Since Yoga hit the mainstream, it has been the darling of the health and fitness world with everyone raving about the body and mind benefits. Active wear has never been more fashionable with Yoga mats fast becoming the latest fashion accessory. However, more recently I have have seen more press on ‘Yoga being bad for your body’ which has brought some controversy to the Practice.Read More
Pilates demonstration of true strength, co-ordination and control stems from technique and precision. It is more than just being on a reformer and working up a sweat. Pilates is about moving with intention — technique, and being mindful of its execution — precision.Read More
My ethos to Pilates teaching and training practice is much the same. As much as I am of the belief you can learn from everyone, I am also selective with my time and attention (retention), therefore I endeavour to train and learn from the best.Read More
On top of the various Pilates methods available, the exercise world adds to the confusion by cooking up some inventive derivatives of Pilates. Through all the haze of what is Pilates in all its methods and derivatives — the Traditional Method endeavours to stay true to the original method that was taught by Joseph Pilates himself.Read More
Pilates is not Yoga. It is not a relaxation stretch class. It is not physiotherapy. Pilates is exercise — a weight resistance strength methodology that is progressive with over 500 exercises across various Pilates apparatus. It was invented in the 1920’s by a fitness expert named Joseph Pilates.
Pilates focuses on strengthening the deep core muscles of the torso; abdominals, hips, lower back and buttocks — which as a collective, Pilates himself coined the ‘Powerhouse’. Pilates is progressive and adaptive — as one grows in strength, the level of difficulty and intensity of the exercises escalates and becomes more aerobic. For complete strength, control and endurance in the body, all Pilates exercises work the extremities (arms and legs) as ‘extensions of the Powerhouse’.Read More
The popularity of mainstream Pilates has seen it evolve from gyms to more specialised Pilates studios. This evolution is a step in the right direction, but I sometimes wonder if some studios haven’t simply applied a gym class mentality to the Pilates method.Read More
The complete (Advance) reformer repertoire (excluding the archival, super advance and variations) has about 56 exercises — to which the goal is for it to be completed in 45 minutes. Having said this, at times in between clients when pressed for time and energy, I often default to a modified routine that embodies Pilates’ modus operandi of Strength, Control and Flexibility.Read More
It is no secret that Pilates is great for back pain management, maintaining spine health and prevention of back injuries. Why? Because Pilates is all about stabilising and strengthening the trunk to support the spine. We refer to this as strengthening the ‘Powerhouse’.
Firstly, let’s cover what is strength training? These days, you hear these terms used in pretty much all avenues of exercise. But what really constitutes as ‘strength training’?Read More
It has been 3 years since True Pilates Sydney opened its studio doors in Surry Hills, Sydney. To celebrated this milestone, we created the event idea of EAT. DRINK. PILATES. It was a night to honour and acknowledge the many thanks we owe to our clients, friends and the Pilates community for their continued support and dedication.Read More
These days people function so much on autopilot without much thought to what they eat, drink and how they move. People as a whole eat too much, and food choices are dictated more by convenience and costs rather than health and wellbeing. I’ll be honest — I am not a fan of trending diets and not at all calories conscious — albeit consuming or burning. I am a cynical generalist when it comes to diets and exercise, preferring to defer to how I ‘feel’ to determine what is good, bad, beautiful or ugly for my health and body.Read More
Teaching is a skill — it can make all the difference to the inspiration; breathing life or indifference into commitments. In my experience, there are two fundamental parts to teaching; ‘Reading the individual’ and ‘instruction’.Read More
Following the season of merriment, I hope everyone has fronted up to 2016 with a fresher perspective and ready for what is to be the year of Cheeky Fire Monkey. Happy New Year to all — my off the cuff short wishlist for 2016!Read More
These days strength and fitness regimes are primarily based on weights and repetition or by distance. It is important to note that although these progressions increase strength and endurance respectively, it does not necessarily increase the intelligence of ones’ body. In short — being fit does not mean the body is intelligent.Read More
We have officially entered the twilight zone of debauchery. Yes — I’m talking about Christmas season. When work colleagues, friends and family are all part of a cunning plan to debunk everything you have worked so hard for through the year. It is the only month in the year when healthy eating and exercise regiments are traded in favour of excess eating and drinking in forms of work, social and family commitments.Read More
It’s fall in New York City again and I am feeling nostalgic. Images of Central Park, the sweet smell of ketchup in the air and usual clichés of food, energy, sights and people come to mind. However, one of the main reasons I travel to New York is for Pilates.
Of late I have been obsessing over my new found passion — whitewater kayaking. One might mistake its overtaken my love for Pilates, however this couldn’t be further from the truth. If anything it reaffirms my belief in the value of the Pilates method as a formidable strength training program that is intelligent and transferable.Read More
Sometimes as teachers we become so engrossed in the practice of teaching and training, we take for granted we started the same way — as a beginner. We forget precepts were prescribed and drilled into our practice as opposed to them miraculously appearing in our work and practice.Read More
The popularity of Pilates has given rise to a market that is flooded with poorly trained instructors. With organisations in the business of making money opposed to maintaining the integrity of the Pilates method — certifications are fast becoming a matter of convenience and mediocrity.Read More
I get a lot of people say to me ‘Pilates — it’s great for your core’. The (exercise) world is full of gimmicks, fads and tag lines— so I often wonder if they actually understand what that means.
As much as I would like say Pilates is more than just exercise (which it is), I have come to accept that Pilates is first and foremost about exercise. It is about body conditioning, strength training and at the ‘core’ of it is the ‘powerhouse’.Read More