Reasons to Row

The new season of House of Cards starts this month and it can only mean one thing – it’s time to get onto the rowing machine. Yes, Frank Underwood, Machiavellian politician and now President of the United States, is also an unlikely fitness icon. Rowing away in his Washington basement in the first couple of seasons, he inspired a lot of people to try this often-overlooked piece of fitness equipment.…

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Spring into 2017!

New Year, new equipment! We’ve just installed four Pilates springboards in the studio. These fantastic pieces of kit are a great way to experience the benefits of the studio equipment. If you enjoy the mat, then you’ll love the springboard. Springboard Evolution – the Cadillac The cadillac, also known as the trapeze or trap table, evolved from the equipment designed by Joseph Pilates while he was working with hospital patients…

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Keeping track of your fitness

According to a news story last week, the British Army has issued overweight soldiers with Fitbits to help them lose weight and get themselves fighting fit. My first question was – why are serving soldiers failing routine fitness tests and my second, will a fitness tracker really help them? As I’m not in a position to tackle the first question I thought I’d explore the second. Worldwide sales of fitness…

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Take the cadillac for a test drive

I recently took delivery of a new piece of equipment that several clients have commented resembles a torture device. “It’s a bit Fifty Shades of Grey,” one of them remarked. In fact it’s a Pilates tower – an attachment for the reformer that will enable clients to perform 95 per cent of the exercises traditionally performed on the cadillac. The full studio cadillac is a large piece of equipment comprised…

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The Gratz reformer at Ett Hem

Getting to Grips with the Gratz Reformer

I recently stayed at the magnificent Ett Hem hotel in Stockholm. I’d chosen it primarily because of my passion for interior design but there was a wonderful Pilates bonus in the little basement gym – a Gratz reformer. Gratz reformers are based on Joseph Pilates’ original designs and are the equipment of choice of most Pilates purists. The first thing you notice about the Gratz reformer is how beautifully made…

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Hanging tough, training smart with TRX

If I were shipwrecked on a desert island and could only take one piece of exercise kit with me the TRX would be it – providing, of course, I had a palm tree on which to anchor it. It’s functional, effective and incredibly portable. I’ve used it at the gym, in the park and even on the top deck of the Queen Mary 2. TRX, which stands for Total Resistance…

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Mirror, mirror…

When I first started going to gyms what seems like aeons ago I didn’t really understand why there were mirrors all over the place. I assumed they were for the ripped blokes in the weights room to admire themselves as they tweaked their biceps to perfection with yet another set of curls. I certainly didn’t want to look at myself – red in the face, sweaty and with wobbly bits…

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