How to Rest and Recover
As we head into this new month and begin our 60 Day Strong Challenge it’s important to remember to set aside some time for our bodies and minds to relax. If we come out of the gate at full steam we burn out too early, and if you choose not to allow your body to rest and recover properly, at some point your body decides for you.
There are many different ways that you can allow your body and mind this rehabilitation period, I will cover a handful of the techniques that have been useful to me in the past and encourage you to take this list into consideration but also don’t be afraid to find new rituals of your own that work for you.
The first, and probably the most obvious method of rest- Sleep.
On average, adults need anywhere from 7-9 hours of sleep a night! Sleep is important in improving our memory and learning as well as facilitating proper brain function while awake. Sleeping too much or too little can have a negative impact on your sleep cycle and also have an effect on your body and...more
Announcing In-House Physical Therapy at Shape Method!
Shape Method is excited to announce our newest offering: In house Physical Therapy with Dr. Toussaint Biondi!
This collaboration has been years in the making, starting all the way back in 2010 when Jennifer hired Toussaint as her first instructor while Toussaint was completing her Kinesiology Degree at the University of Texas. Jennifer was quickly impressed with Toussaint's ability to grasp the intricate technique, and her natural ability to relate to clients and understand their unique concerns. This was the beginning of their longterm work relationship, and where the brainstorming of integrating Physical Therapy into the studio began.
After helping Jennifer open the first location of Shape Method, and serving as a lead instructor, Jennifer was proud to write Toussaint a letter of recommendation for her Physical Therapy Doctorate Program. Fast forward a decade, and one pandemic later, the two have reunited to bridge the gap between injury set backs (major and minor) and getting back...more
Pilates Instructor Certification at Shape Method
Shape Method is excited to announce Comprehensive Pilates Certifications through our Partner Power Pilates out of NYC!
Shape Method will be hosting the following trainings:
Early Bird Discounts,and payment plans available. Cost details found on each link above.
Who is Pilates Certifications for?
This certification program is for you if you are thinking about changing careers, a fitness professional looking to add to your repertoire, or just want to deepen your Pilates practice.
Why Power Pilates?
Shape Method chose to partner with Power Pilates so that anyone training at our studio would have a solid foundation of classical Pilates knowledge. Just as a dancer would begin in classical Ballet, the modern fitness professional needs a...more
Celebrate Mothers Day at Shape Method!
Celebrate Mothers Day at Shape Method this year! All day, bring your mother or daughter to a group studio class for free or a group reformer class for 50% off! Read all about our new group reformer classes here!more
$30 Group Reformer Classes
Entire Month of April
Mix up your workout with our $30 reformer classes! In our small group reformer classes you’ll get a full body workout with our Pilates reformers. Experience a workout that challenges you like no other- similar principles to our barre and Pilates mat classes with the ability to add weight and resistance on top of your own bodyweight. These state of the art machines are regularly $45/class but we want you to try them all, so take advantage of $30 for the month of April. Reformer workouts are great for correcting muscle imbalances, rehabbing old and new injuries, and athletic conditioning for any level.
- We have multiple types of reformer classes so there is something for every age and goal. Click to learn more about all of our group equipment classes:
DS Partners- Balance ATX
I have been so excited to share with you my experience doing acupuncture and cupping therapy with Chris Goddin at Balance ATX.
Chris reached out about trying out a treatment and I was more than willing! I have heart about acupuncture before but never tried it. Now I can’t believe I waited so long! Here’s how it went:
Before going into the appointment, I filled out a long intake form about what was going on with my body. A lot of people do these kinds of therapies for specific ailments, but I was going in just to feel good. I had also read on their website that dry needling (acupuncture) can improve sports performance by “removing muscular inhibition and soft tissue adherence”. As someone that does multiple barre and pilates workouts every week, I definitely have some chronically tight spots.
Once I got to the office, I learned about how these therapies fit into the larger umbrella of...more
Fall Schedule Survey
In an effort to make your fitness experience the best it can be during the continuous changes through covid, please answer this short survey about your schedule preferences this fall. The survey can be found here and will also remain on this blog for the rest of September. Your feedback and support is greatly appreciated!more
Changes to the DS Spin Program
Dancer's Shape spin classes are moving to an on-demand only format! Our spin bikes are up for sale as we transition our DS Spin from in-studio to virtual online only.
