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- Pilates with Friends
- Going for Gold
- Stretched Police Force
- Young at Heart
Pilates with Friends
Jennifer Aniston is looking pretty sensational at 52 in her latest photoshoot after a spell of doing only Pilates. The Friends and Morning Show star, who recently made the headlines for saying she would cut ties with anti-vaxxers, told InStyle magazine: “I had an injury last fall and I was only able to do Pilates, which I absolutely love. But I was missing that kind of sweat when you just go for it. I’m going back to my 15-15-15, which is a 15-minute spin, elliptical, run. And then just old school: I can chase myself around a gym. I need some kind of movement, even if it’s just 10 minutes a day on a trampoline.”
In the same interview she revealed that when stressed she would really push the boat out and eat a crisp (aka a chip in the US): “I’m good at that. I can have one M&M, one chip. I know, that’s so annoying.” Steady on, Jen. This confession resulted in the Daily Mirror headline “Jen: I am a one crisp wonder.” We’re glad Aniston loves Pilates, but clients at Pilates Central will not be held to quite such high standards — when stressed you’re invited to have at least two crisps!
Going for Gold
In other Pilates News…It’s been a great Olympics for Pilates. Britain’s Tom Daley and Matty Lee memorably won gold at Tokyo in the 10-metre synchronised platform diving competition and Pilates played a role in their aquatic success. Their trainer, Team GB physio Gareth Ziyambi, revealed on the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website: “We focused on strength, flexibility, core stability during lockdown with conditioning including somersaults, gymnastics, gyrokinesis, yoga and Pilates. We made very good use of whatever equipment the divers had at home as well as modalities such as blood flow restriction training. At the end of lockdown, there was actually a significant improvement in their cardiovascular fitness and more flexibility without the repeated impact of pool training. Shoulder, hip, and core strength also were significantly improved.” Seems like it paid off.
Meanwhile the Independent informed us of another Olympian’s time on the mat: “Pilates and murder podcasts: Megan Rapinoe reveals her daily routine.” The iconic star of the USA women’s soccer team scored a cracking volley in the side’s 4-3 win over Australia to take home a bronze medal. Rapinoe told the Indie of her fitness routine: “When I’m in my club team environment, it’s more soccer. When I’m away from that, I focus more in the gym on the strength work. I try to build that base. A lot of Pilates, interval cardio work when I’m in the gym, too.”
Well done to Tom, Matty, Megan and all the medal winners. It’s good to know that Pilates plays a part in getting to the podium.
Stretched police force
We’re not sure that Dirty Harry or Columbo would be advocates of Pilates, but if they ever remake NYPD: Blue then it will now have to include a Pilates classes. Spectrum News NY1 in New York reports on the case of Martin Davis, who is “NYPD captain by day, Pilates teacher by night.”
Davis has worked for the police for nearly 20 years in Brooklyn, but found he needed an antidote to the stress of policing New York’s mean streets. So he took up Pilates in 2019.
“My back has always been a concern of mine. When I found Pilates it totally changed everything for me,” Davis told the cameras. He loved it so much that he and his wife became Pilates teachers and now run classes at Forest Hills.
“Pilates just aligned with us,” Davis said. “Pilates allows you to connect with your core, and that allows you to be aware of where your body is in space. I think Pilates allows me to move so much better with my mind being focused on how I’m moving and where I am moving.”
He teaches in the evenings after his police work and was filmed coaching the interviewer in a downstretch on a Reformer. “It’s just such a relief to know you have a place to have where you can just let go, find your breath, find your centre,” said the flexible cop. Clearly the force is with Pilates.
Young at heart
The Daily Mail ran a feature headlined, “Wellness coach, 50, who looks 25, and still gets ID’d buying alcohol, reveals his secret to looking young is a vegan diet and Pilates.” The man in question was 50-year-old Tristan Lee, a self-titled “gorgeousness coach” from London who, of course, listed Pilates among his tips for becoming like Dorian Gray.
The Mail wrote: “He swears by Reformer Pilates, which he describes as ‘Pilates on what looks like a rowing machine with levers.’” Lee added: “I’m interested in functional fitness – fitness for life not just for Instagram. I’m not hitting it hard but I am disciplined. As I get older, I don’t want to be like lifting heavy weights, I can barely lift a cotton bud sometimes.” Tristan regularly posts about Pilates on Facebook and recently wrote: “Absolutely Ab-ulous. An amazing Reformer Pilates workout. My abs are sore today. Check it out.”
He also recommends a vegan diet, daily skin care and a youthful outlook. Lee has had his age queried at the doctor’s surgery, in bars, the pharmacy and in meetings. So now we know why everyone at Pilates Central looks so young.
Pilates News September
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