Pilates Plus



No Way, No How...But Wait....She Did It!

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM

By Annette Duda

Joining a gym was never an option for Sharon. At least twice she joined a gym and asked for her money back after one workout. “I hate exercising! I am not going to gym. Pay to exercise? Oh no, that is not for me.”


So how the heck did Sharon become addicted to group exercise classes at Pilates Plus? “My friend Yvonne kept bugging me to try a Booty Barre class.” Having no idea what she was in for, Sharon came to a Booty Barre class and despite having to ask why we would actually have to work the “other” leg, she persevered through the class. It won her over. She came again. She tried a Body Pump Class. She came again. With that, her new addiction was born. “This is new for me; I never thought I would actually pay for a membership and use it.”


Like many women, Sharon found that working out regularly with friends helped her deal with the stress in her life and gave her mind a mental break that she has needed. Sharon has had more than her fair share of stress factors in her with the hustle of daily life, trying to juggle work, marriage, and children. Her adversity tipped the scales however, with a daughter diagnosed with cancer at 18 months old and the continuing care for her as she is living with treatments, remissions and setbacks. Her sister was also diagnosed with cancer and recently passed in December. Sharon was gone for a while to attend her sister’s funeral in Japan. She was surprised that she missed taking classes at Pilates Plus and could not wait to get back. “Being with everyone at the studio has really helped me handle things.”


Beth Self, Owner of Pilates Plus says Sharon is a joy to have around. Always making jokes and pushing to exceed her limits, she is not surprised that Sharon has transformed her body and lost many inches. Sharon says she did not “diet” but she did become acutely aware of how many Body Pump classes it would take to burn off what she was putting in her mouth. With Beth’s consistent reminders of what average calories were burned after each class, Sharon left with a mental note that kept her re-thinking choices when it came to eating.


Sharon cannot wait to get to the studio after a long day at work. “It is my escape, a time when I am taking care of me. Body Pump is my favorite. When Beth tells me I should be adding weight, I do it, not because I want to, but I know I need to keep challenging myself.”


When all is said and done, it is not about inches or losing weight. It is about taking time for yourself, exercising to help ease stress and having a place to go that provides the comfort of friends and support. Looking great in a little black dress doesn't hurt either.

Don't Walk In Silence! Celebrate Sound Sarasota

Posted on April 11, 2013 at 2:45 PM

There will be NO Group classes @ Pilates Plus on Saturday May 4th.


In lieu of classes I would love for you to join me in this walk for the "CELEBRATE SOUND" Don't Walk in Silence™ this is a 3 mile walk to support Sertoma.


This fund- and awareness-raising walk event was created to help promote hearing health in our communities. I have created my own team called Pilates Plus and want you to be a part of it. Great things can be accomplished when people work together, all it will take is a couple hours of your time. I promise we will have fun!

To join my team click on the link below. You will see a link that says "Join Our Team" in the upper right hand corner. Thank you for helping me make a difference in the lives of others!


If you want to receive a T-shirt for the event you must register for the walk by Wed. April 17th.

Thanks to those clients who have already given me their donation. If you would like to make a pledge please know that any amount will help!


Please click HERE to join our team or sponsor a donation.

Half of funds raised stay with the sponsoring Sertoma club for support of projects in this community; the other half help fund Sertoma's national hearing health mission projects. In just the past 10 years, Sertoma has:

o Awarded $880,000 in college scholarships to undergraduates who are deaf and hard-of-hearing, and to students pursuing graduate education in speech-language pathology or audiology;

o Made $1 million worth of grants to local nonprofits that provide hearing healthcare in communities across the nation

o Provided an additional $150,000 in professional education grants to hearing health and speech pathology professionals continuing their education

o Delivered educational and awareness-building noise-induced hearing loss prevention programs to more than 250 communities.

In just two years, Sertoma's newest action campaign has brought information and education on looping into at least 40 communities. Looping is a technology that greatly improves public accessibility for people using assistive hearing devices.

Thank you again for your generous support of our efforts.



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