Guest Post- Your Niche Engineered


I can’t remember the first time I saw Top Gun, but I can say I cried when Goose died. I can also say that I wanted to be Maverick, soaring through the sky in the Grumman F-14 Tomcat at Mach 2.2, writing checks my body couldn’t cash. Cheesy? Yeah, but true. It wasn’t the speed, the “glamour”, the aviator sunglasses, or the bike. It was because fighter jets are fascinating, inspiring, and just downright awesome. The thought of flying around in one gave me goose bumps – I was seven. Meet Regina Arras, Aerospace Engineer.

I can’t remember the first time I did the hundred on the Reformer, but I can say that I probably silently cursed my teacher. I can also say that I was hooked from the start. Simple, yet complex movements accomplished with maximum effort and the minimum number of repetitions for maximum results. Genius? Absolutely!  It wasn’t about getting skinny or ripped. It was about making connections and finding equilibrium through corrective exercise The thought of using specially designed apparatus to help people find answers to questions about their bodies that they’d had for years put a huge smile on my face. – I was much, much older than seven.  Meet Regina Arras, Pilates Instructor.

What seven year old gets chills watching fighter jets soar above the clouds in a corny 80s action-adventure love story and then grows up to geek out about metal machines, springs and wheels, and how they can change people’s lives? Meet Regina Arras, Pilates Engineer.

I never chose to be an Aerospace Engineer or a Pilates Instructor.  They picked me.

What I did choose was to become the Pilates Engineer. I found my niche in fact I created it.

What’s the equation?

Niche= (2 x Passion) + (Support group + Mentor)


Simply, find two things you love to do (anything – promise), add in a support group and a mentor, and give it some time.

For me it looks like this:

Pilates (Instructor + Aerospace) Engineer

Life has a funny way of working out sometimes doesn’t it?

Regina's headshot smallAerospace Engineer and certified Pilates Instructor, Regina Arras, has a unique take on body mechanics and a very real passion for the “nuts and bolts” of Pilates. Regina approaches Pilates from an engineer’s perspective, dissecting the mechanics of each exercise, and from the artistic perspective of a dancer, always pursuing and appreciating the beauty and elegance of each movement. Regina’s distinctive approach has given rise to whole new business model as she tackles the service and maintenance side of the industry to redefine what studio upkeep really means. Learn more about Regina here



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Does Your Pilates Equipment Need A Tune-up?

Just recently I met the amazing Regina. Turns out Regina’s not only a professional Pilates instructor but also, an aerospace engineer by night!!!!! This marriage of her talents means she’s a wiz at fixing Pilates equipment AND can even get on and try out an exercise or two to make sure things feel right. The moment I met her she was hired, and is now FORM Pilates’s official equipment maintenance bad-ass. I get asked all the time by teachers how to “fix” or “keep-up” their equipment, and honestly, I’m clueless (which is why I need Regina so desperately)! So, when I was thinking of who could write the first guest post on my teacher’s newsletter, Regina was the obvious choice. She will take care of all your studio needs or teach you how to do it yourself, if that’s more your jam. Check out her article below and feel free to ask your questions in the comments below. Let’s get this conversation started!

Is your Pilates equipment in need of a tune-up? Let me get under the hood and find out!

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How long has it been since you’ve looked at your equipment?  If this was your car, it would remind you relentlessly that it needed its oil changed every 5000 miles. Your Pilates equipment is a lot less vociferous; it’s a bit more understanding of your busy schedule – that is until it starts bitching, squeaking, and moaning at you! So how long has it been? Be honest.  I won’t judge, I promise! After all, that’s what I’m here for – I’m your Pilates Engineer, at your service to make sure your equipment is in tip-top shape and running smoothly.  If you’re not able to let me under the “carriage” of your reformer, don’t fret, there are plenty of things you can do to quiet your equipment’s nagging.  Here are just a few to help you along:

42joecreatingexercisesAww Snap!! – Check your double snap hooks regularly – You know, those little guys that attach your springs to your equipment we all know and love? They’re everywhere, and they’re very important!  Why?!? Well for one, if not watched they will wear out and simply break. After repeated use, the springs can eat away at the hooks causing them to fracture, which could cause injury (not good)! Check them regularly to make sure they’re in good condition so you don’t have an accident while with a client.

Are your springs getting kinky on you?  – Just like me, I’m sure you have a love – hate, on-again-off-again relationship with your springs. One day they are silent and agreeable, and then the next they’re loud and obnoxious.  Sometimes (though you hate to admit it), they make you feel a little awkward – that is, they get a little kinky –  and that’s when it’s time to end the relationship. Period.  If you ever see a kink in your springs it’s time to trade it in for a new one. Remember that it could happen at any age so check them periodically.

Quickies might just save lives – Trust me I know what I’m talking about (I’m an engineer, remember?)!  So you know those things that attach your safety chains and push through springs to your wall unit?  They look like a zero (or a chain link)?  Well, we in “the biz” know them at quick links, they’re all over your equipment, and they are life savers!  Make sure they’re closed and tight, and they’ll make sure your clients are safe and sound!

For even more Pilates equipment tips and tricks check out my website and blog for tuning up your equipment. Leave a comment below with any of your questions and let’s make sure your clients are safe so they can get the most out of their workout!

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Aerospace Engineer and certified Pilates instructor, Regina Arras, sees the human body in a different way and has a unique passion for the tools of the trade.  She understands how the mechanics of Pilates equipment affect the mechanics of Pilates exercises. Learn more about the owner and operator of Top Gun Pilates Engineering, as she takes on the equipment maintenance and service side of the Pilates industry at Top Gun Pilates Engineering

Want to tune-up your business as well as your equipment? Get a FREE 30 min consult how to get your biz to run it’s smoothest with studio owner and business coach Lindsay Lopez. Schedule it here now!

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