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

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