AUGUST GUEST BLOGGER: JAMES SHAW, PILATES TEACHER OF BLOC PILATES
As we starting August today, Holy Moly - time flies way to fast especially in Summer. Oh wait, has there been a Summer in the U.K. actually ;) or was this more like 1 week of a heat wave and Autumn weather? Anyway this month guest blogger is not only super charismatic, but also very tall and flexible - James Shaw, Pilates teacher. James used to be a hairdresser like his partner Pete Burkill, which was our guest in April. James Shaw did no longer enjoy his former job and turned into a great full time Pilates teacher. WELCOME ON BOARD AT THE 4 OF US!
Follow our little journey here with James throughout August, where we show you some great Pilates movements and other exciting posts.
I found Pilates after a dramatic weight loss. I’d lost the weight but still didn’t have the body I wanted. Pilates sculpted my body and gave me the shape I’d been looking for. Pilates not only changed my body shape but gave me greater core strength along with improved flexibility, mobility of my muscles and joints. I teach mat Pilates with small equipment such as small balls, weights, bands, Pilates circle and foam rollers. I also teach on the Pilates reformer. Pilates reformer is a large piece of Pilates equipment; it uses spring based resistance to challenge the body. I recently moved from Birmingham to London and started my own business. Bloc Pilates Central London is based in Hoxton and throughout Zones 1-2. My sessions are designed to cater for all levels of experience.
In our Bloc Pilates sessions, we will strive for “Progression not Perfection” we will work through the Pilates movement sequence looking to deepen our knowledge and improve flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. We will put emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance. So, whether you’re wanting to lose weight, tone up or compliment your existing exercise regime we can help.
Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates. Pilates called his method “Contrology.”
Bloc Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops control and endurance in the entire body. We will put emphasis on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance. The core, consisting of the muscles of the abdomen, low back, and hips, is often called the “powerhouse” and is thought to be the key to a person’s stability. At Bloc Pilates Central London we allow for different exercises to be modified in range of difficulty from beginner to advanced or to any other level, and also in terms of the instructor and practitioner’s specific goals and/or limitations. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.
There are many benefits of Block Pilates, why don’t you come along to one of our classes, and find out for yourself.
Helps lengthen your muscles and increases your range of motion. The more frequently you practice Pilates, the better your flexibility can be. Consistent stretching over time can help improve range of motion.
INCREASES MUSCLE STRENGTH AND TONE
Your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks ‘the power house’. Maintaining core engaged during a Pilates workout, helps to work the abdominal muscles deeper and more effectively. This constant tension keeps the core muscles lean and build better endurance and strength.
The lateral breathing patterns practiced in Pilates not only improves breathing during your workouts, but it also improves blood circulation in the body.
There is an attention and focus required in doing the exercises through control and precision, a focus that changes your bodily movement awareness. Giving greater awareness of the function of the spine, muscles and joints.
IMPROVES BODY AWARENESS
Pilates gives you a greater understanding of your posture when you sit or stand, as well as everyday movements. This helps you become better able to relate those habits to the aches and pains and injuries you have or have had in the past, so that you can alleviate or even prevent future aches and pains.
EINFORCES STRONG, MOBILE JOINTS
Pilates lengthens and strengthens your muscles, improving muscle elasticity and joint mobility. This means less risk for weak or stiff joints.
CONDITIONS THE WHOLE BODY
Pilates is a whole workout; all muscles are equally trained; this low impact workout is easy on the joints. Your whole body is evenly balanced and conditioned.
IMPROVES AEROBIC CONDITIONING
Pilates increases lung capacity and circulation through the deep breathing done during each move and exercise.