair!

Maximize Your Investment & Programming Options

Get the most out of your new equipmenthost STOTT PILATES workshops.

Stretch Your Dollar,
Tone Your Muscles

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Visit our e-store, to browse our entire line of equipment and accessories.

Lindsay & MoiraDear Friends,

A new season is upon us and there is no better time to rejuvenate your fitness career. As always, there are new exercise and equipment trends on the horizon making it important to stay up-to-date on your knowledge and skills. Expanding your expertise is a great way to keep your existing clients coming back for more and gain new ones. STOTT PILATES® is dedicated to providing you with new, cutting-edge programming options to help keep your repertoire fresh and your services in demand!
For the chance to broaden your skills and meet with fellow fitness professionals, we invite you to join us for the 2010 STOTT PILATES European Symposium in Essen, Germany on April 23-25. Take part in two exciting days, filled with innovative movement and theory-based workshops, featuring new STOTT PILATES equipment. We look forward to seeing you there!

Yours in good health,

Lindsay & Moira Merrithew
Co-founders, STOTT PILATES®

In the News


Spring into Your Career!
Broaden your skills as a fitness trainer and meet client demands – take advantage of the hottest fitness trend with STOTT PILATES workshops. You can earn all your CECs in one weekend at the 2010 STOTT PILATES European Symposium!

Get Your Back in Shape
Chronic back pain can be the result of a lifetime of bad habits. A strong core provides support helping to alleviate back pain, and we all know Pilates is all about building a strong core. Find out which Pilates exercises are best for reducing back pain.

Taking the Rehab Community by Storm
Did you know the STOTT PILATES Five Basic Principles are consistent with the principles of rehab? Gentle and adaptable Pilates is a great complement to traditional rehab methods and injury prevention. Add Pilates to your rehab practice!
Around the Globe with Pilates
The endless benefits of Pilates are being touted all over the world and the demand for Pilates instructors has exploded. Especially for our German-speaking readers – find out more about the Pilates landscape in Germany.

Ask the Experts!

Got a question? Get answers! Our rotating panel of Pilates experts will share their perspectives, give advice, provide support and coach you along the way to success. So if you need insight on STOTT PILATES training, a marketing strategy for upcoming courses and workshops, or challenging yourself with an at home workout – send us an email, and your question may be featured in next month’s newsletter!

Q. Which Matwork and Reformer exercises should be avoided when working with obese clients?

Sally BelangerSally Belanger, Master Instructor Trainer and Education Project Specialist responds:
The main purpose of the workout session is to increase activity level. Pilates will not only provide a muscular strength and endurance workout – which will create stronger muscles – but for the inactive, sedentary client it will provide an increase in cardiovascular activity. The program should emphasize enjoyment and ease of movement. Start with focusing on the total time of activity as opposed to performance of exercises. As the client continues to increase activity and increase caloric output, the focus becomes more upon the skill and performance of specific exercises.

Generally any exercise in which the client can get in and out of the starting position, maintains ease of movement and can achieve success is a good exercise. Doing thoracic flexion from a supine position may not be possible as the mass/weight in the abdominal region may prevent this mobility. Feet in straps may need extra spring tension as the weight of the lower limbs will be increased and it may overwork the hip flexors. The range of hip flexion may also be limited, however, any modification that allows the client to move safely and achieve the essence of the exercise is positive. Starting positions may need to be adjusted to provide range of motion of both limbs and straps or springs. Due to the extra weight, sometimes limbs will need to be propped in position to assist or not overwork the supporting musculature. Again the main goal with the obese client is to promote weight loss through activity. A secondary goal is to provide stabilization to the supporting structures as the body moves throughout the day.

Reformer tip: The carriage should be long and wide enough, so the client feels safe and comfortable in different positions. Settings may need to be varied, or the starting position of the pulleys may need to be altered so that the client doesn’t feel cramped or have the ropes in the way of movement.

Need Pilates Advice? Challenge our rotating panel of experts with any question you may have, and we’ll settle the debate, give you our perspective and/or provide support.




Equip Tips

Keep a Hex Key Handy!

Individual hex keys – also known as Allen keys – are very handy tools to have in a Pilates studio and you can never seem to find one when you need it.

These small, L-shaped tools are essential for performing scheduled maintenance on Reformers and Ladder Barrels. Use the 3/16" hex key for tightening the set screws of your Ladder Barrel dowels, and 1/4" and 5/16" hex keys to tighten up the swing arm set screws on your STOTT PILATES Reformers. 

You can buy an interlocking set of hex keys at your local hardware store. Look for the compact, folding pocket knife-style hex key sets – the keys fold away for easy storage.

Questions about equipment maintenance? Need a quote on replacement parts? Contact our Commercial Sales Department by email at or call 1‑800‑910‑0001 ext. 264 (North America) or 1‑416‑482 4050 ext. 264 (International).

Featured Products

Improve Your Swing, Play Your Best

Dust off those clubs and get ready for a new season of golfing! Advance your golf game and swing like the pros with STOTT PILATES programming for golf conditioning. Learn warm-ups and drills designed to improve your balance and flexibility while conditioning your body to engage the very muscles needed to drive the ball further.

Job Board

Visit our online Job Board for a list of Pilates instructor positions worldwide.
Facilities looking for STOTT PILATES instructors may fill out a Job Board submission form.

Toronto Head Office Careers
If you’re passionate about Pilates and you’re looking for a rewarding, fun and fast-paced career, check out our available positions


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