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, …

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 …

Double Straight Leg…

Before we continue to practice what we preached in our last post, keeping our legs straight and extended, here’s a kind reminder if you are learning Pilates from our posts that this can cary some risks if you haven’t trained at a studio before. In addition to reading these notes you should attend some certified mat Pilates sessions; this will help …

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 …

A ‘step’ in the right direction

After a weekend filled with brilliant sunshine and copious flip-flop, healed/flat sandal, or unsupportive espadrille wearing, many of you may need to think about some TLC for your feet! We tend to forget about looking after such small (or big) parts of our body, our feet; even though they never stop working and are vital to a healthy & happy …

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 …