A Bridal-Ready Journey with Christie Wang, PMA-CPT / Part 1: Setting Intentions & a Personalized Workout Routine

Hello everyone!

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I’m Christie Wang, Principal Pilates instructor (PMA-CPT) at Endurance Pilates and Yoga. I teach classical NY style Pilates under the mentorship of Julie Erickson, the owner of Endurance Pilates and Yoga.  I’m getting married at the end of September and know that many brides-to-be are looking forward to their weddings this year. For the next two months, I’ll be sharing my journey to feeling and looking my best; including healthy wedding prep nutrition, exercise and self-care routines.

First, I’ve found it essential to establish goals at the start of any wellness journey. My goals for the next three months is to eat whole, unprocessed foods (my definition of “clean”) and to keep up with my marathon training and Pilates practice. I don’t have a “goal weight” or dress size but, am focusing on cleaning up my diet and honing in on my workouts for more energy and focus

Given that I am a marathon runner and full time fitness professional, some of my physical activity levels may seem extremely high. The majority of my workouts center around Pilates and running as I am training the Chicago Marathon (one week after my wedding day). Here is what my training schedule in a week looks like:  

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As you can see, I run 5-6x a week and try to do Pilates 2-3x a week in a group class setting. My speed workouts are either done with the Heartbreak Hill Running groups (or the Studio) or on my own. They change between a hill workout, track workout and tempo workout. My long runs increase and decrease dependent on the plan I am following (13-22). I supplement this with an active rest day (Yoga or a Barre class where I take it easy) and some of my own personal mat Pilates practice at home. That said, it’s important to understand your physical abilities and build your exercise plan based on your personal schedule and goals. Everyone’s journey will look a little different!

Some may opt for weight lifting, boot camps or HIIT classes for cardio. For others, running or taking a Vinyasa Yoga class can give you a similar experience. Pilates offers a great combination of weights (springs/tension with apparatus), body movement to tone, and stretching to lengthen muscles and increase flexibility.Stay tuned for Part II: Maintaining a balanced pre-wedding diet

Want more information about Endurance’s Bridal Package? Bridal Packages give you a discount so you can utilize Mat & Reformer training on the highest quality Gratz equipment at Endurance Pilates and Yoga. Sign up today to begin your wedding prep!

This post is written by Christie Wang, an instructor at Endurance Pilates and Yoga. It does not represent the beliefs, opinions or advice of Endurance Pilates and Yoga as a studio or of Julie Erickson, the owner of Endurance Pilates and Yoga.

Stress Less at Endurance

Stress Less at Endurance!  Because for One Hour, all you will be able to think about is you!

Joseph Pilates called his method Contrology and according to him….

“The acquirement and enjoyment of physical well-being, mental calm and spiritual peace are priceless to their possessors if there be any such so fortunate living among us today. However, it is the ideal to strive for, and in our opinion, it is only through Contrology [Pilates] that this unique trinity of a balanced body, mind, and spirit can ever be attained.” Joseph Pilates

Want to take your mind off everything else going on around you- for an hour?  I will admit it- I seriously started doing Pilates because I needed at least one hour in my life on most days of the week where I didn’t have to think about anything else except exactly what I was doing with my body at that particular moment.  I couldn’t think of my grocery list or the 10 things I had to do when I went back to the office after my evening class.  Lots has changed since then, but I still use my Pilates workouts to get away from the rest of the world.  I can’t check my email, texts or monthly sales numbers when I’m backbending on the reformer.   I could do other forms of exercise session- spin, step…get on a treadmilll or elliptical and try and zone out, but everything I had to do or was worried about would creep into my mind.  That is certainly not the case with Pilates!

When students perform Pilates exercises at Endurance, we give them lots of direction as to how to move precisely and with control- there are no haphazard movements in a Pilates class.  Once we’ve established a certain level of control, we add in more flow and more moving pieces to control.  It’s the “mind over movement” that makes Pilates the ideal workout for stress relief.  During a particular exercise, you will be told how to do it, where to feel it, how to make it even better for your spine and overall physique.  Our instructors have taken years to learn Pilates in their own bodies and have plenty of practice “squeezing the juice” out of each and every exercise.  They when it is time to slow the workout down for precision and when to speed it up to flow.  Ever had a difficult time meditating?  Because you were trying to clear your mind and all those to-dos kept creeping back in?  We guarantee that for one hour, the only thing you will be able to think about is your tummy, tush and inner thighs working really hard to move your body in a more perfect and precise way in just about anything that you do outside the studio!  Come clear your mind with us and get a great butt and flat abs while you leave your cars by the door!

“Ideally, our muscles should obey our will. Reasonably, our will should not be dominated by the reflex actions of our muscles.” Joseph Pilates

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In just a year, Jaz has accomplished so much! Glad to be a part of the journey…and can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings!

One year ago on September 13, my friend and student Jaz was in an accident.  Unfortunately due to the injuries this young man sustained, his left leg was amputated above his knee.  Recovery has not been easy for Jaz or his family- he is 13 years old and is growing like all of our little guys do at that age- like a weed of course.  As anyone that has ever lived through prosthetic fittings, it can be very challenging in the first year for an adult, let alone a growing teenager, to find a leg and a fit that may never be described as comfortable, but one that doesn’t inhibit movement, instead it enhances mobility.  Jaz will need some additional surgeries and more tweaks to his walking prosthetic leg and is very excited to receive his running prosthetic very soon- thanks Challenged Athletes Foundation!  Jaz has been very patient throughout the process, although there are days when he is down emotionally and in pain.  But, he’s a student and a brother and a friend and an athlete and he knows that he needs to keep pushing forward.  There are some days when this is very challenging.

I have been very blessed to have played a tiny little part in Jaz’s recovery.  Prior to Jaz being fitted for a prosthetic, we started doing Pilates every week, on his living room floor.  Now, if you’ve ever worked out with me, you know that it certainly isn’t a walk in the park.  We started focusing on Jaz’s core, on his posture, on his overall torso strength and once he had his prosthetic, we were able to work on leg strength, flexibility and mobility and he has done an amazing job in every single workout.  I know it wasn’t easy for him to start, nor have I gotten any easier on him.  Jaz’s mom, Jess hung out with us at every workout and learned enough to be able to work her son out on their own.  I’m hoping she keeps going down this path as she is a natural! 

Jaz can do burpees, play basketball, in fact, his team won their tournament this summer!  What an inspiration this young man is to others- young and old.   There are days when I am just “calling it in” on my run- pausing way too much to check for emails or texts.  And then I remember how darn lucky I am and how hard some of the folks I work with have worked, still work and will work to run.  And, I try a lot harder.  Jaz can dance and climb and run and jump and swim.  We chat Pokemon hunting!  He has come so far over the past year- and is still in the process of healing.  I am so thrilled to have met this amazing family and I know that today, I certainly am not focusing on the accident that led to me meeting  Jaz and Jess.  I am grateful for the past year that this family has allowed me to come into their homes and their lives and hopefully with a little bit of movement training, give them a little more hope for the future.  Jess is a personal friend that I enjoy chatting with and sharing the ups and downs of our lives.  And, I will never forget the day that Jess told me Jaz would like me to be his godmother….we’re not sure how that works, but I’m not sure I have ever been so honored in my life. 

It is so much more than just a workout.  Endurance.