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Workout gear with Onzie

There is something special about getting new workout gear! It always motivates you to go for that extra workout, and you feel good even getting dressed to head out. Being dressed to impress can encourage you to work harder and just enjoy what you are doing! Today I...

Questions answered! Part 2!

This series of questions are very varied, but ones that I have been asked repeatedly over the past few weeks! I hope they help! Here we are talking breathing, pregnancy, and toning! Question 1: I always seem to breathe the wrong way with the Pilates exercises! Why is...

Pilates for Runners

Pilates can make a huge contribution to running. A lot of runners do what they do best- they run and run and run! But running needs more than this. Running needs a stable foundation to support you and to propel the legs step after step. Pilates gives you the strong...

The plank challenge!

It's been a while since I posted a Friday challenge! Here is The Plank challenge! This is such a simple, whole body exercise that challenges your core to the very end, but it also requires strong upper body support and stable legs to hold you long. The mental...

Stretches for the upper body

Stretching is so important for easing tight muscles and sore spots, and the upper body is especially prone to this because we spend so much of the day sitting, crouched forwards, and yes slouching too! Even if you have good posture, most activities and sports all...

Stretches for the lower back and hips

Day-to-day everyone (or most of us!) comment at some point about a sore lower back, a back stiffness or a hip stiffness, or just being generally stiff! We need to regularly stretch our body and constantly change these positions. If you spend all day sitting, or even...

Water for better body function!

Water- why is it so important? When you feel thirsty you are already dehydrated. Your body is 60% water so it is not surprising that you need to replenish these stores regularly! The feeling of thirst is your brain telling you that it is already depleted of fluids and...

Questions Answered! By a Pilates Teacher

Your questions answered! I receive many questions about general Pilates, the exercises, and general fitness queries when I am teaching and just as many via email! So I've decided to create a theme to answer your questions on a regular basis! Not found your answer...

Motivating Mindset and The Pilates 100 (free workout!)

There are some days where we just don't feel like going for that run or going to your fitness session, or maybe you don't go at all? But when you complete your workout when have you ever said "well that was a bad idea"- Never! This lack of motivation is all in the...

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