The fourth principle of Pilates is concentration. When we are doing a Pilates exercise it is essential we give our full attention (concentration) to the exercise. There are many things to think about when doing a Pilates exercise to perform the exercises as correctly as your body allows; breathing, engaging core muscles, engaging the other

Today’s video is the Shoulder Bridge with Straight Leg. We lift the spine into a shoulder bridge. Keeping the hips level, the core and glutes engaged, we lift one leg straight to the ceiling. Flex the foot, breathe in and lower the leg to the height of the opposite knee. On the out breathe, flex

What’s stopping you?

Monday, 11 July 2016 by

I’ve been working on a workshop idea for a while and I keep coming up with blocks. I have an idea for the workshop but when it comes to planning I either procrastinate or find something else to do or get distracted by other people, any reason to stop me working on it. At first

Exercise of the Week: Criss Cross

Thursday, 07 July 2016 by

This week we are looking at the Criss Cross. This exercise is similar to the Single Leg Stretch but we’ve added the rotation in the upper body. We breathe out as we turn the upper body to the bent knee and the leg only goes as low as possible while maintaining an imprinted back (lower

The Arbonne Charitable Foundation

Monday, 04 July 2016 by

This week I wanted to blog on the Arbonne Charitable Foundation as that is the charity we were raising money for with our Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge. The Arbonne Charitable Foundation’s mission is to provide support for programmes and opportunities that promote the development of confidence and self-esteem in teenage girls and boys. They work with

Exercise of the Week: Prone Superman

Thursday, 30 June 2016 by

This week we have the prone superman. In this exercise, while lying face down we lift opposite arm and leg off the ground at the same time. The core muscles are engaged throughout the exercise. Breathe out as you lift and breathe in as you lower the arm and leg. The pelvis stays neutral and

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Monday, 27 June 2016 by

Last weekend, Saturday 18th June I completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge with 7 friends. We climbed Yorkshire Dales’ 3 highest peaks; Pen Y Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. We ascended 1381m (4531ft) and covered 23 miles. This was the hardest challenge I’ve done physically ever. We were walking continuously for 12.5 hours with our longest

Stretches for Walkers, Part 2

Monday, 20 June 2016 by

Two days ago I completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge,23 miles in 12 hours ascending ….. m. It was the toughest challenge I’ve done physically. In my next blog I’ll talk more about it,  but this week I want to continue with the stretches to do after a long walk. Below are pictures of the

This week we are looking at the Bicycle on forearm. It is important to make sure the waist doesn’t dip and you aren’t falling into your shoulder. Engage core muscles to keep your spine in alignment. Keeping the top leg engaged, circle it forward, straighten and take it back to bend and repeat. The movement

Stretches for Walkers

Monday, 13 June 2016 by

Yesterday I went on a 11 mile walk to practise for my 3 peaks challenge next week. It is really important to stretch after a long walk like this, especially if you have gone up and down hills. In this blog, we are going to look at some of the stretches suitable after walking. 1: