Obecian and esthetician Tanya Joy has shifted gears, relocating her Pilates practice to the Ocean Beach Woman's Club where she is finding renewed success.
“Because of the pandemic and working so close to people’s faces, I’m actually not doing skincare right now other than selling some products online and doing some virtual facials,” said the skin care professional and fitness trainer. She added, “I’m not quitting, just calling it a pause. In the meantime, I’ve brought my semi-private Pilates Reformer class to the OBWC at 2160 Bacon St. in north Ocean Beach.”
Tanya is a member of both the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association merchant group and the OBWC. Given that she is taking a break from skincare, Tanya is refocusing on her Pilates training for all fitness levels.
The woman's club provides a large and airy space with more than 10 feet of distance between exercise equipment. All cleaning and sanitation practices are in effect.
“It’s all by appointment Tuesday through Friday, two people at a time,” said Joy of her Pilates practice. “There is no membership, no commitment. I wear a mask the entire time and the customers, once they get to their machine, can choose if they want to wear a mask.”
Semi-private Pilates classes are 55-minutes long and a discount is offered for OBWC members.
Developed by Joseph Pilates from Germany during the first half of the 20th century, the workout he developed is a system of exercises intended to strengthen the human mind and body, which he believed were interrelated.
Pilates accompanied his method with a variety of equipment, which Pilates called apparatuses, and are designed to help accelerate the process of stretching and strengthening body alignment while increasing core strength. The best-known and most popular apparatus used today is the Reformer.
“People like it because it really helps stretch the body out,” noted Joy, adding the technique is especially helpful to osteoporosis clients “that need to increase their bone density by doing weight training. Pilates is a great alternative because of the spring-loaded equipment with ropes and pulleys that helps with (thin) bone density. It’s great for toning the body, and also excellent for strengthening your core to support your whole body.”
Added Joy, “You can do the exercises lying down, on your side, sitting or standing. It’s fitness for any level and is often used as rehabilitation for people suffering from back pain and sciatic (nerve) issues.”
Joy noted her workout space is “extremely nice,” pointing out there are high ceilings with six ceiling fans, 10 open windows, and two open doors.
“The machines are 10 feet apart from one another so we’re socially distanced,” said Joy.
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