Surfing At Peakland Pilates!

Yes, we now offer surfset classes!  Surfset is all about getting away from the traditional static workout and challenging your body in new ways.  Every exercise on the board is designed to engage your core and stabilizer muscles to shock the system to create change inside and out!

Surfset is composed of 4 unique programs:
Balance, Burn, Build, and Blend
These programs are meant to accommodate all fitness levels!

Surfset Balance focuses on breathing, flexibility, core strength, and body control.  This is the most “essential” level program.  Try this class if you want to develop your mind/body connections necessary for other Surfset programs.  This is great for yoga enthusiasts looking to elevate their practice!

Surfset Burn is focused on building aerobic capacity, burning fat, and pushing past plateaus with quick, high-intensity sprints.  This programs consists of 4×4 circuits and core strengthening moves.

Surfset Build sessions focus primarily on strength training, while also engaging the core.  You will train upper and lower body as well as some plyometrics using bodyweight, resistance bands, and weights in this workout.

Surfset Blend is an all-inclusive Surfset program that incorporates equal amounts of strength training, aerobic and sprint training, core strengthening, balance improvement, and surf-inspired exercises.

Core Reform Coming to Peakland Pilates

Wow, I’m so excited about this new class!  Core Barre creator, Monica Hoekstra, has designed a new small group class.  Core Reform class  is specifically designed to bring together the best from Pilates, resistance training, stretching, and fast flowing movement all set to inspiring music.  If you like Core Barre, you will love Core Reform.  Peakland Pilates will be adding Core Reform classes at the end of January!  Please contact for more information.

OM Yoga Basics

Cyndi Lee’s Happy Hips workshop went so well
we decided to add OM Yoga Basics to our schedule!
Come try out this class on Thursday June 5, 12, 26 from 10:15 – 11:15
Start where you are!  Basic level classes build physical awareness and confidence through the fundamentals of standing poses.  You will also open up areas of tightness in hips and shoulders and get moving with basic Sun Salutations sequences — always with safety and a lot of attention from Cyndi. You’ll be introduced to your breath, your mind and other people who think it’s fun to twist and breathe.

A great pre or post workout snack!

healthy-energy-bites-tallI absolutely love this recipe!  They are quick and easy to make!










Stir all ingredients together in a medium bowl until thoroughly mixed. Cover and let chill in the refrigerator for half an hour.

Once chilled, roll into balls of whatever size you would like. (Mine were about 1″ in diameter.) Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 1 week.

Makes about 20-25 balls.

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The Benefits of Probiotics

I was very excited to attend Energetics of Food at Maryland University for Integrative Health this past weekend.  The instructor, Paul Pitchford, is a teacher and nutrition researcher.  His book, Healing with Whole Foods, combines Eastern Asian medicine with modern nutritional traditions.  I wanted to share some of his knowledge regarding the healing power of probiotics.  As many people know, probiotics are a fundamental live organism that confers microbial balance in the intestines.  In the presence of illness, poor eating habits, and overuse of antibiotics, most people deplete these beneficial microbes and reek havoc on their digestive system and in turn can increase their risk of illness.  Of course, yogurt has become one of the more popular probiotic foods, but it’s not necessarily the highest in probiotic concentration.  If you are someone who is dairy-free, many companies now make coconut and almond milk yogurt, which is actually quite tasty.  There are several other methods for increasing your probiotic intake to keep your belly happy!  Anyone like pickles, sauerkraut, or kombucha?  All of these foods have beneficial microbes for increasing intestinal flora.  I recently tried a sauerkraut from a local Charlottesville company, Farmstead Ferments.  This yummy fermented cabbage concoction was made with broccoli, scallions, and garlic.  Other varieties include garlicky greens kraut, apple kraut, and winter soltice sauerkraut.  Needless to say, this is not your typical sauerkraut!  This sauerkraut is made with celtic sea salt. However, low salt or saltless sauerkrauts can be made at home.  

Kombucha is fermented green tea which is loaded with probiotics and offers a little “pick me up” for the mid-day slump.  Farmstead Ferments also sells both Kombucha and Kombucha started kits to make your own at home!  Another local Nelson County company, Barefoot Bucha, is wonderful and sells on tap at Whole Foods in Charlottesville and select flavors are sold at The Health Nut in Wyndhurst.  Barefoot Bucha comes in six flavors.  This Kombucha is very good… ginger is my favorite.  Just beware of drinking too much as they are made with some sugar.  I hope you will branch out and try some other probiotic foods!  Fermenting at home is not that difficult.  Explore new ways to increase your health!  

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