How to survive a conference when you are sitting all day!

(Photo Catherine Berry  – Entirely Catherine Photography) Last week I went to The Content Live Conference in London.  No it wasn’t anything to do with Pilates.  It was organised By Janet Murray from Love Marketing and Make Money.  This is a online business group that I belong too to help me build my business online. …

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prevention better than cure

Why exercise is important in your life

This week the health secretary Matt Hancock outlined his vision for the NHS, and about helping people making healthier choices. In his speech he said “Last year Emergency admission in A&E went up 6.6% which the NHS can’t cope with. But it’s not all about money, preventing ill health can transform lives and society for…

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Pilates mojo

How to get your Pilates mojo back with 5 Pilates exercises

    Have you been busy lately with family and work and Pilates has taken a back seat.  But it’s been on your mind again as you feel stiff, have lower back pain and maybe you are visiting a physio again. You need to get you Pilates mojo back again Only you know why you…

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How does the clocks changing affect our exercise?

This weekend (October 2018) see the end of British Summertime and the mornings getting lighter. This is great news for those of us who like to exercise in the morning.  So will you make use of your extra hour by exercising or stay in bed! Benefits of exercising in the morning? There are several things…

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Pilates and Osetoporosis

Is Pilates good for Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a problem worldwide effecting 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men aged 50 and above.  Today is National Osteoporosis Day highlighting the condition “to love your bones, protect your future” What is Osteoporosis? A condition where the bones become brittle and become at greater risk of fractures.  Fractures potentially causing life…

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beginners Pilates course

Learn how to do Pilates at home.

  Have you been told that you need to do Pilates? To help an injury, improve flexibility or just to strengthen your core for everyday life. Still not got round to it? TIME is the biggest factor in our lives.  Lack of it stops us doing the things we’d like to or should do to…

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Why you should take part in my 7 day beginners challenge

Why you should take part in my 7 Day Beginners Pilates Challenge

7 Day Beginners Pilates challenge My 7 Day Beginners Pilates challenges start’s tomorrow on Monday 8th Oct 2018.  Don’t worry you can still join and take part. People usually take Pilates up when they receive an injury and are advised to do as part of their rehab. In fact I would say that over 90%…

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Can you learn Pilates at home

Can you learn Pilates at home?

Can you learn Pilates at home? YES I believe you can. Time is the problem with most people and committing to a weekly Pilates class. (does this sound familiar?) But the benefits of Pilates are too good to ignore, If you aren’t sure of the benefits then do check out my blog “Why you should…

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Is Pilates for 10 minutes enough

Is Pilates for 10 minutes enough?

Joseph Pilates recommended Pilates should be practised at least 10 minutes a day.  This was to ensure that you learn the Pilates exercises and you spend time time learning technique so that you can perform the exercises as best as you can for your body and mind. BUT can 10 minutes Pilates a day (or…

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balance and Pilates

How can we improve our balance?

Balance Balance is something we take for granted when we are young. But as we get older our balance deteriorates due to losing muscle strength and joint flexibility, reduced vision and reaction time.  Reduction in balance can also be caused by Parkinson’s or neurological disorders Fear of falling and higher risk of injuries stops people…

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How often do you go back to your Pilates basic exercises

How often do you go back to your basic Pilates exercises?

September, the beginning of the new school year.  Sometimes it feels like the beginning of a New Year. However you feel about it, it’s a great time to take a look at your Pilates practice  For those of you have been doing Pilates classes or at home for a long time how after do you…

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How to improve your Pilates practice at home.

How to improve your Pilates practice at home and make it worthwhile! If you do practice your Pilates at home, this is great news.  The hardest part is getting into a habit an making time for you. But once it does become a habit, it is easy to fit into your daily routine. Do you…

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The Principles of Pilates – Part 2

Pilates and the Principles of Pilates Pilates has developed over the years since Joseph Pilates died on 9th October 1967.   Find out more about Joseph Pilates in our First blog HERE The main focus of Pilates the 6 guiding principles of Pilates, although not defined by Joseph Pilates himself is widely believed to encapsulate all…

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How to fit movement into your day?

  Working all day then dealing with kids when you get home, any thoughts of exercise or bringing movement into your day just go out the window. It’s the summer holidays, routines are different and exercise is the last thing you think about doing. End of the day In reality by the end of the…

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Joseph Pilates – The 34 Moves. Part 1

Joseph Pilates – founder of Pilates Joseph Pilates the founder of Pilates was born in Germany but moved to England before the first world war.  He was a circus performer and a boxer.  He has various illness throughout his childhood which made him more determined to overcome these with his fitness. During the first world…

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How to motivate yourself to do your Pilates practice at home.

How to motivate yourself to do your Pilates Practice at home It’s hard to stay motivated to do your Pilates practice especially during the school holidays.  Sometimes it  is just easier not to exercise and then you get out of the habit, feel horrible and a whole cycle occurs before you can get back to…

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Is Pilates good for cyclists?

