Why should you have a strong core

The core powerhouse explained

If you have read fitness and health related articles, or chatted to fitness influencers and personal trainers, you would have heard the word core quite a bit. Personal trainers especially love to talk about this and the importance of doing exercises that involve, support and strengthen it. But what exactly is it all about? What function […]

Breastroke is a Pilates exercise

Pilates Mat Exercise | Breaststroke

Strength and flexibility take front and centre stage as equal partners in the vital endeavour towards correcting the dreaded back slump.  Not only is a spinal slump unsightly, it is also one of many causes responsible for back pain owing to muscle imbalances. Your back and abdominal muscles tend to get neglected unless you target […]

The benefits of exercise during your pregnancy

Exercising from the inside out! The key to a happy, healthy pregnancy and a quick recovery

Congratulations! You’re going to be a mommy! Now get moving. Because when you keep up with exercise during your pregnancy, the benefits are huge: You’ll suffer fewer of the preggy symptoms, like heartburn, backache and swollen ankles. Your hormones won’t be so wild, and you’ll feel sexier. You’re more likely to enjoy an easy delivery. […]

Pilates exercise - the hundred

Pilates Exercise | The Hundred | The Core Counts!

Founder of the Pilates Method, Joseph Pilates, has been hailed as being light years ahead of his time. The brilliance in his exercises is simply remarkable. Joseph designed a series of many highly effective warm-ups but the one we will be dissecting and analysing here is called The Hundred. True to its name, The Hundred requires you […]

The roll up

The Roll Up

In the never-ending quest for the oh-so-enviable, perfect wash-board abs, we are often asked which exercises will achieve this desired look. While nutrition will be a huge factor here, you still need to put in the time and sweat on your mat at home, or in your Pilates studio, to get the results you seek. Within the […]

How get six-pack abs

Here’s the reason why you can’t seem to get six-pack abs

Walk into any gym, and you’ll likely see someone doing crunches. Because crunches are the only way to get six-pack abs, right? Wrong!  So how do you get amazing abs? Simple: You need to make your body – especially your belly – as lean and strong as possible. Your abdominal muscles sit behind a layer of […]

Is Pilates beneficial for men?

Is Pilates beneficial for men too?

Is Pilates beneficial for men? Think about this: it was developed by a man called Joseph Pilates; it has been used as a training vehicle for top athletes, both men and women, for over 50 years; and men have been seen prominently as trainers and publicists of the method throughout its history. Even though men […]

Abdominal exercises to avoid if you have a bad back

Avoid these abdominal exercises to eliminate back pain

We know that one way to prevent back pain is to build a strong set of abdominal muscles. After all, these muscles are directly responsible for supporting the spinal column. However, what if your back is already bad – weak, painful, injured and vulnerable to further injury? In this case, you have to avoid the abdominal […]

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