More FREE Classes with JPPilates

As you guys know I’m a huge fan of being able to offer the community free group workouts as often as I can. And once again with the support of Equinox, I’m able to do so! We’re bringing you a FREE Summer Pilates Shape Up Series!!!

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We held our first free class last month, but don’t worry if you missed it. I’m teaching TWO more classes coming up on July 14th and August 4th. The best part is that class is open to everyone! You don’t have to be a member of the club to come participate. In fact this is the perfect opportunity to invite your friends or bring a co-worker to join you.

Upcoming Dates: Mondays, July 14 & August 4th

Time: 12:15- 1:00 PM

Location: Equinox – 225 Franklin Street

NO PRE-REGISTRATION 

IMG_5081Class is held outside of the club on the shaded sidewalk. Equinox provides you with a mat, towel and all the equipment you need. All you need to bring is yourself!

Live music will be provided by one of my Boston area favorites, DJ Kupah James.

Kupah James, #BabyBoomer and I at the last Equinox class

Kupah James, #BabyBoomer and I at the last Equinox class

And we’ll stay hydrated thanks to the incredible team over at Essentia Water! If you’ve never tried Essentia you’re in for a treat. This water is different than just normal H20. Essentia has a 9.5 pH with added electrolytes which makes for a silky smooth taste. I’m OBSESSED with it.

And if you STILL need convincing to attend, well I may be bringing this little sidekick with me and what’s better than a dose of cute baby on a Monday afternoon???

 

IMG_5173I hope you’ll be able to join us!

For more information, join our Facebook Event Page and let us know if you plan to attend!

 

FREE Pilates Bootcamp in Boston: #BikiniBellini Weekly at Sterlings Boston

Picture this: It’s Saturday morning and the sun is shining. You head over to Faneuil Hall and up the stairs to the patio at Sterlings Boston. Music is pumping. You roll out your mat and stretch while spaces fill up around you. Class starts and you sweat, smile and move your way through a 45 minute Pilates Bootcamp style workout. Triumphantly you finish taking in a cleansing savanasa under the blue skies, sipping in the fresh air. After class, you and your friends walk just a few steps over to enjoy a delicious outdoor brunch. You treat yourself to a cocktail. The best part? You’re still in your workout clothes with that after workout buzz. Ahhh, isn’t life good?

Sound too good to be true? Well it’s not because it’s happening THIS SATURDAY and (every Saturday morning) with me!!!

Introducing Bikinis and Bellinis Pilates Bootcamp Series brought to you by Sterlings Boston with JPPilates as your teacher!!!

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It’s pretty simple. The workout is free and open to everyone. Just bring your own mat and I’d suggest wearing sneakers. I’ll be hooked up to a microphone so you can hear me and of course we’ll have music pumping. Class starts at 9:30am (I suggest getting there by 9:15am) and runs until 10:15am.

After class, Sterlings Boston will be open for brunch. There’s outdoor patio seating just steps away from where we will be working out and an outdoor bar too. (Brunch is not free.) They have a great menu! I got a sneak peek and it includes: seasonal veggie quiche ($8), yogurt parfait ($8), breakfast sliders ($8), omelettes ($12) and more!

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These are the stairs from the Faneuil Hall side. Just walk right up them and it leads to the patio where we will be working out.

The location is easy. Head to Faneuil Hall. Look for Abercrombie & Fitch and head up the stairs to the right of the store. Or you can look for Hillstones Restaurant and the patio is directly above that. The actual location is 60 State Street, but I think it’s easier to locate from the Faneuil Hall side.

In the case of bad weather, check my Facebook page on Saturday mornings and I will post any updates on there.

This series will run EVERY SATURDAY in May and June, every other Saturday in July & August and back to every Saturday in September. How awesome is that?

The hashtag is #bikinibellini. Start using it and tweet with me!

