Obliques roll-back

Obliques Roll-Back | Pilates Mat Exercise | Abdominal Exercises

What a way to work the waist! The obliques roll-back primarily targets the obliques however it also adds great mobility to the back, isolating one side of the body at a time and relying heavily on pelvic stabilisation. Your spine and scapulae are a focal point. You need to remain extremely stable during rotation as the […]

Bsic kettlebell movement: kettlebell swing

The foundational kettlebell movement: the swing

The swing is the movement that all kettlebell training is based on.  There’s a reason for this – says master kettlebell coach, Andrew Read. The swing – says Read – puts very little stress on one’s lower back so  making it a great exercise for people (who have lower back problems) to do. He also says that […]

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 […]

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 best exercises to work your medial deltoids

3 of the best exercises to work your medial deltoids

The deltoid muscle gives your shoulder its rounded shape. It is made up of the anterior deltoids (front) , medial deltoids (middle) and posterior deltoids (back). There are a number of exercises that are geared towards working your medial deltoids. Let’s have a look. Seated Shoulder Press with Dumbbells Start seated on a low straight-back […]

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How to lose weight using kettlebells

People who love training with kettlebells use them because the exercises you do will combine cardio and strength training. This means that you will enjoy a time-saving workout. The amount of calories you can burn by using kettlebells is extremely high, i.e, around 400 calories in 20 minutes. It also strengthens your muscles and helps with back […]

Why you need to train your shoulders

How you should be training your shoulders

No matter what time of the year it is, it is always a good time to train your shoulders. But the question that always comes to mind is how do I get perfectly capped deltoids? Here are some exercises to target that V-line in your medial deltoids. Seated lateral dumbbell raises (targets the medial deltoids) Sitting […]

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 […]

Exercises for the best guns

The best exercises for the best guns

So you want a bigger pair of guns? Stronger, leaner, tougher arms that get envious stares from your peers? The question is: should you use concentration exercises that target individual muscles (or individual areas of muscles) to create the micro-trauma that results in muscle repair and growth? Alternatively, do you opt for compound bodyweight exercises […]

The benefits of suspension training

5 ways suspension training can improve your overall endurance

Suspension training isn’t just a passing fad. It’s proven to develop strength, stability and flexibility, all through the use of functional movements and compound exercises. Suspension training can also improve your endurance. Here’s how. 1. It works you core Suspension workouts activate your core. So even if you’re performing an exercise designed to target the […]

The wonders of the incline bench press

Why the incline bench press is the best exercise to shape your chest

The incline bench press is the best exercise to shape your chest because it develops the mass and strength of the: Pectoral muscles (upper and middle region of your chest which will give a square-cut appearance with a vertical drop), and  Anterior (front) deltoids.  The lower chest is naturally more responsive to growth. As you’d […]

6 exercises to do for a total body workout

6 of the best exercises to do

Having one of those weeks where you’ve barely made it to gym? Do you find yourself missing leg day too often because life’s commitments are weighing you down? Maybe you just don’t know where to start… Well here’s your answer! Below are six important exercises, which will give you the perfect way to workout your entire body […]

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