The Everyday Essentials Is your Pilates equipment in need of a tune-up? Let me get under the hood and find out! How long has it been since you’ve looked at your equipment?  If this was your car, it would remind you relentlessly that it needed its oil changed every 5000 miles! Your Pilates equipment is a lot less vociferous; it’s a bit more understanding of your busy schedule – that is until it starts bitching, squeaking, and moaning at you! So how long has it been? Be honest.  I won’t judge, [..] Read More

Equipment Set Up, Maintenance & Storage

I’ve been receiving some really great questions about equipment set up, maintenance, and storage from instructors, studio and equipment owners like you all over the world! I personally answer each question individually, but also wanted to share these questions with all of you so that we may learn and grow together building a community of the safest most-highly maintained and cared for Pilates equipment in the industry!  Thank you so much for entrusting one of your most valuable investments with me, your Pilates Engineer, and making Top Gun Pilates Engineering [..] Read More

Your Niche Engineered

I can’t remember the first time I saw Top Gun, but I can say I cried when Goose died. I can also say that I wanted to be Maverick, soaring through the sky in the Grumman F-14 Tomcat at Mach 2.2, writing checks my body couldn’t cash. Cheesy? Yeah, but true. It wasn’t the speed, the “glamour”, the aviator sunglasses, or the bike. It was because fighter jets are fascinating, inspiring, and just downright awesome. The thought of flying around in one gave me goose bumps – I was seven. [..] Read More

The “Maintenance-Free” Myth

They say that nothing in life is free.  Who’s they, and why not?  Well when it comes to Pilates equipment maintenance they’re right – whoever they are.  Some equipment manufacturers claim that their equipment is “maintenance-free.”  I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but they’re wrong.  Everything in life needs maintenance, especially the things we use everyday.  Yes, some Pilates equipment needs more TLC than others but the fact remains that they all need it. While Peak and Balanced Body equipment maintenance might be less labor intensive than [..] Read More

Scheduled Maintenance…it’s not just for your car anymore

The sunrise of the Central Blvd overpass was beautiful on this rather balmy October morning!  There I was disabled on the side of I-95 South when I should have been at Pilates Rx in Boca servicing their Pilates equipment.  Why was I on the side of I-95 you ask? because my rental car died on me while driving 75 mph on the highway.  I was stuck there for 2 hours waiting for a replacement car and the tow truck.  Thank goodness for technology I tethered my laptop to my cell [..] Read More

Are you hooked on….Hooke’s Law?

Ever wonder what puts the spring in a spring’s step? Ever wonder why some are red, green, yellow, or blue? Why some are super light and others impossibly heavy?Well, it’s all about Physics! It’s all about Hooke’s Law!  Wait? What? Were you surprised?  After all you are reading the blog of an Aerospace Engineer Pilates Instructor!From the moment I started Pilates I was hooked! Yes, my pun is intended.  I had the distinct pleasure of suffering though….um I mean learning, yeah learning, Hooke’s Law very early on in my schooling.What’s [..] Read More

Engineering or Maintenance?

Engineering and Maintenance.  I live by these words. They encompass just about every hour of my day, week, month, LIFE!   By night, I’m an Engineer and I work with Maintenance to make sure our airplanes are ready fly you wherever your hearts desire by morning!  So, what’s the difference? I’ve been asking myself this question a lot over the last month.  In my aviation world they are two very distinct departments within the airline.  Maintenance is a group of people that, well does just that, maintains the airplane.  And [..] Read More

Apparatus vs Machine

Oh where to start!  How about the dictionary! Citing a few different reputable dictionaries: ap·pa·ra·tus:  a set of materials or equipment designed for a particular use a group or combination of instruments, machinery, tools, materials, etc., having a particular function or intended for a specific use Now the definition of a machine is not as straightforward! According to these same dictionaries: ma·chine : an apparatus consisting of interrelated parts with separate functions, used in the performance of some kind of work: a sewing machine. an assemblage of parts that transmit [..] Read More

You can be my Pilates Engineer anytime!

What do you see when you teach Pilates? Do you see body parts? … heads, shoulders, knees and toes (…knees and toes)?  I don’t, I see hinges, and pulleys, and forces, oh my! I’m a Pilates Instructor, and I’m also an Aerospace Engineer, an Aircraft Structures Engineer to be specific …a Pilates Rocket Scientist – a Pilates Engineer, if you will. So when I teach Pilates I don’t see a body or its parts, I see columns, torque boxes, single force members, trusses, beams…I see forces, vectors, shear loads, stress and [..] Read More