Is Life as a Pilates Instructor Any Good?

14 years ago I handed over my IBM laptop and accompanying padded PwC Consulting bag, ethernet cable and a generous salary for a voluntary redundancy package. I was 25. Disillusioned by the corporate world. I didn’t see my future in what I was doing and I’ve always had a need…

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How to Make Fitness Inclusive, Fun and Empowering

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. When I first started my career in fitness, it was by accident. I took a year out to just ‘be’ and do some stuff I’d always wanted to do. Being active was a passion but I had never envisaged doing…

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Online Circuits

As you know, here at Fit School central we’re busily creating the first of our online fitness packages, Pilates Online. Now of course, we have a bank holiday coming up and sometimes, circumstances conspire to mean you just can’t get to class. So here’s a Pilates circuit for you to try…

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How to Fit Exercise Into Your Busy Life

It’s a question I get asked a lot: “Karen, I’m just so busy – how can I fit exercise in around childcare/work/family?” Now I hear you. Sista’ I feel your pain. I know that I absolutely need to exercise for a) my sanity; b) my energy levels; and c) my future health.…

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How Physical Health Controls your Mental Success

Fit School’s Karen was published on the Guardian: Women in Leadership this week with her article all about mounting evidence which links physical health and fitness with cognitive function and brain size. What do you think: http://www.theguardian.com/women-in-leadership/2016/feb/04/how-your-physical-health-controls-your-mental-success What would really motivate you to exercise? Do you already incorporate exercise into your…

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10 Signs Your New Year Fitness Goals Are Already on Track (Huffington Post Article)

1. You’ve already incorporated more activity into your life. Actions speak louder than words. If you really want to change something, you’ll have already made steps to do so. Being more active doesn’t mean you’ve already been for a run or hit the gym (although that’s a great start). You…

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Cancer is real

Cancer is real. What supporters of fitness fundraising events already know Every two minutes in the UK someone gets diagnosed with cancer.* Some cancers are directly linked to lifestyle choices or hereditary factors. Sometimes it’s just the luck of the draw. Why am I so aware of mortality today? As I’m…

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5 signs that you’re one of life’s winners

I’m fresh from this week’s Race for Life Epping. It was steamy one this year, with lots of heavy legs and even heavier breathing. I was under-trained and had been feeling unwell for a few days but I gave it everything. This meant pushing through and just getting my head down between…

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Want to fall in love with your post baby tummy? Read this.

Post baby tummy, Post Natal, Pilates, Epping, Essex, Post Natal Fitness What is a post baby tummy? It’s a human phenomenon many women would rather didn’t exist but that the majority of women in our Fit School post natal Pilates and fitness classes know about. The post baby tummy, mummy…

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Today I went for a run to remember my purpose.

Today I went for a run. Today I went for a run because I was so overwhelmed with the amount of stuff I have taken on at the moment that I knew I needed to take a time out from it in order to tackle it with renewed spirit and…

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