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 how to do the Genie pilates exercise. Now it might look like you are not doing very much but it's a really a great great leg exercise. Let's go ahead and seat yourself up, balanced on your knees and your hands can be on your hips, or if you want to feel more comfortable you can place both hands behind your head, nice and easy, but we are going to go ahead and take a intermediate position and have our hands on our hips. Take a big deep breath in and rotate those hips under to engage that mid section taking up the core, and all you do is slowly sway your body back behind you just a little bit, keeping in nice straight line, really firing up the quads and come right back to neutral, inhale and exhale. Slowly lean back, nice straight body, come right back to center. Inhale and exhale, lean back and bring it straight up. Inhale and exhale, lean back right into the quads, I know you feel a bit burned, four more inhale and exhale bring your back and forward, last two inhale and exhale. Sway back again nice straight body and bring it back last one inhale and exhale, bring it back ,pause and hold it, look straight ahead, come right back to center, right back to your knees, take a little bit of a stretch, inhale and exhale, walk it back and that's it for your pilates workout.