Teacher Focus Feature~ Monica Delgado

When you first meet Ms. Delgado, you are literally transfixed by her beauty. The thing is, she is SO much more than just her looks. Besides being stunning, Monica is an accomplished artist, phenomenal Pilates instructor, and all around inspiring person. I am truly blessed to have her kind, soothing energy in my studio. Here’s all about the woman behind that face…



Unlike the majority of the Pilates community, Monica did not come to Pilates through dance. She did however find the method through healing an injury, as many instructors do. While weight lifting one day she injured her back and when rehabbing, her Physical Therapist introduced “pilates-based exercises” into her sessions. After doing them religiously for three weeks she was able to function normally again and she was hooked. That was ten years ago. After realizing the benefits of Pilates, Monica continued her practice and eventually became certified in the classical style through Peak Pilates.

Monica is most impressed with how Pilates is applicable to everything we do. Whether it’s sitting in a chair at your desk, climbing up or down the stairs, picking up a bag of groceries, throwing a football, or surfing some waves- Pilates is present. It’s the efficiency of movement that keeps her coming back, and while she looks “small and sweet” she’s not. Her sessions tend to be quite challenging but fun. She likes to give tons of “cookies”. Not the ones you eat…the Pilates ones. You’ll have to try a session with her to get your treat.


When Monica is not in the Pilates studio putting her clients through their paces, she is at her art studio in Long Island City. She’s a visual artist, with a degree in painting but the work she’s doing now questions the conventional notions of what a painting is. Monica pushes boundaries not only in her teaching but with her art as well.

Here’s 5 fun facts about Monica:

1) I have a baby pillow I still sleep with, and can’t sleep without.
2) I was a cheerleader in middle school and high school.
3) I have Rheumatoid Arthritis.
4) I have 200 something cousins, I think.
5) I was voted Teacher of the Year when I was an inner city middle school art teacher in Texas. Did that for 4 years.

For more information about Monica Delgado or to schedule a session email us studio [at] formpilates [dot] com at FORM Pilates today!

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5 Minute Pilates

If you have 5 minutes a day, you can do some life changing Pilates! Sure, a full hour workout 3 times a week is ideal, but Joe’s work is so powerful even 5, 10, or 15 minutes a day can make a difference! Mr. Pilates himself said “ Make up your mind that you will perform your Contrology exercises without fail. Amazingly enough you will subconsciously lengthen your trips from ten to twenty or more minutes before you even realize it!”

Here are some basic exercises that you can do if you’re like me and only ever seem to have minutes in your day:


The Hundred: This is the quintessential Pilates exercise. It’s a great warm-up. Gets the blood pumping, the breath moving, and puts you right in your powerhouse.

Start lying on your back. Bend your knees into your chest. Curl your upper body off the mat. Stretch your legs out 45 degrees and begin pumping your straight arms up and down. Inhale for 5 counts, exhale for 5 counts. 10 sets of this make 100. Keep your eyes focused on your abdominals pulling your powerhouse in and up the whole time.

The Roll-up: Pilates is all about stretch and strength. This exercise is the perfect marriage of the two. Always remember to keep pulling your abdominals in strongly even when you go for the stretch. Balance is key here.

After your hundred, extend your legs along the mat. Squeeze your legs together and dig your heels into the mat. Stretch your arms above your shoulders. Curl your chin to your chest and roll all the way up, reaching to your toes. Pull your powerhouse in and roll all the way back into the mat, articulating one vertebrae at a time. Do at least 5 reps.

While 5 minutes is definitely better than nothing it’s not a replacement for a full workout! Make sure to get in a full 55 minutes at least once a week. And, while mat work is a perfect practice for what you do in the studio- it’s not mat Pilates or machine Pilates. You need to get your butt on the equipment to get the full results. We can help. Get the full experience of the method at our boutique studio in NYC. Click here for details!

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