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OFF REFORMER WITH JAMES SHAW

Reformer Pilates Teacher James Shaw London-fields, Hackney, Shoreditch, Covent-GardenTempo Pilates trainer James already gained almost half a decade of Mat Pilates experience and is still keen on discovering new ways to teach.  Read our interview with him below…

TP: What first got you interested in reformer Pilates?

James: I found the Pilates method and absolutely loved it.  I taught mat Pilates for 4 years and finally, in addition, added reformer pilates to my qualifications. It was a natural progression to want to learn the large Pilates apparatus. This year I’ll be adding the Pilates Cadillac to my belt.

TP: What is it about the Tempo Pilates method you enjoy the most

James: I think the first half of the class being a repertoire aids the students to see progression within the class. Plus, greater mind-muscle connection as the repetition of movement strengthens neural pathways, which helps us to learn new skills and develop our bodies.

TP: Tell us about some of the benefits you’ve found Pilates can provide men in particular.

James: Pilates holds the same benefits for everybody. Men, women, young and old. I feel with regards to men, Pilates may hold a stigma that it is more for “women” when in fact Pilates was created by a man to fix his body. Add the reformer and you’ve got an amazing workout.

The benefits I personally found was the change in body shape because I’d lost lots of weight but still didn’t have a nice body. Pilates tightened my transverse abdominal muscles which in turn gave me a strong core and a smaller waist. Winning!

TP: What are your best tips to boost energy for fitness?

James: Get plenty of sleep and keep hydrated. Try to limit phones and tablets. Our screens emit a specific type of blue light; this light keeps us awake and boosts reaction times by suppressing the release of the ‘sleepy’ hormone, melatonin.
Try not using your phone for one hour before bed and try not to have the phone next to your bed while you sleep.  As a result, I found my sleep improved 110% by doing this.

TP: As an East London local, what are your favourite places to eat and drink?

James: For a Sunday roast I love The Talbot in De Beauvoir. Drinks at Howl At The Moon in Hoxton and Shoreditch House.

TP: A recent London discovery you’d like to share?

James: I found an amazing coffee shop called Black Truffle in Belsize Park. The coffee is amazing and the cakes are to die for. If you’re in north London look it up.

TP: Your favourite song from our April playlist?

James: Me and My Toothbrush – Sister. I love teaching to the beat.

TP: Who is an inspirational figure you look up to?

James: Benjamin Degenhardt. From the start of my Pilates career, I have found him a total inspiration for my Pilates practice and teaching.

TP: What’s your best tip for beginners to Tempo Pilates?

James: Nobody was good at anything without practice, therefore give it a go.

TP: What’s a quote or saying you like to live by?

James: “If it doesn’t challenge you it won’t change you.”

Book a class with James at our London E8 | Hackney or E1 | Shoreditch reformer pilates studio.

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STUDENT OF THE MONTH | APRIL 2018

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STUDENT – TRACEY
Tracey, a London E1|Shoreditch regular, comes in with an amazing attitude and never skips a reformer pilates class despite her busy schedule. Read our interview with her below.

When and what made you decide to join Tempo Pilates?
July 2016. I was tired of my stressful commute and needed a reason to wake up earlier.

How many times a week do you come?
3-4 times.

What I like the most about Tempo Pilates is…
The friendly professional atmosphere of the studio, instructors and that I generally feel like I have extended myself beyond my comfort zone – the benefits are tangible mentally and physically.

What other forms of exercise do you enjoy?
I do Pilates whenever/wherever, including when I travel across the globe (I have not quite found anything like Tempo Pilates reformer classes), lots and lots of hiking and walking.

What is your favourite Tempo Pilates playlist Tune?
Hmmm ..just one..probably Sugar – Robin Schulz it supports the longest plank.

What’s a great film/exhibition/concert you’ve seen recently?
Golden Kingdoms at the Getty Museum, click here>.

Any favourite local places for food and drinks you can recommend?
Not sure about local… Millies Lounge at The Ned.

What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
French toast for brunch (post an Up-Tempo class).

What motivational quote do you associate with?
“Obstacles are simply what you see when you take your mind off your focus.”

What were your new year’s resolutions for 2018?
I’m not really a resolutions person.  I rather keep eye on my personal goals throughout the year.

Well done to Tracey, we hope you enjoy all the complimentary treats. – Tempo Pilates Team
Photo credit: Annabel Elston

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OFF REFORMER WITH JESSICA HATHAWAY

Reformer Pilates Teacher Jessica Hathaway based at Tempo Pilates | London-fields | Hackney | Shoreditch | Covent-GardenAn all-around entertainer, Jessica has been with Tempo Pilates since 2016 and known for her holistic approach to teaching.

She loves to use Reformer Pilates as a way to train people with all kinds of physical and wellbeing needs.  Read her health and fitness tips and London recommendations below.

TP: What is the most valuable thing you have learnt from all of your experience as a teacher/entertainer?

Jessica: To breath full and wide.  As both a teacher and an entertainer we talk about breathing so often, but it is so important.  It can change intensity, it can assist, it can calm, and it is totally necessary (obviously).  I’d encourage everyone to take the time to have 5 minutes to just relax and breath every day!

TP: What’s a quick tip to help maintain good posture throughout the day?

Jessica: Pay attention to your shoulders, especially if you’re sat at a desk.  Taking the time to roll your shoulders back throughout the day will encourage you to sit a little taller with the collarbone open and smiling.

TP: Do you follow any particular diet that you’d recommend to support a healthy and active lifestyle

Jessica: A constant balance of well-rounded eating and treating yourself occasionally.  I personally like to fuel my day with a lot of fruit and veg finding it’s the best way to boost energy and keep it going throughout the day.  Try to carry a little snack pot (usually containing nuts and dried fruit) for when I’m out and about.

TP: Do you have any tips to combat the winter blues?

Jessica: Get on your coat/scarf/hat/boots. Make sure you have a pack of cards on you then get a friend and go for a nice relaxed walk with the end goal being a red wine in a pub!  A little bit of exercise followed by a reward (this was me in Edinburgh over new year, epic walks followed by cosy pubs).

TP: What’s a lesser known or secret place in London you’d like to share?

Jessica: Great question. It isn’t really a secret place but I love to walk down through Alexandra Palace into Crouch End- I lived there for years and it’s my favourite place in London.

TP: What’s your favourite song from the Tempo Pilates playlist?

Jessica: I couldn’t pick just one- I really like Try it by Groove Motion and the Feeling Good by Nina Simone remix.  I always love the playlist!

TP: A good film/show you have seen recently?

Jessica: For a feel-good film, “The Greatest Showman” (go Hugh Jackman!) But there are so so so many good ones at the moment!!


TP: What is a quote you like to live by?

Jessica: This will depend on the day/ week/ month but today I will say in the words of the great Dolly Parton (I love her) “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life”

 

Jessica’s classes are fun, friendly and suitable for beginner and intermediate students alike.  She can be found at the London E8 | Hackney reformer pilates studio on Monday evenings, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and in our WC2 | Covent Garden reformer pilates studio on Friday mornings.

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