A box of what?
OK I’m officially laughing. Not a box of anything. Have I introduced myself?
I already have told you I am a mother of 2 boys and 2 female dogs. I write, poetry, short stories, children’s books and blogs. I’m am an animal lover, BUT I am also a Pilates instructor.
That’s my real job. How I earn my bread and butter, it pays my bills.
I can already hear some of you saying a what?
So What Is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise which concentrates on strengthening the body with an emphasis on core strength. This helps to improve general fitness and overall well-being.
Similar to Yoga, Pilates concentrates on posture, balance and flexibility. In Pilates the chance of injury is much lower than with other more strenuous forms of exercise.
Pilates also focuses on the mind-body connection.
While doing the various exercises your mind needs to be constantly aware of your breathing and the way your body moves.
I run a studio in my home town, on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, AUSTRALIA.
Please do visit, first class free is on me.
We run a varied disciplines to keep your body and mind healthy as we age. This exercise is ideal for everyone but I am emphasizing the importance to continue exercising as we age. My target audience today is over 40, over 50 and beyond. Apart from my awesome pilates sessions, we also run yoga, functional training, teacher training, personal training in our amazing little boutique studio.
We run group classes, small group specialized sessions, personal or one on one training.
The reason I had suggested my target audience today is Over 40 is because I have branched out into a new area, menopause coaching. I will be running programs to help women over 40 with their hormone health and fitness.
I have created my own brand of pilates, designing my own unique classes.
I run a unique blend of pilates based classes.
Pilates / Yoga Fusion
HIIT Pilates (high intensity pilates)
Circuit Pilates – This consists of approximately 14 to 18 stations, working upper body, lower body, the core and two or three cardio stations. We move from one station to another for a period of 45 seconds to one minute on each station. A great fat burning workout and suitable for all levels of fitness and injuries
321 UGI Ball pilates ( 3 minutes Ugi ball exercise, 2 minutes resistance exercises , 1 minute of core exercise.
Box -a – lates a combination of boxing circuits with pilates circuits. ( see pics of the fun my students had today)
This one is worth giving a go.
Exercise or physical activity can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing diseases like diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. It can have immediate and long-term health benefits more importantly it can improve your quality of life. 30 minutes a day can allow you to enjoy all of these benefits.
Some of the benefits of regular physical activity may be:
Reduce your risk of heart attack or disease
Manage your weight. Look better, feel better, more confidence
Lower your blood cholesterol levels
Lower your risk of diabetes
Can lower your blood pressure
Can help increase the strength of your bones muscles and joints therefore lowering the risk of osteoporosis
Lower your risk of falls
You recover better from injury or illness
You feel better, you have more energy, you are in a better mood, you are more relaxed and you sleep better.
Exercise can help with depression
It provides increased social contact if in a club or a group setting steps. Don’t be put off by feeling compelled to have to complete 10,000 steps or do 30 minutes of exercise. Start with 1000 steps start with five minutes of exercise. Build up. Little steps. This is the reason I’ve chose to specialize in women’s fitness over 40. You can get stronger, you can feel invigorated, you can be totally awesome. Let’s not grow old let’s be awesome.
Everyone in these photos are 50 and above With the exception of one 23-year-old and one 48 year-old. I had strict instructions to not put her in that 50 and I have a category. Your wish is my command. My crew are awesome.