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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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TEMPO PILATES – THE PERFECT FITNESS COMPLEMENT…

 If you are an enthusiastic winter sports person, you may have read our Blog (click here) on how Tempo Pilates can help you to get the best out of them.

Tempo Pilates is also a great complement for the runners amongst our students at London E8 and WC2. Whether you are aiming for a marathon or a casual jog around London Fields, Pilates can help to raise your game.

Running is a great cardiovascular workout however running alone can create imbalances and injuries.  Our Reformer Pilates classes can help to address this by strengthening muscles you do not engage in running.  The runners amongst our students will often have lower back or knee pain, tight hip flexors and hamstrings, poor balance and a weak core.

Tempo Pilates helps with overall endurance, strength and conditioning to build strong muscles, whilst also focusing on balance through development of the Powerhouse – aka “core” which creates the foundation required to enable the body to excel at running.  Tempo Pilates also improves flexibility and helps ease backache.

“@HelloDlR class last night really helped back just did 4 mile interval session and only odd twinge.  Thank you :-)”  @LBehrG – Twitter

So, whatever your running goals are – take advantage of our introduction offers at our East London, E8 and Covent Garden, WC2 studios and help improve your overall fitness.

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