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The Studio

The Studio is a comfort zone dedicated to fitness and exercise. Focused on preserving and toning muscle mass, increase flexibility and disconnect from the world outside to connect to your body.

 

What makes In Studio unique in its training process? 

I believe during my 10 years of practice I have developed various routines on the Pilates reformer equipment that are designed to be carried out by any person, of any age, in fair to strong physical condition. Each exercise can be modified according to the client’s strength and flexibility without breaking the flow of the class. Sporadic private sessions are encouraged for personalized variations, corrections and perfecting technique.

Do you have a special viewpoint on energy?  What does energy mean to you?

My special viewpoint on energy is that as all the important things in LiFe it should be kept guarded, protected. Energy for me is what you project out of you.  Being a certain look, a smile, a touch, a word … you give out energy and you assimilate it into your body from others and from the world around you. There’s positive energy and negative energy. I believe positive or good energy is a calmed mind, a certainty of the correctness of your actions. When you are at ease with yourself you replenish your energy resources.

What makes In Studio unique in its training process?

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I believe during my 10 years of practice I have developed various routines on the Pilates reformer equipment that are designed to be carried out by any person, of any age, in fair to strong physical condition. Each exercise can be modified according to the client’s strength and flexibility without breaking the flow of the class. Sporadic private sessions are encouraged for personalized variations, corrections and perfecting technique.

How do you spread good karma in your daily living?

I think karma is very closely tied to energy.  Karma also projects out of your persona through different actions. Karma is co-relation of the things you do in your life and how your life shapes overtime based on those actions.

To keep my Karma intact I try to keep a “closed circle LiFe”. I stay out of other’s people’s business as I expect people to stay out of my life.  I live surrounded by my family. I stay away from negative people, those people that never have anything good to say. I do good and I keep to myself. I protect my Karma!

What is a future project you are excited to develop?

After ten years of operation in the same location, THE STUDIO is downsizing and moving into my home.  I am offering more hours, in an even more private environment. Private, semi-privates and three client reformer classes will be offered from a beautiful cozy home studio, where focus will be on personalization of exercises. Cross training routines in and out of the reformer, the introduction of new disciplines and orientation about nutrition will be offered.  I have found my niche, my friends, my followers 😉

How do you motivate others?

I motivate others through the relationship we develop as client-teacher overtime. Since THE StUDIO is so small and private, most of my clients have been with me over 5 years, a great amount of them over 8 years.  So I know how to motivate each one of them a different way depending on their personality. Again, it’s all about personalized business. ONE ON ONE! Friendship is KEY!

 

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Organica Yogurt 100% Natural Yogurt

Antonio Castro went from personal trainer to food industry entrepreneur and he’s not done just yet.

Orgánica started when I was 23.  At that moment I was studying Exercise Sciences at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón and worked as a personal trainer.   My own clients helped me develop the idea. I have always been surrounded by wellness, nature, exercise: a healthy lifestyle.  During a trip to New York City I went into a Health Food establishment that made me wonder what it would be like to create my own natural product back at home.  So the first thing I did when I returned to Puerto Rico was research.  I read endlessly about fermentation, milk, yogurt – and created my first product, the strawberry flavored one.

Do you have a motto?  What is it?

What has always led me to accomplish things: one step at a time.  You have to wake up in the morning

order to achieve my dreams?”

Do you feel you inspire others with your work?

I think so.  When we offer our products to small businesses we inspire them to move ahead and grow.  Many of my clients are young entrepreneurs like me, so we inspire each other, in a way.  I know that they benefit from selling my product, and that way we all grow.

How do you define healthy eating? 

Eating organic is about eliminating any chemically processed items from your diet.  For example, think of a fruit, which is a lot less modified than, say, pasta.  Many of the foods we buy are so processed that they have to artificially add in more vitamins and minerals because otherwise you’d have a dead product that won’t nourish you.  Organic foods are healthy from the start, protected from the source to make sure you receive all the nutrients.

A good diet should have whole wheat, lots of fiber, and it should respond to your body’s specific needs.  Even though I understand the vegan lifestyle, I don’t like completely eliminating meat because the body needs those proteins and fats that are only present in meat.  Good fats, like the ones you find in fish and linseed, aren’t saturated.  And of course, I have to mention exercise.  The body needs exercise in order to properly absorb the nutrients and process the foods we put into it. 

So, why yogurt?

That brings us back to my trip to NYC.  When I entered that Health Food store all the employees were doing everything naturally, fresh.  They were chopping carrots and fruits, churning them into products and packaging them right there.  I looked at a refrigerator and saw some yogurt cups that looked good and thought to myself: “I want to make that product, that’s what I want to do” because it’s an extremely healthy thing that I’ve always liked.  When I arrived in Puerto Rico I had no idea how to make it, so I burnt a lot of pots and milk.

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Carob: More than a Chocolate

Chocolate has undoubtedly become the star of any Valentine’s Day celebration.  It’s become a symbol of sweetness and love all around the world.  However, what would happen if one day you were not able to express your undying love for someone through chocolate?Many people consider chocolate a vegetarian food, and in fact, it is, because it comes from a nut.  However, just like coffee, chocolate contains high levels of caffeine, a stimulant that affects your nerves and irritates the digestive system.  I myself am a self-proclaimed chocoholic, so when I had to give up chocolate, I thought my world would end! It was a long time ago and it had nothing to do with being vegetarian: I had to steer away from chocolate because of its caffeine content. But then… Carob entered my life.  Because a world without something chocolaty would be like a day without sun, wouldn’t it?  I ‘ll be honest with you – if it doesn’t taste similar or better than the real thing, I won’t eat it.  Trust me, there are good products out there like: Carob Bars, I get these bars every time we travel to NYC, and you can find them in most health food stores.  Their taste resembles bittersweet dark chocolate because of their slightly bitter aftertaste. They’re the perfect substitute to your favorite candy bar – my mom  buys them by the dozen every time we find them.

Carob Chips, I use these carob chips from Chatfield’s in my regular chocolate chip cookie recipe and I can’t tell the difference.  I also use them the same way you would use chocolate chips in recipes like my Brown Rice Krispies Treats, which you can find in this section. Carob Powder, Carob, also available in both bar and powder form, makes a very delicious caffeine-free alternative to hot chocolate.  And because carob is a bit bitter it resembles the bitter bar chocolate used to make hot chocolate from scratch.  I have also used it on cake and brownie recipes and it’s amazing. The point of this article?  That there’s no need to deprive yourself of chocolate-tasting desserts when there’s carob around.  Even if you still dream of a Hershey’s Kiss on your lips.  I know the feeling…

Read on after the cut for some delicious carob recipies!

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