Manhattan’s Phoenix Fitness Offers New Fusion Exercise program called ‘Nautilates’

New York, New York (PRWEB) January 14, 2004

Just in time for last minute New Year’s resolutions, Chelsea’s Phoenix Fitness today announced “Nautilates,” a newly designed fusion exercise program. Nautilates blends Pilates and Nautilus, two successful exercise approaches that increase the body’s ability to burn fat, achieve better posture, flatten stomachs and strengthen abdominal, back and postnatal muscles.

The Nautilates program at Phoenix Fitness is specifically designed for people who, despite investing hours at the gym, get minimal results. Nautilates offers a time-efficient, results-oriented and supervised alternative to timeworn exercise regiments. Focused on stabilization and unification of the body as a whole, Nautilates uses precise repetitions to isolate muscle groups that build strength and endurance.

Jim Eatroff, certified fitness instructor and founder of Phoenix Fitness states, “We combine the positive non-impact derivatives of Joseph Pilates’ subtle flexibility and stability methodology with Arthur Jones’ athletic and strength training Nautilus circuit programs. The blending of innovative techniques like core stabilization and balanced variable resistance results in a greater level of effectiveness and a higher metabolism. Essentially, Nautilates conditions the body to burn fat all day long. At Phoenix Fitness, we have created an innovative way to challenge muscles, improve flexibility and incorporate the mind and body element into effective exercise sessions.”

“In Nautilates, rotary resistance complements traditional Pilate’s linear resistance, which results in a well-rounded workout regimen. At Phoenix Fitness, we utilize high-quality, low-friction equipment to achieve the best results,” continued Eatroff.

Fighting the growing epidemic of obesity in New York City, Phoenix Fitness has designed a non-intimidating environment for overweight and nonathletic men and women. While many mega clubs report sagging memberships, Phoenix Fitness attracts loyal clientele by offering tailored programs and exercise sessions designed according to an individual’s body type and limitations, using creative new approaches such as Nautilates.


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McEntire Workout Method leads the industry with an inovative and reputable curriculum

ROCHESTER, MI (PRWEB) April 14, 2004 –

The recent Pilates fad has created many imitation programs and unqualified instructors. McEntire Workout Method provides a comprehensive curriculum that meets the needs of the students by delivering an education in teaching mindful movement.

A decade in the making, McEntire Workout Method was developed by Director Trent McEntire. Using personal knowledge from his experience as a professional dancer, McEntire refined and created a unique and comprehensive Pilates curriculum that meets the needs of everyone, regardless of age, occupation or fitness level.

McEntire Workout Method is the only Michigan based Pilates Certification Company, and Michigan’s only corporate member of the Pilates Method Alliance. The company also operates two beautiful Metro Detroit studios in Downtown Rochester and West Bloomfield. With the largest facilities in Michigan, both studios provide the opportunity for mat and machine work.

McEntire Workout Method is expanding Pilates with integrity. The extensive curriculum and training process created by McEntire has led the McEntire Workout Method to become one of the strongest Pilates programs in the country. McEntire Workout Method has proven to be a resource to students that are unsatisfied with other Pilates programs that they have attended.

A variety of private and group classes are offered weekly at both studios. Work is performed on machines such as the Cadillac, Chair and Reformer, which was developed around the premise of the original work by Joseph Pilates. Enhanced by the uniqueness of the McEntire Workout Method, this mind-body fitness curriculum has been tailored to produce an exclusive well-balanced workout for all. The McEntire staff can provide sensible answers to the questions that surface while working with clients.

The McEntire Network represents an international group of people dedicated to teaching excellence and the quality of Pilates program content. Providing tangible mental and physical benefits for personal and client training, members experience training and support that is unable to be found anywhere else around the world.

In order to be qualified to instruct their own clients in McEntire Workout Method, members must thoroughly complete both knowledge and demonstrative training courses. Qualified members include McEntire Certified teachers, Master Teachers, and licensed studios. The continuous strive by the McEntire staff to expand pure mind-body fitness can be experienced through their dedicated teaching throughout United States. The McEntire Network has applied the most comprehensive mind-body fitness curriculum into an original and innovative experience.

While continuing to promote Pilates training with integrity, the McEntire staff has created The Pilates Movement Challenge. The challenge will include the first international Pilates conference and competitive event incorporating the complex fitness program of Pilates. The inaugural dual educational experience will be held this spring at the McEntire Workout Method studio in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Please visit for more information.

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Many Factors Can Lead to Pilates-Related Injuries

(PRWEB) March 29, 2005

Plancher Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, Greenwich, CT and NY, NY, March 2005 – Millions of Americans have flocked to Pilates studios over the past several years, searching for a low-impact, less frenetic workout that provides better strength-building and toning results than yoga, but still offers mind-body benefits. While most have found just what they’ve been seeking, some have gotten more than they bargained for: painful joint, tendon and muscle injuries.

“A Pilates-related injury usually comes as a surprise to most who practice it,” explains Kevin Plancher, M.D., “because Pilates began as a rehabilitation program. It’s hard to believe that something that’s supposed to help those who’ve suffered a sports-related injury could actually lead to an injury itself.” In fact, early in the 20th century Joseph Pilates developed the system – while adapting some yoga techniques – to help hospital patients rehabilitate during World War I; years later, dancers adopted it as physical therapy.

