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Run for it!

Running is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to get fit. When it comes to routes and scenery, we’re spoiled for choice in Cornwall and now the weather’s warmer, there’s no better time to get started. For many years I hated running. Early experiences with school cross country races left me scarred and even today, the thought of trudging through a muddy field in the depth of an English…

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Take the plunge with wild swimming

I’m the first to admit it – I don’t really like swimming. I know it’s an extremely effective form of exercise but to be honest I find trudging up and down the pool boring and the chlorine plays havoc with my skin and hair. Recently, however, I’ve discovered outdoor swimming or as it’s better known these days, wild swimming. It started with a dip in the sea on a hot…

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Joseph Pilates - the man behind the method.

Pilates – not just for girls

‘Pilates is for women.’ ‘I won’t get enough of a workout.’ ‘It’s a bit girly.’ These are just some of the responses I get when I talk to men about Pilates but after an hour on the mat they usually change their mind. While it’s true that the majority of Pilates enthusiasts are women, men are finally wising up to the benefits of this amazing exercise method. Here are just…

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Staying safe in the sun

There’s a heatwave going on (finally) and I wanted to share a few tips for exercising during a hot spell. Having worked as a personal trainer in Western Australia for several years, I know just how challenging it can be but providing you take sensible precautions you can still train safely outdoors. We all know the risks of sunburn but working out during hot weather can also result in a…

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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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No gym? No problem

Not everyone has a gym membership. In fact not everyone likes the gym but that doesn’t mean you can’t work out. All you need is your own bodyweight and a bit of space. I love bodyweight exercises because you can do them everywhere – in your living room or hotel room, the back garden or the park. What’s even better is that because they require no equipment they’re absolutely free.…

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Take it outside

After days of rain and mizzle it appears that spring may have finally sprung. This morning’s weather tempted me outside for a quick session that included sprints and bodyweight exercises – perfect for blowing away the cobwebs. Spring weather provides the perfect opportunity to shake up your exercise regime by training outdoors. Getting out in the fresh air is fun and challenging and, when it comes to venues, we’re spoilt…

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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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How to train like an Olympian

The Olympics are in full swing and while you may not be as fast as Usain Bolt, when it comes to training, you can learn a lot from him and his fellow Olympians. Here are our top tips for training like an Olympian. Goal setting Athletes spend years preparing for the Olympics. Their training schedules are planned months in advance with very specific performance goals in mind. While that’s not…

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Pilates – benefits for all

Most of the clients at Joseph Pilates’ New York studio were professional dancers but the everyone can benefit from the method’s precise and controlled, low impact exercises. Whether you’re an elite athlete or just someone looking to become a little bit fitter, Pilates offers many benefits. Here are just a few: Perfect posture Pilates works the deep postural muscles, improving alignment and creating a sense of length throughout the body.…

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