How To Get in Shape for Summer

For those of us in Cape Town, around October we start to see a glimmer of hope that summer is on its way. We see a few days go by with no rain, the temperatures start to tip 20 degrees and the tell-tale wind starts to blow a little. Of course with those signs of good weather approaching, we also start to think a little more about our bodies. Come … Continue reading

Stretching & flexibility during pregnancy

In this post we’re going to focus on the benefits of stretching during pregnancy. We’ll cover how to prevent injury while stretching and I’ll show you some easy flexibility work you can enjoy on your own. As we’ve mentioned in previous posts on pregnancy, staying active during pregnancy is very important. As much as working on strength and focusing on specific muscles is an essential part of fitness during pregnancy, … Continue reading

Pregnancy Pilates – Lower body exercises

In previous posts about Pilates during pregnancy we have covered other important areas to focus on such as arm exercises, tummy exercises and pelvic floor exercises. In this post, we will continue the series and discuss lower body exercises during pregnancy, focusing specifically on the glutes and the calves. The glutes play an important part in maintaining correct posture during pregnancy. Doing glute exercises can ease discomfort in your back and hips. They also help you maintain … Continue reading

Pregnancy Pilates – Arm exercises

Today we’re going to focus on some effective arm exercises to do during pregnancy to keep the arms toned and strong for when baby arrives. You’ll thank me when you’re carrying a minimum of 3.4kgs extra around in your arms for most of the day! As important as these arm exercises are, I’ve also included a great exercise that works the arms as well as the important upper back muscles. … Continue reading

There’s more to the Pilates Teaser than you can imagine!

This post is dedicated to all the people who have attempted the Pilates Teaser and: 1. Found it to be one of the more challenging Pilates exercises and see it as something to work towards 2. Have worked on this exercise consistently and seen their strength and technique really improve 3. Feel they have mastered the Teaser. They find it challenging but feel that with their technique and strength it … Continue reading

Your pelvic floor & Kegel exercises

While working with my clients, especially my pregnant clients, I am constantly reminded of how important the pelvic floor muscles are. Yet it seems that only when a women falls pregnant does she start becoming more aware of their existence and importance. It’s really quite unfortunate that so many women don’t know or realise how important their pelvic floor muscles are. Don’t worry – if you are read this and … Continue reading

Pregnancy Pilates – 2 Great Abdominal Exercises

As you might know from previous posts, I am working very closely with a pregnant client called Dea at the moment. Dea is into her 20th week – a time when questions usually come up around abdominal exercises. People often ask how to do tummy exercises safely from the second trimester onwards when a pregnant woman’s physique really starts to change. As Dea is at this stage now and we … Continue reading

A fantastic lower ab workout!

So I’m posting something a bit different today. I’ve included a link to this post from another blogger whose creativity inspires me regularly! The blogger’s name is Cassey Ho and the name of her blog is Blogilates. I stumbled across her blog while looking for some exciting new exercises to do and have been hooked ever since! Once you have given it a go, I’m sure you’ll agree with me … Continue reading

Two Pilates exercises for a flatter tummy!

Two Pilates exercises for a flatter tummy! Researchers from Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama conducted a study to test what form of tummy exercises are the most effective. They compared the traditional crunch to 3 Pilates exercises and found that 2 of the Pilates exercises worked the transverse abdominis and internal obliques the most! Click here to read the full article. What were these two exercises? “The Hundred” and “Double leg … Continue reading