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

My first concept of age was my grandparents. The arthritis in my nan’s hips meant climbing the stairs to her flat could take half an hour of excruciating pain. Then my own parents. My dad, who in my eyes was strong enough to do and lift anything, suddenly getting breathless…

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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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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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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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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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