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Better bridges.

Powerful planks.

inCRedible crunches.

Superior squats.

Bodacious burpees.

These are just a few of the fun, challenging, and super-effective exercises you’ll learn more about at The Hot Yoga Factory’s Hot Pilates Fundamentals class this Friday!

That’s right! Friday, October 27, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm, The Hot Yoga Factory Chelmsford is offering a special class, Hot Pilates Fundamentals. The class will be team-taught by our four awesome Inferno Hot Pilates-trained teachers, Terri, Gillian, Cindy, and Jasmine, who will go over the basics of bridges, crunches, planks, squats, and other moves, including modifications, so that you can get the most out of your class while maintaining the healthiest alignment.

Read on to find out more about the inspiring instructors who will teach the class on Friday, and definitely sign up for this great opportunity through MindBody!

Terri

What do you remember about your first Hot Pilates class?

I took my 1st class at the Hot Pilates training I attended in March 2016. I had no idea what to expect and discovered it was both hard and super fun! I loved how I could “feel the burn!” I felt great afterward and right away saw how it would be a great complement to my Bikram Yoga practice.

How has doing Hot Pilates affected your yoga practice and vice versa?

Hot Pilates has helped me build more strength, especially in my core. My Bikram practice helped to give me the determination and focus to work to my maximum and not to give up during that 8th round. Between the two, overall, I feel stronger with even more determination to get things done!

What’s the hardest part about Hot Pilates for you as a participant?

Getting to class and finding the balance between my Hot Pilates and Bikram Practice.

What do you love about it as a participant?

Time flies, class is over in a blink of the eye. I also enjoy the music and how each teacher creates their own unique playlists.

What do you love about teaching Hot Pilates?

I get to let a little of my inner “wild child” out and I love dancing around and having fun!

If you had a Hot Pilates nickname, what would it be?

According to my good friend Corlese, Suck-It-Up Fry!

What’s one thing you wish people new to Hot Pilates knew about the class?

That anyone can do this class! That regardless of your fitness level, you can do the moves and make it through the class. We offer variations for any of the moves based upon the student’s needs. It’s super fun and you feel great afterwards!

Do you have a signature “move” you like to incorporate into class?

I would say straight up frog squats and any sit-up which works the side obliques.

What’s your favorite kind of music to play in class?

Anything 80’s! I always joke it’s the last decade I know all the song lyrics, and that’s not far from the truth!

What’s your favorite rehydration beverage?

Water with some of our new watermelon electrolyte mixed into it. Super refreshing!

Gillian

What do you remember about your first Hot Pilates class?

I remember being very nervous. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Everyone in the class had been practicing for at least a little while, so I was very intimidated.

How has doing Hot Pilates affected your yoga practice and vice versa?

I feel stronger in my Bikram Classes now. I am able to incorporate more strength into my postures instead of just relying on flexibility. The mental determination that I have built in my Bikram classes has transferred into my Hot Pilates classes.

What’s the hardest part about Hot Pilates for you as a participant?

PLANKS! I know how amazing they are for building strength, but that doesn’t make them any easier.

What do you love about it as a participant?

My favorite part of class is definitely the sense of teamwork. The stronger the energy in the room, the stronger class you are going to have. And trust me, there is always amazing energy.

What do you love about teaching Hot Pilates?

I love being able to see the strength of everyone who takes the class, no matter what their physical ability might be. Every single one of them is a warrior in my eyes. They always give it their best, regardless of what might be happening in their lives outside the hot room. They come in and leave it all on their mats. I am truly honored.

If you had a Hot Pilates nickname, what would it be?

Ha Ha! Maybe The Burn Chaser!

What’s one thing you wish people new to Hot Pilates knew about the class?

This class is for everyone, no matter what your physical ability, no matter what injuries you might have. We always have modifications ready for you. And it’s so much fun!

Do you have a signature “move” you like to incorporate into class?

I really like to keep things fresh, so I’m always looking to incorporate new moves into my classes.

What’s your favorite kind of music to play in class?

I really like to play upbeat, current music. Songs that you can sing along to in your head (or out loud, I don’t care! It makes your class fly by if the music is fun.

What’s your favorite rehydration beverage?

I like to drink water during class, but to rehydrate after, I prefer something like Superieur to get some electrolytes back.

Cindy

What do you remember about your first Hot Pilates class?