We are selling our lightly used spin bikes plus an exclusive class package for at home use. DS will produce 50 spin classes that you may access via our Video On Demand. For $1,500 you will receive:
- Schwinn AC Performance Plus Spin Bike with Carbon Blue Belt - retails $2,500
- Bike comes with Triple link pedals (SPD and Look Compatible) as well as a cage version if requested. We will include spin shoes if we have your size.
- Custom dumbbell holder mounted on the back of the seat with one set of weights.
- Free access to DS Video On Demand for 6 months and then $10/month after.
- Free and immediate home delivery if located in the Austin area.
The total package is valued at over $3,500 is available to you for only $1,500. Payment plans are available!
Quantities are limited so email us ASAP if you are interested in purchasing: Info@Dancersshape.com. See you...more
Latest COVID-19 Information
Last updated 5/13/21
At both of our locations we are committed to creating the safest possible studio environment for our clients. Our COVID-19 protocols are as followed and will continue until further notice:
5/13/21 Effective Immediately:
Due to the recent updates of CDC guidelines, Shape Method has made the decision to let masks be optional in all of our classes at both locations. We are confident in the safety of our decision and all of our instructors and staff are fully vaccinated.
We will continue to follow these safety protocols:
- Maintaining distance between stations
- Operating at under 100% capacity
- Hand sanitization upon entry AND exit
- EPA-approved wipes provided at all times
- High circulation and continuous air flow
You are ALWAYS welcome to wear a mask at Shape Method, and we will remain vigilant in...more
Welcome Our Newest Dancers Shape Instructor - Sophie
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
A: A fun fact about me is that I grew up just blocks away from Dancers Shape! I was born and raised in Austin and started taking Dancers Shape classes when I was in high school, almost 10 years ago! I studied dance at the McCallum Fine Arts Academy and lived here until I went to college at the University of Georgia. While living in Georgia I commuted to Nashville, Tennessee for my first yoga teacher training. I am a certified 200-hour registered yoga teacher with The Yoga Alliance. I currently teach power, vinyasa, and yin yoga and am in the process of earning my 300-hour yoga teacher certification. I am so excited to go through the Dancers Shape training and deepen my understanding of all the modalities taught at Dancers Shape. My continued yoga education along with dance background, experience as a medical assistant and 4 years of tutoring Anatomy & Physiology college courses have given me a strong understanding of how the body moves and works. I am passionate about learning AND teaching others...more
Bikini Bootcamp Series
Bikini Bootcamp is back and runs March 11th - May 27th!
Dancers Shape's famous Bikini Bootcamp will get you toned and sculpted just in time for bathing suit season.
This 45 minute specialty class will be held on on Wednesday nights at 5:45 pm for the next 12 weeks. This class will incorporate plenty of power moves to help counteract calories - plus we will focus on chiseling trouble spots so that you feel summer ready!
Round 1: Weeks 3/11 - 4/8 - 5/6 - Bootylicious Butt - This week is all about the derriere. We will be lifting the seat and trimming the outer hips so you don’t have to keep the sarong on as your security blanket.
Round 2: Weeks 3/18 - 4/15 - 5/13 - Addicted to Abs - This week is all about the coveted six pack. We will be chiseling the obliques and demolishing the muffin top for a killer midsection that any Hollywood celeb would covet.
Round 3: Weeks 3/21 - 4/22 - 5/20 - Sexy Shoulders - This week we will focus on upper...more
Welcome our Newest Dancers Shape Instructor - McKenna
1) Tell us a little about yourself.
A fun fact about me is that there are eight kids in my family! Being from a big family, I'm pretty adaptable and enjoy meeting people where they are at, whether in class or in everyday life.
2) What do you enjoy most about teaching?
I know how exciting it is to walk away from a class feeling like I've accomplished something and have taken one more step to a healthy lifestyle. As a teacher, I enjoy the honor of creating a safe, fun, and effective environment for clients to experience the same thing.
3) What are you most looking forward to with joining the DS Team in 2020?
When I started training as an instructor, I anticipated learning a unique and effective method--The Dancers Shape Method! I couldn't have anticipated that on top of learning an excellent method, I would be so inspired by the staff and the clients.
As I have gotten to know my fellow instructors, I am honored to work in an...more
Why I Am Joining the 2020 Re-Shape
Dancers Shape's Client Margaret
Six years ago this month I took my first Dancers Shape Graceful class, and it changed my life. I know it sounds dramatic, but that first class was my first real workout after the birth of my son. I was out of shape, tired, and less connected with myself and my body than I had ever been. After 60 minutes with Emily, in a class I almost couldn’t complete, I felt I had found a place where I could regain my strength. And I did.
