My Weight Loss Journey

A Personal Journey By Anne Simon B.Sc (Hon’s)

I have been on a personal journey over the past four weeks. Like many people  at New Year, I decided that 2014 was going to be the year I lost the excess weight and got back in to serious training. I wanted to lose it all in four […]

By |February 12th, 2014|News|

Analysis Of Exercise In Varied Environments

Analysis by Dr Paul Batman Ph.d

Under varying exercise conditions, muscle recruitment patterns will differ. Lets take as an example a ‘lateral raise’.

In the lateral raise performed with weighted dumbbells, the exercise is performed in a slow and controlled manner.

The supraspinatus and deltoid contract concentrically at the shoulder joint in the up phase and eccentrically in […]

By |February 12th, 2014|News|

Pilates Research Review By IDEA

We came across a recent  research review on Pilates by IDEA in their research library and thought it may be of interest to you as Pilates teachers. It strengthens the debate on Pilates as a tool in your box of core stabilisation work. Not only that but recent research within the review also shows that […]

By |February 11th, 2014|News|

Recipe – Healthy Fruit Mince Pies

Fruit mince:

500 g  apples, finely diced with the skin
250 g raisins
100 g cranberries or sun-dried cherries
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1 orange (you will need the zest from ½ orange)
500 ml fresh apple juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine the apples, raisins and cranberries into a pan.
Add the apple juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla […]

By |December 4th, 2013|News|

Core Conditioning Research Review Part 1 (1-10)

Continuing our research reviews by Dr Paul Batman

Dr Paul Batman is an international lecturer in Exercise & Sports Science degree and M.Sc programmes. With Andrew Richardson he started the Fitness Institute of Australia specializing in training fitness professionals.  He is currently consulting for educational institutions in curriculum design and writing educational materials.  His work is […]

By |November 28th, 2013|News|

Understanding The Healing Process

Abstract/article from Dr Christopher Norris book

The Complete Guide To Exercise Therapy published by Bloomsbury (2013)

Re-produced and edited with the kind permission of Dr Norris

Dr Christopher Norris is a physiotherapist with a phD in spinal rehabilitation and an Msc in exercise science. He is the founder of physiotherapy practice norris associates and author of 10 books on […]

By |October 23rd, 2013|News|

HIIT Water – Interval Training Using Water Exercise

Article by Gill Cummings-Bell BA (Hon’s). M.Sc. PGCE. MBA. MIfL

Short, high-intensity interval training versus longer, slower duration training has been studied and debated for decades among exercise teachers, coaches, and sports scientists.  Currently, the popularity pendulum has swung towards high-intensity interval training commonly referred to as HIIT in various work:rest interval (W:RI) formats. Some recent […]

By |October 23rd, 2013|News|

Recipe – Butternut Squash Soup With Miso & Coconut

Author Notes:

A savory, spicy butternut squash soup you don’t expect, but one you’ll want to eat all season long. – Kenzi Wilbur

Serves 6 to 8

Rapeseed oil
4 1/2 
cups water
tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon white shiro miso
large yellow onion
knob of ginger, peeled and grated
2 1/2
teaspoons cumin
teaspoon cayenne pepper, or slightly more to taste
3-pound butternut […]

By |October 6th, 2013|News|

Can Exercise ?

Exercising With Cancer –
a creation of Lizzy Davis by MK Pilates

Ask many people working in the Health and Fitness profession what to do when presented with a new client or class participant diagnosed with, or in recovery after treatment for cancer and they will respond with many different emotions but few if any will say […]

By |September 12th, 2013|News|

Targeting The Abs

Is Pilates better than regular sit-ups to train the abdominals?

Article by Jo Everill-Taylor

It’s something every class-goer is interested in- how can I best work my abdominal muscles? Well this research published by IDEA- The World’s Largest Association For Fitness & Wellness Professionals- sheds some light on how effective the Pilates exercises are when compared to […]

By |August 28th, 2013|News|