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Dust down those Stability balls ready for action…

The stability bstabilityballall is a great piece of equipment to use in pilates. They challenge our bodies in a different way and are good fun too!  I’m hoping we can use them in my mixed level classes at the end of August . It will be possible if most people have their own balls to bring along,  I know some of you already have one.   If you’re thinking of buying one, here are some tips to help choose the right one for you:

  • SIZE is important .  When you’re sat on the ball, the knees should be level or just below hips, with knees bent at 90 degrees. A general height guide is:      under 5’2″  =  45cm ball ,     5’3″ to 5′ 8″ = 55cm ,      5’9″ to 6′ 3″ = 65cm,    6’4″ to 6’9″ = 75cm
  • Make sure it is ANTI-BURST. Some of the cheaper balls are not so check that it states it in the product description. If it doesn’t, then assume it’s not.
  • They can be bought in most sports shops or on-line. Amazon and ebay both sell them or  www.pilates-mad.com ,  who specialise in pilates equipment. Some are sold complete with pump, so check if you need one first.

Looking forward to teaching some new moves on the ball soon!

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Completely potty!

We all went to pot in this weeks, pilates for gardeners at Hergest Croft! TheDSCF0254 small plastic pots, previously used to grow my tomatoes in, were used to balance on knees and backs, to help us focus on pelvic stability. Then came the Bill and Ben impressions, as we put them on our heads for the standing balance work. The sound of falling pots definitely got less as the session progressed!  

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Good fun and great for helping to focus! How about terracotta ones next week folks?!  Have an enjoyable and safe gardening week.

Routine-how to fit pilates into our busy lives

This week we’re focusing on the last of the 8 principles-Routine. The more we practise pilates the more we feel the benefit. People tell me they’d like to practise at home but     1. they forgbusy_bee-399x411et the moves 2. not sure they are doing it right and 3. not enough time. So we’ve been learning a 10 minute balanced, low level ,work out,  which is available here to down load  10-minute-routine   Let’s see if we can work it into our busy daily lives and make it a routine like brushing our teeth. Good luck, I’m doing it too!

May 19th

Thanks for all your feedback about this site. It’s a work in progress and I’m hoping it will be a useful means of keeping in touch. There have been requests for more photos along with options for downloading the handouts, which I’m working on. My thanks to Alan for volunteering to be photographer and taking some great shots to add to the gallery.

This week we’ve been focusing on the principle CONTROL -making mlondon eyeovements a slow and consistent speed. One class member likened it to being on the London Eye which apparently is a very smooth, continual, circling motion.