Feed back forms for my class members, available at classes next week . Let me know your thoughts, ideas, concerns and suggestions so I can make sure you get the best from your pilates experience. No need to add your name, just put in the box next week at class.
Good to get back to classes again this week, after the break and to catch up with everyone. It’s been a full week with 2 new beginners classes starting in Leominster, both full. My Kington class for gardeners continued at Hergest Croft where we used pilates poles to practice safe digging and lifting techniques, ready for those autumn jobs in the garden. It was Maureens last class as she moves to Abingdon for new adventures and to carry on with her pilates, I’m glad to hear. Very best of luck Maureen, it’s been a pleasure now show your new instructor what you can do! Eardisland class today was missing Pete who’s recovering in hospital, get well soon Pete and best wishes to you and Ann.
The stability ball 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!
We all went to pot in this weeks, pilates for gardeners at Hergest Croft! The 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!
Good fun and great for helping to focus! How about terracotta ones next week folks?! Have an enjoyable and safe gardening week.
My Pilates for Gardeners class today, focused on balance. Gardening often requires us to lean or reach, taking us off balance, so not surprising that most gardening injuries are caused by falls. We used the pilates poles for standing balance work and the Thera-Band to stretch tight muscles. Can you stand really tall, lift one knee, and turn your head from side to side? If not maybe you need to join us? Happy and safe gardening all.
My mixed level classes continued with the roller again this week. When it came to standing on them, most people looked much more confident and balanced. The feedback I’ve had is that although the rollers can be a bit uncomfortable to lie on, people feel the benefit afterwards in their backs , shoulders and general improved posture. Thanks Sally for taking some great photos of Kingsland- check out the photo gallery.
This weekend is the Wimbledon finals. Did you know many of the worlds top tennis players use pilates as part of their fitness training – Djokovic, Federa, Murray, the Williams sisters, Pat Cash, Navratilova…the list goes on. Plenty of football and rugby teams also use pilates based exercises in their training sessions.
This week my mixed level classes have been working with the foam rollers – a useful piece of pilates equipment for challenging balance and
core strength, aswell as improving stretches and shoulder mobility. I know some people found the rollers so helpful, that they have decided to buy their own. if you are interested you can buy them at http://www.pilates-mad.com