A Need For Better Fitness Industry Standards

Human beings have pursued fitness since their primitive nomadic days when they went on hikes and hunting trips to gather food and water for their families and tribes. Fast forward to 2014 and the way humans pursue fitness has evolved drastically. The evolution of what is now the fitness and health industry has become a multi-billion […]

Is Your Tablet or SmartPhone Contributing to Poor Posture?

Apple announced its new iPad air earlier this week, and rather than being excited about a lighter, faster and more reliable tech gadget, I immediately started thinking about how advanced technology is contributing to poor posture and sitting habits. Think about it: As soon as we wake up, most of us check our SmartPhones or […]

Foam Roll Your Pain Away

Foam rolling is one of my favorite treatment techniques that I use during my own personal fitness routines. I also use it with physical therapy patients. I love to use various foam roller techniques before and after workouts in an effort to reduce pain, improve mobility and prevent physical injury. If you ever experience pain […]

The Truth About Aerobic Exercises: Learn the Benefits and Get Fit!

Working in the fitness industry requires continuing education about the latest innovative techniques and trends, but knowing the fundamentals of fitness programming and instructing is an absolute must as well. As the fitness and health industry continues to change and evolve, hundreds of new fitness ‘experts’ are emerging everywhere. In fact, with the assistance of […]

Get Fit This Fall with Maria Pontillo’s Virtual Training Program!

September 22nd marks the first official day of fall, and with the kids already back in school , many of you may be finding yourself extra busy with work and even leisure activities (I’m talking to all of you football fans out there!). This is the time of the year when it can be really […]

Physical Therapy: Misconceptions Versus The Truth

When people hear the term physical therapy, they usually automatically think about massages. Although massage therapy is one method that licensed physical therapists incorporate into their practice, it’s disappointing to hear people compare the two professions as the same.  Physical therapists study the field over the course of 7 years earning a Doctorate, while massage […]

Maria Pontillo, DPT Offers Virtual Personal Training Sessions

We all have busy work schedules and combined with personal responsibilities, more than likely, fitness priorities get left out. Many of my physical therapy patients and group fitness class members are limited with time constraints when it comes to maintaining a consistent workout regime. Whether it’s stressful rush hour traffic, parental responsibilities, or overtime hours […]

K-Tape Trend: Maria Pontillo, DPT Explores the Benefits of New Innovative Treatment

Check out this YouTube video of myself and my colleague, AJ Patrick, Doctor of Physical Therapy, demonstrating a popular Kinesio Tape technique that I have personally used as treatment for ITB Syndrome and Quadriceps Tendonitis. As a Doctor of Physical Therapy in the state of Florida, I have seen a spike in the use of […]

Joy Taylor’s Recovery from ACL Surgery: A Personalized Approach with Maria Pontillo, DPT

It’s common to hear on ESPN about athletes like Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls tearing their anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), debilitating them from playing the remainder of the NBA season. The ACL tears more often than any other ligament, with nearly 200,000 ACL injuries per year in the United States. As a licensed physical […]

Train to Run: The Galloway Training Method

If you are new to long distance running and ready to check a 5K, 10K or marathon off of your personal bucket list, the Galloway Training Method can help you achieve your fitness goals! Founded by a world-class Olympian athlete, Jeff Galloway, this exceptional training method that has become an industry standard across the world. […]