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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - What Is Pilates?

    What Is Pilates?

    You mention the word pilates these days and most people at the very least would have heard of it. It’s hard to believe that although it’s a widely accepted form of exercise now, when Pilates Plus opened in 2009, it was a still on the fringe of mainstream fitness options and a big mystery to a lot of people. With the explosion of pilates industry in the past few years, there has also been a big expansion in how you can experience pilates and we now have a bit of a misconception out there that by participating in a class with the word pilates in it, that you are “doing pilates”. Classical pilates, contemporary pilates, authentic pilates, mat pilates, reformer ....

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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - 2 Tips For A Healthy Spine

    2 Tips For A Healthy Spine

    Everybody wants one! A strong, healthy upright, flexible spine, no humpy bent over posture, no pain or stiffness. But are you prepared to do what’s required to have a healthy spine? Most people would say yes, but most people don’t do these two things on a daily basis. Let’s use the analogy of your body being like a car that requires a certain amount of maintenance to keep on performing at it’s best. You need to put fuel in it, check the water and oil and get it serviced regularly and drive it, because a car that isn’t used will develop problems. With your body, you feed it nutrients, hydrate, stay on top of your health checks and keep it moving, ....

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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - What Is Strength?

    What Is Strength?


    Have you ever thought about what strength is and how you get it? The Joseph Pilates definition of strength, is having a uniformly developed body with every single muscle strong and functioning to it’s maximum capacity and working in synergy. These days we call this functional strength. When you have functional strength, there are no limitations or restrictions to your movement and you can perform daily tasks easily and efficiently. It’s the natural, normal state your body should be in!And this is what the Pilates method of exercise is designed to do. Unfortunately, these days, we have come to think of having functional strength as the exception rather than ....

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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - How To Practice Pilates At Home

    How To Practice Pilates At Home

    It’s one of the most common questions you get asked as a Pilates instructor. What Pilates exercises can I do at home? And that’s great to be so motivated that you want to practice Pilates at home, but there’s one big issue that keeps on presenting itself and prevents people from doing any personal Pilates practice at home. People!!! I’ve been working with people’s health and fitness for many decades and have seen people be successful in achieving lifetime fitness and health and many people who don’t. The people who do succeed, have an open mindset about what they need to do to get results and make changes in their daily habits, then take action ....

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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - 10 Tips to Age Healthy & Fit

    10 Tips to Age Healthy & Fit

    Most people DON’T want to end up incapacitated with a poor quality of life when they are “older”. You have the power to decide how you want to age. Check out these 10 tips and don’t just read them…do them! As the great man, Joseph Pilates said… “We retire too early and we die too young. Our prime of life should be in the 70’s and old age should not come until we are almost 100.” 10. Take inventory of your habits and write down everything you do over the course of a few days, or even a week. How many of your habits contribute to your health and wellness and how many are destroying your health and wellness? Get real ....

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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - Why You Need HIIT

    Why You Need HIIT

    You’ve probably heard of the term High Intensity Interval Training(HIIT). It’s talked about a lot in the media and quite often gets touted as the best and fastest “fat burning” workout around. I thought it might be a good idea to clear up a few misconceptions about what interval training is and how it applies to Pilates. Let’s start with what interval training actually is. Firstly, we need to establish what the definition of fitness is. Unfortunately, this is not a simple thing to define. There are many components involved in fitness…strength, cardio vascular fitness, flexibility, mobility etc. Each individual person will have ....

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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - What is Pilates Strength?

    What is Pilates Strength?

    So it appears that the message is finally getting out there that Pilates isn’t just about stretching and lying on the floor. In fact, Sylvester Stallone, the original tough guy himself is regularly seen posting his Pilates workouts on social media! Take a look at Joseph! He was so proud of his body! Not so much from an ego perspective, but that he had a perfectly balanced and developed body to provide an example for the rest of humanity to follow. He really was very ambitious!!! Getting your body muscled up the Pilates way will give you toned muscles that are more defined, as well as getting stronger and more capable. There are a few fundamental differences between ....

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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - 5 Reasons Why Losing Weight Will Improve Your Core & Posture

    5 Reasons Why Losing Weight Will Improve Your Core & Posture

    As we come in to the peak “weight gaining” season, I thought it would be timely to talk about the effects of being even just a few kilos overweight can have on your spine, posture and core strength. So below you’ll find a list of 5 reasons why losing weight will not only make you look and feel better, but create a body that is capable of performing day to day tasks with ease, and also capable of supporting and preserving joint health…including the spine. When you read through them, see how many reasons you can relate to. Then make a conscious decision to take action and make 2019 the year you do all you can to support and nurture your body…after ....

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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - Are Your Knees Fit To Hike?

    Are Your Knees Fit To Hike?

    So many people these days are choosing to have active holidays. And the popularity of hikes and treks is growing, it’s a great way to travel and see the world. Preparing for a big hike/trek usually includes a fitness program of some sort and yes, it definitely should include lots of walking. But walking alone won’t prepare your body for the ups and downs you’ll potentially encounter. Strength, flexibility and balance should be the foundation of a hiker’s fitness program. And of course, this is what Pilates provides! Now the biggest issue with hiking and your knees isn’t the uphill climbs, but the downhill descents. When you climb a hill, ....

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  • Semi Private Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus Fitness Studio - Fascia & The Ageing Knee

    Fascia & The Ageing Knee

    Everybody knows what a muscle and a bone is. Traditionally this is called the musculoskeletal system. But right now, there is a new ground breaking way of looking at the anatomy of the body, how we move, why we get injured, how to fix injuries and how we age. It all comes down to something called FASCIA, or the neuromyofascial system. In fact, there is a documentary about to be released called The Secret Life of Fascia (see the trailer below)…I can not wait to see it! I know this all sounds very technical and hopefully you haven’t mentally switched off, because the implications of learning about this system for your own health and wellbeing are huge!! You ....

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