Keeping Your New Year Resolutions

We all know that keeping our New Year resolutions is not always easy. These are the highlights from a useful article in the Evening Standard that we thought would help. The link to the whole article is below.

‘February is when the going gets tough. It’s now that you must flex some real muscle, to invoke real willpower to get some actual hustle going. This is how to go the distance. ‘

Here are the four points the article makes:

1. Switch it up

For reformer Pilates, this means carrying out your régime in a new way, substitute exercises that work for the same muscle groups. Ask your teacher for ideas. Book a different day or practice at a different time can also make your training feel fresh.

2. Buddy up

Bring your buddy to Pilates Central for a session and go with your buddy to their exercise of choice. Then you can both appreciate the others exercise of choice and learn from each other.

3. Refocus your purpose

Don’t put off your Pilates. Tomorrow won’t do, best do it today. Pilates isn’t just the physical but also involves breathing and how you hold yourself throughout the day. Read about the components of classic Pilates here.

4. Be realistic

After your good intentions during January you’ll be a lot more aware of how realistic your ambition has been and now you can plan consistent healthy practice for the whole year.

Attached to being realistic is having attainable goals. Can you measure your goals in terms of your exercises? To be fitter? That’s rather general. Can you measure your stretches or set yourself a time to walk to the train station or the number of press-ups you can do?

Taken from the Evening Standard article ‘How to keep your new year’s resolutions after January’ by Phoebe Luckhurst

Give the studio a call or pop in for a chat about how we can help you. Email: islington@pilatescentral.co.uk 

 

Joseph Pilates Quotes Top 10

Joseph Pilates Quotes Post

Joseph Pilates was ahead of his time in so many ways. During his life, he was renowned for summing up what we all need to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Here are just ten of his most famous quotes.

On Breathing

‘Breathing is the first act of life and the last. Our very life depends on it.’

Health is a Duty

‘Not only is health a normal condition, but it is our duty to not only to attain it but to maintain it.’

Fitness is Connected to Emotion

‘Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.’

Physical Fitness is Earned

‘Physical fitness can neither be achieved by wishful thinking, nor outright purchase.’

Look After What You Have

‘A man is as young as his spinal column.’

Pilates is…

‘Pilates is complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.’

Practice Outside

‘By all means, never fail to get all the sunshine and fresh air you can.’

Pilates is for Life

‘You will feel better in ten sessions, look better in twenty sessions, and have a completely new body in thirty sessions.’

Pilates Heals

‘Change happens through movement and movement heals.’

Your Spine

‘If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.’

 

About The Picture
The picture used in this post was taken by I.C. Rapoport. You can see some of the original photographs in the studio.

If you’d like to see more then please visit our post ‘Joseph Pilates in Unique Photographs’ post.

You might also like ‘ History & Origins of Pilates & The Pilates Reformer’.

 

If you’ve been inspired by Joseph’s quotes and wish to know more about Pilates, call the studio, use our contact page or pop into the studio for a chat!

Change Your Lifestyle with Reformer Pilates in Islington

Pilates Central Studio Islington

You might have slipped into bad habits while juggling the demands of everyday life. For many people this could mean late nights, a few too many drinks and an over-reliance on quick, processed foods or takeaways combined with a lack of exercise, fresh air and sunshine.

It’s worth taking the time to overhaul your lifestyle and get yourself back on track whenever you become aware that your life is a little out of balance.

There are many exercise options on offer. This can be great for stopping yourself from getting bored, but it can also make it hard to distinguish what the best form of exercise might be for you.

Pilates Styles

Even with Pilates, there are a number of different styles. Pilates consists of two main types of exercise: mat-based exercises and equipment-based exercises.

With equipment-based Pilates exercises, the ‘Reformer’ — which looks a little like a bed frame packed with pulleys and springs — is one of the main pieces of equipment used.

With this type of Pilates, the equipment can look somewhat daunting, but it is easy to use. The Reformer uses a pulley and spring system to increase and decrease resistance and tension, which is why there are ropes and springs.

Meghan Markle

New types of workout using this type of equipment have been developed such as the ‘Megaformer’ Pilates method, which has reportedly been favoured by Meghan Markle.

