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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - The Mindset of an Injury

    The Mindset of an Injury

    If you have ever had the misfortune to experience an acute injury, whether it's in the spine, shoulder, knee, foot...or anywhere in the body, you will know that it's not just your body that needs treatment and rehabilitation, it's your mind as well. NOBODY wants an injury! Apart from the pain, which can be debilitating and not much fun at all, it can stop you in your tracks and all of a sudden your normal daily life is either put on hold or becomes a hundred times harder as you battle pain. As a veteran of many injuries myself over the years and working with hundreds of injured clients over the years, your mental approach to the injury is an indication of how long it will take ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Do You "Slouch"?

    Do You "Slouch"?

    Stop Slouching!!! Stand up straight!!! Pull your shoulders back!!! Have you heard this before? Maybe you were the person saying it to somebody else or you were told this by a very well meaning friend or family member. Having worked with hundreds of people over the years, I find posture immensely fascinating. A basic definition of posture is…the position someone hold their body when sitting or standing. This is a very easy definition to understand, but if you were the person on the receiving end of one of the above instructions, it probably didn’t make you feel that good about yourself. In fact, many people refer to their posture as “bad” as if they ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Are You Fit Enough To Sit At A Desk?

    Are You Fit Enough To Sit At A Desk?

    How’s your desk fitness? Yes, desk fitness! Do you have any idea how hard your body has to work to stay upright in a seated position…very! Now we’re not talking about your run a marathon, bench press 100’s kgs, do tuff mudder type fitness, this is postural fitness . There are a couple of ways that you can test your desk fitness. One is to sit with your feet on the floor pointing directly forward and your spine not resting backwards at all. Firstly, can you do this without any discomfort in your body and secondly, how long can you do it for without any aches or pains? If your body has postural strength, length and balance, this shouldn’t present ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Pilates...Much More Than Just a Six Pack of Abs

    Pilates...Much More Than Just a Six Pack of Abs

    So what do you know about Pilates? Maybe you’ve been “doing” it for a while, or have heard of it and know that it’s good for core strength and helps back pain and think of it as an exercise method, which it is. But it is in fact much more than just exercises…more about that in a little while. First let’s look at Pilates as it is today. It has literally exploded in the past 5-10 years and has become an accepted, mainstream form of exercise, which is awesome to see. You can “do” pilates in a wide variety of ways. Group reformer classes, mat classes, studio pilates, clinical pilates, gym pilates, pre and ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Put Your Best Foot Forward

    Put Your Best Foot Forward

    Did you forget about your feet in winter?
    With the warmer weather now upon us, most people’s feet get freed from the constraints of closed in shoes and they start to get some attention. Even if you pay attention to your feet all year round, do you actually have a program in place to keep your feet fit and healthy? As with any area of fitness, health and wellness, being proactive and not reactive is always going to be a winner as far as your body goes. But unfortunately, when most people think about health and fitness…it usually doesn’t involve the feet, unless you are practicing Pilates of course! It’s not until there is a problem, that the ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - The Truth About "New Years Resolutions"

    The Truth About "New Years Resolutions"

    After working in the health and fitness industry for well over 30 years (yes, I started when I was 5 years old) , I can guarantee you that setting a new year’s resolution is one of the biggest mistakes you can make if you really want to improve your health, fitness and wellness. What you really need to do is determine how you want your health, fitness and wellness to be not just in the next year, but for the rest of your life! And the key to achieving your optimum health, fitness and wellness comes down to how much value you put on it, making lifestyles choices and changes and taking a big picture, lifetime approach…not just a “new year” approach. ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Most People DO NOT Want Health And Fitness

    Most People DO NOT Want Health And Fitness

    I’ve spoken to literally hundreds of people over the past 30 years about what it was they wanted to achieve with their health and fitness and I can tell you that it wasn’t health and fitness! Let me explain… Over the decades, our approach to health and fitness has gone through some dramatic transformations. In the 1970’s and 80’s we all wanted to cardio ourselves to death to achieve a thin body, and nearly every person was on some crazy new diet. It was all about weight loss no matter how detrimental it was to your overall health and well-being. So we live and learn and here we are heading towards 2020 and our approach to health and ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Are You Too Busy To Take Care Of Your Body?

