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.
Dori: Hi I'm Dori and this is intermediate pilates. Right now I'm going to show you to do a pilates push up with the leg brace. So go ahead and walk those hands forward onto the pilates mat, make sure those hands are in a line just below the shoulders, you are going to balance yourself right onto your left knee and extend the right legs. Lift for doing a modified push up, but we are going to make it a little more challenging by only with one leg connected with the floor. So, look straight down at the pilates mat, make sure those abs are engaged nice and tight. I want you to go push up all the way down till your nose touches the floor, inhale exhale and lift. Inhale, exhale, take it down and push up nice long leg. Abs pulled in make sure your back isn't sinking. One more we are going to switch legs inhale, exhale take it down and push up. Bringing the right knee in and extend the left leg out, toe is pointed, drop back on those knees, inhale, exhale, slowly take it down and push up. Keep those abs engaged inhale and exhale down, all the way down, no cheating. Make sure your nose touches the floor, last two and push up. Last one inhale and exhale, bring both knees in, take your back to a child's pose stretch. Walk those hands back. Let's go ahead and move on to the pilates side twist.