The Latest Revolutionary Pilates Fitness Method: Fuse Pilates

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The Fuse Pilates method incorporates the basics of traditional Pilates blended with non-traditional techniques to achieve greater strength, balance, and the long, lean and toned physique many desire.

"We love to find new exercises to incorporate, if an exercise works, we’ll include it. The Fuse method of Pilates is fun, it’s effective, and it creates long, lean muscles which are the “look” most women (and a lot of men) want these days," says Breland

The Fuse Pilates method was born out of the need to bring some edge and variety to today’s traditional Pilates classes. Mariska Breland developed the Pilates fitness fusion class, Fuse Pilates, out of a local DC Yoga studio in 2005. Demand for the unique class became so tremendous; Fuse became not just a class, but a totally new method for working out.

The Fuse Pilates method incorporates the basics of traditional Pilates blended with non-traditional techniques to achieve greater strength, balance, and the long, lean and toned physique many desire. Every Fuse Pilates class is different, incorporating hundreds of exercises with new choreography each session. The integration of upbeat music encourages students to move making the workout feel more like dancing.

An endless variety of exercise and choreography helps to ensure that the body is always challenged and never bored with the workout. Studies have shown that when the body becomes acclimated to a routine exercise, energy is conserved and as a result, there is less muscle activation and fewer calories are burned.

Traditional mat Pilates includes only 34 exercises that are generally taught in the same order and many teachers focus primarily on the front side of the body, not paying enough attention to the glutes, hamstrings and back.

“We don’t hold a strict, “This is Pilates, this isn’t Pilates” point of view," says Breland. “We are inspired by all forms of fitness including yoga, Pilates, Barre, core stability training, and even plyometrics. We love to find new exercises to incorporate, if an exercise works, we’ll include it. The Fuse method of Pilates is fun, it’s effective, and it creates long, lean muscles which are the “look” most women (and a lot of men) want these days.”

The focus of Fuse Pilates is to create strength and balance while toning the entire body, working the abs, arms, legs, back, and glutes with isotonic (full-range of motion) and isometric (targeted toning) exercises. It also includes the joint stabilization and body awareness education that makes Pilates a favorite conditioning activity for athletes. Its huge variety of exercises and choreography alleviates plateaus that can usually occur in a regular workout routine.

The Fuse Pilates method builds functional and flexible bodies with low impact and high intensity which benefits all levels from beginners to seasoned workout enthusiasts. Utilizing “Three Body Part Requests” to customize the choreography, Fuse students are able to target specific areas of choice in every class.

“A couple of weeks with a couple of classes a week will yield results. Expect to be challenged and for every class to be different from the last.”

The Fuse Pilates Playground, located in a historic mansion in the heart of one of DC’s finest neighborhoods, Dupont Circle, is the first full studio to practice the Fuse Method and training exclusively. Fuse’s DC Pilates Playground houses studio-grade Balanced Body equipment, and is currently the only studio in DC to offer group apparatus classes on Towers and Reformers of this caliber.

For more information on the Fuse Pilates method and the Fuse Pilates DC location’s schedule of classes visit http://www.fusepilates.com.

About Fuse Pilates
Fuse Pilates, developed in 2005 by fitness expert Mariska Breland, builds on traditional Pilates exercises and teaching styles with an original, fun, and highly effective twist on Pilates mat and apparatus classes. Prompted by the growing popularity of the Fuse Pilates method, Breland partnered with Roxanna Hakimi and Sormeh Youssefieh to open the Fuse Pilates Playground in Washington DC’s trendy Dupont Circle neighborhood in June 2011. Each Fuse class is different, uniquely customized to student requests and choreographed to upbeat music. Classes offer an intense yet approachable method of mat, tower, reformer and chair instruction, along with private coaching and wellness counseling for beginner to expert levels. Fuse Pilates' highly trained and experienced instructors concentrate on 360 degrees of the body to shape and create beautifully-toned physiques while promoting overall health and wellness. To learn more about Fuse Pilates visit http://www.fusepilates.com/.

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