    Are You Too Busy To Take Care Of Your Body?

    It’s around this time of the year where a few things start to happen…and they happen EVERY year. People get busy and tired! With all the extra Xmas activities that get added in to an already busy life, something has to give, and it’s usually training sessions that get ditched. And tired busy people get stressed! Being stressed really isn’t much fun and has a detrimental effect on your body, creating tight, tense muscles. So already there are two things happening that are making your body feel neglected. No training and stress! Then what gets added on top of that is a dramatic drop in the QUALITY of food that gets eaten and a dramatic increase in the ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - 5 Actions To Take For Healthy Knees

    5 Actions To Take For Healthy Knees

    How healthy are your knees? And how do you know what a healthy knee should look and feel like? So many people have issues and pain with their knees these days, it’s almost accepted that as you get older…your knees “will go”! But the knee joint, like all the other joints in your body, if looked after over the course of a lifetime, should last a lifetime. Now there are a lot of reasons for knee pain. It could be due to traumatic injury, like we see with football players. It could be degeneration, or osteo arthritis of the knee joint or some other issue/injury or it could be due to the fact that the 5 actions below have never been done. The ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Do You Make This Mistake?

    Do You Make This Mistake?

    I was watching the trailer for the Usain Bolt Documentary… I Am Bolt . What an inspiration, even if you don’t want to be the fastest person in the world…or even around the block :) Now, what you get from this little video is that he does not always enjoy training…in fact I’m sure there would be days where he just did not want to do it and struggled to get there at all. It made me realise that there are a lot of people trying to get fit, who have a misconception about people who are fit. They think that fit people are motivated ALL THE TIME! And I can tell you from very personal experience that they are not! The internal motivation battle ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Why Pilates Is The Future Of Sports Performance

    Why Pilates Is The Future Of Sports Performance

    When I first started in the fitness industry one or two years ago(lol), the term core strength didn’t exist. Way back in the 1980’s it was all about cardio/aerobic fitness. We were all jumping up and down in aerobics classes, running or who remembers “power walking”! Having personally been involved in the evolution of the health and fitness industry over the past few decades, I’ve seen how our approach and idea of not only what fitness is, but also how we go about achieving it tends to be a reactive process. Here’s how it works… In the 1980’s every second person had “shin splints”! This was a result of all of that ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Why Pilates Is The Future Of Fitness

    Why Pilates Is The Future Of Fitness

    When I first started in the fitness industry one or two years ago(lol), the term core strength didn’t exist. Way back in the 1980’s it was all about cardio/aerobic fitness. We were all jumping up and down in aerobics classes, running or who remembers “power walking”! Having personally been involved in the evolution of the health and fitness industry over the past few decades, I’ve seen how our approach and idea of not only what fitness is, but also how we go about achieving it tends to be a reactive process. Here’s how it works… In the 1980’s every second person had “shin splints”! This was a result of all of that ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - What Is Flexibility?

    What Is Flexibility?

    Everybody assumes that you do some stretching and your flexibility will get better, right? Well not really. Before I explain…not every person has a tight, stiff body. Some people are born with a natural flexibility and their body doesn’t need a lot of stretching. What they do need is strengthening. One of the Pilates principles is to develop long, strong muscles that can perform and have strength at the end range of any movement. There’s no point in having a great range of movement in your golf swing if it doesn’t have any power! What a lot of people miss when trying to get flexible is that it’s just like any other type of physical training. ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Improve Your Mental Game With Pilates

    Improve Your Mental Game With Pilates

    Did you know that the exercise method known today as Pilates was originally called CONTROLOGY by Joseph Pilates who created it? He describes it as complete co-ordination of mind, body and spirit and is the conscious control
    of all muscular movements in the body! So how much awareness do you have of your body and how it’s moving when you’re playing golf? How connected are your mind and body? Do you control your body or does it just “do” movements on its own? Now this does not refer to you thinking about all the technical aspects of your golf swing. What we are talking about is your ability to know how to use your body in an efficient and effective way. ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Why Pilates Stops The Clock

