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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 Amazon.co.uk, 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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A longtime Pilates fan, Joe’s been coming to our London E8 | Hackney and E1 | Shoreditch Reformer Pilates studios for over 4 years. Read about his routine and entertainment recommendations below.

When and what made you decide to join Tempo Pilates?
After getting bored of mat Pilates, I joined Tempo Pilates in 2013. Ignoring a few lengthy chunks living outside London, I’ve been coming ever since.


How many times a week do you come?
I try and come every other day, schedule permitting!


What I like the most about Tempo Pilates is…
The music!


What motivational quote do you associate with?
“Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”

What is your favourite Tempo Pilates playlist Tune?
Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall is one of my favourite albums, which makes footwork to Burn This Disco Out a treat.


What’s a great film/exhibition/concert you’ve seen recently?
I recommend Matilda the Musical to any Roald Dahl fans out there!


Do you have any favourite local places for food and drinks you can recommend?
The greatest breakfast place on earth is Fingers Crossed on Amhurst Road.


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Tempo_pilates_student_of_the_monthA regular student since the start of 2016, Georgia tells us how Tempo Pilates fits around her schedule, the results the reformer pilates classes have given her and her London go-tos.

When and what made you decide to join Tempo Pilates?
I joined Tempo about a year and a half ago – I was looking for a studio near work that did great classes. The X-Press class is amazing as it is 45mins long but still very intensive and can be done all within lunchtime during work. So there are no excuses not to workout daily. 

How many times a week do you come?
I go to Tempo Pilates 4-5 times a week, Monday – Friday.

What I like the most about Tempo Pilates is…
I got into Pilates from my mother, however finding a good reformer pilates studio was tricky – that was until I found the Gymbox Covent Garden studio. My favourite is the X-Press class. Within 45 minutes you work out your entire body – build up a sweat, whilst listening to great music. The routines and positions constantly change so you are always challenging your body and pushing yourself, making each class exciting. For me, it is the only workout where you see true results – muscles are defined without bulking and you really see your strength improve.

What motivational quote do you associate with?
Never love anybody who treats you like you’re ordinary” – Oscar Wilde.

What is your favourite playlist Tune?
Best Fake Smile – James Bay, such an uplifting song.

What’s a great film/exhibition/show you’ve seen recently?
I recently saw Ink at the Duke of York Theatre – literally opposite the Gymbox | Covent Garden studio. This show tells the story of the birth of The Sun. Highly recommend it.

Any favourite local places for food and drinks you can recommend?
Mr Ji in Camden Town – a brand new Taiwanese chicken pop-up restaurant; not the traditional greasy fried chicken. So delicious and doesn’t leave you feeling guilty after…

Well done Georgia.

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Toby_Davis_Pilates_reformer_trainer_londonWhen he’s not jet-setting off to South America, the friendly Toby can be found teaching his fun yet challenging Tempo Pilates classes at our E8 | Hackney and E1 | Shoreditch studios. We spoke to him about his best exercise tips, the improvements he’s noticed since beginning Reformer Pilates and his favourite things to do in his spare time.


TP: Tell us about the greatest difference you have noticed in yourself since practising the Pilates method.
Toby: I used to suffer from really bad sciatica. Since using the Pilates method, touch wood, I have had no problems. Single leg and double leg bridging have really helped my lower back and glute strengthening.


TP: What do you find to be the most challenging exercises on the reformer?
Toby: For me, it has to be lunging with core rotation because it’s s a challenging way of keeping your balance. All men find lunging horrible! (laughs). It aches my hips which is part of the problem. You also need to focus on your eye line and concentration


TP: Many of us are planning on escaping the London cold for the holiday break. What’s your favourite destination?
Toby: It has to be Brazil, a beautiful & gorgeous country. It’s a big melting pot of many cultures. The food is amazing, there’s a big Japanese influence. We like to go to Sao Paolo and to the beach house in Santos and swim in the Atlantic every day- looking for sharks! (laughs). Rio is a bit too touristy.


TP: Do you have any Pilates equipment that you would recommend to take along?
Toby: I always take a workout mat wherever I go. I love doing leg extensions and planks- on holiday but we always go to beach places so I tend to stay away from these and like to swim/run/jog for some variety.


TP: Many of us come to Pilates to reach our exercise goals, especially in winter when we are less active. What are your best tips to help?
Toby: Winter time is always hard to motivate ourselves.  Keep going.  Don’t change your workout routine. Eat well. Sleep well. Don’t overdo it.  Rest is just as important.


TP: What’s your best kept London secret? (maybe somewhere to eat/a landmark/a park etc not a lot of people have heard about)
Toby: I just discovered Aviary Hill park and aviary house are very beautiful- they have the second biggest glass house after Kew. Just on the edge of Greenwich. 


TP: What are your top 5 foods for good health and energy?
Toby: Milk. Apples. Quorn. Oysters. Wine.


TP: And on the contrary, what are your top 5 foods to avoid?
Toby: Cake. Cheap chocolate. Fizzy drinks. Sweet breakfast cereals. McDonald’s.


TP: The name of someone on Instagram who inspires you?
Toby: Michelle Obama –  Michelle Obama joins Prince Harry to surprise a school in chicago


TP: What is a quote you like to live by?
Toby: Never let the truth get in the way of a good story……..


Toby’s classes run on Monday mornings in WC2; Tuesday mornings in E1; and Wednesday and Friday mornings, and Sundays  in E8.

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