Thoughts of the week
After many years of being intrigued by pilates, we finally tried it this week, reformer pilates to be specific! The aim of using this is to promote length, strength, flexibility, coordination and balance with a choice of springs offering different levels of resistance. Exercises can be done in a variety of positions and are incredibly versatile. Additional equipment can be used for additional variations.
The main benefits are:
- Improved posture
- More efficient movement
- Correction of muscular imbalances that can provide pain relief
- Enhances core/trunk strength
- Promotes muscle tone
- Better muscular flexibility and joint mobility
- Stronger bones
We were initially skeptical about the level of difficulty and how we would feel whilst carrying past/present injuries. There was nothing to worry about, the instructor regressed/progressed all movements according to our ability making it challenging but not uncomfortable. We felt very rejuvenated when finishing and it’s definitely something we will be doing again!
Pilates is an excellent form of exercise to include in a weekly program whether you are training for a specific sport or just looking to keep healthy. Anyone with muscular/joint issues should absolutely give this a try and continue to do it regularly.
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Exercise of the week
Development | Preparation | Activation | Level 1 | Stages A to E | Progressions
- Jumping combinations
- Hopping combinations
- Skipping combinations
- Bounding combinations
- Acceleration/deceleration combinations
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Recipe of the week
Spiced white fish w. californian vegetables
- Wash, rinse & roughly chop jersey royal potatoes, white onions, carrots & beets. Place on a separate baking tray with some crushed garlic cloves then drizzle with olive oil, apple cider vinegar. Cook in medium-high oven for approx. 25-30mins.
- Season 2 tilapia fillets with ground black pepper, sea salt, masala power, turmeric & fresh lemon juice. Place on a baking tray in medium-high oven for approx. 15-20mins.
- Boil frozen garden peas for 5-10mins until al dente. Drain then put to one side.
- Remove fish & vegetables from oven.
- Pour peas on to vegetable tray, then mix together well.
- Plate & serve as in picture.
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