Why do my muscles shake during class?

During any exercise class you may notice that your muscles start shaking. This means that your muscles are working near the limit of their capability and are getting tired. This is not necessarily a problem. As you become stronger, the shaking should subside or only start as you do more challenging exercises.

In the interim, it might be time to reduce the effort you are making, take a rest or change to another exercise working a different muscle group. In Pilates we keep the number of repetitions that we do low, so your shaking may stop as we move on to the next exercise.

If you find that your muscles are continually shaking it might be because you are dehydrated or you haven’t had enough time to recover from your last workout. Always ensure that you have enough to drink and give your muscles time to recover between workouts.

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year!

At this time of year, we often make resolutions to lose weight and get fit. The weekend newspapers are full of advice on how to go about it. If you’re stuck for ideas, look no further! Attending Pilates or FitSteps classes can help you achieve your fitness goals.

This January, I am starting a new Pilates class on Thursdays at 6pm specifically for those who are newcomers; have limited experience; or who want gentler exercises for the prevention and management of low back pain. Contact me to book.

As well as teaching Pilates, which is excellent for developing core strength and managing back pain, I am to start teaching FitSteps. This is a dance fitness class which is a cardio workout and a good complement to Pilates, which is not aerobic until the most advanced levels. Sign up for more information.

10th Birthday

July 2013 was the 10th anniversary since I first qualified as a Pilates matwork teacher with Body Control Pilates in London.
10th Birthday
We celebrated with a special Pilates circuit class, sharing out cupcakes and holding a free raffle. Karen from the 8pm class won a home practice set, including “The Pilates Bible”, a cushion, an overball and a band – all in a jute bag.

Karen's Raffle Prize

My thanks to all of you who come to  Pilates classes regularly and make it so interesting and enjoyable to teach.

December 2013 Discounts

All clients of Body Control Pilates teachers can benefit from these discounts:

  • 10% off VIVOBAREFOOT – just you, your feet and an ultra-thin, puncture-resistant sole that lets your feet behave as if they were barefoot. Enter code BODYCONTROL2013 at the checkout.
  • 15% off Asquith London – organic cotton and bamboo yoga and Pialtes clothes for women. Enter BCP15 into the promo code box.
  • 20% off Dincwear – men’s, women’s and unisex dancewear and accessories. Enter MEMBERS20 at the checkout
  • 20% off Organic Burst – effective, ethical and environment friendly superfood supplements. Enter BODYCONTROL at the checkout.

New Website

I have recently moved my website to a new service provider. This has allowed me to include a blog, where I will be answering your questions, giving you general Pilates news and discounts on Pilates clothing and related products. I hope that you like the new format and come back to visit often.