Marianna, a professional contemporary dancer, comes all the way from Cyprus and it has been one year since she began training with Tempo Pilates. Read her interview, including summer recommendations, below:
TP: Tell us about your favourite exercise on the reformer:
Marianna: I really like the long stretch on the reformer, it really challenges the core strength, especially when you reduce to a lighter spring load!
TP: What can students expect from our new Contemporary Pilates classes, and what are the benefits?
Marianna: The Contemporary Pilates classes are focused on the classical Pilates repertoire, reinforcing the basic principles of the Pilates method and encouraging students to learn the proper technique and alignment that will make exercise both safe and effective.
The classes are suitable for absolute beginners and clients that are recovering from injuries as they provide a slower pace through the pilates vocabulary. That being said, advanced students could also benefit from these classes. Instructors will always give a more challenging option for a client with a greater body awareness and it would be good for them to go through the basics again and improve their posture.
TP: What are your favourite pre/post exercise foods?
Marianna: Pre-exercise, having a banana. Post-exercise in the winter I was craving broccoli (not sure why) and now with this lovely weather a sweet juicy nectarine!
TP: A sportswear brand whose products you enjoy?
Marianna: I’m not into brands! I’m a contemporary dancer and I always like to wear comfortable clothes that you can move in!
TP: Another group exercise studio you like in London?
Marianna: At the moment I am into 1Rebel, their reshape classes, as I am trying to improve my running skills.
TP: What’s your favourite summer activity in London?
Marianna: Picnics in Victoria Park!
TP: A holiday destination you would recommend?
TP: Your favourite local places to eat and drink?
TP: Your favourite song from our playlist?
Marianna: Milk & Sugar – Ready Or Not.
TP: A public figure you look up to?
Marianna: Ohad Naharin, choreographer and creator of Gaga movement.
TP: A quote you like to live by?
Marianna: ‘Παν μέτρον Άριστον´ in Greek means ‘Everything in moderation’.