Vintage Pilates: Why Age is No Barrier to Pilates

Age is no barrier to Pilates. It’s one of the lovely things about it. Pilates is fully inclusive. I’ve had participants from 8 to 80+ (younger if you count the odd 8 week old who attends with mummy in my post natal classes). BUT … for a while now I’ve…

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Why Does Pilates Make Me Fart? And How Not To.

It’s the dread of many attending their first Pilates class: Will I fart? Occasionally, even the most well bred and polite ladies accidentally let one go during the roll up. With 12 years of experience in front of a Pilates class, I’m here to de-mystify gas expulsions once and for all.…

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10 ways to shape up after the summer holidays

So you’ve survived six weeks (or more) of no school. You’ve possibly even enjoyed having the little nippers around. But when the kids go back to school, or sometimes even before, it’s not uncommon to notice a thicker waist-line, altered eating habits and a lack of motivation to move. Perhaps…

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Is Life as a Pilates Instructor Any Good?

14 years ago I handed over my IBM laptop and accompanying padded PwC Consulting bag, ethernet cable and a generous salary for a voluntary redundancy package. I was 25. Disillusioned by the corporate world. I didn’t see my future in what I was doing and I’ve always had a need…

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5 Ways to Improve Your Pilates Practice

If you’ve been attending Pilates classes for a while, you’ll know your Pilates practice is always a work in progress. So whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned Pilates-ista here are 5 simple ways you can shake up your Pilates practice. 1.Be More Present Blah de blah – buzzword –…

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How to Make Fitness Inclusive, Fun and Empowering

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. When I first started my career in fitness, it was by accident. I took a year out to just ‘be’ and do some stuff I’d always wanted to do. Being active was a passion but I had never envisaged doing…

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10 Tips for a Happy Pregnancy

I’ve been a pregnancy and post natal Pilates and exercise expert for close to 12 years. Throughout this time I’ve trained women privately and in groups. I’ve coached group prenatal fitness but mainly prenatal Pilates. I’ve seen nearly 500 pregnancies, fairly up close and personal (as well has two of…

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Online Circuits

As you know, here at Fit School central we’re busily creating the first of our online fitness packages, Pilates Online. Now of course, we have a bank holiday coming up and sometimes, circumstances conspire to mean you just can’t get to class. So here’s a Pilates circuit for you to try…

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Diastasis recti or abdominal separation. Can we fix it?

What is it? Diastasis recti (DR) is the medical way of saying abdominal separation. During pregnancy the line down the middle of your abdominals (the linea alba) will stretch to accommodate your growing uterus and baby. It often occurs to some degree during pregnancy but DR usually refers to abdominals…

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Why most of your Post Natal Pilates can happen outside of your class.

CONNECT and HEAVY TAIL. Connect your ribs to your hip. Or, if I’m being pedantic, your bottom rib to your iliac crest – the bony bit at the top of your pelvis which feels like a hip bone. AND feel like your tailbone is heavy. Feel like you are opening…

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