Apr 252016
 

Last Thursday over 20 of you took part in our walk/tea and cake afternoon to raise money for Rosie who was running the London Marathon in aid of the St John’s Ambulance.  Well I’m so pleased to tell you that we walked over 6.5 miles and indeed ate lots of cake and drank lots of tea….oh and did I mention there was lots of chatting going on too!  Rosie sent me this little message to you all ‘To everybody that came for the walk yesterday around Wellies a huge thank you from me and extra special thanks to Louise who organised it and filled the afternoon with her usual enthusiasm.  I raised £264.37p and was over the moon.

 Posted by at 3:04 pm
Apr 132016
 

Wowee! Have you seen BBC’s How to Stay Young? It confirms what our Dancefit ladies have been saying for years – its good for you and keeps you feeling young!! The programme confirms that dancing stimulates more muscles, tests your flexibility and uses your brain and your balance. It’s more “comprehensive and holistic.”  Ok so you don’t have to become a vegan but why not try our Dancefit classes, they are sure to make you fitter and will make you smile lots!

http://www.radiotimes.com/news/2016-04-07/how-to-stay-young-become-a-dancing-dog-loving-vegan

 

How to stay young? Become a dancing, dog-loving vegan

 Posted by at 4:18 pm
Apr 052016
 

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Feeling self-conscious before trying a new class or new-to-you fitness move? These tips can help you to push past self doubt and rock your workout – everytime!

DO YOUR RESEARCH – If you are thinking of starting either a Pilates or Dancefit class but you have never even attended any class or even tried on lycra, don’t worry!  Do your research, look at my website www.stamfordpilates.co.uk and look up articles on either class – this will make you feel automatically at ease when you do start a class. Our classes have a great reputation on making newcomers feel at ease, and on being very welcoming, I’m proud of you all!

DRESS THE PART – This doesn’t mean that you must go out and buy lots of new expensive clothes, this just means putting something on that makes you feel comfortable – perhaps it’s a great headband, those knee-high socks that just won’t quit, or your new trainers. Something that makes you feel perfectly you.  In our classes you don’t need the latest sports brands, in fact lots of my workout clothes are given to me by friends and I only wear what I love and feel comfortable in.

REMEMBER: EVERYONE’S BEEN THERE – In Sam Smith’s words, you’re not the only one!  Everyone —men and women—can feel worried about what they are doing in class at times. Even more reassuring: everyone’s so worried about themselves that they’re hardly paying attention to you—seriously. While you may feel like people are noticing that you don’t have a clue how to box step or what a downdog is, or if know your bicep from your tricep, trust me—no one is watching!

GO EASY ON YOURSELF – Switching things up is intimidating enough, so don’t also worry about nailing every move when you’re trying something different,  go for the modified poses/steps in classes until you feel comfortable with your form—then dial up the intensity when you feel you can!

So I hope that goes some way to alleviate any fears or worries you may have, it would just be great to see you at class!

 Posted by at 5:38 pm
Mar 162016
 

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Classes will be running as normal over the Easter 2016 period – so see you on Good Friday for Dancefit 9.30am at Empingham Audit Hall and on Easter Monday see you at 11.15am at Barnack Village Hall and 6.15pm at Great Casterton Village Hall.  There may be a few Easter treats on offer!

 Posted by at 5:35 pm
Mar 162016
 

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Getting fit, it can seem intimidating, between all the different workout options or simply the question of ‘Am I looking silly?’ Although all the advice on repetitions and different types of exercises might send you headed for the hills, there’s no need to panic, as there are a number of tips that can help.  Just because you haven’t been doing Pilates for five years doesn’t mean you should be intimidated by a down dog, or if you are new to Dancefit and don’t know how to grapevine (please ask!) and having a little bit of helpful fitness advice can make all the difference in motivating you to exercise – and enjoy it!

1. Stay Balanced

It can be tempting to get overzealous with your newfound motivation, but don’t try to run too many miles or do too many sit ups all at once.  Ask if it works with your daily schedule and your exercise preferences?  A good rule to follow: Include at least four cardio exercises and one or two strength/stretch sessions such as Pilates. Use the off days to allow your muscles time to recover and get stronger.

2. Don’t Get Stuck On a Treadmill

When beginning a workout, it’s important to try different exercises to see what works best for you. New exercisers often do the same routine for the same duration and at the same intensity every time they work out, so you’ll either die of boredom or over work yourself. Changing the way you workout can also prevent you from hitting a plateau.

3. Know When To Take A Break

If you don’t give your body time to heal and repair itself, your performance will go down and you’ll get into a vicious cycle where you never fully recover.  Exercising too much can lead to chronic fatigue, so give yourself a day of rest or do a more easygoing and relaxing workout on your off days.

4. Don’t Get Stuck On The Numbers

It can be tempting to constantly check your heart rate or running time, but when used too frequently, these tools can turn a healthy activity into a competitive obsession. Every now and then, go unplugged and focus your attention on what your body is telling you. Move at a pace that feels good, listen to your body, and enjoy the experience. Remember that all exercise is good for your body, and you don’t need to to beat records to reap its health benefits.

