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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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MEET OUR ‘NEW YEAR, NEW CHALLENGE, NEW YOU’ WINNER DANA

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Hello all, my name’s Dana and I’ve been chosen to be Tempo Pilates New Year’s Challenge blogger. I started attending classes in November 2012 but have been away from the studio for the last four weeks due to travel and the holidays. I’m still pretty new at it all, but as a lifetime allergic-to-exercise person I’m frankly over the moon to have found a away of getting healthy that doesn’t have me dying from either embarrassment (any sort of competitive sport) or boredom (running in one place for an hour… zzz).

After nearly a month of superfluous, holiday-driven alcohol consumption (wine! beer! Bailey’s – in everything!), and hoarding chocolate and pork in newly discovered belly rolls, I’d say now’s pretty much the perfect time to detox and get reacquainted with the idea of movement. Oh yeah, and there’s that whole New Year’s resolution business.

My goal with starting a Pilates routine hasn’t been about strict weight loss exactly (not that I’d mind…), but it’s always been more about taking control of my life. Now that I’m back, I simply want to get rid of that bloated, wobbly post-Christmas feeling – both mental and physical. I’m not a fit person, generally speaking, and my muscles are more of a myth than a reality – particularly in my upper-body. Just check out my look of sheer terror while even attempting a plank for a good laugh.

Part of the New Year’s Challenge, along with three weeks of 10 classes, is a diet overhaul. I met with Jane, Tempo’s resident nutritionist, to go over my current approach to eating and I was glad to hear that she thought my overall diet is good. I tend to eat a pretty balanced diet, and I try to balance out my love of the occasional pizza or Chinese food feast with more wholesome food as well as fruits and veggies. But I never deny myself anything as well, which as you can imagine, can be a bit of a dangerous approach over the holidays. Basically, right now I feel horrible (no duh).

To start off my 3-week super-healthy diet, Jane has got me on a three-day detox, which I’m sure my body is dying for right now. For the next three days I won’t drink any alcohol or caffeine, and I’ll focus on raw fruits and vegetables through salads, stir-fries, soups, and smoothies.

I must say that I’m quite scared of my first class back after a month of shameless Christmas gorging, but after a few sessions I’m sure I’ll be bouncing back to my usual self – that is, not very good at Pilates or exercise in general, but not giving up any time soon!

I’ll be back in a week to let you know how things are going and in the meantime – good luck with all your new year’s resolutions!

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