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 …

Heating up!

We have experienced a couple of heat waves this summer and are still enjoying the sunshine and warmth. Some people find Pilates and other exercise very beneficial in the winter months, as their drive to exercise can be more to do with warming up the body up, away from the cold outdoors, and hopefully the bonus of some body changes. …

Festival Fever

We kicked off our summer of Festivals with Glasto last weekend, so before we experience the full festival fever let’s get ourselves prepared with some easy workouts to take with us – you don’t even have to leave your tent! I don’t know about you but I know my festival weekends come with some after-guilt… it’s just so hard to resist the …

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, …

Opposition is key

Double Leg Stretch is your ultimate opposition exercise. Why is this good? Opposition is the stretching/working of some muscles often extending in the opposite direction to other muscles/parts of your body; this creates length, lean muscles, prevents injury as the muscles are warm and stretched, reduces DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) you might have from other training, and so on. …

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 …

The ‘C Curve’

What is the ‘C Curve’? Such a simple question, yet so many confused minds! So let’s clarify once and for all how, why, what, and when we have to create this strangely complicated ‘C Curve’ with our bodies! In a nut shell, the curve is a movement of the spine that engages & strengthens the deepest abdominals, while opening the back …

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 …