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Core Pilates: Top 8 errors when doing core exercises

There are SO many different ways to work your core!  As the fitness industry has grown exponentially in recent years, there is now so much choice, opinion, and advice! This also leads to so many mistakes being made. Perform your core exercises with precise technique...

Clam exercise- Why it doesn’t always work

The pilates exercise the "clam" is a hugely popular exercise. It is used in pilates and fitness classes, on gym floors, and for rehabilitation. Yes, I use it all the time too both for work and my personal practise. But is using the clam always the answer? There are...

Society- why do we feel the need to please?

I have never been one for considering what society or other people think too much throughout life; I mean we all care at some stage but I have never let it bother me to the point it has strongly influenced my decisions. In fact, I usually always know what I want and...

Pilates Breathing- Why it is so important!

How often do you think about how you breathe? I’m guessing not very often! Becoming familiar with your natural breathing pattern can have a positive effect on your mental health, emotions, reactions to stress and anxiety, and muscular tensions. Breathing more...

My Fitness During Pregnancy

For as long as I can remember fitness has been a huge part of my life. I did every sport imaginable when I was young, worked in gyms, and then became a physio and pilates teacher. Fitness isn't a chore to me it is a way of life. I love feeling strong and healthy and...

Pilates OR Cardio?

A very good question asked by many who prefer one discipline over the other, or those who are time restricted in how many workouts they can do! Does your week have time for both pilates and cardio? Or more importantly, should we be doing both? This is something I have...

Pilates for Low Back Pain

Pilates is one of the best forms of treatment for back pain! Why it is effective may be less clear so here we explain why pilates could work for you.  Firstly, we use our backs for almost every single task in daily life therefore it is inevitable that we will...

Pilates for Marathon Runners

Running is one of the most popular sports, it's easy to get involved with, requires little equipment or planning and is an excellent cardiovascular workout! For those who are regularly clocking up the miles, the repetitive nature of running can lead to numerous...

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