Is Pilates good for Cyclists? YES…. Pilates is good for cyclists. With the Tour De France well underway and with this glorious summer weather.  More and more people are out on their bikes.  Using it as a great way to keep fit. Which it is, but as with most sports these days it’s not all…

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10 minute Pilates in the garden

How to keep your Pilates practice going through the hot weather

It’s been unusually hot in the UK this June (2018) and I have noticed my Pilates classes have been quieter. Is this because people are making the most of this glorious weather or because they are just zapped of energy? I think it’s possible a bit of both.  We are not use to this weather…

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Online Pilates during the holidays

How online Pilates can help you during the holidays.

Online Pilates during the holidays could be the answer you are looking. Not sure that Online Pilates is for you? Most Pilates classes stop for the summer and most of the time so do you! You need to ask yourself some questions. Why do you go to a weekly Pilates class? What benefits do YOU…

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8 week pilates course

How to make the most out of your Summer 8 week membership

  Investing in the Summer 8 week membership is a positive step to keep your Pilates going through the summer.  During the summer holidays there is so much to organise that spending time on you is usually the first thing to go.  By joining you have made a commitment and we can help you get…

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How to improve my balance

Can Pilates help people with MS?

Pilates and MS Pilates is known for it’s benefits of increasing strength, flexibility, mobility and balance.  All things we take for granted on a daily bases, but not if you have MS. What is MS “Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition that affects your brain and spinal cord. In MS, the coating that protects your…

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Pilates class

Should you do Pilates Online or go to a Pilates Class?

Pilates online or Pilates Class? There are so many ways to do a Pilates session, either online or going to a weekly Pilates class. But which is better? The benefits of Pilates are numerous and rather than list them here check out our blog “Why you should do Pilates” Joseph Pilates developed Pilates (or Contrology…

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How 10 minute Pilates Online can help your Mental Health

    How can 10 Minutes Pilates Online can help your Mental Health? 10 minutes Pilates Online done regularly 4 times a week as recommended by Joseph Pilates will have a positive effect on your mind and body. Pilates developed his method originally called “Contrology” in the 1930’s.  His definition was “the complete coordination of…

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How to look good on your wedding day with 10 minute pilates online.

Looking good on your wedding day is what most brides wish for and 10 Minutes Pilates can help you! Regular Pilates will help with your posture which when you are walking down the aisle will give you so much confidence and pose. Pilates can improve muscle tone, balance (important in those wedding shoes!) and also can relieve…

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Do you take a lunch break?

Do you take a lunch break?  Or do you sit at your desk and eat your sandwich and carry on working? More and more these days people don’t take a lunch break!  If you have read my previous blog “How long should you sit for in a day” you will know that sitting is the new…

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How to Garden without back pain.

It’s that time of year again!  The garden is coming to life and as soon as the weather lets us we are back out in the garden, weeding, digging, pruning, lifting heavy wheel barrows etc. As the weather is so unpredictable in the UK we tend to over do it in the garden and pay…

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How long should you sit for in a day?

Sitting down all day is bad for your health!  Shocking but true! If you do a desk job then you probably sit for over 12 hours a day, not only at your desk, getting to work and then maybe watching TV in the evening.  Sitting for long periods of time can increase your risks of obesity,…

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Parkinson’s Awareness Day 2018

This week is Parkinson’s Awareness week.  Millions of people are living with Parkinson’s but unless you are directly involved not a lot of people know much about it. What is Parkinson’s “Parkinson’s disease is caused by a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain.  This leads to a reduction of a chemical called…

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How often should I do Pilates?

How often should I do Pilates? How often should I do Pilates? It’s a great question and a hard one to answer.  In my opinion any movement daily is a good thing for the mind and body.  Focusing on Pilates daily is even better and it doesn’t have to be  a long session.  Most people…

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How to improve my balance

Am I too old to start Pilates?

Am I too old to start Pilates?  As a Pilates teacher I get asked this question a lot!  The answer is always the same NO! (But you should get yourself medically checked by a doctor if you haven’t done anything for a while) The advantage of Pilates is that it can be made as hard or…

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Why do I get cramp when I do Pilates?

  Cramping in your Pilates class! Does this sound familiar?  You are in your Pilates class doing the Swan Dive or Thigh Stretch for example and suddenly your foot or calf cramps.  Forget the exercise it’s agony!  All that lovely relaxing, focusing and concentrating out the window! So what is Cramp? A cramp happens when a…

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How can I become more flexible?

How can I become more flexible?  As most mornings I wake up wander to the bathroom feeling like the Tin Man from the Wizard of OZ!  My legs feel like wood and my ankles don’t appear to move! Does this sound familiar? How can we improve our flexibility? First of all we need to understand…

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How to keep your exercise routine going through the cold weather!

