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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

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 do we suffer from knee pain?

Click here to watch a video of Mike explaining why we suffer from knee pain. He will also show you how to do a lunge exercise the right way.

Poor posture can cause neck pain

Click here to watch the video of Mike talking about poor posture and how it can result in neck pain. He will also demonstrate simple exercises you can do from home to strengthen your shoulders.

Disc bulge – a common cause of back pain

Click here to watch Mike talk about disc bulge and how it can cause severe back pain. If diagnosed correctly, there are exercises you can do at home to help treat the pain.

Facet joint irritation – another reason why you might be feeling back pain

Click here to watch Mike talk about facet joint irritation and how it gives you back pain. Mike will also show you some simple exercises to strengthen your back.

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