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.
My Kington class for gardeners had fun with the foam rollers and from the feedback I received afterwards, felt the postural benefits of using this great piece of equipment. Next week is our last class at Hergest Croft for this year (and my birthday!), so coffee and cake afterwards for all who can make it. The gardens at Hergest are looking stunning with the autumn colours, well worth a visit before it closes for the winter next Sunday (2nd Nov). (www.hergest.co.uk)
My 2 new beginners classes in Leominster are making good progress and starting to master the pilates technique. Both classes are full at present.
Eardisland pilates class went ahead as usual today, despite the road to the village being blocked off both ends, meaning detours and encounters with reluctant workmen….it’ll take more than that to stop 13 pilates women with strong cores from getting to pilates!
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.
Week 12 of pilates for gardeners and as it was the last one for a few weeks, we learned a 10 minute routine which can be practised at home ( download here 10-minute-routine ) It makes a good warm up before starting those gardening jobs or for stretching out those aching muscles after the works done!
Great news, there is enough interest to continue the classes for another 6 weeks, starting Thurs Sept 25th. As we approach Autumn there are usually plenty of jobs to do in the gardens, so pilates will help keep spines flexible and cores strong to avoid injuries! Thanks to Jill for organising the classes at Hergest Croft, and for being happy to continue for another term.
Safe and happy gardening all…..
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.