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Surviving [solidcore] – hypermobility meets the megaformer

Surviving [solidcore] – hypermobility meets the megaformer [solidcore] is a boutique fitness studio in Shaw area of Washington, DC; however, there are multiple [solidcore] studios in and around the DC area, and the [solidcore] brand keeps expanding. The workout at [solidcore] is based on The Lagree Method, which uses a Pilates-like machine called the megaformer. The Lagree method was developed by Sebastien Lagree and is based on the idea that “physical fitness is made up of five basic elements: Cardio, Strength, Endurance, Body Composition, and Flexibility.” Interestingly, Lagreefitness.com states that most fitness programs attempt to incorporate these five principles in a...

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Striving for the [100 class club] – [solidcore] and the [hypermobile] participant

Striving for the [100 class club] [solidcore] and the [hypermobile] participant “Create the strongest version yourself.” – [solidcore] I always feel like I’ve been through a first right of passage after leaving a [solidcore] class, but in a good way. The instructors call it, “[solidcore] brain.” I call it “Pilates on Crack.” Saturday, I decided to venture out of my comfort zone and went to a different [solidcore] studio than where I usually attend classes. I also wanted to take Ashley Rad‘s class. I survived both the class and finding parking at the Shaw studio. And I felt pretty...

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Answers to questions about exercise and EDS (Post 2 of 3 post series)

This is post 2 of a three post series on answers to questions about exercise and EDS; however, this post focuses on various types of mainstream workouts and exercises, versus physical therapy and standard questions. To read post 1 in this three post series, go here. To read post 3 in this three post series, go here.   – Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates & Barre are some of my favorite workouts for EDS. Tai Chi can help with balance and strength and is often a great start if you have not been active in quite some time. Yoga, Pilates...

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Questions and answers about exercise and EDS (Post 1 of 3 post series)

Post previously published in March 2015. One of the most common questions that I receive from people is about proper exercise & what type of physical therapy is best to do with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. People want to know what exercises are safe and how to exercise when you are so fatigued and/or in pain.  There is no doubt that so many of us with EDS face daily issues battling chronic fatigue and chronic pain.  In fact, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is considered one of the comorbidities associated with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and “Pain in Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Is Common, Severe, and Associated...

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The emBody Shop – New Pilates Studio in Easton, MD

The emBody Shop – New Pilates Studio in Easton, MD No kids, no husbands or boyfriend & a new pilates studio = mini-momacation (AKA – Mom + Vacation = Momacation) Two of my closest friends from college are Melanie and Annie.  Annie just opened her own pilates studio, so Mel and I decided we needed to check it out.  Of course, we like any excuse to try to get together, especially since Melanie is a teacher with little time during the year and Annie and I have three kids each. Enough said.  Getting together can be challenging to say...

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#EDSFitTip – the Hip Hinge

(Top left pic is proper form for hip hinge – others are examples of going too far) The “hip hinge” is the perfect natural movement exercise that can be done easily. The point is to feel and learn how to engage the muscles that attach to your pelvis/SI joint and knees and to help prevent […]

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‘Twenty Minutes’ by Karen Smith-Will – Winner of Our Team Taylor/Mast Cell Awareness Tank & Mast Cell Story Giveaway!

‘Twenty Minutes’ by Karen Smith-Will – Winner of Our Team Taylor/Mast Cell Awareness Tank & Mast Cell Story Giveaway!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Mast Cell Research ‘Team Taylor/Mast Cell Awareness Tank & Mast Cell Story Giveaway!’ We are excited to announce that our winner, chosen at random, is Karen Smith- Will! Karen’s story ‘Twenty Minutes’ is shared below. “I coughed before the first song. That doesn’t bode well. Not surprising, but […]