For more background information check out the press we’ve gotten so far:

Boston Magazine: Summer Fitness Happening in Unusual Places (April 23, 2014)

Bostinno: A Six Pack of Questions with Pilates Instructor Jennifer Phelan (May 1, 2014)

Leave a comment if you have any questions at all. I’ll always post updates and new info on my Facebook page

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This is exactly where class will be. The open space is where we will workout. You can see Sterlings set up is just steps away where brunch is.

#7DaysofSalad Featured on Instagram

Last weekend we were in New York visiting my family for the Easter weekend. When we returned back to Boston I knew it was time to really kick some things into high gear. My teaching schedule is starting to pick back up again, my calendar is getting busier and every day Baby Boomer is getting bigger and bigger. I’ve officially moved out of the “Fourth Trimester” and I’m more committed than ever to continue losing the extra baby weight and getting my body ‘back.’ (I’ve got a few posts I’m working on dedicated to this subject entirely coming soon.)

What you eat is a HUGE part of any weight loss journey and as many of you know I’m very fortunate to have a husband who is an incredible and healthy man who loves to cook. We call him #ChefBoomer. (Fact: He’s actually not a professional Chef. Although he could be.) Every day he asks me what I want for dinner. No matter how busy or tired he is, he actually enjoys preparing fresh home cooked meals for us to enjoy. I find this incredible.

In the past when I would be preparing for a big photo shoot and wanted to look my slimmest and healthiest he would play a major role in helping me prepare by cooking me delicious, fresh and SUPER HEALTHY dinners. Now that I’m facing my biggest physical transformation yet, he is again helping me. And this is where the idea of #7DaysofSalad was born.

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Chef Boomer loves to watch The Food Network and all of their challenge shows. He’s always whipping creative things up in the kitchen and we sometimes make up our own challenges for him to play around with. After our little trip I told him that I wanted to really crack down on what I was eating. I said that for at least a week I needed to re-energize my diet and get as many fresh greens as possible on my plate. I knew after 7 days of sticking to a strict plan I would be back on the right track. So I wanted to just have salads for dinner. If I didn’t have Chef Boomer in my life I’d be stuck with boring, run of the mill salads but lucky for me he took this challenge and decided to come up with seven totally different, refreshing and healthy salads for me to dine on. And that’s when I thought of YOU GUYS!

I tend to normally post photos of my meals on my Instagram account. Everyone always asks for the recipes. I rarely respond because, well… clearly I don’t do the cooking and I have no idea half the time how the meals are being prepared. (Don’t you dare go thinking I’m just lounging around being waited on, even though that’s what it sounds like. I’m usually out late teaching you all in class or tending to the baby. I swear!) So we decided to post the recipes of our salad dinners for the next seven days. Not only does it hold us accountable for sticking to our challenge but I get to share some healthy dinner options with all of you.

7daysofsalad3We’ve had a blast coming up with ideas and shopping for our salad ingredients at Whole Foods together. So far we have 4 salads posted.

Curious about the salads and the recipes? You’ll have to head over to Instagram to check them all out! I’m JPPilates1. Make sure to leave a comment to let us know if you try to make any of Chef Boomer’s creations.

So what do you think about our challenge idea? Would you be interested in following us along for another healthy eating challenge? Any ideas on what we should do next? I was thinking about a juice challenge but I’m open to your suggestions.

Happy eating and see you on Instagram!

JPPilates Updated Teaching Schedule for 4/24 & 4/26

After spending some time organizing my calendar this morning I realized I have quite the busy next few days in store for you. I’m subbing some classes and I have my last Pilates Barre Intensive at North End Yoga scheduled for Saturday.

