Joseph Pilates, himself, was not a dancer, but a weightlifter. Thank goodness. I felt like there was hope for me!
Forever wanting to try new things, I’m happy to report, I recently completed my Pilates certification. I had the pleasure to study under Kris Kory.
Kris has been teaching fitness programs and dance for over 30 years. He was a professional dancer in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and performed in “Jubilee” at Bally’s in Las Vegas. He is currently a CT Licensed Massage Therapist.
Instructing has been Kris’s passion since he started dancing in 1981. He has been a world-renowned master instructor trainer in the fitness industry since the mid-eighties. He developed fitness certifications for LA Fitness and three levels of Pilates Mat Certifications for the American Aerobic Association and International Sports Medicine Association. He has personally trained instructors in Canada, Japan, France, Wales, England, Mexico, Turks and Caicos, and in almost every single state.
Kris has been featured on “FOX TV” on their “Fit Tip of the Week” segment and is a published author who has been quoted and published in various fitness magazines and journals. He is ACE certified and has presented and consulted for IDEA, AFAA, Can-Fit Pro, and many high-end spas such as Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico and The Golden Door in Escondido, CA.
He developed “Korlates Fitness.” It is not traditional Pilates. It is a combination of Pilates-based exercises performed on professional reformer machines with towers, strength training principles, and other movement techniques set to fun music.
With an emphasis on strengthening the core, his programs are designed to increase upper and lower body strength and flexibility. His programs change every 4-6 weeks, which I really appreciate because I get bored so easily. He incorporates reformers with towers, kettlebells, mini trampolines, TRX Suspension systems, jump boards, resistance cords, weighted hula hoops, medicine balls, and other fitness tools to add variety and challenge. This is what caught my attention. It truly is not traditional Pilates.
Joseph Pilates, himself, was not a dancer, but a weightlifter. Thank goodness. I felt like there was hope for me! The father of “Contrology,” Pilates encouraged the use of the mind to control muscles, focusing attention on core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine. In particular, his exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine and strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles. This is the Pilates I’m interested in teaching.
I’m excited to bring my version of “Powerlates” to my clients. As Kris incorporates a variety of different apparatus in his Koralates, I will follow suit. You can look forward to an intense cardio-based strength session, focused on long, lean muscles and core strength. No matter who you are or what shape you’re in, Pilates can enhance the everyday activities in your life. Whether it’s as simple as tying your shoelace or as complex as running a marathon, Pilates will help. I promise.
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