First Hand Pilates Experience with Laurie Dwyer

Have you ever done Pilates? Do you know that it is one of the best core exercises out there?

When I took this video I wanted to be involved. I did not want to sit on the sideline and videotape! It helped me realize that fitness comes in so many different ways and that the possibilities to better ourselves are endless. Pilates, being one of many exercise classes out there, looks like fun!

Check out Laurie Dwyer, an instructor of Pilates at the Rowan Rec Center gym! 


Listen in on this fitness perspective from Frantzeska, a Rowan Rec Center Employee

Getting started can be one of the hardest tasks when deciding to make a change. Finding time to fit in a workout and get to the gym can sometimes seem impossible, which is why you have to find out what works for you! Once you grab control of your mind, your body will follow with great success.
Frantzeska, a fitness role model sporting her Rowan Rec Center shirt. Her passion for fitness is inspiring and is expressed in so many ways. (Unknown)

Frantzeska, a fitness role model sporting her Rowan Rec Center shirt. Her passion for fitness is inspiring and is expressed in so many ways. (Unknown)

Frantzeska, is a Biochemistry major in the mist of her junior year at Rowan University. She works at the Rowan Rec Center as a fitness area assistant and is there when anyone needs a helping hand. Her passion for fitness glowed as she talked about her job and explained her journey. Below she tells a touching story about how fitness changed her life for the better. Also mentioning a few people who helped her along the way. I knew Frantzeska would be a good person to ask for this interview because she is dedicated and works so hard when it comes to fitness.

A fitness journey is what you make it. If you put in the time and effort to meet your goals your success will come sooner than you ever expected. No one can do it for you. You have to be the one to find a strong connection with yourself and find a way to log your progression so that you can look back at everything you’ve done. Fitness can put your mind and body at ease even if it may not seem like it at first. Frantzeska, is a great example of a successful outcome because she jumped in with two feet and knew what was best for her. If done right, fitness has a way of impacting our lives in a way that can never be taken back.

Take control of Pillow Time

Sleep can cost you precious time if not done correctly. It is SO important to make sure you get enough sleep at night. It will not only effect your mood the next day, but the way you view yourself and those around you. Too many people view sleep as a luxury, rather than a necessity. It is key to make time for sleep. You may need to write it into your planner, or set an alarm on your phone each night but stick to it because it should be that important to you!


Sleep is also free. You can sleep anytime, anywhere and never have to pay a dime! How is something so great free you ask? Because it is a choice and choices are free if you choose wisely!

Take a look at these helpful hints and make your own decision about how sleep will play a role in your everyday lifestyle.

The risks of not getting enough sleep can happen to anyone.

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular disease and hypertension
  • Immune function
  • Common cold

I don’t know about you, but these are not things that I think about on a daily basis. Going to sleep after finishing a paper at midnight or coming in from a house party around 2 am have just become normal to us college students. Well it is time for a change! Let your body be the judge of when it is time to turn out the lights and get a good nights rest.

Sleep can affect everyone differently, which makes it so important to understand why. Your body needs sleep to function property day in and day out. Getting six to eight hours of sleep every night can be done, but good sleep is hard to come by. For example, when you find yourself coming down with a cold, SLEEP is the best cure. It will keep your energy levels where they should be and allow for you to feel better faster. Allow yourself to sleep when you’re tired, it will always work out in your favor.

Sleep also has a healthy balance in your everyday life. People who do not get enough sleep tend to lack in simple everyday tasks. They may feel hungrier throughout the day due to the sleep they did not receive the night before and it will sometimes show in their emotions or behaviors the next day. I can not stress enough how much I love sleep, but I to find myself staying up late and waking up early, which means I very rarely meet my needed hours of sleep. Don’t let your mind win you over, shut it down and take charge of pillow time no matter how hard it may be sometimes.

Believe it or not TECHNOLOGY affects your sleep. Allowing yourself to fall asleep with the TV on or scrolling through Facebook on your phone or tablet is one of the worst things you could do! Turn them off an hour before your head hits the pillow. Crazy I know, but it will change the way you sleep immensely. Instead, listen to music or read the next chapter in your favorite book before closing your eyes for the night.

Showering before bedtime can be very beneficial! A warm shower allows for your body to relax and settle down from a long day. Try to make it the last thing you do, before climbing into bed and letting your mind drift off to sleep.

I believe that sleep is one of the most important aspects to truly changing your lifestyle. Let your body tell you when it’s time for bed and try to stay on a schedule the best that you can. Pay more attention to when you fall asleep at night and wake up in the morning so that you can form a daily routine.

Click here: Are you getting enough sleep? to find out if you’re on the right track to an everyday sleep schedule!