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THE ORIGINS OF PILATES – Joseph H. Pilates

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Joseph H. Pilates, the man behind the groundbreaking exercise that we live and breathe here at Tempo Pilates, had the creative vision for the Pilates training we undertake today. Following ill health in infancy, German-born Joseph dedicated himself to developing his personal fitness, eventually producing the Pilates exercises that would become a worldwide phenomenon. And it was so good, he even gave it his own name!

But who owns ‘Pilates’ as it is now?

Pilates puritans devoted to his legacy believe the word should hold a trademark specifically to Joseph’s tradition, not the variations of the method that have emerged through time. This led to a court case in 2002, and it was legally determined that ‘Pilates’ would be a generic noun that is applicable to both Joseph’s specific approach and the adaptations inspired by his personal training. However, some still feel that this dilutes the credibility of the word that bears so much of Joseph’s fitness idealism.

Here at Tempo Pilates, we see both sides. While having a unified method of ‘Pilates’ would stop all the less-than-judicious advocates jumping on the bandwagon, it would also mean less room for personalised Pilates classes – because varied Pilates exercises mean getting the best for every student.

Not every Pilates class is the same, and with the addition of reformer Pilates and new, diverse personal training (all inspired by Joseph, of course!), we can truly achieve his vision of Pilates fitness for all. It’s important to pick the right place, so if you fancy a taste of the Tempo Pilates repertoire, view the online schedule.

We owe it all to you, Joseph! – Blog by Olivia Hennessy

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TEMPO PILATES CHALLENGE WINNER!

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We would like to annouce that the winner of our New Year, New Challenge, New You isDANA DRAMOWICZ. Thank you to all for applying. We had a great response and appreciate the time and effort it took to enter the competition. We are looking forward to recording Dana’s fitness progress in the New Year, New Challenge, New You at LondonE8! Please check our FB, Twitter and website to see Dana’s progress and why not take your own challenge to do 10 reformer Pilates classes with us in January, over 3 weeks? Start 2013 as you mean to go on!

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PILATES TRAINER AND NUTRITIONIST, JANE GROGAN’S TOP TEN NUTRITION TIPS

 

1. Start your day off by drinking a cup of hot water with slice of lemon in it.

2. Follow this with a fresh fruit and vegetable juice or smoothie, mix with “green powders”, and other protein sources such as hemp and pea protein powders, avocado or almond milk. See above an example of a smoothie our New Year, New You winner has been tucking into before her classes at London E8. Yum!

3. Add as much raw food to your diet as you can through the day, accompany meals with salads, and try to incorporate vegetables into every meal.

4. Spices are great for adding taste and have hidden medical benefits – so everyone’s a winner! Stock up on garlic, ginger, chilli, turmeric, cumin to name a few.

5. Alcohol and caffeine in moderation.

6. Keep hydrated during and after your reformer Pilates classes with at least 8 glasses of water a day. Green tea highly recommended as a post class pick up!

7. Natural based supplements recommended.

8. Probiotics – daily for protection of the gut.

9. Omega 3 fatty acids – for protective effects on the vascular system and the brain. Quality supplements can be acquired from marine or plant based sources.

10. Vitamin D3 – Important for bone health, potent anti-inflammatory agent and is involved in brain function and cancer prevention. Blood levels should be checked.

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A NEW YEAR, A NEW ME!

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After 4 weeks of eating smart and jumping on Tempo’s reformers at London E8 three times a week, my New Year Challenge is officially over. It’s hard to believe that just a month ago I was still looking at any sort of exercise with serious suspicion!

The last four weeks of regular Pilates at Hackney E8 has helped me lose some weight (2.3 kg if you’re wondering… that’s about 5lbs), especially from around my tummy area. Considering that my diet was not particularly restrictive and basically only stressed a lot of fruit and veggies, that’s a pretty solid result!

Generally speaking I physically feel a lot better, I sleep better, and I have loads more energy during the day. I’ve definitely gotten a little toned throughout my body, it’s nothing huge, but considering what I was starting from (non-existent) I couldn’t be happier with the result.

However, as much as I had an open mind, I have to admit that those first couple of days of following my new diet from Tempo Pilates instructor and nutritionist Jane saw more than a few sceptical grimaces, and required some personal tweaks. Yet, my new way of eating has hugely cut cravings for unhealthy snacks, and never allowing myself to get to ravenous-monster-mode means that I’m rarely tempted to reach for quick-fix food (pizza pizza and more pizza).

Transforming my diet into a sustainable, realistic lifestyle change is the biggest challenge now. But I think balancing out those tasty restaurant meals with plenty of nutritious food at home is the best way for me to hold onto both my health and happiness.

What I’m most thankful for is the chance to look at things from a different perspective. I mentally shifted from considering exercise as a strange, tortuous thing that people who I can’t relate to whatsoever inflict upon themselves (have you ever look at the face of a jogger… it’s hard to believe that they are having a good time). To be honest, now I don’t see what the big deal was. Tempo Pilates at London E8 is never boring, always challenging, and basically… fun.

This may be my final blog post as part of the New Year Challenge, but it ain’t all over yet! Tempo Pilates has asked me to continue blogging for another month as I continue to take reformer Pilates classes, so you’ll be hearing even more from my further adventures in the land of health.

Will I keep up the 3-times-a-week fitness schedule with Tempo Pilates reformer classes? YES! Will I do my first EVER push-up? Hope so! Will I be tempted by a burger?

Yes… yes I will, and I will eat it. Sorry to ruin the ending.

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