Dori MarkakosDori is an experienced fitness professional whose love of fitness began in grade school with her love of dance and ballet. She’s danced classical ballet since she was 5. As her interest in fitness grew, she began experimenting with all varieties of group fitness and weight lifting. Dori went the practical route to college and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a specialization in Marketing from the University of Virginia’s School of Commerce, but not before receiving her fitness instructor certification in her spare time. After college, Dori went to work for Environmental Design & Construction, LLC (EDC) where she is presently the Controller. In this position, Dori serves as the company’s chief business officer. But, Dori’s heart is in the field of fitness. Dori maintains her certifications and puts them to work as a personal trainer, spinning and Pilates (mat and reformer) instructor. As part of her career development, Dori also received specialty training in pre and post natal fitness, with a specialization in pre/post natal Pilates. Dori currently works with clients as Pilates instructor, while keeping up with her own workouts. She’s run multiple marathons and is an accomplished triathlete having run numerous triathlons as well having completed the Ironman Triathlon. Dori resides in Arlington, Virginia with her husband Peter and daughter Mia.
Hi! I am Dory, your personal Pilates instructor, and I am going to take you through a basic Pilates work out. I have been teaching Pilates for years and group exercise classes. But today, I am going to take you through a great work out, whether you are an average fitness buff, or someone who is just getting into fitness. Theres something in this workout for everybody. By stabilizing our core, we are going to get a great workout for our entire body. We are going to do everything only eight to ten reps, by taking nice, big, deep breaths. You do not to use exaggerated breathing, you can if you want to, but by breathing nice and comfortably, you are going to get the extra benefit of a really tight mid section. Remember, safety is important, so please consult your physician before you get started. So, all you need to do is workout just where you feel comfortable, if something feels like it does not feel right, go ahead and stop, take a breather and come back to it. Other than that, go ahead and wear comfortable clothing, grab a mat, and let's get started.