Pilates isn’t just about looking good for me, it’s about feeling good and this is exactly what made me fall in love with it when I was at ballet school. My clients still say to me all the time how much better they feel after their sessions and it’s that feeling that you sometimes can’t even describe, you just feel lovely in your body and mind after a Pilates class. I try to encourage my clients to do a little Pilates routine every day as a little a day keeps the pains away (hehe); it also sets me up for a fabulous day ahead.
Yay you’ve made it, to week 4 of my Pilates and Wellness challenge and we are so nearly at Christmas! My favourite time of year! I’m so excited to share with you my best of 2016 Pilates routine this week. This one you can do all throughout the festive season and you’ll feel fabulous and ready for those LBDs; perhaps not so relevant for the lads on the challenge but it’s a kick ass Pilates workout with all my favourite moves of the year. See below for your three recipes and wellness task too…
Woo, we are half way through my Pilates and Wellness Challenge. How’s it going? Perhaps you’ve only managed the workout twice or you forgot the wellness task from week 1, that no phone in bed is a toughy! It’s fine, something is better than nothing but try to really get committed now. Perhaps you’ve got a few nights out booked in or work is crazy busy in the lead up to holiday season but make YOU the priority. Sleep well, eat well and move well! Week 3, let’s go…
Whether you are a Pilates pro or complete newbie, 2016 is definitely the year to make Pilates a huge part of your life. I’ve been teaching Pilates for 3 years this January and practicing for 8 years and I’m still so passionate about it. I never get bored and am constantly learning more. I still love seeing my clients get hooked on Pilates and how incredible it makes them feel. It really can be life changing, read on to find out why…
We all want a perky round Kylie bottom right but there’s also loads of other benefits to working that booty. Our glutes are the bum muscles and need to be active and toned! In Pilates we work the glutes a lot for many benefits like improving core strength, preventing back pain, preventing injuries in activities like cycling, running, walking etc. I’ve recently loved using the swiss ball for my bum exercises so I show you how to use one in this video of my 3 Moves For A Perfect Booty but you can also do all the exercises without a swiss ball using the wall/window sill so go for it bootifuls!
I’ve been party dress shopping recently for Christmas events and love trying on lots of different styles. It’s nice to focus on what parts of your body you love and consider them when choosing a dress shape. I think the key areas to focus on showing off in winter dresses is legs, bum, shoulders and back. The belly can wait for summer! 😉 With party season in mind I decided to do a workout focusing on these areas! The workout is only 5 minutes long because I know we are always tight for time, especially this time of year, so you can do it once, twice or three times depending on how much time you have. I love doing a little workout in my bedroom before getting in the bath to get ready to go out. Maybe make this part of your getting ready routine!
I’ve really noticed this year that the change in weather and shorter days has started to effect my energy and mood. I’ve been feeling a lot more lethargic and irritable since the temperature has dropped and it now gets dark at 5pm! I don’t know about you but I can’t remember the last time I was at home in my PJs at 5pm, but I’m normally out and about wishing I was! This is due to the fact that daylight tells your body when you should be awake and asleep so technically at 5pm we should all be wrapped up with hot cocoa! It always means when our alarm goes off at 6am and it’s still pitch black outside, we feel groggy! I hate groggy! Winter is time people, including myself, find it harder to exercise, eat healthily and be proactive but giving in to these Winter blues and unhealthy habits will only make you more down and stressed.
The lead up to Christmas, New Year and my birthday in January makes this time of year my favourite time of year so I wanted to look into ways to avoid these Winter blues. I researched and then came up with my own 3 goals that I’m going to try to do to boost my mood and energy during the winter months. If you’re like me and don’t like being groggy then give them a go too!
I am a true believer that we should do lots of different styles of training and not just stick to the one type. Don’t put yourself in yoga box, runner box, spin class box, try to do 2-3 different ways of working out each week. As I do lots of yoga and Pilates, I’ve recently started doing some spin classes at Psycle London which you can read more about HERE.
I notice whenever joining a new fitness club, gym, class that there are people that literally go every single day! I’ve heard there’s crazy folk out there that go to Barry’s Bootcamp twice a day sometimes! I don’t think it’s healthy to overtrain but understand that if you find something you love then you just want to do that and only that. So I’ve decided to do a little series with 5 best Pilates moves to incorporate if you are doing a certain type of training A LOT and don’t have time to get to a Pilates class too. This week with my own training in mind, I’m focusing on spinners/cyclists!
There are certain imbalances and weaknesses that cyclists can be prone to and a little bit of Pilates will be a great addition to your exercise regime to stop any set backs injury wise. Here’s my best 5 Pilates exercises for cyclists you can do after your session or at home to make you feel even more fabulous!
It’s definitely getting chillier out there and I know that it then becomes a bit more of a struggle to get that body moving especially after a long day at work and a rainy journey home well it’s even more important to keep our joints mobile and muscles toned and flexible during winter so here’s…
I am a butt person! I love a good perky butt!
Here are my 5 best exercises to make your bottom look amazing not only in a bikini but in jeans, shorts and body con dresses this summer! Woohoo!
The aim is to lift and tone the crease where you thigh meets your bum and to hit different areas around the hips and glutes to get a well rounded toned booty!
1. Deep Squat and Side Lift