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Pilates_teacher_london_jessicaAn all-around entertainer, Jessica has been with Tempo Pilates since 2016 and known for her holistic approach to teaching.

She loves to use Reformer Pilates as a way to train people with all kinds of physical and wellbeing needs.  Read her health and fitness tips and London recommendations below.

TP: What is the most valuable thing you have learnt from all of your experience as a teacher/entertainer?

Jessica: To breath full and wide.  As both a teacher and an entertainer we talk about breathing so often, but it is so important.  It can change intensity, it can assist, it can calm, and it is totally necessary (obviously).  I’d encourage everyone to take the time to have 5 minutes to just relax and breath every day!

TP: What’s a quick tip to help maintain good posture throughout the day?

Jessica: Pay attention to your shoulders, especially if you’re sat at a desk.  Taking the time to roll your shoulders back throughout the day will encourage you to sit a little taller with the collarbone open and smiling.

TP: Do you follow any particular diet that you’d recommend to support a healthy and active lifestyle

Jessica: A constant balance of well-rounded eating and treating yourself occasionally.  I personally like to fuel my day with a lot of fruit and veg finding it’s the best way to boost energy and keep it going throughout the day.  Try to carry a little snack pot (usually containing nuts and dried fruit) for when I’m out and about.

TP: Do you have any tips to combat the winter blues?

Jessica: Get on your coat/scarf/hat/boots. Make sure you have a pack of cards on you then get a friend and go for a nice relaxed walk with the end goal being a red wine in a pub!  A little bit of exercise followed by a reward (this was me in Edinburgh over new year, epic walks followed by cosy pubs).

TP: What’s a lesser known or secret place in London you’d like to share?

Jessica: Great question. It isn’t really a secret place but I love to walk down through Alexandra Palace into Crouch End- I lived there for years and it’s my favourite place in London.

TP: What’s your favourite song from the Tempo Pilates playlist?

Jessica: I couldn’t pick just one- I really like Try it by Groove Motion and the Feeling Good by Nina Simone remix.  I always love the playlist!

TP: A good film/show you have seen recently?

Jessica: For a feel-good film, “The Greatest Showman” (go Hugh Jackman!) But there are so so so many good ones at the moment!!

TP: What is a quote you like to live by?

Jessica: This will depend on the day/ week/ month but today I will say in the words of the great Dolly Parton (I love her) “Don’t get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life”


Jessica’s classes are fun, friendly and suitable for beginner and intermediate students alike.  She can be found at the London E8 | Hackney reformer pilates studio on Monday evenings, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and in our WC2 | Covent Garden reformer pilates studio on Friday mornings.

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Picture by AnnabelSTUDENT –  CRISTIANA

When and what made you decide to join Tempo Pilates?
I started almost one year ago, one of my friends introduced me to Tempo Pilates.

How many times a week do you come?
I try to come two or, when I am lucky, three times a week.

What I like the most about Tempo Pilates is…
The staff are really welcoming.

What other forms of exercise do you enjoy?
I do hot yoga, it helps me with the stretching.

What is your favourite Tempo Pilates playlist Tune?
I like the one at the beginning of the February 2018 playlist – Grace – Keith Kenniff, it is peaceful.

What’s a great film/exhibition/concert you’ve seen recently?
I am going to see Modigliani at the Tate Modern this week

What’s your guiltiest pleasure?
Good red wine.

What are your new year’s resolutions for 2018?
I return back to study this year, so I guess being a good student.

Photo credit: Annabel Elston

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GINA_PAPADOPOULOS_personal_trainer_pilates_londonIt’s a new year and we are all making resolutions for 2018. Here, our fantastic trainer Gina gives her tips on our resolutions, health and workout suggestions.


TP: It’s a busy time of the year. How do you like to zone out and destress?
Gina:  I love meditating first thing in the morning when I get up. It really helps me relax and gives me positive energy throughout the day.


TP: What advice would you give to help achieve the goals we’re all set for 2018?
Gina: Whenever you set goals you have to write them down. Start with one or two goals and make them realistic for you. Also, make sure it can be measured. Meaning a goal that you can see proof of when it’s accomplished. Also, hold other people accountable for this goal. So, tell one or a few friends about this goal and tell them the time limit you have put to achieve it.


TP: Tell us about your Pilates retreats. What are you planning for 2018?
Gina: I will only do one pilates retreat next year. But I am still looking for a nice and fun location for pilates and hiking. I will keep you all up to date and add fliers at the studio.


TP: How should people stay body confident?
Gina:  First of all, we should all love ourselves no matter how we look. The most important thing to stay body confident is to eat and healthy balanced meals and exercise.


TP: What’s the muscle group used the least by the average person?
Gina:  The rotator cuff muscles that connect the arm to the shoulder. A good exercise for these is to hold a light Dyna Band with both hands and pull apart (literally) as far as your arm can rotate, keeping the elbows next to the ribs.


TP: What’s a fitness video/blog post you enjoyed?
Gina:  This video from John Garey. It’s a full body stabilizer, works the core muscles arms chest and it’s very challenging).


TP: Which health/fitness book would you recommend?
Gina:  The China Study by T. Colin Campbell is a book on health and diet, the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever conducted and the startling implications for diet, weight loss, and long-term health.  Buy on, click here>.


TP: Your favourite song from our playlist?
Gina:  Seeb – Breathe from the April 2016 playlist.


TP: Your favourite holiday activity?
Gina:  Walking in central London when there are no buses and traffic.


TP: Finally, if you could choose only one thing, what’s an important tip you’d like everyone to know before starting Pilates?
Gina:  Before starting anything, know why you are doing it. If you have a goal as to why you want to exercise you will stick to it and will see improvement. 

If you’d like more information on her personal training and Pilates retreats, Gina’s website can be found here.

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