Try Pilates this Year

With the imminent launch of her new book ‘Shape Up With Pilates’, Lynne Robinson of Body Control Pilates was featured in an article in The Times Weekend about why buff bodies are doing Pilates.

David Beckham, Andy Murray, Matthew McConaughey do it, as do Gareth Bale, Ryan Giggs, Diego Costa and Harry Kane.

The article goes on to describe how more men are waking up to the benefits of Pilates.

I now use it with all the players I coach as it improves their mobility and flexibility as well as their balance and strength. I get them to do 10-15 minutes of it every day.

Often I wouldn’t tell footballers that what they were doing was Pilates until they realised that the exercises were working for them.

Jon Ashton, Fitness Coach, Stevenage FC

Read the whole article in The Times weekend online or as a pdf.

A ‘Pilates-changed-my-life’ story

In a recent article in the Guardian, the writer describes how Pilates took her from crippling back-pain to amazing health. This didn’t happen overnight, but over a period of three years. Five years on, Pilates has:

  • made her feel happier
  • gives her a breather from everything else in her busy life
  • reduced her clothes size
  • made her stronger
  • improved both her physical and emotional strength

I turned 50 this year and yet, I feel indomitable, somehow: so full of energy, so avid for life, so keenly interested in everyone and everything. My mood soars.

Rachel Cooke

Read the whole story ‘Pilates-changed-my-life’ stories are annoying… but it did

Pilates celebs: Adele

Adele is one of the celebrities who have recently been in the press as having ‘become a fan of’ reformer Pilates.

The reformer is one of the large pieces of equipment invented by Joseph Pilates in the 20th century. The equipment has springs that provide assistance or resistance, depending on the exercise. In a Pilates studio, classes are usual one to one, so the exercises are tailored to your needs. If you’d like to try it, contact me.

Although it is credited with helping her to lose weight, Pilates does not usually lead to weight loss without a supporting regime of aerobic exercise and diet.

Read more on the Metro website.

Body Control Academy

In October 2019, Body Control Pilates created a new, not-for-profit company, owned by its members to provide them and others with Pilates education. It is now the only organisation worldwide where both the membership and education bodies are owned by their members. I have become a founding member and will benefit from discounts on my ongoing Pilates training.

How to Choose a Coach

When starting a new exercise regime, you may well be apprehensive. You will want to choose a coach in whom you can confidence, knowing that they have relevant training and experience.

In the UK there is a national standard for Pilates mat teachers at level 3 on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPS).

Watch the REPS video about how to choose a coach.

Search the REPS register of teachers.

I qualified with Body Control Pilates in 2003 and have continued to attend training courses and workshops thought my career. I have been registered with REPS since the national standard was introduced in 2006. Read more about me and my qualifications.

Pilates and Rugby

Congratulations to the English rugby team in getting the the 2019 World Cup final! I watched the match and was as disappointed as the rest of the country when we lost to South Africa. Well done to them and isn’t Siya Kolisi an inspiration?

To reach the top in any sport, a rigorous training programme is needed and Pilates is often part of that training.

Pilates is the most effective way of promoting spinal health, and in particular, of developing the inner muscles of the core and neutral alignment of the spine. By promoting correct alignment of the spine and symmetry of the back this will also decrease the risk of general wear and tear on the spine and in particular on the intervertebral discs.

Matthew, Disability Sports Coach

Click/tap to read his full post about the Importance of Pilates.

New Guidelines for Physical Activity

In September 2019, the Government updated its guidelines for exercise to emphasise the importance of building strength and balance, as well as focusing on cardiovascular exercise.

The overall message remains the same: any activity is better than none, and more is better still.

Under the new guidelines, adults are advised to undertake strength-based exercise at least 2 days a week.  Pilates meets the criteria for strength-based exercise and can help delay the natural decline in muscle mass and bone density as we age. The new guidelines cover all ages from early-childhood onwards.

Click/tap to read the news release.

Click/tap to read my post summarising the updated NHS guidelines with links to the full details.