Check out my teaching schedule below and I hope to see you on the mat (or at the barre) once or twice! xo, JP

Thursday, April 24:
10:00 – 10:45am | Babies & Barre Class at Charlestown Yoga
Sign up: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=354

7:15 – 8:15pm | Pilates Fusion at North End Yoga
Sign up: http://www.northendyoga.com/schedule.html

Saturday, April 26:
10:15 – 11:15am | Subbing Pilates HD at Equinox Dartmouth
*EQ Members Only

12:15 – 1:00pm | Subbing Pilates at Charlestown Yoga
Sign up: https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=354

2:00 – 4:00pm | PILATES BARRE INTENSIVE workshop at North End Yoga
*Only a few spots left, sign up:http://www.northendyoga.com/events.html

Conquering My Fears One Class At A Time

Some of you may have seen that I publicly announced this week on my Facebook page that I was making it my goal to blog at least one time per week. Since I want to hold myself accountable I decided to put showering and packing for my New York trip that’s tomorrow on hold to sit down and do this. So here I go…

It’s the perfect time to blog because today was a super successful day for the ‘stay at home mom side‘ of JPPilates! Grayson and I CO- TAUGHT our first official class together. And neither of us shed a tear, which these days is a major feat in itself.

Since moving to Charlestown I’ve gotten to know Kristin Quinn the owner of Charlestown Yoga. (I actually knew her first from reading her hilarious blog.) I met Kristin in person when I sat next to her at my first ever exercise class that I took with Grayson when he was 6 weeks old. Since then we’ve been in touch a bit about me subbing classes and teaching a workshop at her studio, but earlier this week she caught me off guard when she asked if I would be interested in subbing the Babies and Barre class – the same one I first took so many weeks ago.

My first reaction when reading her email was HELL NO. Even though Kristin told me I could bring Grayson with me I thought there was no freaking way I would be able to teach a room of Moms, babies AND worry about my own son too. I’m not that pulled together yet. Or am I? On second thought I decided to tell her yes. What was the worst that could happen… Actually we don’t want to go there, so I just decided to put my big girl pants on, step up to the plate and give this challenge a try.

So for those of you without babies at home, let me share that I was worried about more than just ‘what if Grayson cries, pukes, poops or pees all over me while I’m standing in front of a room of people.” I now had to figure out the following (and yes I actually made a list of things I was worried about organizing).

1. What time do I need to dress, change and feed Grayson before we leave the house so that as the teacher I can actually be on time?
2. How will I figure out showering and getting myself to look presentable all before 9:45 am. It’s not easy I swear.
3. How do I get actually Grayson to the studio which is 3 blocks away? Do I push him in the stroller, then put him in the ergo carrier to teach class? Or do I wear him in the ergo to walk over, then when we get there take him out of the ergo to take off his sweatshirt, then put him back in the Ergo to wear him during class. You see, I can’t keep the sweatshirt on while I teach because he will over heat, which may mean he’ll start to scream and then I will have to deal with a sweaty, screaming baby which will make me start to sweat and want to scream…

OK you get it? I’ll stop there. 

Anyways I figured out all of the above and was ready to conquer the world. I mean I was ready to teach a 45 minute class just down the road. Somehow I managed to get myself and Grayson dressed and ready to leave on time. We were just about to depart when this happened.

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Shit. Is it too late to back out?

I guess the G Man didn’t appreciate his “I Love Pilates” outfit. Well I was just trying to be cute and clever. Noted. I won’t do that again.

Despite this minor setback we made it to the studio on time. I decided to wear Grayson in the Ergo Baby Carrier the whole time I was teaching in hopes that he would fall into a trance of fetal recognition once he heard the Rhianna tunes and my finger snapping. And it worked! Once he heard my teacher voice turn on he stopped squirming and went along for the ride… And oh what a ride it was.

afterlight-2This was the hardest class I’ve ever taught, and I’m not just saying that because I had a 13lb baby strapped to my body. Picture this… Music is playing. Babies are whimpering, whining, gurgling and CRYING. Moms are shushing, holding, rocking, swaying and feeding. There is a wonderful assistant walking around the room picking up crying babies and soothing them. There are small infants on the floor, on the mats, in car seats and on laps. I have to make sure I don’t step on a small baby, pacifier, toy or bottle. Oh yea, and we’re doing Pilates.

