This week’s blog is all about Pilates! I’m sure a lot of you know what Pilates is, but there are still many misconceptions about Pilates. So, I’m going to give you a bit more information about it and what to expect in a class. Let’s start at the beginning. Joseph Pilates created the Pilates exercise,

Moving Cities

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 by

In April, I made the move to Glasgow from London. Why? For a man! My life up until now hasn’t been what I planned, but I guess the universe has its own ways to put you on the right track, and I couldn’t be happier with where I am now. In 2014, I decided to

Quite often I have clients in class and privately who have some kind of issue with their body. These issues are usually a back injury, neck or knee pain. I have clients who see an osteopath, physiotherapist or a chiropractor as well as coming to Pilates classes, but some choose between the two. I want

Exercise of the Week: Side Lying Oyster

Thursday, 04 August 2016 by

This week we have the side lying Oyster move. Lying on our, head on our arm or on a block, hips stacked on top of each other, knees bent. Breathing in to prepare, and as we breathe out we are engaging core muscles and opening the top leg to the ceiling, making sure the hips

The fifth and sixth in our principles is precision and flow. Precision follows on nicely from concentration as to get precise moves you must concentrate. This is one of the things that makes Pilates different from other exercises. The exercise might be the same as others but the way it is executed is different. Each instruction

Exercise of the Week: The Banana

Thursday, 21 July 2016 by

This week we have the Banana! This is similar to the Prone Superman and is a great progression. In the Prone Superman, we lifted single arm and opposite leg, in the Banana we lift both arms and both legs at the same time. Lying face down we breathe in to prepare, and as we breathe

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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

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

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