There are several aspects of the practice of Pilates that can lead to injury, Dr. Plancher notes, but there are just as many ways to reduce the risks as well. For example, Pilates is largely a sedentary workout, as most of the routine is done on mats and/or aparatus, with such props as stability balls and stretchcords used for balance and resistance. “When a workout solely targets the muscles, it needs to be preceded by a good ten-minute total-body warmup, like a brisk walk,” Dr. Plancher explains. “If you don’t warm up the muscles first, they could be more prone to a stretching injury.”

The Core Issue

Pilates is a uniquely effective workout option because of its focus on the “core” of the body: the trunk and its large, deep musculature. Most of the strength required to perform the Pilates routine originates from the muscles of the abdomen and back, with occasional reliance on the buttocks and quadriceps/hamstrings. But Dr. Plancher points out that this, too, is a potential cause of injury.

“Many Pilates movements that are meant to be completed using the large muscles of the back could cause injury to other areas of the body, such as the shoulders or the arms, if the exerciser were to use improper form or begin to rely too heavily on those smaller muscle groups,” Dr. Plancher explains. “Similarly, some of the lower body movements that are supported by the core abdominals and buttocks can potentially damage the knee, if the exerciser failed to use proper form.”

In fact, the effectiveness of the Pilates program relies on strict adherence to the techniques of each movement – another factor that leaves the window of opportunity open for injury. “Pilates novices may not realize the importance of learning, step by step, how to complete the technical aspects of each movement, and the wisdom of taking the Pilates learning curve slowly…and with a certified, well-trained instructor,” Dr. Plancher adds.

This advice is particularly important because the name “Pilates” is no longer trademark-protected, inviting those with little or no training to set up shop across the mall from those with years of experience. “I advise my patients who wish to try Pilates to have at least one consultation with a certified instructor, too, before pursuing an at-home routine with a DVD and a fitness ball,” Dr. Plancher notes. It’s easier, he says, to learn the basic movements and poses from a trainer, rather than a two-dimensional image on TV.

Injury . . . or not?

Knowing the difference between a well-exercised muscle and an inured muscle is the key to avoiding the most prevalent sports injury of all – the overuse injury. “Recognizing that a muscle or tendon or joint has been compromised, and giving it proper medical attention and time to heal, will result in a faster, more complete recovery,” Dr. Plancher concludes, “And will reduce the risk of reinjury.”


Kevin D. Plancher, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S., F.A.A.O.S, is a leading orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine expert with extensive practice in knee, shoulder, elbow and hand injuries. Dr.Plancher is an Associate Clinical Professor in Orthopaedics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY. He is on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Journal of Medicine and Sports.

A graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine, Dr.Plancher received an M.S. in Physiology and an M.D. from their school of medicine (cum laude). He did his residency at Harvard’s combined Orthopaedic program and a Fellowship at the Steadman-Hawkins clinic in Vail, Colorado where he studied shoulder and knee reconstruction. Dr.Plancher continued his relationship with the Clinic for the next six years as a Consultant. Dr. Plancher has been a team physician for over 15 athletic teams, including high school, college and national championship teams. Dr.Plancher is an attending physician at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City and The Stamford Hospital in Stamford, CT and has offices in Manhattan and Greenwich, Connecticut.

Dr.Plancher lectures extensively domestically and internationally on issues related to Orthopaedic procedures and injury management. During 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 Dr.Plancher was named among the Top Doctors in the New York Metro area and was the New York State Representative for the Council of Delegates to the American Academy of Orthopaedic surgeons. For the past six years Dr.Plancher has received the Order of Merit (Magnum Cum Laude) for distinguished Philanthropy in the Advancement of Orthopaedic Surgery by the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. In 2001, he founded “The Orthopaedic Foundation for Active Lifestyles”, a non-profit foundation focused on maintaining and enhancing the physical well-being of active individuals through the development and promotion of research and supporting technologies.

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According to, Pilates is a series of exercises designed to improve flexibility and strength through a variety of stretching and balancing movements. It was developed by Joseph Pilates, a prisoner of war during the Second World War, and has become increasingly popular.

From when he was very young, Pilates took inspiration from the ancient Indian art of yoga, Zen Buddhism, and physical exercises of the Greek and Roman empires and conducted experiments that helped him gain strength.

Pilates introduced his exercises to the inmates of the German internment camp, helping them keep physically fit. He also introduced mat workout and physical exercise equipment made from bed springs.

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A regular Pilates regimen results in a flatter stomach and a thinner waist and thighs, as well as increasing mobility in joints. Like yoga, it also relieves stress and anxiety.

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Pilates is also recommended for the elderly, people suffering from osteoporosis, and people who are overweight.

Pilates has become quite popular among athletes, dancers and actors because the workout improves not just the body but mind as well. Pilates’ balanced approach ensures that no muscle group is overworked and as a result the body works as an efficient, holistic system.

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Pilates helps improve strength, tone, flexibility and balance, and makes the body less prone to injury. It reduces stress, relieves tension, and boosts energy through deep stretching.

It creates a stronger, more flexible spine, promotes recovery from injury, increases joint motion, improves circulation, heightens neuromuscular coordination, corrects muscle groups, enhances mobility, agility and stamina, and improves the look and feel of your body.


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