Classical… Equipment… Mat… What’s it all about?

Classical Pilates, simply, is the exact method discovered by Joseph Pilates. Our Classical Pilates studio teaches this truly beneficial and proven method using apparatus that is as close to Pilates’ actual equipment as possible. EPL and many of the Pilates studios/instructors out there trust that Mr. Pilates, a true genius, designed his apparatus with great thought; from the width of …

Pilates and Arthritis

Many of us will know someone who has suffered/is suffering from arthritis, perhaps you are developing the disease or suffering yourself. Arthritis is a very common and potentially debilitating disease where your joints become painful, inflamed, and stiff due to lack of nutrients and fluid around the joints; it has become the nations primary cause of disability. However, this outcome is not inevitable if you take the right …

Pilates… It’s not just a celeb fad

Not just another celebrity fad… The amount of celebs that stay in shape through Pilates is endless! From our Hollywood starlets Liz Hurley, Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna to the legendary John Cleese and Ian McKellen. Pilates is a no brainer to celebs in the spotlight. Reach your ultimate celeb body goals with the core challenging workouts in Pilates, watch your transformation to …

Criss Cross…

The Criss Cross is one of the most ‘crossed’ over exercises in Pilates (please excuse the pun). We see lots of fitness instructors/classes/people using this exercise in their training regimes… Who can blame them, its a super effective abdominal and oblique toning exercise! The lift and twisting action works the obliques and the core and it’s this combination that helps towards perfecting alignment/posture, …

Pilates For Tennis…

The Marathons have finished, the football season has ended, the summer has begun and so have a few more sports seasons such as Tennis; a sport that many more Brits have grown to love in the recent years thanks to our very own Andy Murray stealing titles left right and centre! GO ON ANDY! Just like any other sport, tennis takes its own …

Straight Legs?!

Before we move on to the next exercise in the repertoire in our in depth how to’s, ‘Single Straight Leg’ (more commonly known as ‘Scissors’), let’s talk about the importance and benefits of keeping straight (and lifted) legs in our exercises. We come across lifted straight legs for many different Pilates exercises, whether they are extended out to a high/low …

Single Leg Stretch

Firstly, the name of the exercise ‘Single Leg Stretch’ indicates that we will be stretching parts of our body, however you should definitely know by now that this does not mean we forget about our abdominal connection! The movement for the Single leg stretch is all about directing from your centre/mid line; it trains the abs to initiate this movement. Just …

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 …

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 …