    Why Pilates Stops The Clock

    Take a really good look at this picture of Joseph Pilates. Yes, it’s a grainy old photo of a man in funny undies, but it is quite a remarkable image.
    Why? Well the first photo of “younger” Joe is when he was 57 years old, and the older one is of Joe 25 years later…standing in the snow (which is all about his philosophy on being outdoors). Now take a moment to think of your current age. Do you believe that it’s possible to still attain peak physical condition in 25 years’ time? The BIGGEST reason that Joe was able to maintain his peak condition well in to his twilight years is…the health of his spine. “If your ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Pilates And The Ageing Body

    Pilates And The Ageing Body

    Be Inspired By Grandmother of 7 Julie

    It’s going to happen to everyone and there is nothing that you can do to prevent it! Getting older!!! But what you can do is still be in peak physical condition…no matter how old you are, just like Joseph Pilates in the picture below at the ripe old age of 82! Gone are the day of dragging out the “it’s just age” excuse every time you find it challenging to stay on track with your health and fitness. We have clients who are well in to their 70’s who are kicking butt! Although Julie hasn’t quite hit the 70 mark, still being a spring chicken at 66 years old, she has transformed from ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Kyani Wellness...Feeding The World

    Kyani Wellness...Feeding The World

    So it was just a little while ago I was contacted by an old work colleague about a new wellness product that she was involved in and would I be interested in becoming involved also? I have to say that I was skeptical. With over 30 years in the fitness industry, I’ve seen it all and had rejected most wellness products or “weight loss” products for many reasons, but the main one being that they were replacing or trying to replicate good nutrition…trying to give you an “easy” way to good health. The only road to good health is to eat healthy food, drink water, exercise in some way every day, get good quality sleep and manage stress. But… I had been researching ways that ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - How's Your Mobility?

    How's Your Mobility?

    Being a Pilates studio, we get quite a few people coming to us to try to get a more flexible, mobile body. They have googled stretches to do and maybe do them for a few weeks, then life gets busy and they forget about stretching, and it didn’t really make much difference anyway. Then something happens, an injury, or the build-up of daily pain and discomfort becomes too much and they decide to take action again…Pilates is good for stretching right? Well yes, but getting a mobile flexible body is much more than just stretching. Firstly, there is a difference between flexibility and mobility. Mobility is about range of movement of your joints and your ability to have ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - How Is Your Golf Flexibility?

    How Is Your Golf Flexibility?


    How Is Your Golf Flexibility?

    Here at Pilates Plus, most of the people who come to us for help do so because of issues with flexibility and mobility…and core strength. Now you can’t have great core strength without flexibility and you can’t have great flexibility without great core strength! So doing a few stretches before you play golf might loosen your muscles off a bit, but they will inevitably tighten up again if you haven’t addressed the underlying core strength issues that are leading to a lack of mobility and flexibility. Now if you are a golfer, it would be easy to assume that to gain more flexibility you need to do a lot of work on your upper body and ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Why I Do What I Do

    Why I Do What I Do

    I have always had a huge drive to be fit and healthy for pretty much most of my life. Throughout my life, I have experienced how it feels to be supremely fit, incredibly unfit, healthy and unhealthy and they don’t all always get paired together in the way you would think. I have just always enjoyed being physically active and the feeling of having strength, and vitality to tackle daily life. It appears that this is something that both Joseph Pilates and I have in common. And also like Joseph, I believe that it is your right as a human being on this planet to have and enjoy fitness, health and wellness. Unfortunately the sad truth is that these days being fit and healthy is ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Do You Have Neck Tension?

    Do You Have Neck Tension?

    Just about every person that comes in to Pilates Plus has some form of neck tension or has at some stage in their life experienced it. It’s really easy to blame technology for neck tension, after all we all spend an enormous amount of our time these days with eyes focused firmly on either a phone or computer. Now neck tension is very different from having an actual neck injury or issue, which requires either treatment and/or specific Neck tension is the result of the following: STRESS!
    Stress is so ingrained in our day to day life, most of the time we aren’t even aware of how much tension we are holding in the body, especially in the neck and in the jaw. The ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - How Do You Get Out Of Bed?

    How Do You Get Out Of Bed?

