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DANA’S BLOG WEEK 3 – “IN 10 SESSIONS, YOU WILL FEEL THE DIFFERENCE” JOSEPH PILATES

 For us at Tempo Pilates, what we wanted to achieve from the ‘New Year, New Challenge, New You’ task was to educate our students on how frequency and dedication to your reformer Pilates classes, whether in London E8 or WC2 can reap rewards. We wanted to prove the words of Joseph Pilates when he said “in 10 sessions, you will FEEL the difference” – and indeed, without any cueing from us, that is exactly what Dana has done.

The healthy diet aspect has for us been (and we hope for Dana) an added bonus, rather than the focus of the Challenge. Designed with a complete system cleanse in mind to start the New Year, Dana has done remarkably well at sticking to the regime prescribed by Pilates instructor and nutritionist Jane Grogan and we hope Dana will take pointers away with her when she re-introduces meat and treats!

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So here we are nearing the end of my Pilates challenge at London E8, with only a handful of days remaining… I can’t believe 3 weeks and 9 classes has passed by so quickly!

The last week of my challenge at the Hackney studio has been incredibly smooth. My reformer Pilates exercises are going well, and as usual those pesky tricep dips and planks are keeping me on my toes. But I can feel myself slowly improving, and I’m feeling stronger every day. It’s been a subtle change but overall I feel more solid – more in control.

I think I’ve basically reset my brain to accept that going to Pilates three times a week is just something I do, and I think nothing of it. As a newbie to any sort of fitness, I used to consider going to exercise as some sort of epic self-sacrifice, doing what I hate in the name of that elusive thing called HEALTH. But now I’m actually looking forward to my Tempo Pilates classes in East London… What can I say, I feel refreshed, I feel ready to face the day. It’s just not a big deal anymore, and it’s as natural a part of my morning routine as eating breakfast.

Speaking of food, no world-shattering events have happened in the last week either. I’ve absorbed my new regimen and think nothing of it anymore. My last week has mostly been focused on thinking about how I will soon re-introduce “normal” food to a nearly all veggie & fruit diet, without shaking the boat too much. As much as I’ve gotten used to the super-healthy approach, as a hopeless foodie (the kind that instagrams all her meals… yup), I can’t realistically see a future denying all the distinctly unhealthy wonders of the culinary world forever. But to be honest, I don’t want to go completely back to how I was before either (give me pork or give me death!!). This’ll be something I have to think about…

Dana is back for a final Blog with us next week: Watch this space.

(PS: Dana has already purchased more Pilates Classes – yes, we warned you Tempo Pilates is addictive ☺)

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DANA’S WEEK 2 AT TEMPO PILATES E8

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“CHECK OUT MY BUNS OF STEEL”… is a phrase I actually uttered this week, having newly discovered that my butt is capable of slightly more than squishy floppiness. Jokes aside, I must admit that something is happening to my body, and I’m not sure what it is…

You see, muscles are forming in strange places – i.e. on MY body. Last week I passed the 10th class mark at the Hackney studio of Tempo Pilates, and my 5th class of 2013. This week also marked another important achievement – my completing a full session on the Pilates reformer without stopping at some point for a second to wonder “if someone thinks this is humanly possible they must be joking” – until I look around in disbelief see all my Pilates classmates happily holding up their entire bodies with one finger (that might be a slight exaggeration).

My biggest problem area (upper-body/arms) is coming along as well. I can definitely get through ten triceps dips now with the encouragement of the East London trainers. But usually those ten are followed by twenty more, which is when I start struggling. But ten is definitely an achievement! The dreaded plank is a lot less dreaded – though I can probably last no more than 5 seconds, that’s already 5 seconds longer than when I started. My biggest problem was pain in my arms from holding up my upper body, but now I’m happy to report that the focus has shifted to my core muscles during a plank on the reformer – which is how it should be. Progress!

