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Find Your Guru: Heather, Pilates Platinum

Seeking a better-body guru to lengthen, strengthen, tone and help you totally OWN your own manifestation powers? S-Life's got your back (and, your ever-getting-better booty). In Find Your Guru, we'll be introducing you to some pretty incredible men and women across the country, all here to train your unique body in whatever it is that it loves to do, as well as give you the tools to live your sexiest, most loving and creative life imagined (because, after all, that is your true nature).

There's no harm in asking for a little help,so without further ado, may we introduce you to Heather Dorak, of LA's Pilates Platinum

heather dorak pilates platinum

What’s your method, and what makes it unique?

Pilates Platinum is a fun approach to fitness. We’re Pilates reinvented into a cardio and strength training workout.  Fifty-five minutes on the state-of-the-art Megaformer is all it takes to transform the way you look and feel.  Megaformer workouts are the most inventive and aggressive approach to full-body fat burning and conditioning.  Our workout gives you the heart-pumping, muscle-quivering, body-lengthening, muscle-strengthening exercises our body desires.  Our small group classes never have more than 14 people in class.  Our revolutionary Pilates burn up to 700 calories per workout, and we uniquely never repeat a workout twice.  Our minds and bodies crave change, Pilates Platinum provides what the body needs, each and every time.

What would you say that most people come to you to achieve?

I think the largest commonality from the clientele that come to see us for is to achieve a long, lean look.

heather dorak pilates platinum

Triceps Kickbacks with Leg Extention.
"On all fours, focus on keeping your abdominals tucked into your spine and your hips level. Hugging your elbow into your side and palm facing down, extend your arm behind you - moving at the elbow joint and keeping your upper arm parallel to your back. This will challenge your balance and your triceps. Hold the movement in full extension for a moment before returning to starting position."

 

 

Which area of the body is your specialty?

The whole technique is very core intensive. Every since exercise challenges the core, so with that being said, the core is always a specialty we can offer. There are exercises on the machines that target the obliques, pulling them in nice and tight, that no other exercise out there can effective do as well.

What  are some misconceptions around pilates?

I think a lot of people don’t think Pilates is challenging, so they don’t come because they think they won’t sweat and exhaust their muscles. With the technique we practice at Pilates Platinum, all of those conceptions are completely false. Every single class will challenge each and every muscle in your body, make you very sweaty, never cause the body to plateau and you will feel and see results pretty quickly. 

heather dorak pilates platinumHigh Bi Abs
"This exercises focusing on challenging your balance, abdominals, and biceps. By balancing on your bottom, keep your abs pulled into your spine, and chest lifted - try not to move from this position while keeping your arms extended at shoulder level. Bending at the elbow, pull the straps towards your face. Hold for a moment before returning to starting position."

 

 

What are three words that describe a workout with you?

Challenging, Fun and Creative.

How involved are you as a trainer?

I do not teach classes regularly anymore, only upon request for privates. I like to let others shine by having a full staff of instructors that teach all of the classes. I focus on the business side of Pilates Platinum. PP has four studios around Los Angeles. This year we are celebrating our 10 year anniversary.

If you could train one person in this world, who would it be?

I love Misty Copeland’s story. It would be an honor to train her. She is the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer in American ballet theatres 75 year history.

heather dorak pilates platinumBungee
"Position yourself on all fours, keep your abdominals towards your spine and your palms facing up. By turning your palms up, keeps you from using strength through your hands to drive the bungee to the ceiling and keeping all your strength coming from your glutes. With the bungee on one foot, press your foot into the ceiling as high as you can, hold for a moment before returning to starting position. Only lift your foot up as high as you can without feeling like your body is changing position or adding pressure to your lower back." 

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