    We all do this simple thing every day…get out of bed and some days it’s easier than others. So how do you get out of bed? Do you bound out of bed, full of energy and able to stand up without assistance or any aches and pains? Or is getting out of bed the first “obstacle” you’ll face in the day? After speaking to hundreds of people about their physical fitness and ability, I know that getting out of bed is a real issue for a lot of people. Nobody wants to start the day experiencing aches and pains…just from getting out of bed! If you can relate to this daily issue, then don’t despair…there is a way that you can be bounding out of bed each day. Here is a list of ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - How To Lunge Without Knee Pain

    How To Lunge Without Knee Pain

    The dreaded lunge! It’s an exercise that can be a real challenge for many people. Not only does it take a lot of energy to do, but if you don’t have the technique right, it can lead to knee pain and soreness. If you are someone who experiences knee pain with lunges, your probably asking yourself right now…why do I need to do lunges anyway? The short answer is that this movement not only creates strength in your lower body, but it also is a movement that you need to be capable of doing to be capable of doing every day activities like housework, gardening, walking upstairs, getting up off a chair, getting out of your car...you get the picture. So now you know that you ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - What's Your Postural Problem?

    What's Your Postural Problem?

    Do you think of your posture as being good or bad? Here at Pilates Plus, we don’t think of posture as being “good” or “bad”. Posture is not being anything…it just is! The word posture relates to the position that your body is in at any given time. Then we have a look at how aligned your posture is to the “ideal’ position for the body to be in to create great movement and not put stress or strain on any muscles or joints. So your posture is the result either having a balance of length and strength in all your muscles and joints…or not! We are all born with a postural “profile” which may be seen in other family members as well. Some postural profiles are very aligned to ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - How To Do The Perfect Plank, It Starts With Posture

    How To Do The Perfect Plank, It Starts With Posture

    The “Plank” is an exercise that gets used a lot in fitness programs and in Pilates as well, for a good reason. It’s a great exercise for total body strength, including the deep core muscles. Now, I’ve seen quite a lot of people attempting to do this exercise (hundreds!)…and most of them end up doing it incorrectly. Let me explain why. First of all, the purpose of doing any exercise is to improve the function of your body by making it stronger, longer, mobile, agile, fitter and healthier. You can not achieve all of the above if you have issues with your posture. Posture is the foundation or framework for your body and when your deep postural muscles aren’t working well, it ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Tense Shoulders? Try This

    Tense Shoulders? Try This

    Technology has changed our lives forever, unfortunately it’s changed our bodies as well! And not in a good way!! Sitting for hours each day at a computer screen has become the norm and for many people so has tight, sore, tense neck and shoulder muscles. Having tight, sore and tense muscles sucks! It makes you grumpy, tired and not able to move through your day to your fullest potential. Now technology is not going away, so developing your body to be capable of coping with the stress of a desk job is essential for your day to day quality of life, as well as your long term health! So how do you do that! The very first action you need to take is to get your posture ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Pilates Breathing For A Better Golf Game

    Pilates Breathing For A Better Golf Game

    Golf can be a pretty frustrating game at times! Have you noticed that the more frustrated you get, the worse you play? The worse you play, the more frustrated you become! When this happens, your body experiences the frustration as stress, anxiety and tension. And if there is one thing we know in the Pilates world, it’s that tension and stress do not create great movement. Try this little experiment and see what I mean. Tense all the muscles in your upper body and try your golf swing. Then let all the muscles relax and do it again…feel the difference. With tense muscles, there is no flow and there is a tendency to either hold your breath or “brace” and push your ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - 2 Tips For Awesome Abs

    2 Tips For Awesome Abs

    Every single person who comes to Pilates Plus wants stronger abs and core strength. I can tell you from personal experience that having strong, functional abs feels awesome!! Your entire body feels lighter, your spine is supported, flexible and able to do everyday tasks without pain! And, your belly is flatter, toned and has shape…always a good thing! Have you ever thought about why most people struggle to have strong abs? There are a few reasons. The first is knowledge! You wouldn’t expect someone who has never played tennis to be able to get on the court and to immediately hit aces. But when it comes to exercise, specifically ab work there is an assumption that ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Breathe To Get A Strong Core

    Breathe To Get A Strong Core

    You can not have a strong core without effective breathing! Really? Yes, really!!! Let me explain… There are six traditional movement principles that are the building blocks of Pilates. They are:
    Concentration
    Control
    Centering
    BREATHING
    Precision
    Flow Having a “strong core” isn’t just about strong abdominals…to read what core strength actually is CLICK HERE
    It is complete co-ordination of all the muscles in the body…including the breathing muscles. Now, Joseph Pilates had a firm belief about breathing and health, and how a lack of correct breathing contributed to illness and a lack of energy. So, as always with Pilates, the benefits of mastering the six ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Got a Spare 60 Seconds To Keep Your Back Healthy?

