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Confessions of a pilates teacher

My pupils are regularly asking me what my workout routines are like, how much do I exercise, do I do more than Pilates, what do I get up to? So I thought I'd take this holiday Sunday morning to do a personal blog post and fill you all in! 1. Pilates- I love it! I...

Complete Bridge workout!

Shoulder bridging is a multi-benefiting exercise that targets the gluteals (buttocks), hamstrings and the core. This video shows you some challenging variations! It is also fantastic for general strengthening to the whole leg when you add in single leg variations and...

Quick upper body & core Pilates workout!

I've just spent a great long weekend indulging in the festive markets (and the food that goes with them!) in the relaxing city of Copenhagen! But where there comes all the great indulgence with a holiday, there needs to be the balance with getting a workout in!...

Christmas gift guide!

It's the last weekend of November so we can officially get excited about Christmas! I've pulled together a few Pilates and Fitness inspired gifts for those who are exercise minded (or for yourself if you can't resist!). The first one is a personal favourite of mine...

10 minute Intense Core workout! (FREE!)

Stuck for time? Here is a very quick, but intense workout to work your core to the limits in less than 10 minutes! It keeps you focused and works on core strength, control AND endurance all within the timeframe! The exercises run quickly from one to the next to keep...

The 5 Pilates challenge!

It's nearly Friday again! Do you find it hard to keep motivated over the weekend? I've made it really simple for you- here are 5 Pilates exercises to try!  It's that simple! 10 minutes and a well exercised body covering core, glutes and upper body! Can you do this...

What’s the point in planks?

Everybody knows about planks and planking, so today I wanted to take it right back to basics and discuss one of the simplest exercises in a bit more detail. The most common response when asked "what do planks work?" is simply "the core". YES! They are brilliant for...

A weekend retreat

This weekend I hosted my very first Pilates Retreat Day. A day to getaway, relax, focus, and practise Pilates. Something I have always wanted to attend myself but have never found, so I created my own! I feel so lucky to call this my "work"; the whole process from the...

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