John Appleby: PILATES Versus CANCER Part 1

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Many of you will be familiar with John Appleby’s Pilates workouts regularly published on these pages so you would know that John teaches a number of classes in and around the Ross-on-Wye area. What you may not know is that for the past few months John has been fighting cancer of the oesophagus. The superman […]

John Appleby’s PILATES For Overall Body Strength

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Following last year’s workouts for specific muscle groups, here is a pick of exercises you can combine to develop strength in all the major muscle groups. As with any training session, warm up sufficiently before performing the exercises, and remember to stretch and cool down afterwards. You can arrange the exercises in a different order […]

John Appleby’s PILATES: Lower Back & Hip Flexors

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BACK STRETCH (1) If you only have time for one exercise, do this back stretch. Simply hug your knees close to your chest and enjoy. TIP: Increase the stretch by lifting your head and shoulders. HIP FLEXOR STRETCH (2 and 3) Start from the back stretch position shown above (picture 1). Pull in your pelvic […]

Pilates : John Appleby’s guide to Band Work

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Joseph Pilates originally used bed springs to create resistance for exercises that helped his patients recover from their injuries. Today, many of those simple muscle strengthening and stretching exercises can be performed with rubber exercise bands. These come in various strengths, so they can be used by any level from beginners to advanced users. The […]

Pilates Exercises For The Back

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CHILD/ SHELL POSE: Sit back on your heels as shown and stretch the arms forward or simply place them by your side. Rest in this position for 10 – 30 seconds, or until you feel your back muscles relax. SINGLE LEG STRETCH Start from the position shown where you hug your knees on your chest, […]

Pilates: Breathing New Life Into The ‘100’

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  Breathing is one of the most important principles of Pilates. “Above all, learn how to breathe correctly,” advised its founder Joseph Pilates. Instructors know how essential it is to teach clients the correct method of breathing. Generally, we teach students lateral breathing where you breathe in through the nose while expanding the chest, and […]

How PILATES Can Help Those Trying To LOSE WEIGHT

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If you are trying to lose weight, Pilates may help you in your determination to improve your figure. Regrettably, Pilates, or exercise in general, will not make you skinny on its own. In very simplistic terms, for each pound of fat you need to lose, it is necessary to burn approximately 3500 calories. The standard […]

The Principles Of Pilates

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Pilates brings together the mind and the body, and focuses strongly on balance, precision and breathing. This fluid and controlled exercise helps create a stronger, more flexible and mobile body, while giving you a better posture and more muscle tone. Pilates uses the following principles to achieve the best results. Alignment Good alignment of every […]

The Benefits of Pilates

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Practising Pilates regularly offers a host of benefits to our physical well-being. Here are some reasons why you should give it a go, especially as the exercises are simple enough to be practised by anyone, regardless their age or fitness level. Many exercises are also suitable for home work. Pilates lengthens short muscles, strengthens the […]

Did You Know? Joseph Pilates

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Joseph Pilates (1883 – 1967) suffered from rheumatic fever, rickets and asthma during his childhood. However, he was very determined to overcome his ill health and studied both Western and Eastern methods of exercise. Eventually he became so successful that due to his muscle definition he posed for anatomical drawing classes. He also became a […]