Keep rolling on!

There really is a method to Joseph Pilates’ mat madness, I promise! The classical Pilates repertoire was strategically ordered for many reasons, for example to aid the flow of movement and to introduce stretching/massaging exercises where they are needed. Rolling Like A Ball is introduced as an exercise to massage the spine and stretch out the back, whilst of course still engaging the …

Stability

You might find your Pilates instructors telling you to engage, anchor, plug, connect, stabilise, and do all sorts with your shoulder blades… and most of you might be thinking – HUH!? HOW!? WHAT!? WHY!? The shoulder blades (technically known as scapula) are a very unique part of your biomechanics, as they don’t have an attachment point! The scapula lie on your back …

More of a balance…

One leg circle is one of the best pilates exercises for testing your core strength. The abs need to work hard to keep the shoulders and pelvis stable, despite the movement of the leg in the hip socket. One leg circle also tones and stretches the thighs. This is a focus exercise meaning, work the abdominals while keeping the Pilates principles of centering, …

Roll up! Roll up!

Next on the list in our classical Pilates repertoire, to follow The Hundred (hardCORE warm up), is ‘The Full Roll Up’ (or Half Roll Down for beginner mat). This exercise is designed to strengthen the abdominals through a full range of movement and also stretch the lower back. It seems like it would be an easy exercise, however, for many individuals they …

Be-Fit!

The EPL girls were super busy bees yesterday at Be-Fit London, making lots of purchases and getting to know some of the new health and fitness brands that are out there today! Walking up towards the entrance of Angel’s Business Design Centre, we knew we were in the right place as beautifully sculpted bodies were casually stood in their brightest, most …

Pilates and your hips!

After learning a bit about how core stability can help with many benefits to the body, from the last of our blog posts, today we focus on how a strong core can improve pelvic posture thus enabling the pelvis to act as a solid, stable and efficient foundation for your trunk above, and hips below. The hips are one of the largest …

The Hundred

In accordance to the previous post, a great exercise to combine core work and breathing technique is The Hundred. This exercise is usually introduced at the beginning of a workout to help warm the body up as it really engages the abdominals and uses the breath to pump the oxygenated blood around the body, ready for the rest of the session! The Hundred builds core …

The ‘Core’ Foundations…

Now that all the Marathon palaver is over, some of you might be thinking about signing up for the next one, some of you will be focusing on rest and recovery, and some of you will be thinking about your summer body… Whatever your goal is, let’s start with building your foundations! Most people, including runners, aren’t aware of the importance …