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.

On Average We Spend Twice as Long Making Tea as Exercising

BRITS SPENDING ‘TWICE AS LONG’ MAKING TEA AS DOING EXERCISE EACH WEEK – (via HCM) A study of 2,080 UK adults by ComRes reveals that Brits spend an average of 40 minutes a day making tea – equating to four hours and 37 minutes a week – compared with an average of just 14 minutes moderate physical activity a day, equating to one hour and 38 minutes a week… 

A recent study of over 2,000 adults in the UK found that daily, on average, we spend 40 minutes making tea and 14 doing moderate physical activity. We also spend 1 hour 36 minutes on social media platforms.

28% of adults claim do little or no exercise. This is despite other surveys raking wellness as one of the top three things we care about and over half of us saying that physical activity makes us feel better.

Read more on the HCM website.

Moving from a Stable Base

Many Pilates exercises require us to eliminate unwanted movement by using a strong centre to keep our trunk still while moving our arms, legs or both from that stable base.

Here’s an example of holding a still frame while isolating upper body and arm movement.

Pilates Popularity

According to EMD UK, Pilates is now the second most popular group exercise class with over 880,000 people taking part in classes every week.

A UK survey by HFE found 70% of people would choose Pilates over yoga; most citing its potential with weight loss and muscle toning, as well as strength and flexibility training.

I agree!

Pilates Reformer

The reformer is probably the most well known of the large Pilates studio equipment. Like the cadillac and wunda chair, it uses springs to provide resistance, making the exercises effective more quickly.

According to a recent article in Women’s Health magazine, Pilates workouts on the reformer are back in fashion. “From celebs to athletes everyone is attributing their impossibly lithe powerhouse physiques to it“. I have been doing Pilates studio work since 1999 and like other Pilates devotees, I don’t think that if ever went away!

There are fewer Pilates studios than mat classes, but if you are interested in trying it out, I offer private and shared sessions. These are ideal if you can’t make a regular mat class, want exercises tailored to your needs or to focus on a particular problem. To book, contact me.

Pilates celebs: Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston turned 50 at the start of this year and is looking great! In an interview with InStyle Magazine, she says:

I’m a Pilates person. It’s great. I had a hip problem. I had a chronic back, a pinched nerve and a hip problem and it’s completely solved all of it. I love it. It makes me feel like I’m taller.”

You can read more about Jennifer on the Instyle website.