    Got a Spare 60 Seconds To Keep Your Back Healthy?

    So when was the last time you stretched? Do you only stretch when you have been exercising? Or, maybe you don’t even do that!Everybody knows that they “should” stretch, and stretching makes your body feel good, so why don’t people do it? So many issues and injuries could be either prevented or minimised with a daily stretch routine! We talk a lot about the importance of strength, and in Pilates in particular, core strength, but flexibility is so important to the health, function and longevity of the body. Stretching is a natural normal thing to do and animals do it all the time. They don’t spend hours at a time doing a stretch routine…they just stretch when their body needs ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Can't Do A Push Up? This Is Why

    Can't Do A Push Up? This Is Why

    The Push Up… It’s one of the best exercises you can do for many reasons. Joseph Pilates knew this and included The Push-Up as one of his original mat exercises that he wanted people to do at home. So why do so many people struggle to master this exercise? In a nutshell…core strength and gravity!!! Gravity is a huge force on our body and “pushes” us in to the ground, stopping us from floating away in to space. If we don’t actively work at counter acting this force, we start to experience changes in our posture and a kind of “compression” of the spine…I’m sure you’ve seen older people who have an appearance of “shrinking”. Pilates creates deep postural strength ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Two Daily Exercises To Avoid The Back Hump

    Two Daily Exercises To Avoid The Back Hump

    Every day at Pilates Plus we meet people young and old, fit and not so fit who have issues with their spines and posture. Many of these people complain of neck and upper back pain, tension or stiffness. The “sitting” lifestyle of today is a big challenge for our bodies and creates all sorts of imbalances and issues which, if left unattended, can lead to the appearance of the upper back hump. Joseph Pilates knew that… “I challenge any person to sit quietly and unmoving for one hour in any modern chair. The muscles become so cramped and numbed and eventually they are no longer sensitive to feeling. The position itself is a most unnatural one” Joseph Pilates 1934 Posture is ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Why 60 Is The New 40

    Why 60 Is The New 40

    Why 60 is the New 40 and how you can become a Super Senior
    Here’s the bottom line…everybody will get older and you are in fact, getting older right now as you read this article! But times have changed. Today the “older generation” are working longer, traveling more, involved with family child care and living active, productive lives. In other words, the quality of life for people in their 60’s, 70’s and beyond has improved dramatically. Let’s face it, nobody wants to end up incapacitated with a diminished life, living with pain and illness. See the three “super seniors” in the photo above? Pam, Blanche (both in their 70’s) and Christine (in her 60’s) have been ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Pilates is David's 'Secret' Weapon

    Pilates is David's 'Secret' Weapon

    You would think that there would be lots of different reasons that people start Pilates, but there is really just one. Ten out of ten people, start Pilates because they want a better quality of life…that is the ultimate “why”. And most people chose Pilates to do this, because they want to increase core strength and have a healthy pain free body…especially the lower back. If you have ever experienced aches and pains in your body, or had an acute injury, you know how much it impacts your ability to get the most out of your day. So this is David’s story of how he has increased his quality of life with Pilates… David’s is a fairly typical story, he is desk bound for the ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - 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 2016 the year you do all you can to support and nurture your body…after all you only have one and it needs ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - From Participant To Teacher, Micheles Story

