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Hey everyone,

I don't usually write emails like this, and we don't usually send messages like this to this list. But I just finished reading the draft of a speech the President plans to deliver on Wednesday, and I want to explain why it's one worth checking out.

Eight years ago, not long after he was elected to the United States Senate, President Obama went to Knox College in his home state of Illinois where he laid out his economic vision for the country. It's a vision that says America is strongest when everybody's got a shot at opportunity -- not when our economy is winner-take-all, but when we're all in this together.

Revisiting that speech, it's clear that it sowed the seeds of a consistent vision for the middle class he's followed ever since. It's a vision he carried through his first campaign in 2008, it's a vision he carried through speeches like the one he gave at Georgetown University shortly after taking office that imagined a new foundation for our economy, and one in Osawatomie, Kansas on economic inequality in 2011 -- and it's a vision he carried through his last campaign in 2012.

Watch that history here and see why this moment is so important.

All of these speeches -- Knox College, Georgetown, Osawatomie -- make clear that since day one, the President has had one clear economic philosophy: The American economy works best when it grows from the middle-out, not the top-down.

This Wednesday, almost five years after the financial crisis fueled a devastating recession, and two years after a debate over whether or not America would pay its bills that harmed our recovery, the President will return to Knox College to kick off a series of speeches that will lay out his vision for rebuilding an economy that puts the middle class and those fighting to join it front and center. He'll talk about the progress we've made together, the challenges that remain, and the path forward.

And over the next several weeks, the President will deliver speeches that touch on the cornerstones of what it means to be middle class in America: job security, a good education, a home to call your own, affordable health care when you get sick, and the chance to save for a secure, dignified retirement. They will include new ideas and new pushes for ideas he has discussed before. They'll outline steps Congress can take, steps he'll take on his own, and steps the private sector can take that benefit us all.

The point is to chart a course for where America needs to go -- not just in the next three months or even the next three years, but a steady, persistent effort over the long term to restore this country's basic bargain for the middle class.

Why now? Well, we've made important progress with the Senate passing comprehensive immigration reform and will continue to work with the House to push to get that enacted into law. But the President thinks Washington has largely taken its eye off the ball on the most important issue facing the country. Instead of talking about how to help the middle class, too many in Congress are trying to score political points, refight old battles, and trump up phony scandals. And in a couple of months, we will face some more critical budget deadlines that require Congressional action, not showdowns that only serve to harm families and businesses -- and the President wants to talk about the issues that should be at the core of that debate.

As I was reading through his draft, I was reminded what drives this President to work so hard. I hope you'll watch this video showing the context of the last eight years and then tune in on Wednesday to find out. I don't think you'll be disappointed.

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I agree the ones on SparkPeople are good.

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The one that sparks give us is really good. I do them at least twice a week and then strenght training. I use to do the ones on youtube. They are pretty good. But i do perfer the ones on the sparks.

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You all may want to check out SparkPeople's very simple intro to Pilates. After that, there are some great Pilates practices on You Tube.

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I'd like to start practising again after a LONG break. Any advice? emoticon

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Izadora, Have you checked out Pilatesanytime.com? Love their site!! Tons of workouts to choose from, many mat and floor routines and the teachers all seem very knowledgeable. There are also many levels to choose from. If you really love Pilates it's a great way to get variety. I think they even have a free one month trial which, if you did 3X/week for the month you'd have a lot to continue with. I have apparatus at home and have had training but still like to use it for myself. Also, Youtube Intermediate mat pilates by Pilatesology has a great mat routine. It's pretty fast but listen to her modification cues. Hope that helps.

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Thanks!! I needed that one!

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Hello everyone! I am trying to recommit to a 3x week at home pilates routine. I am doing about 15-20 minutes in the mornings. If anyone has any (beginner) routine suggestions, they would be appreciated!

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I actually prefer pilates to yoga, but agree that they are two totally different things. I do yoga when I'm feeling kinda lazy. I find even the power yoga to be boring. I like the tempo of pilates and the way it really works the muscles. Unless I add weights to yoga, there's not alot going on with it.

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Yes, it is very challenging. Much understood and under-used form of exercise. When I mention that I do pilates to people, most respond that they prefer to do Yoga. I mentioned that they are completely different types of workouts/exercises and can be done in conjunction with each other. I told them that I would be happy to share information about pilates if they wanted information, however, maybe 1 person wanted information because she wanted to reduce her abs; I told her that pilates is great for the abs/core. I don't know why there is so much resistance when it comes to even trying pilates.

