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 rolling like a ball, with the ball. So, what I want you to do is to seat yourself right in the middle of the mat, grab on to this side of the ball, with either hand and force the ball right into the top of your shins, and comfortably on top of your feet. Take a big, deep breathe in, and as you exhale, I want you to balance yourself right there in your sit position, looking straight ahead, round up your spine, taking your chin to your chest, you are simply going to roll right back, just like rolling like a ball, and come up, pause, pause; without those feet touching the floor. Roll back, come up, pause, pause, roll back, come up, pause, pause, make sure those feet dont touch, inhale and exhale, youve got three more, inhale and exhale, nice and easy, inhale and exhale, last one, big, deep breathe in, and exhale. Come up, and slowly release your legs, release the ball. Let's go ahead and move on.