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To say there is a lot going on is an understatement. If I wasn’t a new mom myself I wouldn’t have gotten it. But now I do. It all works. Just like everything else in this new world of parenthood, you just do what you gotta do, when you gotta do it. The teacher in me wondered if anyone in the room was even paying attention to the instructions I was giving. The mom in me wondered why I cared and said shut up, they are doing amazing!

And you know what, we all did great! The beauty of a class like this isn’t always about the workout. It’s about the fact that you made it out of the house (not in pjs) and attempted to do something so good for your body. Anything else (planks, push-ups, c-curve) is just an added bonus.

The good part is that I got to help these new moms who are just like me and it felt amazing! Grayson ended up falling asleep about five minutes into the class and slept the entire time and even for a full hour afterwards. I got meet new Mom friends and see old ones too.

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And for the best news… I’m going to be permanently subbing this class on a weekly basis (with Grayson) until the regular teacher returns! I know it will be a challenge for me, but I’m so excited to take this on and grow as a teacher and a new mommy.

Sometimes it’s the things that scare us and stress us out that are the most rewarding. It may seem small and trivial, but for me today was a monumental day in my new world. Yay!

So do you guys think I’m crazy? Have you ever faced challenges that may seem small but still leave you feeling fulfilled and like a superhero? Please share! 

You can find Grayson and I co-teaching Babies and Barre (BYOB – Bring Your Own Baby to class) at Charlestown Yoga on Thursdays 10:00-10:45am until the end of May when the regular teacher returns at which time I will convert back to a regular student in class again.

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Where To Workout with JPPilates This Spring & Summer

I’m so excited to say the time is finally here! As my maternity leave starts to wind down I’m feeling excited to slowly get back to teaching around Boston. I’ve been working hard to create a new schedule for you guys so below is a run down of what I’ve got planned. This is everything I have available for the next few months. We’ll see how it goes (and how Baby Boomer does with it too) and add on as we go along. Oh and I’ve had a lot of time at home, lots of time to think and think and plan great new things for you!

Let me know if you have any questions and I can’t wait to see you on the mat soon!

Thursdays at North End Yoga
Starting April 3rd
Pilates Fusion at 7:15pm
Reserve your spot online
Drop-ins are $15

Workshops at North End Yoga
View all workshop details
MUST SIGN UP ONLINE TO SECURE A SPOT. SPACES WILL SELL OUT.
Pilates Barre Intensives (April, 2hrs, $35)
Spring Clean Your Pilates Mat Practice (April 13, 1.5hrs, $25)
JPPilates Total Body Bootcamp (June 1, 1.5hrs, $25)

Mondays at Equinox
Starting May 5th
Pilates Mat Fusion at 6:45pm (time may change to 10 minutes earlier)
Class is open to Equinox Members Only

Spring Bootcamp REFORMER Series at Equinox
Join me for 6 weeks in the private Pilates Studio to lengthen, stretch and tone your entire body into shape for the spring! This bootcamp will not be easy! Plan to work hard and break a sweat. Enrollment open to Equinox members only.
Very limited space available. Email jennifermphelan@gmail.com asap if interested. 

Session 1 Dates: Saturday May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 31st and June 7th & 14th
Time: 8:00 – 8:55 AM
Cost: $360
Group limited to 6 people max

Session 2 Dates: Saturday May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 31st and June 7th & 14th
Time: 10:45 – 11:40 AM
Cost: $360
Group limited to 6 people max

In-Home Privates or Duets in Charlestown, MA
Starting April 1st
Available weekdays 5:30 - 8:00 AM  or after 5:30 PM
Please email jennifermphelan@gmail.com for package rates and scheduling.

JP

And last but  certainly not least….VERY VERY EXCITING NEWS!!!| 

Starting in May I will be offering a FREE WEEKLY special event:

BIKINIS & BELLINIS - PILATES BOOTCAMP

I will share more details soon but based on the title I think you may get the idea. Get pumped. This is going to be the fitness fun event of the summer.

#TBT: Reflections

I’m a big fan of this whole “Throwback Thursday” online craze. We take so many pictures every day and they just pile up and we quickly lose track and forget about so many of them. So it’s fun to look back and remember the little memories that make up the pieces of our lives. Why we do it on Thursday? No clue, but I’ll roll with it.

