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THE FATS OF LIFE- LOSE WEIGHT FOR GOOD

No its not all about the next new diet providing you with the results you’ve been chasing all this time! Losing weight is all about balance and making changes to your life for the long run, and not the quick fix we crave. Here are some tips on how to achieve your goals… Good luck!

TIP ONE: Caffeine burns fat-Drink green tea before you exercise. The caffeine frees fatty acids so that you burn fat more easily. (If you have high blood pressure , skip this tip)

TIP TWO: Plan your meals-Avoid waiting for the starvation phase before you make any meal decisions, take a couple of minutes a day and plan ahead and avoid bad decisions.

TIP THREE: Fibre-Common in vegetables, fruit, Oats, lentils and grains, bulk up food are calorie free and good for you digestion system.

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IS TEMPO PILATES USEFUL FOR MEN?

We have all seen and heard men patronise other men who practice Pilates, and many men are concerned whether they will be the only male in studios charged with females, practicing this so-called “women’s sport”.

What most people don’t know?  Pilates was actually created by a cigar smoking, whiskey-drinking boxer, acrobat, and gymnast named Joseph Pilates.  He created his exercise regime first and foremost for men.  He started developing his method at a camp in England during World War I, attaching springs to the beds of the bedridden to rehabilitate them. Pilates was also a physical education instructor with the military police in Germany.

Pilates originally trained athletes: boxers, wrestlers, skiers, gymnasts, and even circus performers. Perhaps the gender shift started to occur when choreographer George Balanchine and dancer Martha Graham caught onto his method, influencing the influx of dancers to seek out his studio, and embrace the Pilates practice.  This could have lead to the misconceptions that Pilates is only for women or dancers.

More men in London are now starting to rediscover the Pilates method and its benefits for their own goals; we have seen men come into the studio seeking to improve their balance, flexibility, coordination and posture, increase their core strength, low back pain and muscular imbalances.  Many male athletes have turned to Pilates to find their edge and strengthen their game.  A few athletes who have made Pilates integral to their physical conditioning are golf star Tiger Woods, England cricketers Mike Atherton and Andrew Flintoff, and footballer David Beckham.

The Tempo Pilates Reformer method compliments every movement and activity one does, whether it be sitting behind a desk, climbing stairs, picking up a bag of groceries, running in the park, swinging a golf club or dribbling a ball across the court.  It will heighten coordination, and improve balance, flexibility, and posture.  It is an intelligent workout that will sharpen focus and increase the ability to concentrate.  Those looking for an autopilot type of workout must look elsewhere.  It will re-educate the body on how to move with more efficient movement patterns, initiating from the powerhouse and develop core strength in the deep muscles of the back to stabilize and protect.

The truth is, the Tempo Pilates Reformer method is for everyone: men, women, the athlete, the injured, the flexible and inflexible, the coordinated and the uncoordinated and the elderly.  Pilates is ageless and genderless. Pilates is not black or white, but shades of grey.

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PILATES FAQ, WHAT SHOULD I BRING AND WEAR TO A REFORMER PILATES CLASS?

The key to a comfortable work out is a simple concept: wear comfortable, snug-fitting clothing. Ladies can sport anything from leotards to tights and a t-shirt. Men should wear bike shorts and a t-shirt in order to keep ventilation through to the body. Reformer Pilates, in essence, is non-aerobic, so bring a sweatshirt with you if you’d like. Gym shoes aren’t required, but to stay on the hygienic side, please bring a small personal towel and clean socks. Excessive perfume is also a negative as the smell can become sickly in an exercising environment. Cell phones are to be switched off or put on silent so the mind-body connection is not broken due to a mere distraction. Alas, contrary to popular belief, if you are attending a reformer Pilates class there is no need to bring your own equipment – we do the dirty work!
Tempo Pilates studios consist of ten Pilates reformer beds in our Hackney (E8) studio and seven Pilates reformer beds at our Covent Garden (WC2) studio.
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Pilates FAQ, who owns the Pilates trademark?

Joseph H. Pilates, the man behind the exercise regime in the 1920s, developed this form of fitness, thus being credited for the name. Pilates purists devoted to his legacy believe the word ‘Pilates’ should hold a trademark specifically to this tradition, not the variations of the method that have emerged through time. However, in a 2002 court case, it was legally determined that Pilates is a generic noun that is applicable to both Joseph’s specific approach and the adaptations inspired by him.

Some feel this dilutes the credibility of the word; to be fair, there are some less-than-judicious classes and advocates jumping on the bandwagon, but opposers believe the time has come for Pilates to step off its pedestal and join common terminology that expresses an exercise method. It is just important to be aware that not all Pilates styles, programs and instructors will suit your needs and abilities; pick the right place!

In order to get a taste of the Tempo Pilates repertoire, view the online schedule for either our East London studio (London, Hackney E8 or Shoreditch E1 ) or our West London studio (London, Covent Garden WC2).

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