 Posted by at 5:32 pm
Feb 062016
 
Stamford Pilates
Hello everyone!
Just a quick email this week, I will save up chatting for our classes, you lucky pups!  Firstly I just wanted to share a picture with you that is making me chuckle lots at the moment:
I think a lot of people wish Pilates was an Italian restaurant!  Just think ‘100’ pizza slices or ‘Roll Downs’ into Tiramisu!
If you are interested in ordering a 16mm Pilates mat, please let me know by Wednesday 3rd February –they are £19 and come in black, blue, grey, red, yellow, pink and green.  They are extremely comfortable and will really help you find your lying down positions in Pilates, plus they come with a handy carry handle, whats not to like!
Unfortunately there will be no classes from Monday 8th February to Friday 12th February, we restart on Monday 15th February, full of beans and ready to restart classes, woohoo!
Our next 5 week package starts on Monday 15th February for Pilates and Dancefit classes so if you would like to purchase a package this is the time to do so!  The next 5 week course for Mummy and Me will begin on Wednesday 24th February, please let me know if you would like to book a place for you and your baby.
Keep your eyes peeled for future news on Dancefit and Pilates clothing – this is just on the drawing board at the moment………..keep an eye out!
Finally our next walk will be on Friday 5th February – a 5.5 mile walk around Hambleton Peninsular, meeting at 12.45 near to the Finches Arms, where I feel we should finish up for tea afterwards?!  This is a very accessible walk as the paths are all either tarmac or gravel so if you would like to come along with your buggy you would be more than welcome!  Date for the diary – Friday 19th February will be our next walk, I’m going to research possible routes and I will let you know.  For all of the walkers out there, did you see ‘Walking the Himalayas’ with Levison Wood on Channel 4……..I think a possible future route for us all, the journey took four-months with some 4 million steps sees him trekking 1,700 gruelling miles, try and watch the series if you can!
Happy and healthy regards for February!
 Posted by at 1:29 pm
Jan 112016
 
Stamford Pilates

Hello everyone

How has your 2016 been so far? I am loving the new energy in the air and seeing everyone SO excited about health and wellness! So to celebrate in all of my classes I am giving you a gift of the ‘Ultimate 2016 Ab Workout’ – this workout got my abs burning like crazy, so I want you guys to accept this challenge, it will feature in all of my classes so keep your eyes peeled for a whole load of exercises dedicated to your core!

So for 2016 what would you like to see more of in your workouts? Legs, arms, bottom or more cardio, let me know and we can work these into more of our routines.

This week sees the start of our 5 week package, which means that you can pay £30 for 5 Pilates classes (£60 for unlimited Pilates classes), £20 for 5 Dancefit classes (£40 for unlimited Dancefit classes) or £70 for unlimited Pilates or Dancefit classes, wowser this is a toughie!  Please note that if you do buy a package all of your classes must be taken in these 5 weeks.

week 1    w/c Monday 4th January

week 2    w/c Monday 11th January

week 3    w/c Monday 18th January

week 4    w/c Monday 25th January

week 5    w/c Monday 1st February

I don’t like to talk holidays after our Christmas holiday but there will be no classes from Monday 8th February and classes will restart on Monday 15th February!

Our next 5 week Mummy and Me Pilates course will begin on Wednesday 13th January 1-2pm at Tinwell Village Hall.  Babies are very welcome or if you fancy a class that is catered towards post natal Pilates but want an hour away from your baby you are most welcome too!  I became a pre and post Natal Exercise Specialist in 2015 (I trained with Future Fit) and I’m so excited to be able to offer a class where new mums can practice Pilates, strengthen their core, become more flexible, giggle lots and also not have to worry about childcare.  I am really proud of my Mummy and Me Pilates classes!

Finally here is a list of all the classes that I run, both Pilates and Dancefit, so if you are wondering if Pilates may pique your interest or if Dancefit may be something to dedicate yourself to, here is your all encompassing list of classes!  Please let me know if you would like any more information.

Day

Location

Class

Time

Monday

Barnack Village Hall

Pilates

11:15am-12:15pm

Monday

Great Casterton Village Hall

Pilates

6:15pm-7:15pm

Tuesday

Empingham Audit Hall

DanceFit

9:15am-10:15am

Tuesday

Tinwell Village Hall

Gentle Pilates

1pm – 2pm

Wednesday

Ketton Congregational Hall

DanceFit

9:15am-10:15am

Wednesday

Ketton Congregational Hall

Pilates

10:25am-11:25am

Wednesday

Tinwell Village Hall

Mummy and Me Pilates

1pm – 2pm

Thursday

Barnack Village Hall

Pilates

10:15am – 11:15am

Friday

Empingham Audit Hall

DanceFit

9:30am-10:30am

By the way, the level of enthusiasm from this Jazzercise lady……we need this in Dancefit!

Happy and healthy regards today and in the whole of 2016!

 Posted by at 2:48 pm