12 Reasons Why You Need Pilates In Your Life

This article may date back to 2015, but it is every bit as valid today. I especially like thes quotes from Pilates expert Dawne:

“Pilates teachers are not appropriately qualified to diagnose or treat injury or illness. We can observe movement patterns, alignment, posture and stability to provide exercise programmes to help your overall physical fitness, but if you are having pain that interferes with daily life activities, you should always seek the advice of a medical professional before taking up any form of exercise – Pilates included.”

“Cross training with Pilates helps you identify weaknesses and imbalances to minimize risk of injury due to added load on dysfunctional patterns, for example. Think of Pilates as an education in how you move. If you take this knowledge and apply it to your other workouts, you’ll notice that you move better, and subsequently achieve better results.”

Read the full article on the Grazia Daily website.

About Zoom Video Conferencing

Zoom is an online video conferencing platform, see https://zoom.us.

To use it you’ll need a phone, tablet, laptop or desktop with a built-in microphone and webcam. If you want to improve the quality of your video and audio, you may wish to buy separate components. Well-known brands include Logitech for webcams and Lavalier or Blue for microphones.

If you want to join a meeting, you need only download the app, you do not need to sign up for an account. Click on the meeting link sent to you by your host and the relevant app will automatically be installed. If you’d like to download it in advance or on several devices, go to
https://launcher.zoom.us/download.

If you want to host a meeting, you must sign up for a package. At the time of writing, for meetings that are one-to-one or of less than 40-minutes duration, the basic package is free. You can stop and start a new meeting to extend your time. The next level up (Pro) has a maximum meeting duration of 24 hours and costs £11.99 + tax monthly. Both allow up to 100 participants. Check the zoom website for current fees.

As the host, it is up to you to start a meeting, then invite participants to join you by sending them the meeting link. To prevent gatecrashers, I suggest that you include a password. You have more controls than the other attendees and there are quite a few options that you can manage during the meeting or pre-set.

There’s plenty of online help, see:

  • Getting Started with Zoom FAQs | link
  • Getting Started with Zoom 30-minute video tutorial | link

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.