Pilates And Cardio: The Perfect Balance!

Wed, April 19, 2017

A question that I get asked almost every day by members is “do I need to combine cardio with my workouts?” This is a fantastic question and one that I love to answer! So many of you have seen such dramatic transformations with your body shape doing our online Pilates workouts, I’m really excited to share this in-depth answer for you so that you can take the same approach, maximise your results and enjoy every moment of your daily exercise, in fact you might even become addicted! There is a place for cardio, but it might not be exactly what you are thinking. Read on to find out more!

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How I Lost Weight Whilst Travelling: Easy Steps You Can Implement Anywhere in The World!

Tue, April 18, 2017

One of the biggest pleasures of travelling, and of life, is food. Europe is second to none with it’s gastronomic offerings, and with all of the indulgence on offer, it’s easy to assume that you’ll have a little extra baggage other than your suitcases! This week our apartment in Belgium had a set of scales, the first one I’ve seen since we started travelling in August last year. You can imagine my complete and utter shock when I was around 3-4 kilograms lighter than the last time I weighed myself! I didn’t necessarily set out to lose any weight and I’ve never consciously dieted or restricted myself, but when I really thought about what exactly I had been doing to achieve this, I realised that anyone, no matter whether you are travelling or not, can implement these easy, achievable steps to not only lose weight, but also maintain your perfect weight!

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Strength & Control - Your Seven Day Workout Schedule

Sun, April 16, 2017

Hi Everyone! Our 14 Day Kickstart Series is now complete and available in it's entirety on the Online Studio where it will remain as a permanent addition to our ever-growing library of workouts. To everyone who completed the series, you will be feeling so much stronger, more confident, more aware of your own body and, most importantly, ready to continue your Pilates practice! Pilates performed with the correct technique will challenge any student, no matter how experienced! We are now busy putting together the Winter Warmer Challenge. Coming FREE to all members this June, we have some special goodies in store for everyone including an all new meal plan, exclusive new sponsors and prizes, special guest writers with some amazing tips and not to mention sensational new workouts!  Keep up the great work everyone! See you on the mat!

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Kickstart Your Pilates 14 Day Beginner Series Day Fourteen: Feel The Difference!

Sun, April 16, 2017

Congratulations! You've made it to the end of two WHOLE weeks of technique based, results driven, solid daily Pilates workouts! I'm so proud of you! By now you should be feeling so much stronger, more confident, more aware of your own body and, most importantly, ready to continue your Pilates practice! Today, we are building up on our hard work from the last two days, increasing our repetitions just a little, evening out the pace, smoothing out the transitions and giving you a FANTASTIC full body workout that will challenge any student of Pilates with the right technique, no matter how experienced!

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Kickstart Your Pilates 14 Day Beginner Series Day Thirteen: Building Strength!

Sat, April 15, 2017

Day thirteen, there are just two more days to go! However, this is only the beginning, now that you've built these strong foundations we are going to keep pushing on and continue to strengthen our Pilates practice. For today, we are simply going to build on what we did yesterday. We are going to increase the repetitions to six per exercise, slowly and gradually building your endurance, strength and technique!

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Kickstart Your Pilates Day Twelve: Putting It All Together!

Fri, April 14, 2017

Day 12, we are ALMOST there! If you've been joining me every day this is such a great achievement, you are well on your way to making it the best habit you will ever have! This is when all of your hard work comes together! For the next 3 days until the completion of the series, we will be performing a full body workout incorporating the exercises and techniques we have learned over the past two weeks. We will be progressively building repetitions, starting with just a few today so that you can get used to doing the exercises seamlessly and flowing one exercise into the next, a very important element in making your Pilates workout effective!

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Kickstart Your Pilates Day Eleven: Tension Free Upper Body!

Thu, April 13, 2017

Day eleven, I can't believe we are here already! Today we will be focusing on stretching and releasing tension in the neck, shoulders, chest and upper back, a problem area for so many of us! If you're just starting Pilates and you find the you are getting a little neck strain or pain, particularly the abdominal work, it's typically due to tightness through the upper body. In today's ever-plugged in world, when we are looking at our mobile phones, our computers or our tablets, we tend to come into a kyphotic posture, the abdominal muscles are disengaged, the upper back is rounded, the neck is protruding and it is wreaking havoc not only on your posture, but also your health! Having the flexibility and alignment in the upper body will allow you to get deeper into all of the Pilates exercises and help you get much more out of every single repetition!

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Kickstart Your Pilates Day 10: Strong, Healthy Spine

Wed, April 12, 2017

Welcome to day ten of your Kickstart Your Pilates Series! A healthy, strong, flexible spine is the very foundation of solid pilates practice, as Joe Pilates famously said: "A man is only as young as his spinal column!" We are going to be moving through every possible range of motion, increasing your range of motion so that you can see progress in all areas of your Pilates practice! This will also work to strengthen and define the muscles that surround the spine, the erector spine. I love this workout and I hope you do too!

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Kickstart Your Pilates Day Nine: Internal Resistance!

Tue, April 11, 2017

Today we are going to revise some of the exercises we have been learning, however this session will be focusing on creating “internal resistance”. When I say internal resistance, I mean switching on the Powerhouse, waking up your core and conditioning the deep intrinsic muscles that makes Pilates so effective! When you do Pilates you have two options. You can just go through the motions and the grind without really thinking about how or why you are moving, or you can concentrate on creating internal resistance, amp it up and switch on smaller muscles to get a deeper, much more effective workout!

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Kickstart Your Pilates 14 Day Beginner Series: Day Eight!

Mon, April 10, 2017

Day Eight, the start of brand new week! I hope you’re feeling refreshed, motivated and ready to go! Yesterday focused on creating strong, supportive glutes and and slimming and toning your legs. Today, we are stretching and lengthening these muscles to not only look leaner, but also to create happy healthy hips! No matter what work we are doing in Pilates, whether it’s abdominal, lower body or upper body work, we are constantly moving our legs through BIG ranges of motion! These include flexion and extension, abduction and adduction and also rotation. Strong, healthy and very flexible hips are absolutely essential to making progress in the pilates method, as your hip improve you will notice all areas of your practice improving dramatically too!

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