The FAMI iPad App, reviewed by Madeline Black!

What app(s) do you own (hip, knee, shoulder, elbow)? Which is your favorite?

I have shoulder, knee, and elbow. My favorite is the shoulder. The complexity of the relationships of the muscles is easier to see with the layers and the ability to turn the body to see all views.

What feature(s) excite you most about the app?

My favorite feature is choosing the layers, turning it for different perspectives, and being able to touch the muscle for identification. It is fun to think of the name and test myself.

How does the app serve your purpose? Please include specific examples of how & when you use it.

The FAMI app is a simple and interactive tool for studying muscles and joints. If a client asks a question about their body, it will be useful to be able to show them the structures in question. My clients are always interested to learning about their own bodies. I think they will enjoy seeing the anatomy in action.

If you use it in your work with clients/patients, how does the app directly benefit them?

Visual images are more effective in understanding anatomy. Rather then explaining verbally about what area of the body they need to focus on while training, the app will be quicker and clearer. We’ll have more time training than talking. The apps may give us an extra exercise or two in the session.

Would you recommend the FAMI apps as an educational tool for health & fitness professionals? If so, why?

Yes, I would recommend the FAMI apps. For health & fitness professionals, who want to learn the muscles from deep to superficial with the movement component, the app is a valuable tool. It is especially helpful to see the muscles on the whole skeleton and touch specific points to identify muscles, ligaments, joints and bursas. It can be useful in the moment as a reference tool during a session. Plus the teacher/trainer can quiz themselves for fun by identifying the muscle before touching it to confirm the name.


Check out the FAMI iPad apps & learn more about world-renowned Pilates educator Madeline Black!

April exercise(s) of the month: Part 4 of our in-home workout!

Last month, as we braved the departure of a very long and brutal winter, we posted exercises that could be combined to create an in-home Kinected workout. For April, we continue the saga with three new exercise videos! Work it out with your thera-band in these exercises, and review part 1, part 2 and part 3.

Exercise 9: The Hundred w/ Thera-band

Set up:
Thera-band double wrapped around both feet
Hold thera-band in both hands
Pelvis in posterior tilt
Legs in table top

Inhale: Contract abdominals
Exhale: Flex spine off of mat and extend legs
Inhale: Begin pumping arms
* Inhale for 5 counts exhale for 5 counts
10 repetitions
Maintain legs in tabletop if extending the legs is too challenging
Abduct (open) legs while legs are extended to increase difficulty

Exercise 10: Roll up w/ Thera-band

Set up:
Thera-band double wrapped around both feet
Legs extended
Hold thera-band in both hands
Pelvis in posterior tilt or neutral spine

Inhale: Contract abdominals
Exhale: Flex spine off of mat articulating spine off of mat
Inhale: Flex elbows and use thera-band to assist movement
Exhale: Flex forward over knees
Inhale: Articulate into a vertical seated position
Exhale: Articulate through flexion sequentially onto mat
Inhale: Release into the starting supine position

Flex just the upper spine of off mat if the full exercise is not available due to strength or flexibility

Exercise 11: Chest expansion w/ Thera-band in a lunge

Set up: Standing in lunge position
Thera-band underneath foot in forward position
Back leg extended
Hold thera-band in both hands
Spine in neutral

Inhale: Contract abdominals
Exhale: Extend arms (elbows stay straight)
Inhale: Return to starting position

Flex and extend elbows to emphasize triceps
Abduct arms wider to emphasize mid back muscles
Hold arms extended for isometric emphasis

Mentee-led Classes & Lectures!

1976917_10152320436574761_684094384_nNow that you’re acquainted with our diligent mentees, Meghann Koppele & Erin Owen, it’s time to reap the benefits of their hard work! Join us for a number of mentee-led lectures & special classes to experience Meghann & Erin’s research in action.

presented by: Erin (blue) / Meghann (orange)

April 2nd/Wednesday: 12-1pm
Student Lecture: “How to give an intro private”

April 9th/Wednesday: 3-4pm
Student/Staff Lecture: “MS Pathology/PT Protocol Presentation”

April 25th/Friday: 3-4pm
Student/Staff Lecture: “MS Assessment Presentation”

April 28th/Monday: 12:30-1:30pm
Apprentice Lecture: Barrel Workshop

May 3rd/Saturday (PILATES DAY!): 1:30-2:45pm
Open to public: Advanced Reformer Masterclass*

May 16th/Friday: 3-4pm
Student/Staff Lecture: “MS Programming”

May 28th/Wednesday: 12:30-1:30pm
Student Lecture: “How to manage a group class”

June 18th/Wednesday: 12:30-1:30pm
Student/Staff Lecture: “Presentation of Erin’s future business brand”

July 10th/Thursday: 9-10 am
Open to public: Wunda Chair class for charity*

July 16th/Wednesday: 12:30-1:30pm
Student/Staff: “Erin’s Business Plan Presentation”

June 17th/ Tues: 1:15-2:30pm
Open to public: Pilates Mat Class- MS fundraiser*

July  18th/Friday: 12-6pm
Open to public: kinectED workshop: Pilates Programming for MS Clients*

*Open to the public; please register in advance.

