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Bits ’n Bites

Toronto Symposium

We are excited to share the details about the Merrithew Health & Fitness™ Toronto Symposium which will be held in Toronto, June 8-10.

Pilates Day

May 5 is Pilates Day! To celebrate Pilates Day, join us on Friday, May 4, 10am-4pm for Pilates Day Q/A: #FitnessFeedback, our very first interactive question & answer session on Facebook and Twitter.

Let's Socialize!

We’ve reached 10,000 likes on Facebook and we’d like to thank you all for your continued support throughout the years! Keep watching our Facebook and Twitter accounts every week for exciting fitness information.

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Exclusive Promotions

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Events & Tradeshows

Community of Excellence Conference
June 6-10 | Toronto, Ontario

Toronto Symposium
June 8-10 | Toronto, Ontario

IDEA World Fitness Convention
July 5-8 | San Diego, CA

See all 2012 events

Job Board

Instructor Job Board
Visit our online Job Board for a list of Pilates Instructor positions worldwide.
Facilities looking for STOTT PILATES Instructors may fill out a Job Board submission form

Toronto Head Office Careers
If you’re passionate about Pilates and you’re looking for a rewarding, fun and fast-paced career, check out our available positions

Dear Friends,

May is in bloom and vacation planning is in full swing. As you prepare and get excited for your travels near or far, remember to stay on track with your health and fitness goals. Wherever you are, all you need is a Mat, a few small accessories and you’re ready for your workout!

Yours in good health,

Lindsay & Moira Merrithew
Co-founders, Merrithew Health & Fitness™

In the News

FEATURED STORY

A New Way to See Pilates

We are very proud to announce our very first certified sight impaired STOTT PILATES® Instructor! Congratulations Renee Clark!

ZEN•GA™ Makes an Impression
Are you ready to join the Mindful Movement? Check out what Health Club Management has to say about, ZEN•GA™.
Building a Strong Core
Learn what our very own Wayne Seeto & others have to say about developing a strong core in the Physiquality blog.
Did you enjoy these articles? See all Merrithew Health & Fitness™ media coverage.

Ask the Experts!

Got a question? Get answers!

Q. What are the benefits to promoting the STOTT PILATES breathing pattern, inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth?

Rie SakamotoRie Sakamoto, Program Coordinator, Education & Instructor Trainer responds: Inhaling through the nose has four distinct advantages. It acts as a filter to prevent particles from getting into the lungs, it warms the air flowing into your body, it prevents gas from getting into the stomach and it naturally controls the intensity of your workout by controlling the correct balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Exhaling through the mouth with pursed lips helps to activate the deep abdominals muscles, particularly the transversus abdominus. The contraction of abdominal muscles assists the diaphragm to push upward to expel air from the lungs.  Exhaling through the mouth promotes the contraction of the stabilizers (PF, TA, multifidus) first before movement, which is our focus in Pilates. You will find breath patterns differ among exercise regimes. Assess your clients and always make sure they are breathing properly.

Equipment Spotlight: Medicine Ball

Medicine-ball or weighted-ball training is one of the oldest forms of strength and conditioning, dating back to ancient Persia and Greece. An ideal training aid in fitness and rehabilitation programs, our textured and durable rubber-surface Medicine Balls offer maximum grip and control. Available in graduating weights from 4 to 10 lbs., there is a ball for all ranges of difficulty and progression.

Whether used for Athletic Conditioning or general strength training, Medicine Balls from Merrithew Health & Fitness™ can be used in multiple exercise methods to improve coordination, balance and cardiovascular endurance, as well as strengthen core, upper and lower body.

Challenge your strength and jumpstart your metabolism with an intense Medicine Ball workout in the new Power & Stamina: Medicine Ball Interval Training DVD. Get hooked on a dynamic combination of traditional STOTT PILATES® methods and the Medicine Ball with a unique full-body workout in the new Strength & Agility: Pilates with the Medicine Ball DVD.

Contact us for more information on products, education and equipment.