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instagram-sarah-emay-pilates-reformer-trainerOxfordshire-born Sarah has been a Tempo instructor for 2 years. An experienced dancer and lover of music and theatre, Sarah’s passion for movement really shines through in her classes. This month we spoke to her about nutrition, at-home exercise, personal training and much more.

TP: What makes Tempo Pilates different from other Pilates studios out there?
Sarah: The music! We have great playlists that really help to motivate both students and instructors. It gives our Pilates sessions a fun edge and helps to give you an extra buzz so that you keep pushing through a tough exercise series.


TP: What role does nutrition play in seeing good results from physical exercise, and what foods do you recommend?
Before exercise, I eat something light for energy. It can be as simple as a banana, or avocado on toast. Anything heavier and exercises like the 100s feel horrible! My favourite food is peanut butter, in any form, so right now I love peanut butter protein balls. They’re easy to make, and a great ‘on the go’ refuel.


TP: What’s a myth you’ve heard about Pilates that you’d like to debunk?
Sarah: That Pilates is going to bulk out your muscles – that’s not true! The great thing about Pilates is that it does two things in tandem: it lengthens and strengthens your muscles. It has nothing to do with ‘bulk’.


TP: Which area of the body generally needs the most work when a student is new to Pilates?
Sarah: The most obvious answer is probably core strength! What new students don’t often realise is that we aren’t just strengthening abdominals during planks and curl-ups. Your core is always being engaged throughout a session, whether it’s simply remembering to connect with your core during your exhale, or engaging your abdominals to help keep your balance for standing work. Basically if you stick with Tempo Pilates you should find that your core strengthens quickly!


TP: What Pilates equipment can you recommend to complement at-home exercise?
Sarah: The Pilates circle of course! You’ll already know a good few exercises from our Tempo classes that you can incorporate into your home workout.


TP: Do you have any favourite clothing/accessory brands that are good for practising Pilates in particular?
Sarah: So many to choose from, but personally Lululemon is a guaranteed win – the quality is great and they tailor some of their range specifically for Pilates/Yoga.


TP: What are the benefits of personal training at Tempo?
Sarah: Personal training gives you the chance to work closely with your instructor and really tailor each session so that you focus on your own personal goals. A lot of my students find that personal training complements attending group classes. Personal sessions enable you to consolidate and develop your technique; the sessions can be tailored more effectively to support your particular body type and can more fully accommodate your personal goals.


TP: The last good film you’ve enjoyed recently?
Sarah: I love watching films. Hard to pick just one, but recently I watched Ex Machina, which I really enjoyed; it had me on the edge of my sofa with the suspense, the special effects were incredible and it I found that it gave me lots to think about afterwards. I would definitely recommend it.


TP: A song from our current playlist that you enjoy the most?
Sarah: James Brown – I Feel Good. The catchy beat really motivates you with the footwork series.

Sarah’s classes run regularly at our E1 | Shoreditch and WC2 | Gymbox reformer pilates studios.

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Tempo-pilates-student-of-the-monthWhen Mahsa is not travelling for work she joins us 5 times a week, read below on the amazing results she’s seen and what Tempo Pilates helped her accomplished.


 When and what made you decide to join Tempo Pilates?
I joined Tempo Pilates in May. I have a hip condition that has kept me from running these past few years. My physiotherapist had told me I needed to strengthen my core, and I finally got around to it by joining Tempo Pilates and attending classes at least 4-5 times a week.

How has Pilates changed your day-to-day life? Have you noticed any differences when you are at work?
So my hip problem which usually flared up for me at least once a month has basically disappeared, and I’m running my first half-marathon next Sunday (after I was told to stop running long distance back in 2013).

What I like the most about Tempo Pilates is…
If you find the moves too challenging, you can lose yourself in the breathing or the music, and before you know it, that 2-minute difficult plank is over.

What is your favourite Tempo Pilates playlist Tune?
When I first started and was getting really annoyed and worn out by the ‘over and under’ leg presses I memorized the lyrics to ‘Everything’ by Maya Jane Coles that always played during that set (June playlist I think). Now I hear that song on my playlist at home and think “over and under.”

What motivates you to maintain a regular exercise routine?
Being able to run, and not being crippled by hip pain. Of course, feeling like my body is looking really toned and strong since I started doing Tempo Pilates obsessively is a pretty nice added bonus.

Any favourite local places for food and drinks you can recommend?
Campania for a nice meal, and then next door at Printers and Stationers for drinks is always a lovely time.

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instagram-michelle-lane-pilatesAfter working all over the world, natural performer Michelle Lane joined sister Cat Lane as an instructor at Tempo.  This month we’re speaking to her about travels, interests, and tips to get the most out of your routine.
TP: When did you first hear about Pilates?
When I was at dance college we had Pilates classes to help us gain core strength, which is crucial for dancing.  It was vital for reaching a professional standard in dance and for avoiding injury and helping existing injuries.

TP: How long had you been doing it before you wanted to become an instructor?
I looked into becoming an instructor as a side job when I left college, so about 3 years.  However, I didn’t get round to doing my instructor training until 8 years later!

TP: What’s some advice you have for a new student at Tempo Pilates?
Choose a reformer where you can see others around you, so you can get the gist of the movements.  We keep the class flowing (hence ‘Tempo’), so take things at your own pace and soon you’ll enjoy the flow of the class and will be rising to new challenges every time!  Your instructor will assist you as much as possible.

TP: What are some other forms of exercise you do/would recommend?
Yoga for deep stretches and ‘zen’, and for cardio I like a good dance aerobics type class because it’s fun so you don’t mind that you’re out of breath!  Try to use your technique from Pilates in all forms of exercise (breathing, core, control, alignment), and you’ll be working efficiently, effectively and safely.

TP: You recently went to Japan for work before starting at Tempo, what was it like? Was there much of a Pilates presence?
Japan was amazing and I’d recommend it to anyone!  I was in Tokyo doing a show so in my time off I was doing as much sightseeing as possible.

I understand there is a Pilates scene in Tokyo – it’s a very happening city and a lot of the international Pilates training methods exist there too.

TP: You’re in the WC2 | Covent Garden studio every weekend, do you have any recommendations for things to do and see in the area after a class?
Well, I love theatre so watching a show is a must!  I love Neal’s Yard, the Jubilee Market, Seven Dials, and there’s a beautiful little-secluded garden called The Phoenix Garden, down Stacey Street.

TP: A good film/show/book/performance you’ve read/seen recently?
I saw An American In Paris recently and it was beautiful.  Lovely catchy tunes and beautiful dancing.  The cast was very multi-talented! Also the film ‘Tallulah’…dark and funny and brilliant.

Catch Michelle’s reformer pilates classes in our E8 | Hackney and WC2 | Covent Garden studios today!

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Student of the month- tempo-pilates-reformer-pilates-london
Nicholas joined us in October 2012, attend 2-3 times a week and see an amazing improvement in flexibility, core strength and mastered the plank.

TP: When and what made you decide to join Tempo Pilates?
Nicholas: October 2012, at the suggestion of my wiser half.

TP: What changes have you noticed…
Nicholas: I have become more flexible!

TP: What I like the most about Tempo Pilates is…
Nicholas: An hour of great exercise flies by, and is enjoyable.

TP: What is your favourite Tempo Pilates playlist tune?
Nicholas: Walk the Moon – Shut Up and Dance.

TP: What do you do to wind down after a class?
Nicholas: A light run home, or cycling to work.

Well done Nicholas


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