Pilates and Box – a- lates

What?

A box of what?

OK I’m officially laughing. Not a box of anything. Have I introduced myself? Yes I may have told you I write, I’m an animal lover, I’m a salad lover, but I am also a Pilates instructor. That’s my real job. How I earn my bread and butter, it buys my salad ingredients and it pays my bills.

I can already hear some of you saying a what?

So What Is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on core strength. This helps to improve general fitness and overall well-being.

Similar to Yoga, Pilates concentrates on posture, balance and flexibility. In Pilates the chance of injury is much lower than with other more strenuous forms of exercise.

Pilates also focuses on the mind-body connection. While doing the various exercises your mind needs to be constantly aware of your breathing and the way your body moves.

I run a studio in my home town, please visit, first class free. Yoga, functional training, teacher training, personal training are all intertwined into this boutique studio. We run group classes, small group specialized sessions, personal or one on one training.

Within this little studio, I specialize. I specialize in women over 40 health and fitness, I am also an expert at designing my own specialist classes. I run a unique blend of pilates based classes.

Pilates / Yoga Fusion

HIIT Pilates (high intensity interval training / pilates)

Cardio Pilates ( cardio exercise such as jogging, walking, rowing, indoor cycling boxing, intervals with pilates exercises )

321 UGI Ball pilates ( 3 minutes Ugi ball exercise, 2 minutes resistance exercises , 1 minute of core exercise

Drum roll

Box -a – lates a combination of boxing circuits with pilates circuits. ( see pics of the fun my students had today)

This one is worth giving a go.

Exercise or physical activity can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing diseases like diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. It can have immediate and long-term health benefits more importantly it can improve your quality of life. 30 minutes a day can allow you to enjoy all of these benefits.

Some of the benefits of regular physical activity may be:

Reduce your risk of heart attack or disease

Manage your weight. Look better, feel better, more confidence

Lower your blood cholesterol levels

Lower your risk of diabetes

Can lower your blood pressure

Can help increase the strength of your bones muscles and joints therefore lowering the risk of osteoporosis

Lower your risk of falls

You recover better from injury or illness

You feel better, you have more energy, you are in a better mood, you are more relaxed and you sleep better.

Exercise can help with depression

It provides increased social contact if in a club or a group setting steps. Don’t be put off by feeling compelled to have to complete 10,000 steps or do 30 minutes of exercise. Start with 1000 steps start with five minutes of exercise. Build up. Little steps. This is the reason I’ve chose to specialize in women’s fitness over 40. You can get stronger, you can feel invigorated, you can be totally awesome. Let’s not grow old let’s be awesome.

Everyone in these photos are 50 and above With the exception of one 23-year-old to 47-year-old and a 49-year-old. My crew are awesome.

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