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  • 3 Tips To Help You Get Awesome Abs

    3 Tips To Help You Get Awesome Abs

    Every single person who starts a PILATES program wants stronger abs and core strength, for a very good reason. 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! There are a few reasons why many people struggle to get STRONG ABS. TIP 1 - KNOWLEDGE Let’s face it…you don’t know, what you don’t know! When it comes to exercise, specifically the development of strong abs and a strong core, just doing some crunches and planks…like everyone else is doing, usually ....

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  • 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 ....

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  • Motivation v Commitment

    Motivation v Commitment

    Health, fitness and wellness has never been more critical than right now. How motivated are YOU to create bullet proof health, fitness and wellness? Maybe you are, but don’t make the mistake of confusing motivation with commitment, they are completely different and to succeed in achieving a “bullet proof” body, commitment is the most important of the two. There is a massive misunderstanding that you get motivated and commit to improving your health and fitness. But people who succeed at achieving their goals commit to a healthy lifestyle for the duration of their life in full knowledge and awareness that motivation is a roller coaster and goes up and ....

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  • Are Your Knees Fit To Hike?

    Are Your Knees Fit To Hike?

    The popularity of getting out in to nature for hikes and treks has increased over the past few years with many people opting for active weekends and destination holiday hikes and treks. Preparing for a big hike or 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! One of the potentially biggest issues you may encounter physically on a hike is knee pain, and it isn’t the ....

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  • 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. 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 well-being are huge!! You probably already know what fascia is. Your Achilles tendon, the ITB, the plantar fascia in the foot, ligaments and tendons, bones and cartilage etc. But ....

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  • 5 Tips For Healthy Knees

    5 Tips 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 great ....

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  • How's Your Mobility?

    How's Your Mobility?

    Increasing movement capability, mobility and flexibility is a goal of many people who start a pilates program. Mobility and flexibility are two very different aspects of movement capability and can be misunderstood as being the same. Stretching doesn’t necessarily improve mobility and mobility training doesn’t always lead to improved flexibility. Mobility refers to your joint range of movement and ability to have “functional’ movement to perform not only your daily activity, but exercise and any sporting activities you participate in. Flexibility refers to the length of your muscles and also something called fascia. We’re all born with a ....

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  • 3 Signs Your Glutes Are Weak (And What To Do About It)

    3 Signs Your Glutes Are Weak (And What To Do About It)

    How do you know if you have weak glutes? Below are three signs that you may need to get your butt in to better shape. TIGHT & SORE HIPS, KNEES OR FEET The three gluteal muscles play a major role in stabilising the pelvis and hip joint when you walk, run, climb stairs and play sport. If the glutes are weak, then the stability of the pelvis and hip joint will be compromised. This can lead to the leg and foot being pulled out of a functional alignment, placing extra stress and strain on the joints of the leg and feet, leading to pain or potentially an acute injury. Another consequence of weak glutes on the hips, knees and feet is that the pelvis doesn’t have the ....

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  • Your Butt & Back Pain

    Your Butt & Back Pain

    How fit and healthy is your butt? Healthy and fit doesn’t relate to how your butt looks, but how functional your butt muscles are and how they either contribute to back pain or support the spine and pelvis. Technically, you have three butt muscles called the gluteals, or more commonly known as your “glutes”. There is gluteus minimus, gluteus medius and gluteus maximus. To simplify what we’re talking about, let’s stick with the term glutes! Your gluteal muscles play a key role in helping control and support movements of the spine, pelvis, hips, and legs and each muscle plays a slightly different role. As a group, they all attach to pelvis ....

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  • 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 working with hundreds of people, we 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 ....

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