The diet aspect which Pilates trainer and nutritionist Jane Grogan, a regular teacher at London E8 has devised, is coming along fine as well, I’m so used to it that it almost doesn’t feel like a diet anymore. The food is delicious and what was so great about bread anyway? Hmm…

Overall I’m feeling great and slowly starting to look different as well. Cutting out foods that make me bloated (hello local beer) and working on my core has got my belt down two notches after two weeks. If that’s not progress from Tempo Pilates reformer Pilates classes, I don’t know what is.

Check back later this week and keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for words of wisdom from Jane on nutrition, and Dana’s healthier eating lifestyle plan.

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OUR JANUARY PLAYLIST HOLDS MANY GEMS TO SEE YOU INTO 2013 AT OUR LONDON E8, E1 and WC2 PILATES STUDIO

‘Locked out of Heaven’ by Bruno Mars offers us good reach with our 100’s on the reformer this month. A born star not shy of the stage and from a very young age, he used to perform with his parents band ‘The Love Notes’. With it’s fourth week at no.1 on the US charts, Bruno previously had to disobey label bosses adamant that he chose one genre to pursue a career in. We are glad he didn’t listen in the name of artistic freedom and Tempo Pilates!

Second time now that Nicolas Jaar has featured on our reformer Pilates playlist, we thought we would give him a much-needed mention. Debuting at only 17, this now 22 year old has wowed us with his signature abstract sound, creating a delicate and interesting tempo for our repertoire time and time again. There are no dates set yet for the UK, so we thought we would leave you with his essential mixer of the year 2012 whilst we patiently wait for him to play at venue local to us!

Zola Jesus needs no introduction here at Tempo Pilates. She is a force to be reckoned with and if you haven’t heard of her yet, we would be surprised. She fast tracked through school and college with 3 years each way and studied Opera on & off for 10 years. However, she did not perform any opera shows due to excruciating anxiety. Check out David Lynch’s remix of her song ‘In Your Nature’ in class and as an extra bonus, her rendition of Rihanna’s hit ‘Diamonds‘.

 

By Hayley Johnston

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WEEK 1 – 3 PILATES CLASSES AND A DETOX…

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It’s been one week since I started the Tempo Pilates challenge at their Hackney studio, and I’m still standing! Though occasionally it’s a little bit wobbly…

My very first reformer Pilates session of 2013 at London E8 was surprisingly trouble-free, and while there was more than the usual huffing and puffing, I managed to get through the hour with a smile on my face. I think my muscles didn’t have much time to recover because while I was smugly enjoying the idea of breezing back into being back on the Pilates reformer after a month off; my second session a couple days later had me properly grimacing through the rounds. Sometimes it amazes me how exercising lying down can be so darn exhausting…

In fact, the lying down aspect of a lot of the exercises at Tempo Pilates is probably one of the reasons that I so surprisingly, comfortably, slipped into enjoying the sweat. When you spend most of your time staring at the ceiling and focusing on your breath, you realize that there isn’t even a chance to start feeling self-conscious – everyone else couldn’t see me messing up even if they wanted to. Brilliant!

The diet aspect of the New Year, New You Challenge structured by Tempo Pilates’s nutritionist and instructor, Jane Grogan, has definitely been the most… challenging. Particularly the initial 3-day detox, an experience that had me daydreaming about cheese and bread a lot of the time. As much as I was mentally up for it, my body refused to accept hot water with lemon as an acceptable substitute for coffee. I don’t even drink that much, but I was amazed at how my body decided to just yawn its way, half-asleep, through those three caffeine-free days.

As for the raw food aspect, it was difficult to adjust at the start, but I couldn’t believe how easily my stomach filled up with virtually only raw fruit and vegetables inside. Even now, with healthy snacks all planned out, I haven’t felt those annoying, gnawing pangs hunger (which are the usual trigger for my running for the cheese and bread) and eating healthy is just a habit and not a chore. Nice!

But watching my boyfriend happily chomp away at some pizza was one of the most painful things so far…  Below is what I looked like

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