By Louise Bolger
Connie Borho shows oe of the pieces of equipment
that she uses for fitness training.
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
sun staff writer
If like most of us, youre walking around with that extra
five or ten pounds of Christmas cheer, it may be time to clean
out the refrigerator and call Connie Borho.
Connie Borho opened Balance Pilates and Yoga Center in August
after relocating from New York to Bradenton a year ago. With
twenty years of experience in the fitness business under her
belt, Borhos concept was an exercise studio designed
to strengthen not only your body, but one that would also
engage your mind and nurture your spirit.
"Conscious fitness" is what she calls it and the
way you achieve it is through pilates and yoga.
Pilates, although not a new exercise method, was not well
known outside of the Northeast. In fact Connie Borho is currently
the only certified Pilates teacher in Manatee County. According
to Borhos brochure, "The Pilates method of body
conditioning is a series of exercises designed to strengthen
and elongate the muscles, and invigorate the mind and body."
This is achieved through the use of spring-based equipment
and mat exercises concentrating on the abdomen, buttocks,
lower back and inner thigh. The equipment, which was invented
by Joseph Pilates over 80 years ago, has names like Cadillac,
Reformer and Wonder Chair. Training programs are designed
around using one piece or all pieces of the equipment in either
one-on-one sessions, duet training or small groups.
As the name indicates, Balance Pilates and Yoga also offers
yoga classes in a variety of configurations, private one-on-one,
duet and group classes. I also noticed Tai Chi for arthritis
being offered at the studio. Classes for both Pilates and
yoga are opened to both men and women.
Connie Borho claims that through conscious fitness, rather
than being exhausted and depleted after an exercise session,
you will be invigorated and serene. Balance Pilates and Yoga
will teach you balanced exercise techniques leading to healthier
and more vibrant lives. That is, of course, after you have
gotten rid of the leftovers.