    From Participant To Teacher, Micheles Story

    It has been one of those “six degrees of separation” experiences that has led to Michele becoming a Pilates Plus team member. Way back in my “aerobics” days...we are talking the late 1980’s, I used to teach classes at a gym in Prahran called Kicks.It was a very happening place, with lots of lycra and pumping aerobics classes of up to and sometimes over 100 people. And it just so happened that Michele was one of those people. She owned a business just under the gym and not only did she participate in my classes, but I used to frequent her beauty salon business. Then she sold the business, got married and moved to the USA...never to be seen again (or so I thought)! Fast forward ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Ride As One For Blood Cancer

    Ride As One For Blood Cancer



    It was over 7 years ago that I started to create a vision for Pilates Plus. And part of that vision was to develop the business to be capable of giving back to not only our clients, but the community in general. Sarah Wilkinson became a client at Pilates Plus over 5 years ago and it wasn’t long before her husband Neil also started his Pilates journey. Neil was a very keen endurance event participant, and started his Pilates journey to enable him to compete in endurance events injury free and to increase his performance. Sarah, Neil and Esme, their daughter have been part of the Pilates Plus community for quite some time. So it came as quite a shock to all of the team, and ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - 3 Pilates Moves For Better Golf Posture

    3 Pilates Moves For Better Golf Posture

    Golf posture and your set up position is one of the first things that a golf professional looks at when assessing your golf swing. They know that when you have good posture, your potential to hit straighter and longer golf shots is much improved. So when you are developing a golf fitness program, Pilates provides a foundation for getting your golf posture right. The most common postural fault in the golf set up position is the C-posture. The C-posture happens when your shoulders and upper back are hunched forward over the ball. Not a good look…and definitely not an efficient position for a golfer’s body to be in! There can be many causes for this posture, but ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Why Does Pilates "Power Up" Sports Performance?

    Why Does Pilates "Power Up" Sports Performance?

    Pilates has been around for over 100 years now and has shifted from an “alternative” exercise method to a training tool used by most professional athletes and a growing number of “recreational” athletes who are learning the difference between training smarter…not harder! So what is training smarter all about? One of the key functions of Pilates is to get the balance of strength between the supporting or stabilising muscles, and the more dynamic or moving muscles happening. So many sports that “weekend warriors” participate in are highly repetitious. For example, when you go for a bike ride, you pretty much do the same movement over and over again. It’s the same with running, ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Do You Suffer In Silence? And How Can Pilates Help?

    Do You Suffer In Silence? And How Can Pilates Help?

    Do you suffer in silence? And how Pilates can help…
    Are you one of the 4.8 million Australians who suffer a decreased quality of life due to poor pelvic floor function which leads to issues with the bladder and bowel? And what does this have to do with Pilates? (Keep on reading the entire article, because we don’t get to this until the end). Well, first let’s explore what the issue is… The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that live in the area of the body that we never really want to talk about…”down there”! Now every single muscle in your body is there to do a job. Just like a person who works in a big company, the role that they play might appear to be minor, but if ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - My Pilates Journey Out Of Injury

    My Pilates Journey Out Of Injury


    It took me about 46 years reach start my Pilates journey That’s a long time and I wish I had known then, what I know now. I should start at the beginning... Once upon a time… I’ve always been interested in sports, being fit and healthy and was lucky enough to participate in a whole lot of different sports. I settled on footy in winter and tennis in summer. But then footy got serious, and I was playing at a pretty high level. I loved the fitness aspect of the game, but I wasn’t too keen on the injuries I was seeing happen to my team mates, and I had a physical job, so an injury would not have been good at all! So I gave up any sport for a while to ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - 5 Pilates "Men Myths"

    5 Pilates "Men Myths"

    Pilates has come a long way over the last 10 years and probably one of the biggest changes I’ve seen is the amount of men that are now participating in classes. But there are still a lot of misconceptions about whether Pilates is a true “blokes” workout and if it can be used as way of building muscle. Well, you only have to look at the photo of Joseph Pilates above to see that it can. So I thought it was time to finally put these common Pilates “men myths” to rest… 1. “
    Pilates is a girls workout”

    So where did this myth come from? Primarily from the actual Pilates Industry itself. Pilates really didn’t become mainstream until the early 1990’s…it had always been a ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Pilates is the "New" Strong

