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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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5 Reasons Why Commuters Should Workout in DC Before/After Work by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates 1. You’re Already Here After taking the metro, are you really going to go home, change and then go to the gym? For you overachievers, props to you. However, during that ... Read on »
Where’s Mariska? by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates Some of our students have been asking where I’ve been lately, so I thought I’d take to the blog and catch you up. In late May, I had a CT-scan for a weird bulge in my ... Read on »
Wrinkles, Jowls, Grays, and Other Obstacles to Aging Gracefully by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates The other day in the studio I overheard a girl lamenting about turning 30. Girlfriend, please. I just turned the big 4-0. 40 years old. Of course I always planned on becom ... Read on »
Could this be the best workout ever? by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates When we were looking to expand our Fuse Pilates DC location, we wanted to add something new to our offerings. That new thing became Fuse Ladder . Ladder is my perfect ... Read on »
Your Fitness Teacher’s Secret Shame by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates The first step in overcoming a problem is admitting you have a problem. My name is Mariska. I teach Pilates. I work out almost every day. I wear the same size as I did ... Read on »
4 Ways the Pilates Tower Can Enhance Your Machine Workout by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates Curious about the Pilates Tower? Fuse instructor Meredith Capps explains a few of the ways springs and bars can enhance your workout. Give Tower a try at her Posture and ... Read on »
Why Pilates After Baby? by Mariska Breland, Fuse Pilates Posted in: Blog Posts in Pilates This post is brought to you by Fuse instructor, certified Prenatal & Postnatal Fitness Specialist, and mom of three, Randi Moore. Randi makes pregnancy look good. Rock ... Read on »
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 »