The accountability and community at the studio has helped me get into the best shape of my life. I feel better now than I did in my twenties when I was running marathons. I trust Jen and the whole DS team, and know when I come in, no matter which class I’m taking, I am going to get a great workout. This trust is why I joined Megan Adams Brown and a group of DS ladies last fall to curb my sugar addiction!
I found Megan’s program to be true to the DS mission; challenging, but approachable. The accountability the group provided each other was great. We all saw amazing results and supported each other during our 21 day journey. This is why...more
What's new at Dancers Shape in 2020
You spoke and we listened! Starting January 6th, Dancers Shape will launch its 2020 schedule that has new Body By DS Classes, Groove & Glutes, and morning yoga times!
Here is what’s happening:
Join us in 2020 for our newest "Body by DS" creation! Experience a slow burn that will have you burning calories for hours after you are done. This 45 minute class will move between a variety of therabands and body work to chisel your entire body - just in time for Spring Break. Catch this class Monday nights at 5:45 pm.
A 45 minute condensed version of our original full body, power-packed Pilates fusion mat class. Work on the mat with our Pilates small props to build strength and stabilize between the pelvic and shoulder girdle - resulting in a strong and flexible...more
Welcome Back Lisa!
Lisa Kobdish was the second instructor that owner Jennifer McCamish hired at Dancers Shape after opening in 2010. Lisa has worked on and off with the studio over the past 9 years while pursuing her professional dance career.
1) Lisa, tell us what you have been working on outside the studio.
Outside the studio I dance with Kathy Dunn Hamrick Dance Co, a professional modern dance company who presents concert dance work each season, and am an administrative organizer for Austin Dance Festival. I am also a company member with Blue Lapis Light and find myself dancing off the sides of buildings more frequently. I'm also an avid city cyclist and carry myself to and from work with my legs mostly :)
Sugar Detox w/ Megan!
Megan Adams Brown
So You’re Hooked on Sugar? Here’s Exactly What To Do To Get Off It.
For more help than we can give you in a blog post, we’ve got awesome news… Dancers Shape is hosting a Sugar Detox! Nutrition Coach Megan Adams Brown is leading us to sugar freedom in 21 days. The DS Sugar Detox kicks off with our in-studio workshop on September 14. To join, email us in the studio or stop by the front desk to sign up.
It happens to the best of us. One thing leads to another and before you know it you’re hooked. I’m talking about when you have too much sugar and all of the sudden it’s back in your diet and you can’t seem to get rid of it.
This can be really frustrating when you’re trying to stick to a healthier routine. Maybe you went all week eating lots of greens, salads, smoothies… you know, healthy stuff.
Then a holiday, long weekend, or just a regular old weekend comes around, you have a little too much wine, bread, dessert (basically too much sugar)… all of it. And it’s all over.
Now all the delicious tempting things won’t stop staring...more
Megan-Approved Recipe: Summer Salad + Simple Salmon
Dancers Shape’s Certified Nutritional Health Coach Megan Adams Brown will be sharing her “Megan-Approved Recipes” with us here on the blog and offering personal and group nutrition programs through the studio. Learn more about Megan and how you can get a Nutrition Makeover here.
This summer salad and simple salmon is the perfect easy summer dinner on those nights when it’s too hot to cook. And the best part is you can use the same basic recipe and change it up with different ingredients and flavors so even though it’s basically the same meal, it tastes totally different.
I like to think of this, and most of my recipes really, as more of a template than a recipe. You can change it up and turn it into different meals, and essentially it’s the same recipe, just with a few tweaks.
Give it a try using the recipe below as a base and add things (any of the ingredients listed below are fair game), or sub this or that using your own favorite...more
Groove Music Video Dance Series
If you love Groove & Glutes, but can't make the new Tuesday 7 pm time, or just want to go a little further and learn a full dance, then these Groove Music Video Dance Workshops are for you!
In each workshop, Rachael will take inspiration from the chosen artist's music video and break down the choreography. Expect the same cardio burn as you get in Groove & Glutes, while mastering a full dance. No dance experience required!
Come join us and spice up your fitness routine with these fun cardio dance workshops!
Each workshop costs $30/each OR buy all 4 at a discounted price of $100 ($25/each). Auto-debit clients receive a 10% discount.
Once you have purchased your desired workshop, please reserve your spot...more
Pre/Post Natal Fitness
Here at Dancers Shape, we know exercising during pregnancy is greatly beneficial for low risk mothers. In fact, just recently I was chatting with our on staff physical therapist, Dr. Toussaint Biondi, and she shared this excellent blog that I thought our new mom’s and mom’s to be would really appreciate - Three Reasons You Should Rehab Like An Athlete After Having a Baby.
