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Irene Pastore is a native New Yorker, health and fitness blogger, and personal trainer. Irene owns this website, and writes all the blog posts. For her complete bio, visit the About Page.

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Pilates For Climbers

Pilates is an exercise method created by Joseph Pilates during the 1920s.  Pilates taught his students to develop strength in the center of the body.  He called this center, the powerhouse.

Once the powerhouse is strong, muscles are balanced, movement becomes efficient, our postures improve, aches and pains disappear.

Climbing is an exhilarating sport where flexibility helps you reach further, while muscular strength gives you the ability to manoeuver through tough spots.

The margin for error is narrow.  Taking a fall may cause injury, or loss of life. No one wants either.  Strengthening your core with Pilates makes you a dynamo of balanced power.

If you’re thinking about taking up climbing, or are already involved, why not be sure your body is fully prepared for the challenges ahead.

Pilates gives you the upper edge on becoming a successful climber, rather than a quitter or someone who is frequently injured.

The skills you need for climbing are inherent in Pilates: concentration, breathing, focus, control,  precision, flow and stamina.

Designed to create mobility and strength, the Pilates method of exercise, teaches mind over muscles, to be as supple as a cat, not to sacrifice knowledge to speed, breathing through all movement, and concentrating on correct form.

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore and Blue Moon Personal Training

20 Motivational Fitness Quotes

“If your dog is fat, you’re not getting enough exercise.” Source Unknown

“Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.” Joseph Pilates

“Just do it.” Nike

“When quitting is no longer an option, you’re halfway there”.  Source Unknown

“Those who do not find time for exercise, will have to find time for illness”.  Edward Stanley, Earl of Derby

“If you want to change someone, don’t preach to them.  Set an example, and shut up.”  Jack LaLanne

“The difference between try and triumph, is just a little umph!” – Marvin Phillips

“We do not stop exercising because we grow old.  We grow old because we stop exercising.” Dr. Kenneth Cooper

“When your legs are tired, run with your heart”.  Source Unknown

“A man’s health can be judged by which he takes two at a time: pills or stairs”.  Joan Welch

“Take care of your body.  It’s the only place you have to live.”  Jim Rohn

“Somewhere in the world, someone is training when you are not.  When you race him, he will win.”  Tom Fleming

“The only exercise some people get is jumping to conclusions, running down their friends, side-stepping responsibility, and pushing their luck.” Source Unknown

“Exercise to live.  Never live to exercise.”  Jack LaLanne

“Happiness lies first of all in health”.   George William Curtis

“If you want to look like a fox, you have to work like a horse, and sweat like a pig.  Source Unknown

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”  Mark Twain

“Muscles come and go.  Flab lasts.”  Bill Vaughan

“The first and best victory is to conquer self”.  Plato

“The human body is the best picture of the human soul.”  Ludwig Wittgenstein
Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore and Blue Moon Personal Training

Good Posture vs. Bad Posture

Picture A shows a normal spine.  B, C, and D show poor posture.


When you have good posture, your body is straight, with the ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles in a straight line.


Muscles work as a team.  When you have good posture, your muscles are balanced, and keep your spine in proper alignment.  You feel healthy, and look good.

Muscle imbalance occurs when some muscles are stronger because you use them more often, while others are weak because you use them less.

If the muscles supporting your spine are weak, you’ll eventually experience muscle spasm, neck and back pain. Spinal misalignment also contributes to inefficient breathing.  Without proper exercise to bring the spine into its neutral position, these conditions get worse.

Muscle balance creates good posture, prevents injury, backache, spasms, and neck pain.  Good posture enhances self-esteem.


In his book, Return To Life, published in 1945, Joseph Pilates wrote about the problems caused by spinal misalignment, lack of exercise, poor breathing habits, and the harmful effects of modern living on human health.   The same problems prevail today, if not more so.  The pace of life is fast, our society is sedentary, we overeat, and don’t exercise enough.

“Physical fitness is the first requisite for happiness” – Joseph Pilates

Copyright 2013 Irene Pastore and Blue Moon Personal Training

Yoga or Pilates: What’s The Difference?

Yoga Class In Downward Dog Pose

Yoga and Pilates share similarities, but their philosophies are not the same.

  • Yoga and Pilates are categorized as Mind/Body disciplines.
  • Shoes are not worn during Yoga or Pilates.
  • Yoga poses and Pilates exercises are performed on a mat.
  • Yoga and Pilates emphasize breathing.
  • Many of the Yoga poses and Pilates exercises look very similar. Read the rest of this entry