For my first official #TBT post I’m reflecting on my very first photo shoot with Stylist and friend Keely Witkowski and Photographer Lucie Wicker. Back then in 2010 Lucie was still in photography school, I had no idea how to model (fine, let’s be honest, I don’t really know how to now either) and Keely was a friend who convinced me to leave my comfort zone behind and really put myself out there. This was way before every fitness person in Boston started working with this talented dynamic duo. I remember setting up this photo shoot and having no idea what I was getting myself into. I don’t think Lucie did either. (I’m pretty sure Keely was the only one with a clue.) We showed up at Castle Island just outside of Boston with loads of clothes, makeup and props. I was undressing behind a sheet in public and Keely was shouting all sorts of excited phrases as I ‘worked it’ in front of the camera. People were staring. We may have frightened Lucie a little, (I know was I stunned by what I was doing) but several hours later we had taken some of the most amazing photos I’d ever seen of myself and more importantly the JPPilates you know today was really born!

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I love this image because I think it captures my relationship with Keely perfectly. She has supported me (literally) since day 1. She’s never been afraid to get her feet dirty and jump in the water alongside me. She has pushed me, challenged me, been honest with me and celebrated with me through every obstacle and victory. Sure she has ‘styled’ me, but more than that, she’s been a true friend to me.

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Celebrate those people in your life who have your back. You know who they are. The people who stand on the sidelines and cheer you on. Who work with you and become your best friends. Never take for granted the people around you.

“Do not chase people. Work hard and be you. The right people who belong in your life will come find you and stay. Do your thing.” 

Happy Throwback Thursday!

JPPilates Joins Teaching Line Up for LIVE FIT – A Benefit Event in Charlestown

I’m happy to share that I was invited by Equinox to teach at a very special event in my very own neighborhood of Charlestown next week! I’m so honored that Equinox asked me to participate in this great benefit because it combines things very dear to me – children, charity and fitness. AND it’s my very first teaching opportunity since I’ve been on leave so I hope you’ll keep reading and be able to join me…

On Thursday, March 27th two organizations F.I.T. and Stepping Stones for Stella are coming together to host LIVE FIT in partnership with Spaulding Rehab Facility in Charlestown.

Event Details
Thursday, March 27
6:00-8:30pm
$10 per person
Spaulding Rehab Facility, Charlestown, MA
Click HERE for more info on tickets and sign-up

This event is a fitness buffet of sorts where you are invited to participate in some of Boston’s most innovative classes led by the best instructors. Participants pay $10 to participate in the full two hours (6:00-8:30pm) or in the classes you prefer. 100% of the proceeds go to Stepping Stones for Stella. 

I’d love to see some of you there! There will be some great instructors from Equinox teaching as well as instructors from many studios/clubs in Boston. I’ll be teaching a 20 minute Pilates Bootcamp segment. 

About The Organizations

F.I.T. (Fitness Inspired Training) is dedicated to educating, encouraging and challenging people of all fitness levels to become fit for life by implementing healthy and sustainable habits.

Stepping Stones for Stella (SSFS) is a non profit organization, whose mission is to provide children with disabilities the freedom to access the great outdoors through the use of our Buggies. At SSFS they build beach buggies for children so they can live a life without limitations. Read more about this amazing program here.

For more information please visit LIVE FIT: CELEBRATING BOSTON’S BEST IN FITNESS. 

Jenn Returns to North End Yoga in April

NEYI’m so excited to share that I’m going to be back teaching at North End Yoga starting Thursday, April 3rd! I’ll be teaching my favorite class, Pilates Fusion on Thursdays at 7:15pm.

Mark your calendars and remember to sign up online to reserve your spot ahead of time. Class is limited to 45 participants.

I can’t wait to kick your little butts again!!!

Stay tuned for more class and event announcements coming soon… Also check my Facebook page for real time news!