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Pilates

Jamie Isaac of Fluid Art Pilates, demonstrates how to perform the roll up. Jamie has recently released a Pilates flow DVD with music by Moby and proceeds going to charity. The DVD features a mixture of classical and contemporary exercises that allows you to build on the principles of alignment and centring and is designed to[...]↣ READ MORE

Getting started with Pilates

Following on from his blog on the history of Pilates and its creator, Joseph Pilates, Jamie Isaac explains why Pilates is so popular today, how to get started and how to get the most from the method… The use of Pilates to keep in shape by numerous famous actors and elite athletes pays testament to its[...]↣ READ MORE

Although not strictly a Pilates exercise, the side plank is a great core stability exercise and utilizes many of the Pilates concepts. It’s a good way to develop the strength needed for the Side Bend or the Twist, and therefore is often found hiding somewhere within Pilates classes. Start by sitting sideways with the upper[...]↣ READ MORE

Perhaps you are regularly practising Pilates, maybe you’ve tried it once or maybe you just have a vague idea that it’s ‘a bit like yoga’. Whatever your knowledge or experience of Pilates, people are often surprised to find out that it all started with one man… The history of Pilates takes us back to Germany[...]↣ READ MORE

This quick clip contains a fantastically simple yet powerful exercise for your shoulders, arms and glutes. Retreat tip Remember the best results come when you focus on how you are doing the exercise, as opposed to simply focusing on getting it done and out of the way.