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Pilates: Effective For Injury Rehabilitation

The Culprit: Muscle Imbalances

Many injuries are caused by muscular imbalances within our bodies. And many things cause these imbalances – our posture, the way we walk, bend over, sit, lie down, or work out – basically the way we move. Most of us move incorrectly in some way or another, which puts too much pressure on some muscles and weakens others, causing an imbalance….

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BOOTCAMP IS HOT, PILATES IS NOT

Bootcamp is hot, Pilates is not, according to a new survey forecasting fitness trends for 2011.

In fact so precipitous was the fall of Pilates, once a fitness staple, that Dr Walter Thompson, lead author of an annual poll conducted by the American College of Sports Medicine, is starting to call it a fad….

A group workout.

Workout Wednesday

The concept: Some people joke that Pilates is like a nice lie down in Lycra. Bootcamp Pilates though? It’s definitely not that. With only ten people in each class, each with their own sci-fi sounding Reformer (in reality, a machine with six springs and two bands which provide adjustable resistance during the exercise), it is an intense and effective hour-long workout, targeting your core, but also working on wobbly extremities with hand-held weights. After the first class (it is recommended you do between one and three beginners classes to get used to the equipment) you will ache in places you didn’t know existed. By the third class you’ll feel smugly firmer in the places that perhaps existed a little too much beforehand. I’m doing it alongside my newbie ELLE Running Club training, and it’s definitely helping me to feel steadier on my feet….

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Tempo Pilates

If you’re looking for pilates that goes with the flow, Tempo Pilates doesn’t miss a beat. Music is at the heart of their energetic sessions, which uses reformer machines, along with dumbbells and squeezy resistance rings to get the calories burning and the sweat flowing. The teachers here are on-point, so if you’re just starting…

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Cardio Pilates at Bootcamp Pilates

I have been to Bootcamp Pilates quite a few times in the past and always really enjoyed it. However, for no particular reason I haven’t been for ages…so when they got in touch and offered Healthy Living London the chance to trial their Cardio Pilates class I jumped at the chance – mostly because I’ve always rated them as a studio but also I get bored super easily so I loved the idea of taking the reformer machine and creating a new kind of class around it.

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The benefits of boot camp Pilates

Hard-core Pilates may be brutal but the results speak for themselves.

Pilates. Is it just me, or does the word fill most people with mind-numbing boredom and a sudden desire to do anything – rearrange the laundry cupboard, buy light bulbs, tackle that tax return – rather than lie down and breathe?