In Fitness, Pilates, Wellbeing


What fun is being laid up with a stiff or bad back? What good is a perfect body if you are feeling less than perfect? Can Pilates assist you in living at your functional best?

As far as your back is concerned, more fun comes from more functional fitness. Pilates classes are the optimum experience in functional fitness, combining easy, pleasure, stamina and immediate results for a fitness regime that is easy and beneficial.

The simplest, easiest, most basic moves found in Pilates exercise are usually the most important gift you can give your body every day. These exercises are common sense, preventative Pilates movements that when done on a daily basis will keep you tuned up so you don’t miss out on one minute of fun!

What’s Functional Fitness?

  • Functional fitness strives to work major muscle groups in their full range of motion to promote everyday ease.
  • Functional fitness is quality of life movement and innovative dynamism.
  • Functional fitness gives you the ability to move at ease and perform everyday activities and tasks, pain free.

Say Bye, Bye Back Pain
With a series of exercises that provides flexibility, rotation and extension of the spine.

Still in the Sack
An exercise in expanding and retracting core and major muscle groups.

  • One Knee Hug (lying on back – hug one knee into chest – feel stretch in lower back – other leg can be bent at knee or extended.) Breathe. Switch legs.
  • Both Knees Hug (same as above – hug both knees into chest – feel stretch in lower back – breathe into the stretch – feeling your spine lengthening with each breath.)

  • While You Are Watching the Morning Show

    1. Hip Rolls (from above, drop feet on floor – knees bent – arms out to the side in a T position – shoulder level, palms up ,keep your legs and knees together to roll to the right side ,and attempt to kept your left shoulder on the floor – breathe into the torso stretch – pull your abdominals in and bring your knees back to centre and roll them to the other side.)
    2. Pelvic Lift (lying on back ,knees bent ,feet shoulder width apart ,arms by your side at around 45 degree’s, lift your hips up into the air, as far as your shoulders if you feel any pressure or tension in you neck lower yourself slightly , keep your weight centred in your whole foot, tense your glutes and send your naval towards your spine thoughout, and slowly roll yourself down vertebrae by vertebrae, starting from your mid back, lower back and then rear end. Articulate the spine as though it were a ‘string of pearls’ – make sure your knees stay still during the movement ( they have a tendency to roll open during the lowering.) Breathe
    3. Elbow Prop-Up (roll over onto your belly – prop yourself up on your elbows – legs extended together behind you , visualize lifting your chest – pull in your abs and feel your spine naturally extend – drop your shoulders and breathe.

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