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Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates

California
Fitness guru, wellness coach, instructor and founder of the Fuse Pilates method. In 2002, Mariska was diagnosed with MS, her interest in mind-body fitness grew. She became a dedicated yoga and Pilates practitioner and currently holds enough certifications and training hours to equal a PhD in... Full Bio
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Fuse Pilates Fans: Liza & Andrew Strelka by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates We must admit that we get a special sense of (slightly sadistic) pleasure when one of our female students brings a male friend or significant other to class for the first ... Read on »
The Fuse Ladder: Redefining Hard Core by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates No, it’s not a training apparatus for firefighters. Over the years, many students have asked if we offer (or were planning to teach) barre classes. Our answer has alwa ... Read on »
From Skinny Fat to Fit by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates Striving to be thin? Fit should be your goal. After all, skinny fat is a real thing. Check out this blog post Mariska and Clare wrote on it a while back. Fuse Pilates DC t ... Read on »
Fuse Teacher Feature: Ayelet Oser by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates In this month’s Fuse Teacher Feature we’re introducing you to reigning plank queen Ayelet Oser! Ayelet has a special talent for bringing the burn with an upbeat attitude t ... Read on »
Fuse Teacher Feature: Meet Abe Ahern by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates It’s a week of Pilates men here on the Fuse blog, and there’s no better example of a hardcore Fuse dude than instructor Abe Ahern. This month’s Fuse Teacher Feature ... Read on »
Fuse Pilates Fan: Howard Chang (Or, Pilates Is Not Just for Girls Part 3) by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates Here on the blog we’ve presented plenty of evidence to bust one of the most common Pilates myths : Pilates is for girls. Need a quick rundown? • The method itself ... Read on »
Fuse Circuit Class (Pilates Reformer + Tower = Endless Possibilities) by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates Several years ago, I was spending time at my mentor Julian Littleford’s studio,  JL Body Conditioning , in Del Mar, California. And, I loved how he ran his semi-private gr ... Read on »
Fuse Teacher Feature: Meet Maggie Derrickson by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates We might be biased, but we think our Fuse instructors are badass and yes, very hardcore. Exhibit A: Maggie killing it in crow pose. As we kick off our fifth  Fuse ... Read on »
Pilates Mini-Workout for Abs, Thighs, Glutes & Arms by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates Can’t make it to the studio today? Stay hardcore with a mini-workout on our YouTube channel . In our latest video, Laci leads you through a set that targets your lower ab ... Read on »
Active Stretching vs. Passive Stretching by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates Active stretching: it’s not an oxymoron! In the latest on our YouTube Channel , Fuse’s resident stretchy expert, Clare, discusses the difference between an active stretch ... Read on »
Finding Friends through Fuse by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates Anne Schroeder can be seen around the studio many days during the week. A lot of the time, she’ll be seen with Meg, her best friend that she met at Fuse Pilates DC studio. ... Read on »
1 + 1 = Fuse 2! by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates Yes, there will be new offerings. No, we can’t tell you about them yet. (But we’re really, really excited!) Read on »
What’s it Like to be on Pilates Anytime? (Other than Awesome?) by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates I just got back from my second visit to Pilates Anytime . Since many of my Pilates friends and students have asked what it’s like, I thought I’d take a moment to recount t ... Read on »
Pilates Chairs Aren’t for Sitting by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates The first time I ever saw a Pilates chair, I didn’t think there would be much to it. An hour later, I could barely walk but I felt oh so good. Strong, long, challenged. My ... Read on »
I Thought I Was Hard Core… Until I Saw This by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates I fancy myself a pretty strong gal. And, considering my age, my medical stuff, and my general lack of natural athletic talent, I can handle myself fairly well in feats of ... Read on »
Stop the DC Fitness Tax! by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates Let’s (NOT) pay more for fitness in DC!   Weigh your options - be silent or act now to stop the DC fitness tax! On May 29, the DC Council decided to vote on ... Read on »
Probiotics – What You Need to Know by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates Lucia Litman is back with another guest blog post. Lucy is a native Minnesotan, but has lived in DC for the past 7 years. She is an avid Fuse Pilates DC student and you wi ... Read on »
What is Head Ramping? by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates Head ramping? What? Simply it’s about finding proper alignment of your head balanced atop your spine. Here’s how to do it. (Turn up your audio – we realize we need som ... Read on »
Top 3 Ways Pilates Helps with Spinning by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates Fuse student (and spin aficionado) Kara Reinsel joins us for this guest blog post. Kara is a regular Fuse Pilates DC student who you can find in Foundations, regular Fuse, ... Read on »
How Much Training Does Your Trainer Have? by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates Want to tear your hamstring? Try pushing into a split when you're not warm (or ready). Ever want to see me get fired up? Tell me about someone trained in a single ... Read on »