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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The Very Unsexy Guide to Exercising Safely During Pregnancy

The question of what exercise is best, safest or most appropriate to do during pregnancy is one I get asked a lot. Wanting to answer this question, with facts, rather than hearsay, is one of the reasons I became interested in the field of pre natal exercise in the first…

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5 Ways to Improve Your Pilates Practice

If you’ve been attending Pilates classes for a while, you’ll know your Pilates practice is always a work in progress. So whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned Pilates-ista here are 5 simple ways you can shake up your Pilates practice. 1.Be More Present Blah de blah – buzzword –…

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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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10 Tips for a Happy Pregnancy

I’ve been a pregnancy and post natal Pilates and exercise expert for close to 12 years. Throughout this time I’ve trained women privately and in groups. I’ve coached group prenatal fitness but mainly prenatal Pilates. I’ve seen nearly 500 pregnancies, fairly up close and personal (as well has two of…

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Diastasis recti or abdominal separation. Can we fix it?

What is it? Diastasis recti (DR) is the medical way of saying abdominal separation. During pregnancy the line down the middle of your abdominals (the linea alba) will stretch to accommodate your growing uterus and baby. It often occurs to some degree during pregnancy but DR usually refers to abdominals…

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How to Fit Exercise Into Your Busy Life

Fit School, Pilates, running, fat loss, Epping, fit exercise into your busy life, Essex 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…

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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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Why most of your Post Natal Pilates can happen outside of your class.

CONNECT and HEAVY TAIL. Connect your ribs to your hip. Or, if I’m being pedantic, your bottom rib to your iliac crest – the bony bit at the top of your pelvis which feels like a hip bone. AND feel like your tailbone is heavy. Feel like you are opening…

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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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