101 Free and Fit (ish) days out with your kids

So you have your little darlings and you want to get out but there’s more to life (and fun with kids) than theme parks and traffic jams (not to mention cost to consider). We recently asked our Facebook Community for some top tips on days out (or mornings) with children in…

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12 Personality Traits of Inspiring Women

I’m a sucker for an inspiring woman. I’ve always been drawn to people who inspire me. I can remember feeling it as a teenager. Just feeling drawn to certain teachers or friends in my life. Women who had something that I wanted to learn from or just an energy I…

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Why I Want You to Care About Your Psoas

Your psoas is an amazing muscle which is fundamental to free movement, strength and wellbeing but our lifestyles are screwing it up. Back in the 90s and 00s it was all about core stability and your transversus abdominis (TVA). We taught about layers of abdominal muscle and how strengthening them…

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Want to keep up with your grandkids? Don’t make age your excuse

Since I started teaching anti-ageing Pilates in Epping last year, I’ve become much more aware of both the impact of age on our bodies and perceptions of age. My first concept of age was my grandparents. The arthritis in my nan’s hips meant climbing the stairs to her flat could…

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How to Train Your Abs Whilst Pushing A Buggy

What if you could turn every day activities, like buggy pushing, nappy changing and food preparation into a mini workout? One of the biggest myths of post natal exercise is that you have to dedicate hours of each week to fitness classes and that if you aren’t a celebrity or someone…

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Sticky Slo Cooker Chicken and Gravy Pie

Chicken pie. There’s something so very right and very comforting about it. It’s a firm favourite in our family. My pie making even pre dates our marriage. Chicken and bacon pie has always been a favourite of Chris’. He’s been known to take an entire pie to training courses (Desperate…

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5 Things You Need to Know to Be a Successful Pilates Instructor

If you love Pilates and you’re struggling with corporate life or looking for a career change, changing it all to become a Pilates instructor can seem like the answer to all your worries.  A job you are passionate about, at times which are convenient to you and your family and…

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Should I Do Pilates or Yoga?

Pilates or Yoga? It’s a question I get asked a lot. The answer of course depends on what you want to get out of it? But that’s not what you want to hear, so let’s go a little deeper: Yoga Yoga has its origins in meditation. The meditation and breath came…

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5 Tips to Help You Master Breathing in Pilates

It’s a common complaint: “Karen, I’m getting the breathing all wrong.” “Before any real benefit can be derived from physical exercises, one must first learn to breath properly. Our very life depends on it.” [Joseph Pilates] If you’ve ever wondered how you are supposed to breathe in Pilates, or why,…

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Help! I’m really pregnant. Why do I need to pee every time I stand up?

Your desperation to pee – all the time – towards the end of your pregnancy – is largely dictated by four things: 1. How much liquid you have in your bladder (that’s the normal cue); 2. How sensitive you are to the hormone relaxin, which can (amongst all the other…

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