What a pilates instructor needs to know

What Every Pilates Instructor Needs to Know

As with all group fitness instructors, there are certain things that every great Pilates instructor needs to know.  These must-know pearls of wisdom range from an intimate knowledge of Pilates principles to how to run a group fitness class and making a success of their own Pilates business. Take a look. Fundamental Knowledge for a […]

How to become a pilates instructor

How a Pilates Instructor Differs from a Yoga Instructor

Being a Pilates Instructor differs enormously from being a Yoga Instructor. Why, you ask? Because Pilates and Yoga are fundamentally different. Here’s why. What is a Pilates Instructor actually? A Pilates Instructor is responsible for instructing clients in how to perform the art of Pilates. Kara Mayer Robinson describes Pilates as a workout: “It’s demanding, […]

The Pelvic Lift

The Pelvic Lift | Basic Pilates Mat Exercise | Trifocus Fitness Academy

When you start off a Pilates routine, there are certain fundamental exercises that you need to start off with doing before you get into the more complex work as these prep your body for what it needs to do. The Pelvic Lift – which is one such exercise – is performed on the mat and […]

What a Pilates instructor does

Pilates vs Yoga: Similarities and differences

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s while Yoga has been around for hundreds of thousands of years. These two exercise forms, for example, focus on developing strength and flexibility something which fitness professionals love them for. Here are some other benefits of these two types of exercises. Both seek to strengthen the connection […]

How an exercise ball is used at the office

Should you swop out your office chair for an exercise ball?

If you are looking to perform some core exercises while at work, you could replace your regular office chair with an exercise ball. This has become quite the trend but how effective is it actually? Sitting on a chair requires pretty much no muscle activity and it can actually hurt for a number of reasons: […]

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 […]

Why the fitness industry is booming

Why the fitness industry is booming

In 2017, the fitness industry will be worth trillions of Rands. The number of gyms, wellness centres and specialised sports centres will hit an all-time high. And here’s why. 1. We’re unhealthy – and we shouldn’t be There are over 3 billion people in the workplace. And according to the Global Wellness Institute’s “Future of […]

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 […]

Tips for group fitness instructors

How group fitness instructors can make their classes more engaging

Group fitness classes are a wonderful place for people to get fit, lose weight, get strong and make friends. But if the classes are not engaging, then clients won’t get the best results (and they’re less likely to keep coming back). Here are seven tips to make your group fitness classes engaging. 1. Music matters […]

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 […]

Selfies are good in the gym – find out why

Going to the gym is all about improving your health, fitness as well as the way you look. The explosion of the practice of “selfie-taking” rests on people wanting to show their friends on social media where they’ve been. Taking selfies at the gym can help you make headway in your workout routine. Don’t believe […]

The exercises which are great for the elderly

How to train the elderly

Elderly people are not often able to handle aerobic exercises on a regular basis because they don’t have the stamina they once did. This loss of stamina is caused by a decrease in the efficiency of the respiratory system and also a decrease in their muscle mass. This being said, there are ways to overcome […]

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