Questions about any of these events? Contact the education manager at


FAMI Q&A with Elliot Fishbein, PT, OCS, CFMT, FAAOMPT

Elliot headshotKinected chatted up resident PT & FAMI faculty member Elliot Fishbein about his perspective on presenting at FAMI & the unique experience FAMI provides workshop participants. Here’s what he had to say:

You have presented the biomechanics and rehab lectures at FAMI for the past 2 years; what do you enjoy most about teaching FAMI?
Teaching the breakout biomechanics labs where I get a chance to talk about the function of all the anatomy the participants are learning, and transfer knowledge into practical application.

In terms of curriculum at FAMI, what do you find is the most valuable to FAMI attendees?

 The anatomy labs where you can view the previously dissected prosections combined with the clinical lectures from the anatomy professors.  The combination of 3-d visualization of actual structures and clinical information is very effective.
Many different disciplines/instructors attend FAMI each year – Pilates, yoga, GYROTONIC®, personal trainers, manual therapists – just to name a few. Do you find that creates a positive learning environment at FAMI? How does this variety of instructors/ backgrounds affect the FAMI experience?

It definitely creates a positive learning environment.  I think people of varying disciplines come in with distinct perspectives on the material and different ideas on how they’re hoping to use it.  It’s great because some practitioners will ask questions that others wouldn’t have thought to ask which expands everyone’s perspective on the information.

As a member of the FAMI staff, what do you find is one of the most consistent characteristics of the FAMI attendee?

Eagerness to learn.

What advice would you give to this year’s Winter FAMI participant, as far as preparation for the course?

Think about what you want to get out of FAMI and what your goals are for attending.  That way you can come in with the right focus and take advantage of the opportunity to ask deliberate questions to all of the expert presenters.

*psst! Take Elliot’s advice & bone up on your anatomy pre-FAMI with the FAMI iPad app!*

Instructor Spotlight: Meet Tiana

Meet Tiana!

Tiana was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where she began dancing at a young age. She relocated to New York City to further her education, attending Marymount Manhattan College of liberal arts. She received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance with a concentration in Choreography. Through choreographing, she quickly learned how passionate she was about teaching people and directing bodies. Tiana found Pilates during her early dance career and became a believer of its benefits as a modality necessary for organizing her body and avoiding injury. She decided to pursue a career in teaching and completed her mat and apparatus certification at The Kane School of Core Integration. She is delighted to be on staff at Kinected.

schedule a session with Tiana today!

Tuesdays 5-9pm
Wednesays 7-3pm                                                                                                Thursdays 10-2pm                                                                                                      Sundays 8-3pm

 read more about Tiana and how she helped the kids of James Baldwin School and Humanities Preparatory Academy get Kinected!

Introducing…our newest mentees!

Meet Meghann Koppele & Erin Owen, our newest mentees! They are both matriculated in the kinectED Mentor Program, a six-month immersive mentorship for Pilates professionals designed to help certified instructors blossom into gifted and dedicated teachers. During the program, participants gain advanced-level education in Pilates, honing skills in the areas of choreography, programming, and teaching. Participants cultivate a particular area of expertise by selecting an intensive course of study & working closely with their principal mentor.

Meghann Koppele


Erin Owen


Meghann’s focus: application of Pilates for MS clients

Erin’s focus: in-depth choreography intensive & building a Pilates business

The rigorous mentee schedule is comprised of one-on-one meetings with their mentors, teaching mentor-supervised sessions, individualized research, mentee-led “Teacher’s Labs”, contributions to educational blogs, and participation in private sessions, group classes & kinectED workshops. All the while, mentees are applying this information to the development of their culminating project.

Learn more about the Mentor Program & stay tuned via social media to follow Meghann & Erin’s progress!

march exercise(s) of the month: full workout! Part 3

For part 3 of our full workout series, we cross the “bridge” between winter and spring! Follow Studio Director Matt McCulloch in this latest how-to video, and add these exercises to your practice of part 1 and part 2.

Exercise 7+8-Bridging Variations (8-10 repetitions)

Set Up:

Supine                                                                                                                             Knees flexed/feet hip distance apart/ overball or block in between knees       Neutral spine

Inhale: Contract abdominals
Exhale: Lift hips in neutral position off of mat (do not articulate)
Inhale: Return to neutral position


In the bridge position lift one foot off of the floor and extend knee (maintaining pelvic stability)

In the bridge position lift heels off the floor and hold, deepening the glutes and hamstrings.