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Fit to Sit

In our computer driven society we have moved away from the active roles and are spending more time sitting. As humans we have evolved from hunter gatherers and we are progressing towards a more inactive society where the incidental exercise we do is diminishing. Our bodies were designed to be active and strong yet our …

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Hypermobility

Hypermobility is starting to become more well recognised. Hypermobility is a genetic condition affecting between 20-30% females and 10-15% males, although these numbers vary widely.  Different ethnic backgrounds will have higher levels of hypermobility than the general population like Asian populations.  Most elite athletes are hypermobile or have a degree of peripheral hypermobility. It can …

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WHAT IS A REFORMER?

The reformer is a machine which consists of a sliding carriage with springs, bars and straps. Invented by Joseph Pilates nearly 100 years ago for bedridden soldiers during the first world war, it is not just another fitness fad but a remarkable piece of equipment. 

The reformer is very versatile. You can lie, kneel and stand on it and adjust the tension of the springs to different levels to create the ultimate workout. The reformer supports your body to move through a full range of motion, something which can be difficult on a mat alone. Alternatively, the springs and footbar on the reformer can be adjusted to challenge an exercise in ways that are impossible on a mat. This also means that exercises can be adapted for different body sizes and different skill levels. Your Pilates teacher can help you make all the necessary adjustments to suit you. You can work out on the reformer in either group classes or 1-1 sessions or a 2-1 session with a friend.