Oh well, while I don't do it as often as I would like, I love it!... My problem is that I also love kickboxing/boxing, strength training workouts using free weights/barbell, hooping, rebounding, etc... there is just not enough time in a day to fit everything in. I have to get in the mind set that I can do a short pilates session on the mat or light resistance on the reformer (... or if I have worked my upper body with dumbbells, do lower body resistance on my reformer, or vise versa).

... so glad to have met at least a few people that enjoy pilates. Keep up the good work. Once I get over this cold I will try to get back into the swing of things, hopefully this weekend. ~ Dee emoticon

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I definitely overdid it last night. I woke up at 1am and my whole body was sore. Took two ibuprophin and went back to bed. It was only 30 mins of pilates and 30 mins of yoga, but I forget how tough it is.... my body reminded me.

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Dee, I am happy to hear that you are feeling better. Definitely take it one day at a time and add the exercises back in slowly.

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Hey guys, I am just getting over a cold so I really exercising for over a week. I have been walking but nothing more. I want to start adding back in pilates on my reformer this weekend. Little by little, I may not do pilates every day, but I want to start out with at least one session per week. I have cardio and strength training workouts to do also.

I hope everyone is doing well. What's on the agenda, what have you all been up to?

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I loved that! Thank you for sharing!

I think there are many times when we forget to acknowledge what we have accomplished.

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A few well-designed movements properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortions.
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Hey there Jazz...It's great to see you on the boards again. I know I have slacked on posting, way to go on your workouts!!!

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JAZZID, you have started 2013 out magnificently. Keep up the good work. I hope everyone will take a look at the Raelpilates information you provided.

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I like the dvd workouts: www.raelpilates.com/ .. excellent instruction. I have all three workouts. emoticon



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FITANDFUN7, we are starting a weekly challenge for Pilates. Your input would be greatly appreciated. The initial challenge is really for beginners. If you are more advanced we could easily do a challenge for the advanced. Questions: Is once a week often enough for you? Should we do the challenges for something more like 2 or 3 days?

Happy New Year!

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I find standing pilates to be a new level of experience. It works your core in a different way and really promotes your balance.

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I would like to up the anti on my pilates workout. I have been doing floor work with bands. I need to expand a little I was thinking of watching some videos on Sparkspeople and get inspired. Any suggestions for a new comer to the power of pilates.

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You are welcome!

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Thank you so much! Great to be in-the-know! emoticon

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Youvegotthis, a reformer is an apparatus that helps with pilates positions. Here is a link with detailed information pilates.about.com/od/buyingequipment
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Good day everyone! Many post in the team threads, however I notice that the daily chat is lacking. What ideas do you have to keep the chat active?


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Hi is this team still active? I was looking to join an active team...

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Hi...Just joined this team and ran across your comment regarding a 'reformer'. Uh...What is a reformer?!

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Hi Everyone,

I'm new to SparksPeople, new to this form but an old hand in pilates. Have been practicing for years and am considering signing in for a pilates teachers training. Just for myself, to get better, not to actually teach. Does anyone have any thoughts on how I might find a teachers training in... Iowa?

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What Pilates DVD are you guys using? I'm thinking of buying one, so I can do some matwork at home, beside being on the reformer twice a week.

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My August matwork challenge was kind of a bust, just don't seem to be fitting it in, need to fit in yoga, too.

September is going to be bringing new directions to me and I should maybe do some yogalates lol. I have a really good DVD with such a workout and have had some good classes mixing the two. We'll see.

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Glad the back is feeling better, Determined Soul! Pilates matwork really helps my spine if I am consistent with the pilates, which I am not always. I also include moves that are really helpful for pain I have in my right hip a lot.

I did do the 15 minutes yesterday of matwork, staying consistent with two times a week right now and things feel pretty good.

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I have added pilates back into my morning routine, instead of at night. My back has really been giving me problems lately, however the past few days I can feel it getting better already.

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Doing excellently with my little challenge, to the point where the challenge is cancelled (have too many challenges going, having to opt out of some this week) but will be continuing with twice a week matwork. Some of my pain has been getting a lot better since reintroducing pilates.