    Pilates is the "New" Strong

    The Early Days
    I was probably about 17 years old when I first started participating in strength training. That was quite a few years ago now (lol) and the way we approach strength training has changed dramatically. You see, I used to be a member of a local gym where I would go and do an assessment, get a program, be shown how to do it, then off I went on my own for 3 months until the next assessment. The program was stock standard…15-20 minutes cardio, maybe eight exercises on fixed equipment, crunches and a stretch. I was probably one of a handful of females in the gym who were actually doing strength training with most sweating it out in the aerobics room. The Fitness ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Trudy Loses 20kg's

    Trudy Loses 20kg's

    I first met Trudy and her daughter Lucy back in 2011. They were local Highett residents and had received one of those annoying flyers in the letterbox, advertising Pilates Plus, no doubt with client success stories on it, saying how great Pilates is and how they now feel great…blah, blah, blah. Little did Trudy know that she would end up being on of those Success Stories! It was actually Lucy that dragged Trudy along to an initial consultation where we chatted about their health and fitness goals and I explained how we worked with our clients. I can actually recall the day we did this, and how excited the Pilates Plus team were to have both of them come on board as clients. ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - The Kitchen Bench Butt Workout

    The Kitchen Bench Butt Workout


    Get your butt beach ready...The Pilates Way!


    We all want to look good!

    It’s OK, you can admit it. Looking good (whatever that means to you, because we all have a different opinion of what looking good is), makes you feel confident and gives your self-esteem a big boost.

    And even if you don’t go to the beach, having a toned, tight butt is one of the goals that pops up quite a lot when we are talking to our clients.

    So, I’m going to give you three simple exercises that you can do at home to get your butt in to shape.

    But before I do that, we need to talk about the “Pilates Way” of developing your gluteal muscles and why it’s so important for your spine to have a strong butt.

    Let’s ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Ten Tips To Avoid Text Neck Posture

    Ten Tips To Avoid Text Neck Posture

    When was the last time you used public transport? Living and working in the local Highett area, I don’t get to use it very often. But a little while ago, I spent the week commuting in to the city and to be honest I was shocked at what I saw. Nearly everyone was on a mobile something…phone, tablet, laptop or reading a book/magazine etc. And nearly everyone had Text Neck Posture! Being a Pilates Instructor, I’m sure that I was the only person who even noticed. But it made me realise why a vast majority of people who come to see us suffer from ongoing neck, shoulder and upper back tightness and pain. If you’ve ever experienced this type of pain, you know that it’s not ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - My Pilates Journey Out Of Chronic Pain

    My Pilates Journey Out Of Chronic Pain

    My Pilates Journey Out of Chronic Back Pain
    I’ve been a fitness and Pilates professional for over 30 years now and have literally worked with thousands of people, successfully helping them improve the quality of their lives. I’m sure you’ve heard the term, “Practice What You Preach” and that’s very true for me personally. I love being fit and healthy! The quality of life you experience on a daily basis when you are fit and healthy is elevated to an amazing level where everything is easy and effortless. But I had quite an extended period of time in my life where that wasn’t the case…in fact it was the complete opposite. I wanted to share my story to inspire and motivate ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - Why Pilates Flattens Abs

    Why Pilates Flattens Abs

    Pilates is universally known for its ability to increase core strength, and giving you flat and toned “Pilates Abs”. But do you know why? Well, firstly let’s get one thing clear. Core strength is not the same as abdominal strength! This is a big misconception that many people have. The definition of core strength is: “The balanced development of all the muscles of the torso, including the very deep postural muscles. All these muscles need to work in harmony and with just the right balance of strength and length and include the abdominal, back, hip and shoulder muscles.” So as you can see, core strength is pretty complex and abdominal strength is just one part of it. ....

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  • Studio Pilates in Highett - Pilates Plus - You Are Only As Old As Your Spine Feels

    You Are Only As Old As Your Spine Feels

    At least that's what Joseph Pilates used to believe and I have to say that I agree with him. His exact words were..."If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young." Back pain is the most common complaint that takes people to the doctors, even more than colds and influenza, so I'm sure that at some stage in your life, you have experienced tightness or stiffness in your back or neck. It may have been for just a short time, or it could be a daily occurrence, but there is one thing for sure...if you have back stiffness and tightness it reduces the quality of your day to day life and in extreme cases, stops your daily life completely, ....

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