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, and this is Advanced Pilates. Right now, I am going to show you to do the hundred. Go ahead and sit towards the middle of your mat, pull in those knees right in towards your chest, inhale and exhale, round out your spine, tuck your chin to your chest, and roll all the way back down on to the mat. Take a big, deep breath in, and as you exhale, what I want you to do is, to bring those fingertips towards your feet, and extend those legs to a forty five degree position. Inhale and exhale, lift the upper body up, eyes are going to be right on your navel, all you are going to do is, start to bounce those hands, just like this. Inhale for five, and exhale for five. Inhale five, exhale five, inhale five -- eyes are somewhere between your quads and your knees, exhale, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. You are halfway there, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale; last three, inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale; last one, you can do it, I know its hard, inhale, exhale, pause and hold it. Pull those knees in towards the chest, slowly roll up and lets go ahead and move on.