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The Core of Holiday Cheer

I view the holidays the same way I view Pilates: strengthening my mind, body, soul and spirit from the inside out. Pilates fortifies my body starting with all the muscles that wrap around my core and pelvis, which elongate and stabilize my skeletal system—much like the roots of a tree. From there I notice the increase of strength in my major muscle groups. Comparatively, strengthening …

Wooden Project

Launch: John Wooden Project

I‘m excited to share in the launch of the John Wooden Project, a new set of tools to teach his Pyramid of Success. This project was done in collaboration with the Wooden family and Success magazine. The John Wooden Pyramid of Success Project is a 10-module program that will teach you, through step-by-step lessons, how to become a master in the game of life. To …

Miss Val and Coach John Wooden

The Importance of a Great Mentor

We ALL need people in our life who we trust will listen to us; churn and evaluate the information we share without judgement; and care and love us so much that they risk being “brutally honest” in order to help us become the best versions of ourselves. These people are mirrors. These people are sounding boards. These people are our Mentors. I’ve had several great …

Car pilates

Car Pilates Exercise Hack

At a relaxing lunch with a girlfriend, we started talking about how we manage to fit everything into our daily schedules. It’s not easy, and I don’t even have children to come home and take care of. When we talked about how difficult it is to fit in exercise, I shared my car exercise hacks. She laughed hysterically and said I had to share these …

Real Talk Not Small Talk

Does anyone out there enjoy “small talk?” The perfunctory, socially correct Q&A or discussion of the weather. I actually get irritated with “small talk.” I’d much rather be at a social event and introduce myself to a stranger with, “Hi, I’m Valorie. When was the last time you were truly inspired by something or someone?” Or, “Hi I’m Valorie. What’s the last great book you read?” …