Dancers Shape has always specialized in Pre and Post Natal fitness where clients’ can grab our pre/post natal booklet and follow along in a regular class. However, while this booklet has invaluable information which is reviewed in a prenatal private, I see that the information needs to be repeated multiple times before clients truly settle into their correct breathing patterns...more
Who is joining me for the Dancers Shape “Shape it up for Summer” 30 day Nutrition & Fitness Program???
After a very decadent Easter weekend chock full of cocktails, sugar, and salty treats, I can’t believe how quickly my beach vacation has snuck up on me at the end of May. Not only am I bloated around my midsection, but I am also having flare ups with my eczema and stomach woes. None of the above makes me pumped to bare my skin.
While I have a much easier time managing my fitness schedule (if I don’t move my body hurts and I feel like a million bucks after a DS class so the incentive is immediate), my struggles lie with my food choices and portion control. My favorite thing to do is grab dinner, drinks, dessert and spend time with friends and family. I mentioned this before in my Lift & Tone blog, but it warrants a second note - things feel and look different at 45 so I know I have to adjust my habits. I have had to modify the intensity of my workouts to protect my body which means I have to upgrade my food choices to stave off extra pounds and to calm my irritated skin and digestive system....more
Get to Know Dancers Shape's Nutrition Health Coach Megan Adams Brown
What drew you to nutrition and health coaching? How did you make your way to DS?
As long as I can remember I’ve always been interested in nutrition and food. In college I even had a hard time deciding which route to go and ultimately I chose writing over science and math, which have never been my strong suits. Then after college, I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and it drew me back to nutrition with a totally different perspective.
That’s when I started learning about the body’s ability to heal and I was fascinated and also sorta blown away at how I’d never heard food talked about this way. It wasn’t long after that I was on a flight to New York to visit a friend and I sat next to a girl reading a nutrition text book. I asked about it and she told me about the school that 6 months later I went on to attend.
I made my way to Dancers Shape when I was looking for a workout that would help me rehabilitate and strengthen my shoulder, which I’ve had trouble with ever since having my twin daughters in 2015. The classes at Dancers Shape have...more
Yoga Workshop Series
Introducing our Yoga Workshop Series!
Through the course of a single Vinyasa Yoga class, we put our bodies into positions and fluidly flow through the shapes. The teacher does their best to cue and assist you into your best form of each pose, but occasionally, subtle key actions can be missed. We also get questions from students about how they can achieve the bigger poses. And while we can answer this after class, it often takes more guidance, explanation, and experience in your own body to discover your potential in “big” poses. This is the inspiration for this workshop series.
In each session, we will take familiar poses and learn new ways to approach and even advance them. We will work with props and dig deep into the subtle actions of the body, some of which your body may be familiar with from barre & pilates! Each session will build on top of what we learn in the previous sessions, but will be beneficial on their own. These sessions will be accessible for all levels, though it will be helpful if you have...more
Open House 2019 Partner: Letty Woman Medical Aesthetics
Dancers Shape’s Open House is Saturday, March 30th from 8 am - 2 pm. Our third featured vendor is Letty Woman Medical Aesthetics. Letty Woman is offering a Dermasweep as one of our prizes throughout the day.
Q - What is your most popular service you offer and why?
A - Although my true love is skin remodeling treatments such as microneedling and microdermabrasions, lip and cheek filler appointments are my most popular service. I would say it’s most popular because of my less is more approach to cosmetic corrections and enhancements.more
Open House 2019 Partner: The Peached Tortilla
Dancers Shape’s Open House is Saturday, March 30th from 8 am - 2 pm. Our second featured vendor is the mouth watering Peached Tortilla. Peached Tortilla is located within walking distance to the Dancers Shape studio and will be providing small bites for our Open House!
Q: What is your most popular item on the menu and why?
A: The most popular item on our menu is definitely the Taco Trio. The trio consists of our three OG tacos, Bahn Mi, BBQ Brisket and Crunchy Fish. We started out as a food truck back in 2010 and with Austin's love for tacos these three have stuck with us as our most popular item since.
Q: What is your favorite thing about doing business in this neighborhood?
A: As a business, being able to participate as a face in neighborhood events like such is not only great for our brand but building these relationships is truly heartwarming. Seeing familiar faces whether it's seeing our neighborhood regulars walking their dogs down the street or coming in...more