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Did my 15 minute mat work routine for my little August challenge. Not doing a countdown of the minutes, just 15 pilates minutes twice a week. Now I think it needs to become a routine, not just an August challenge. It really helps my spine and various other health problems I have been lately accumulating. I did buy a yogalates DVD, going to try that, too. Love the mix of yoga and pilates.

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Couldn't sleep in the wee morning hours so I pulled out my reformer and had a great session. Wonderful way to start the day!

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I use two of the thick pilates mats for yoga and strength as well as my floors are hardwood.

The challenge is going pretty well, basically just added 15 minutes of matwork per week to the routine. I have a lot of time off until the end of August and have pledged to go to gym each day it is open for the rest of the month. May look into a class. Have to see who the instructor is.

Woot!

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Sounds like a very good plan. I found that I need to go buy a pilates mat. I have been using a yoga mat because I had really thick carpeting and that was all I needed. I was getting double use out of it. Now that I live in a place with wood floors it is a little painful.

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I'm having fun with it, Determined! Just taking it slow for now, only twice a week.

After this challenge, will step it up again, get off the mat and onto some machines.

We'll see lol.

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That is fantastic! I think I might join you. I'm really needing to shake things up a bit!

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Huzzah, starting a miniature pilates challenge for self in August of doing a teeny amount of 120 minutes for the month. This translates to adding approximately 15 minutes to my regular exercise routine twice a week and in honor of new beginnings and knowing WHO I am (someone who needs pilates and yoga in addition to strength and cardio lol, and a lot of other good things) I did the first 15 this morning and have 105 to go!

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I have never found a specific book for it, however about.com has a good bio. I find that when you get basic contrology books they tend to have a bio that accompanies them. I would love to have book dedicated to the bio of Joseph though.

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7/29/12 5:24 P

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Today I dragged out my Magic Circle and incorporated that into my routine. It felt really good--I'd forgotten how much I love it! There's just so many different things you can do with Pilates, there's no reason to ever be bored with it.

Here's a question: why has no one ever written the definitive biography on Joseph Pilates? Or maybe I don't know about it?


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you're welcome Carrie!

I am completely with you Chef, one day of pilates makes me feel so much better. I go for the pilates on days that I feel I am beginning to slouch more.

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Huzzah! I just posted an introduction in the intro section. I was on here before but my computer had problems with spark. The new computer handles the site well so now I am back and had been looking for the team, which I just found.

In much the same way I have been making changes in my pilates routine in the sense that, though I have done pilates for decades, it has been on again, off again. I exercise daily and come back to pilates as I need it. I have recently been trying to get the body back on an even keel, having had some challenges, and am trying to do two pilates workouts a week but honestly that hasn't been happening. So I looked for this team again hoping to find some ideas for getting the pilates mojo back.

I do plan on getting it in this week. Even one short session helps a lot.

Thanks for listening! Woot!

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thank you for sharing!!


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The great thing about pilates is that you can take the moves you know and create your own routine. Start with things that warm up your back, then move to leg work, then to ab work, then back to the moves that relax you.

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I need a new Pilates routine as well it seems like I have done them all.


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Hello! I've just realized that I'm in a Pilates rut and need to do come up with some new routines!

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"Choices, not sacrifices."


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emoticon for new equipment. I am really getting back into a 5 day a week pilates routine

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Hi... I'm new here and to pilates..I just received a Malibu Pilates chair and did a few of the movements yesterday and WOW.... can I feel it in my legs and arms today!! emoticon
Does anyone else have one of these? Maybe we can talk about it... send a Spark Mail or just comment here if it's OK...not sure where I should have put these comments...
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Oh... by the way- I'm Carol!! emoticon

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I like how you are substituting the crunches for pilates exercises. I do that a lot as well.

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I've been lurking for a while, and I'm happy to see some new posts:)

This summer, I joined a challenge with a local facebook group to bike/run/walk (however you want, any combination) 100 miles each month. We're also doing push-ups and crunches, but I substitute the crunches with various pilates moves. I'm always looking for new videos and trainers online for pilates. I have to keep it new and fresh....and difficult:)


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I am very excited about the new topics and I think for the team this is a step in the right direction!


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emoticon today has been very productive for me, I hope you are liking some of the new topics.
emoticon What are some changes you have made to your workout routine this summer?

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Use this thread to have daily dialogue...

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