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

It’s a human phenomenon many women would rather didn’t exist. The mummy tummy. That jiggly little (or large) bit of fat or loose skin that clings around the middle regardless of well intentioned efforts to shift it. Fitness trainers love it: ‘Join me and lose your mummy tummy.’ And last week…

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We aren’t vain we’re just trying to stay sane. How exercise helps the mind.

I like to lift weights. Heavy weights. It makes me feel great. For me, going to the gym, lifting weights and finishing off with perhaps a ten minute swim or sauna and a shower (in complete peace) is like switching a re-set button in my brain. I feel calm. I…

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When can I start running again after having a baby?

It is a question I get asked a lot by my post natal clients. When can I start running again? It’s a toughie. On one hand, I completely understand the need and want to get out running again. If you love being active, pregnancy can feel like a life sentence…

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6 ways to love your back

We know that for many, Pilates is a ‘go to’ class for back health. Pilates is brilliant for backs. We move it, strengthen the muscles around it, release the muscles around it and increase circulation and joint mobility … the list goes on. Although, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts,…

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Pelvic Floor Visualisations

Training your pelvic floor isn’t all about kegels, in fact it’s important to get these muscles working when you squat, reach or walk. Just as part of your workout. This podcast gives you some great visualisations to work on at home, to ensure you really know where and what you…

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It’s time we stopped ‘using’ Pilates and just did it?

In the world of Pilates we’ve got accustomed to ‘using’ Pilates exercises to help participants back to health following an injury, illness or pregnancy.  But by doing so, have we lost some of the flavour of what Pilates is really about? A workout. Physiotherapists often refer patients to me to…

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Headaches, push-ups and tennis elbow: The shoulder blade connection

THIS week, across all my classes, there’s a bit of a theme. Clue: They are behind you and you need them to move your arms. Anatomically speaking I’m referring to your scapulae, without the latin they are your shoulder blades. Any arm or shoulder movement is dependent on your shoulder…

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Post natal Pilates. What’s all the fuss about?

Post natal Pilates – a six week course where we re-build your post baby body from the inside. We aim to get your body ready for mainstream exercise or a stronger Pilates class.   You know you probably should be doing it but it seems like everything else about having a…

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