Using this equipment can produce visible results in a fairly short period of time. These results may occur more quickly via equipment-based Pilates exercise than with mat-based Pilates. Regular workouts have been shown to result in fat loss and lean muscle gain.

Reformer Pilates

Reformer Pilates is certainly a great choice when it comes to clean living and reforming your exercise routine. This type of Pilates is equally suitable for people returning to exercise as well as those who are simply looking to add something new to their workout regime.

As it works the body and the mind too, it is ideal for helping you to deal with the pressure and stresses of everyday life.

Pilates can be easily combined with other forms of exercise making it a popular choice with tennis players, runners, golfers and people who are already doing cardio exercise.

 

Sources:

Inversion Pilates

gaiam.com

livestrong.com

Independent Ireland

Pilates Classes Fitted Around Your Individual Needs in Islington

Pilates Angel Islington

At Pilates Central, Islington we understand that finding the time and motivation to workout can be difficult. So our approach to equipment-based Pilates offers you the flexibility of visiting the studio at a time and frequency that suits you.

We have extended opening hours and offer both group and private sessions. For many people, this approach is a lot easier and less stressful than trying to find the time to attend a weekly class at a fixed time.

The Personal Touch

The personal touch is important. It’s believed that one of the reasons people often give up on a resolution to get fit is because they do not have human interaction while at the gym or fitness studio. At Pilates Central, you are supervised by a qualified Pilates teacher, who will help you to succeed and stick to your goals.

Tailored Pilates

If you decide to attend a group session, the experience is still entirely tailored to you. We ensure that everyone who comes to the studio is given a unique, individually-customised programme to suit his or her needs.

Bespoke Approach

There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach and group classes are not based on one set of goals. We have found that our bespoke approach allows you to get the most benefit from sessions while also ensuring you have a stress-free and fun experience.

Regular Sessions

You may choose to attend anywhere from once a week through to every day. Usually, we suggest that twice a week is a good option for most people and produces positive benefits fairly quickly. So within ten sessions, you would be expected to feel a difference to when you started.

Homework

You are also encouraged to do a little Pilates at home each day, although this only needs to be a few minutes if you are able to find the time.

At Pilates Central, we will work with you to help you achieve the most from your visits.

Give us a call, we’re a friendly bunch.

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Who Benefits from Pilates? Pilates is for All!

From combating ageing to pain-averting lower back exercises…

Pilates offers something for everyone. It is still popular with dancers, gymnasts and athletes, but it is equally suitable for most men and women. From nine to 90 and beyond, it truly suits all. In fact, some people are surprised that almost a third of our clients are male. Many of our clients come to us because of back pain and benefit from learning lower back exercises. Whereas other clients want to change their shape or improve their flexibility.

Pilates is particularly suitable for…

  • The middle-aged and elderly
  • The desk-bound and inactive
  • The pregnant and post-natal
  • Those needing Pre- and post-operative strengthening
  • Those referred by their doctor, physio, osteopath, chiropractor or other practitioner

And for those who suffer…

  • Back pain, back-ache and other back problems
  • Scoliosis/curvature of the spine
  • Poor posture and rounded shoulders
  • Neck and shoulder pains or problems
  • Stiffness, joint pains and muscle pains, whether caused by arthritis/ osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia or other health problems
  • Injuries: sports injuries and others
  • RSI
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Whiplash
  • Stress

So how does Pilates help such a wide range of problems and age groups?

Pilates focuses on the whole body and works on strengthening the core. In doing so, the knock-on effect to the rest of the body is immense. Pilates offers a holistic fitness approach to a number of concerns. Not only does it help to relieve current body imbalances in terms of muscle and bone problems, but it helps to prevent future ones from developing. As we age this is really important. The lengthening and strengthening aspect of Pilates helps to keep people supple. Again this is another important aspect of combating the ageing process. The positive result of the internal, and invisible, aspect of Pilates’s benefits is that your shape changes to become leaner and you also develop a better posture. So ultimately you not only feel better, but look better too.

Don’t be fooled into thinking you are too old, as these benefits are not isolated to a specific age group! They can be achieved by anyone who is prepared to dedicate themselves to regularly attending Pilates classes at Pilates Central. To find out more about attending the studio and how we can help you to achieve the results you have been reading about, give us a call. You can find our telephone number on our contact page.

For answers to more frequently asked questions, please see our FAQs page.