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Traditional Pilates= Tight, Toned Abs

Lauryn Evarts talks with Cindy Jansen, Pilates expert from Carmel Valley, California.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Cindy Jansen, Pilates expert from Carmel Valley, California.

Who doest want to tighten up that annoying muffin top area? Classic Pilates does wonders for the core/obliques/abs. My girlfriend, Simone and I take private Pilates lessons from the amazingly toned, Cindy Jansen. I have done group classes, however taking private lessons makes all the difference in the world. Cindy is constantly reminding us to pull our abs in, squeeze our legs tighter, & contract our butt muscles. Afterwards, we’re sore in all the right places. Since working out with Cindy has transformed the way I view Pilates, I had to interview her ASAP:

+ Describe yourself:

Authentic, passionate, positive, caring, & recently I became a wife [ marriage is the best! ]. I also run & operate a fully-equipped Pilates studio in our home. I have been teaching for twelve years. I feel extremely passionate about teaching Pilates & feel one of my strengths is giving each of my clients the personal attention they deserve. Pilates has become such a rewarding part of my life, & I love seeing it make a positive impact on my clients’ lives as well.

+ Tell us all about Classical Pilates.

‘Pilates’ can be divided into two fundamental schools of thought, Classical Pilates & Modern/Contemporary Pilates. Classical Pilates is the purest form of Pilates, as it strictly adheres to the original methods of exercises developed & taught by Joseph Pilates. Classically trained instructors, like myself, are able to trace our training back to Joseph Pilates through one of his first generation students. I received my training in NYC under the world-renowned protege of Joseph Pilates, Romana Kryzanowska. Romana was one of Joseph Pilates’ closest students & took over as director of his studio a few years after his death. Romana’s Pilates is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious, comprehensive, & rigorous instructor training programs existing today.

Pilates is intended to be a complete philosophy of training the body & mind to achieve uniform precision & control of one’s body in the most efficient, healthy way possible. The non-impact, balanced series of movement emphasize complete concentration, body alignment, correct breathing, making the torso or ‘powerhouse’ work, allowing the rest of the body to move freely. The result is a restoration of muscular balance, better posture, increased flexibility, & better support of the bones and joints.

+ Quick skinny tip?

I rely on this energy packed smoothie to get me through my busy day and it only takes about 5 minutes to make. It includes: protein powder, 1 tablespoon of Green Vibrance, 1 tablespoon bee pollen for energy, blueberries, raspberries, 1 cup of Almond milk, & a handful of pumpkin seeds

+ Skinny cocktail of choice?

Diet Stevia soda & Vanilla Stoli. I have been drinking this since college and still love it!

Quick, easy go-to snack that is healthy?

Gluten-free pumpkin zucchini muffins from Jimbo’s; I love them!

+ What else should people mix in with Pilates?

Cardio, cardio, cardio which helps burn fat & maintains weight, while Pilates reshapes and tones the body. Oh, and of course a healthy diet!

How many times a week should one do Pilates to see changes?

Two to three times a week & you will definitely see results. “In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty sessions you will see the difference, and in thirty sessions you will have a different body.” That’s a quote from Joseph Pilates.

+ One word to describe Pilates?


++ To practice Pilates with Cindy ( she’s based out of Del Mar, CA. ) contract her through e-mail at:

Lauryn Evarts talks with Cindy Jansen, Pilates expert from Carmel Valley, California.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Cindy Jansen, Pilates expert from Carmel Valley, California.

Lauryn Evarts talks with Cindy Jansen, Pilates expert from Carmel Valley, California.




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  2. Can you provide a little more information on the difference between classic and modern pilates? What is different about the modern kind?

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