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5 things you didn't know about Pilates

5 Things you did not know about Pilates

Core strength is only a small part of Pilates – although working on your core strength, the control of your abdominal (transversus abdominus) and direct back stabilising muscles ( multifidus) is a principal that should be engaged during all Pilates exercises, it is only the beginning of a good Pilates program. The aim of any good

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What is clinical Pilates and what is it not?

Clinical Pilates is a variation on traditional Pilates that takes the knowledge and skills of physiotherapists and exercise physiologists in the human body and injury management and uses the Pilates exercises and equipment in ways that are most beneficial from an injury, exercise science and performance perspective. The real strength of the Clinical Pilates process

How do I know if I'm exercising correctly?

How do I know if I am exercising correctly?

There are a few things you can do to make sure that you’re doing exercises correctly. Firstly, make sure that you know what muscle groups you want to work during an exercise.  All exercises have to have a purpose to be effective and specific to your needs.  For example, if you want to work on your knee

What is normal muscle fatigue

What is normal muscle fatigue & when should I worry?

When you exercise, in particular after strength training, there will be a degree of slight tearing in the structure of the muscle the day or two after exercise.  This is normal, and occurs because you have taken the muscle beyond what it would normally do in order to give it a reason to grow and change.  The

Is Pilates strength training?

Is Pilates a good substitute for strength training?

In general, clinical and reformer based Pilates is strength training.  The wonderful thing about reformer based Pilates is that it not only works on the obvious power muscles that you generally tend to work in the gym, but you also target the stabilising muscles, the muscles that control movement, which makes training more efficient and effective.

How often should I do Pilates

How often should I do Pilates to get results?

Like all good strength training programs, Pilates should be performed 2 to 3 times a week (ideally 3 times) for the best results.  For muscles to grow effectively, they need to be loaded and worked, then given a chance to rest and grow, then loaded again.  This cycle works best when performed 2-3 times a week.  Less than

Why your feet hurts

4 reasons why your feet hurt

We see many different reasons for foot pain, some are simple to fix and others that need to be managed.   This article highlights the 4 most common reasons we see foot pain and what you can do about it. Plantar fascia pain – this is the most common muscular reason for foot pain. It is felt at

What is carpal tunnel syndrome

What is carpal tunnel syndrome and can strength training help?

The carpal tunnel is a small tunnel the bones of the wrist create by their shape through which the tendons, blood vessels and nerves to the hand sit as they go into the hand.  It exists to protect these structures, how with excessive activity of the wrist and any kind of swelling is the wrist, that

3 tips to lose weight quickly!

Although a long term approach is always the best way to lose weight and keep it off,  below are my top 3 tips to give your journey of weight loss a kick start. Reduce your portion size –  This may seem simple, but even a healthy meal can really add up in kilojoules which means you’re eating

How many kilojoules do I consume to lose weight?

Although each person is different and your ideal kilojoule intake depends on your height, weight and muscle mass, I can give you a rough guide of how many kilojoules you should be consuming to lose weight. The key to losing weight is to eat less kilojoules than you are using with activity and your natural

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