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Q & A: What ARE The Benefits Of Reformer Pilates!?


  1.  Increased Muscular Endurance

Muscles exert force to overcome resistance. Training results include increased muscle fiber endurance, size and strength along with increased connective tissue strength. With increased muscular endurance, your muscles are able to exert force for extended periods. Increased endurance enables you to perform everyday tasks without fatigue. Additional benefits include improved muscle tone as muscles are lengthened and strengthened without appearing bulky.


  1.  Increased Core Strength

Exercising on the Pilates Reformer requires proper form and technique. The focus of proper positioning is within the core, your abdomen and lower back muscles. By conditioning the core muscles, they will contract with all movements to stabilize and align your spine. A strong core will increase the effectiveness of all exercises due to your ability to maintain proper alignment. Core strength increases your ability to generate power to your muscles and decreases the risk of injury.


  1.  Improved Posture

Workouts on a Pilates Reformer will improve your spinal alignment. With improved alignment, your muscles will strengthen to improve spinal support and stability. Improved posture will lengthen your joints giving you a taller appearance. Muscular imbalances will be corrected decreasing the risk for injury, especially to the lower back. Awareness of proper posture during exercise will carry over to awareness of proper posture when performing everyday movements.


  1.  Increased Flexibility

Flexibility is the range of motion of your muscles and connective tissue. Workouts on a Pilates Reformer require your muscle groups to move through a full range of motion. Improved flexibility decreases strain and stress on your joints and muscles. Muscles contract with increased efficiency, and workouts are more effective. Improved flexibility reduces stiffness, soreness and the chance of injury. You can perform everyday movements with less strain and fatigue.


  1.  Improved Breathing

Pilates workouts emphasize proper breathing. Breathing becomes deeper and less frequent, resulting in improved relaxation. Benefits include increased lung capacity and breathing efficiency during workouts and at rest. Your lungs are better equipped to supply your body with increased oxygen during workouts. Energy levels increase during exercise and at rest.


  1.  Reduced Body Fat

Exercise increases your metabolism, your body’s ability to burn calories. Increased muscle mass increases the number of calories burned. When the amount of calories burned is more than the amount of calories eaten, excess body fat is burned and used for energy to meet the increased demand.

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LAB5 Notes: Winter Platinum Club Party 2015!

Check out the members and food from the Platinum Club party last Sunday, January 18th. So much great food and terrific members!

Plan to qualify for the next party on Sunday, April 19th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm hosted by our Founders, the Cashman’s.

-Platinum Club Winter 2015 Members

-Platinum Club Winter 2015 Beverages and Appetizers

Recipes: Creamy Chicken Penne

Creamy Chicken Penne Pasta


  • 6 ounces whole-wheat penne
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4  pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 fennel bulb, cored and diced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt
  • 1/4  teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/4  cup dry sherry
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 1/2  cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/4  cup chopped fresh chives
  •   Black pepper


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain thoroughly, return to pot and cover.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook, stirring once or twice, until browned, 4 to 6 minutes; set aside.
  3. Add remaining oil and the onion, fennel, garlic, salt and thyme to skillet and reduce heat to medium. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables begin to soften, 5 to 7 minutes. Add sherry and cook, stirring often, until evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle with flour and stir to coat. Add broth and milk, increase heat to medium high and bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Cook, stirring often, until sauce is thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add chicken and any accumulated juices back to skillet and cook, stirring often, until chicken is cooked through, about 3 minutes.
  5. Add spinach and cook until wilted, 30 to 90 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan and chives. Stir chicken and sauce into pasta; season with black pepper.

Community Corner: Layne Shepherd


Date you started at LAB5: July 2014

Occupation: Software Engineer currently, but contemplating a big career change

Favorite Move: Favorite move, or favorite results?  Tendon stretch is fun; I hate the pistol squat, but like Ron says, I like the results :)  Maybe one day I’ll do it without the TRX straps.

Hobbies: Reading and knitting.

Neighborhood: Capitol Hill

Kids/Pets: Two dogs — Kramer, an eleven-year-old husky; and Buddy, a nine-year-old Yorkie rescue.

Comments:  I almost joined another gym closer to my house in July, but decided to try the 5 class pass at Lab5.  So happy I did!  Lab5 is the best gym I’ve ever been to.  The quality of instruction is amazing, and I love the small class sizes and variety.  Also, my back has never felt better!

Founders Corner: Good Bye Cashman’s, Until Next Time!

Mollys Platinum Attention

-Molly Cashman Receiving Some Platinum Attention

It was great to be in town last week and to host the Platinum Club party on Sunday at our condo on Capitol Hill.  Check out the two videos from the party under the LAB5 Notes section of this weeks newsletter.

If you have not qualified for the Platinum Club you should consider getting involved. It’s a great way to motivate yourself to attend classes on a regular basis and be treated to a special event with other amazing members.

The next party is Sunday, April 19th!  Get started this month so you can be on your way to qualify. If you have any questions please stop by the front desk or ask your favorite instructor for more details. Hope to see you in April!

All the Best,
Alan and Bonnie Cashman
Co-Founders LAB5 Fitness