It’s cold outside and the last thing you feel like doing is putting on your exercise kit and keeping your exercise routine going! Even if you don’t feel like it don’t give up, maybe this is the time to try something different that compliments your regular training? What’s your normal training Routine? Running If conditions…

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Pilates practise at home.

Pilates practise at home always seems a great idea as you leave your Pilates class after a great session, but how many people actually do it, even with good intentions! Exercising at home is not for everyone, it’s hard to motivate yourself, find the time and sometimes the space.  Most of the time these are…

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what to wear to pilates

What should I wear to my Pilates class?

It can be daunting going to your first Pilates class and knowing what to wear is even worse! So what should you wear to your Pilates class, does it need to be expensive Fitness clothing? I have been teaching Pilates for a 17 years and fashions have changed in that time! What to wear? Fitness clothing…

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Finding the right Pilates class for you!

Finding the right Pilates class for you can be a minefield! There are so many different variations of Pilates classes.  It’s important to know what you are really signing up for and making sure it’s right for you. Finding the right Class for you! A friend of mine who doesn’t live near me recently asked…

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Healthy Pancakes!

  It’s pancake day! Or Shrove Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday is the always the day before Ash Wednesday, which heralds the start of Lent. It is thought to have started from the tradition of using up rich foods such as eggs, butter and milk, in preparation for the fasting period of Lent. The word Shrove is…

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London marathon training

Running the London Marathon- How strong is your core?

Running the London Marathon this year – how strong is your core?  Increasing the mileage but finding you’re more tired with more aches and pains? Are you cross training?  Then why not try Pilates as part of your training. So why should you do Pilates as part of your Marathon training? Running is a very repetitive movement which can…

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Peanut butter day

It’s Peanut Butter Day!

So today is Peanut Butter Day. Hoorah! Peanut Butter has had a bad rap over the last few years – thought of as something to be avoided, perhaps as nice but naughty. Something to be wary of because of the fat and calorie content. I see lots of people who think it’s fine to slaver…

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Pilates class any age

Does going to a Pilates Class fill you with fear?

Have you been told that you need to do a Pilates class but it fills you with fear? You’ve never done classes before and everyone is going to be a lot better than you? The thought of walking into the class and everyone looking at you is your worst nightmare! It’s normal to have fears…

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pilates any age

Why you should do Pilates!

Why you should do Pilates. Pilates can be started at any age by anyone, men and women. Most people start doing pilates after an injury or advice from a physiotherapist. Why wait till then?  Getting started before you are injured means you can carry on living your life to the full without any interruptions!  So…

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New year New you

New Year, New You – How to make a difference!

New Year, New You!  Hope the head’s not too sore! So it’s January, a new beginning and a time to reflect and look forward.  Did you make Pilates / fitness goals last year? So what’s going to make a difference this year different from last year? We all have an idea of our goals, whether…

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Studio 44 Pilates Top 5 Online Pilates practise vidoes for 2017

  We might have only been live online for 6 months.  But we have 30, 10 minute pilates videos online.  Different levels from a new beginners course, mixed ability, intermediate and advanced sessions.  But it’s not all about the level.  I always describe Pilates as a circle – you need to exercise your heart (cardio) …

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5 Top Tips to do Pilates at home.

  Five Top tips to do pilates at home!  Life can get stressful at times throughout the year, Christmas, school holidays and work!  What’s the first thing that gets left behind when this happens? Usually your exercise routine and your time! We all know that doing regularly exercise helps to reduce the risk of heart…

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Christmas gift guide for Pilates small equipment

It’s that’s time of year again, Christmas!  So what do you get for the person who loves pilates? Well this Christmas guide will  give you some ideas to some of the small equipment that we use in a Pilates Mat work class.  All of the equipment is portable and not expensive. So which bit of equipment…

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What to eat before or after your pilates workout

Pilates Classes tend to be in the evenings to fit in with peoples working lives. But people still struggle, getting home from work, school or all the evenings clubs that our kids go to!! So getting to class and eating before you do can be a challenge. My clients find they don’t eat till after…

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Reasons People don’t exercise!

What is exercise? Exercise – activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness. “exercise improves your heart and lung power” synonyms: physical activity, movement, exertion, effort, work; We know the benefits of exercise, don’t we? With so much in the media and the brilliant “how to stay young “documentary on…

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andrew Tom cyling

Not the Tour De France!

A family cycle What is the phone call that you dread the most……but you hopefully never receive? Yes the one telling you someone in your family has had a bad accident! Having only dealt with major accidents at work I never gave it a second thought how I’d react! Well this summer, on a Thursday…

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Do one thing every day that scares you!

Have you ever had an idea but talked yourself out if it? Sometimes it just keeps coming back at you in different guises! For the last 16 years I have built up my Pilates business teaching classes around my local area! Teaching classes to try to fit in with when people have their free time,…

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