Pilates News June

Pilates and Back Pain

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June Highlights

  • Pilates is just Grande
  • Gandalf on the mat
  • Backing Pilates
  • Pilates is coming home

Pilates is just Grande

“Ariana Grande broke her selfie hiatus with a stunning no make-up Pilates workout photo,” reports Elle magazine. The 27-year-old singer, who is the most followed woman on Instagram, posted a selfie of herself lying down on a Reformer machine at the Forma Pilates studio in Los Angeles.

Ariana Grande and Pilates

She was grinning and captioned it “Happy Place.” Cosmopolitan wrote that Ariana was,“dressed in workout gear, with scraped-back hair and zero make-up, and of course she looked beautiful.”

Gandalf on the mat

Gandalf is a wizard at Pilates it seems. Sir Ian McKellen, now 82, and best known for his role in The Lord of the Rings, has told the Times of an unexpected journey into the realm of Pilates. Publicising the fact he’s playing Hamlet at the Theatre Royal, Windsor, Sir Ian revealed how he has taken arms against a sea of mobility troubles: “I’ve been doing Pilates online through lockdown. It just keeps me active.

The trouble with a lot of people my age is that they are decrepit not simply because they are getting older but because they are not doing enough of what they always did do — walk, run, exercise. It’s all too easy to think, ‘Well, I’ll have a little sleep now. It’s 11 o’clock in the morning.’ ”

Backing Pilates

Pilates was prominent in a Guardian feature on, “Why keeping calm and carrying on exercising can help back pain.” One of the people interviewed was Caroline Atkinson, who was a keen swimmer, mountain-climber and sportswoman before she had back surgery for disc degeneration in 1999. Today at 55 she is an active member of the National Back Pain Association community and advocates exercise to help with back and shoulder problems.

Within six months of her operation she was back swimming, cycling and going to the gym. Tennis presented a bigger problem and Atkinson used a “regimental” regime of Pilates to take it up again. She told the Guardian: “You don’t play tennis to get fit. You get fit so you can play the sport you love. Whether I’m in a hotel room or a tent or working in an office, I get my mat out and do Pilates every morning to remobilise myself. If I didn’t do my stretching in the morning and I didn’t get up throughout the day, I would really suffer.”

Pilates is coming home

It will be interesting to see what role Pilates plays in the European Championships. England boss Gareth Southgate is a fan, as is his wife Alison. Southgate took Pilates instructor Suzanne Scott, a founder member of the Pilates Foundation, to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The England squad posted a video of Scott’s warm-down session after beating Sweden in the quarter final, while skipper Harry Kane was pictured preparing for the World Cup semi-final against Croatia with Pilates stretches.

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The Pilates Central Team