Happy Wednesday, friends! This post was supposed to go up Monday, but my brain has been fried. I bought a car this weekend which was hands down the most stressful and irritating experience I’ve ever gone through – and I’m still dealing with some issues with the process. There really need to be “real estate agents” for the car world. I’d HAPPILY pay someone to deal with wonderful people who work at car dealerships..
Anyways, I’m here to talk about days 2 & 3 of DCAC! If you missed the recap of Day 1 at DCAC, click here to catch up!
Peak Pilates Chair Progressions with Kathryn Coyle
I absolutely loved this workshop! I’ve only had experience with the reformer at other conferences and the megaformer (thanks to HSM Core!) so learning about the chair was really neat. It was so much harder than I had anticipated!
This workshop was definitely more geared towards those instructors who teach chair classes or practice with chair, but I got he gist of it. It really made me want to get my next mat certification, because so many of the poses you do on the mat you can do with the props.
I loved doing the pull-up on the chair, which is the exact same form as the roll-up. This engaged my Powerhouse 1000% times more and it got me sweating after 2 reps.
Locals- anyone know where I can take chair Pilates classes?!
Savvier Fitness Twice the HIIT with Mindy Mylrea and Sgt. Ken
To be honest, the only reason I signed up for this course was because of Mindy Mylrea. She is hands down one of the funniest people I’ve ever encountered. She is a ball of energy. She cracks inappropriate jokes, engages with the audience/participants, knows a TON about fitness and programming, and is just straight up hilarious.
She also created Gliding discs which is pretty badass.
This workshop didn’t teach me anything new in regards to HIIT programming. It was a good reminder that a LOT of instructor do not teach HIIT properly and there are certain movements you should/shouldn’t do in a class.
The format of the class she and Ken taught was a creative circuit, emphasizing movements that required interacting with fellow class participants during the rest periods.
Peak Pilates Length and Opposition with Kathryn Coyle
This workshop and the Chair workshop are tied for being my favorite of the weekend. Length & Opposition was exactly what the title described: creating length of the spine while in Pilates stance in different poses while working with resistance, whether it was the opposition of muscles or props.
It was so cool! #pilatesnerd
Shockwave was a favorite from the conference two years ago. It actually is SO fun. It’s a competitive, sweaty, and creative class that incorporates weighted total body movements and rowing into circuit training. Every one is split up into teams of 4-5 people. There are 8-10 rowers in the center of the circuit. These teams are racing each other while being the timer for everyone else’s stations.
These classes can be found in Equinox gyms and other gyms that have the licensed Shockwave classes.
I went to this workshop two years ago, and by the time it was about to start, I decided to go home. My body was tired and I had taken it before.
Savvier Fitness Barre Tricks
If you’ve been around this blog a while, you know I love Flybarre and they don’t use gliders. The only barre class I’ve taken that uses gliders is Hillard Studio Method, so it was fun to learn some tips and tricks with the gliders for a barre class. I didn’t learn any completely new, but I love taking barre so it was fun.
Peak Pilates to the Mat Circuit
I don’t have any pictures from this workshop, but it was interesting. It split up Pilates core work, total body strength with the resistance band, and exercise using the power circle. We spent 20 minutes at each group for the workout. It was not your traditional Pilates class, but it’s not something I’d incorporate into my teaching.
The last workshop was called ‘Peak Pilates A Hundred Ways.’ It was a brutal one to end on, considering it was all about The Hundred, one of the toughest Pilates moves (for me).
Sunday was a slower day at the conference, but overall, it was a blast!
Ever taken Pilates?
Do you like circuit classes?
Cardio of choice: rowing, treadmill, or bike?