My first class was with Laura in Nashua after I returned from Teacher Training. I don’t remember a lot because my brain was still recovering from Teacher Training. I do remember that I really liked it and that it made me relive my aerobics days of woo-hoos. It was a lot of fun, and I knew that I wanted to teach it!

How has doing Hot Pilates affected your yoga practice and vice versa?

I always tell people who haven’t tried Hot Pilates that it has helped my yoga practice tremendously, especially with my upper body strength. Specifically, in the third part of Locust Pose, I can finally get my legs up off the floor.

The yoga helps the Pilates in that when it gets tough and I think I can’t do another set, I go back to thinking about my breathing, which is the first thing we learn in yoga.

What’s the hardest part about Hot Pilates for you as a participant?

The hardest part for me has got to be the burpees. I’m getting better at them; it’s a work in progress.

What do you love about it as a participant?

The part I love the most is the bridges. I love that we all move together to the beat of the music. Makes me think of step aerobics!

What do you love about teaching Hot Pilates?

I love teaching Hot Pilates to people who have never tried it before. They can’t believe how hard they work and how good they feel after!

If you had a Hot Pilates nickname, what would it be?

My nickname is definitely Murderer. I’ve heard this from more than one person, and always with a sweaty smile on their face!

What’s one thing you wish people new to Hot Pilates knew about the class?

That this is really a workout for everyBODY. There are tons of modifications for every move, and every move is designed to be low-impact and high-intensity, which brings about the best results. Everyone wants efficiency in their workouts, the most calorie/fat burn in the least amount of time. This is it!

Do you have a signature “move” you like to incorporate into class?

Everyone knows I love the squat! I also always include Pigeon Pose at the end of class. It’s great to stretch out the hips!

What’s your favorite kind of music to play in class?

My favorite music is dance/electronic. Anything really with a strong beat. Keeps things moving!

What’s your favorite rehydration beverage?

My rehydration choice is always Ultima. I’m a big fan of the grape flavor.

Jasmine

What do you remember about your first Hot Pilates class?

My first class was actually when the Hot Pilates creator, Gabriella Walters, visited HYF in the summer of 2016. I remember being excited to try something new and Gabi cheering us on the whole time, which made me push myself and have fun!

How has doing Hot Pilates affected your yoga practice and vice versa?

Growing up as a dancer has made me rely more on flexibility during my yoga practice, but Hot Pilates has changed that. I am able to utilize the strength I’ve built by doing Hot Pilates. By practicing both yoga and Pilates, I understand my body better, which muscles I should use when, and how to connect my movements with my breathing.

What’s the hardest part about Hot Pilates for you as a participant?

I find it hard at times to reverse the negative thoughts of being tired or not thinking you can finish a set strong. This part is hard.

What do you love about it as a participant?

It an amazing feeling when the person next to you is pushing so hard and all of a sudden, he or she is making you stronger. All of a sudden you are connecting with the people around you to work to your maximum through those tough times in class.

What do you love about teaching Hot Pilates?

I love seeing my students get stronger each week, you can really see the effort everyone puts in from the podium. One week the entire class stayed on their toes during all three sets of forearm planks, and I got to see it! It felt amazing to experience that progress.

I also love when I make eye contact with a student who totally wants to glare at me because we have one more set and I flash them a big smile, and they have no choice but to smile back

If you had a Hot Pilates nickname, what would it be?

Maybe “The Motivator” I try to stay really positive during class and get people to work to their max the entire time.

What’s one thing you wish people new to Hot Pilates knew about the class?

It’s very similar to your yoga practice in that you always listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right one day, you stop and ask for a modification. Hot Pilates is all about building each time you go to class; building strength, stamina, confidence. It takes time, but you will notice the difference in how you can do more and more with each class you take.

Do you have a signature “move” you like to incorporate into class?

It varies as I find new exercises to incorporate, but frog squats (with my favorite squat song!) is a go-to to get everyone moving. There are small variations you can do to keep frog squats different every time, which makes it a great, versatile move.

What’s your favorite kind of music to play in class?

I like to switch it up, a mix of today’s popular songs and some older hits. I do prefer to use remixes so it always feels different and keeps everyone pumped up.

What’s your favorite rehydration beverage?

I go through phases, but it’s always incredibly refreshing to have a cold lemonade coconut water after a tough class. It’s a little treat for when my workout is over for the day.

Thanks, Terri, Gillian, Cindy, and Jasmine! See you Friday! 

–Ellen Olson-Brown, The Hot Yoga Factory Chelmsford

 

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