Could Breathing Boost Your Performance and Help Recovery?

Breathing. For many of us it’s the last thing on our minds once we’ve laced up our trainers and hit the gym but could the way you breathe be stopping you from reaching your fitness goals? Breathing technique can affect our endurance, our speed and our recovery. It can also…

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5 Resolutions To Make 2017 Your Fittest Ever? #DesperateFitness Free

It’s that time of year when Fitness Frank and Pilates Penny can make you feel like you aren’t good enough. From Instagram #fitspirations who just make you feel fat, to endless 30 day challenges promising everything from losing fat while you sleep to getting you an ab crack*. And then…

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So This is Christmas. And What Have We Done?

It’s time for a little 2016 retrospective. Just what has the Fit School team achieved in 2016, in numbers? 1 charity marathon fitness day (Gina Morris’ next one is scheduled for 4th February, all welcome). 1 online Pilates programme – released in July. 1 article in the Guardian. 1 column…

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The Ultimate Fitness Christmas Gift Guide

This fitness gift guide could best be described as a festive favour. I’ve polled our members, searched online, researched and shopped and have come up with the ultimate gift list guide for a fit 2017. Print this out and put a star against the ones you want or just share it…

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14 Reasons to Keep Training Throughout the Christmas Season

It is the time of year which sorts the fitness tourists from the fitness converts. The want-to-try-ers from the where-do-I-sign-ers. As soon as that John Lewis ad hits our Facebook feed, I notice class numbers dwindling and fitness intentions being re-scheduled until the new year. STOP. Do not give in…

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Hey You! You’re Doing Great.

Hey you – struggling with your business, parenting, your fitness, your [fill in the gap], this is a shout out from me, to you, to say: YOU’RE DOING GREAT! If you aren’t one for unbridled encouragement, switch browser windows now. If you possess that rare gift of unwavering resilience, you…

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Caribbean(ish) Chicken Soup

Warm, slightly spiced (with a hint of chilli) and full of autumnal goodies like squash – this soup is ‘hygge’ in a bowl. In fact if regular chicken soup is Jewish Penicillin, this chicken soup is like penicillin with the sun on your back (hence the gratuitous picture of my hubby)! Inspired…

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Vintage Pilates: Why Age is No Barrier to Pilates

Age is no barrier to Pilates. It’s one of the lovely things about it. Pilates is fully inclusive. I’ve had participants from 8 to 80+ (younger if you count the odd 8 week old who attends with mummy in my post natal classes). BUT … for a while now I’ve…

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Why Does Pilates Make Me Fart? And How Not To.

It’s the dread of many attending their first Pilates class: Will I fart? Occasionally, even the most well bred and polite ladies accidentally let one go during the roll up. With 12 years of experience in front of a Pilates class, I’m here to de-mystify gas expulsions once and for all.…

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10 ways to shape up after the summer holidays

So you’ve survived six weeks (or more) of no school. You’ve possibly even enjoyed having the little nippers around. But when the kids go back to school, or sometimes even before, it’s not uncommon to notice a thicker waist-line, altered eating habits and a lack of motivation to move. Perhaps…

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