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Pilates and me began as a way of exercising my body so I could stay injury free for my other great passion - running
When I became the owner of the Natural Fitness Centre in Eastbourne, where we ran many Pilates classes a week, I decided to step it up and train as a teacher and I’ve not looked back since! I really enjoy my Pilates - not just for the benefits it brings me - but also because I love helping other people learn, enjoy and benefit too. And my members tell me my enthusiasm drives our sessions and they enjoy my relaxed approach - where we have a laugh but work hard too!Contact Tracy
Since selling the centre in 2021, I’ve built up my classes and now run 13 every week – split between Natural Fitness and a hall near my home in Pevensey Bay.
Most of my daytime classes are people over 50, with many over 70. My oldest member , who joined only recently is aged 84, and she is doing amazingly well!
Whatever your age and ability, I make sure that you get a lot out of the class and most importantly, you leave with a smile on your face and a spring in your step.
Pilates is excellent to make you feel better in your body, getting rid of those aches and pains and improving flexiblity.
Pilates was introduced in the 1920s by trainer Joseph Pilates. He used it to help injured athletes and dancers return to exercise without causing further injury. Though originally designed for professionals, Pilates has since been adopted by everyday people as a form of exercise. It can be aerobic or non-aerobic depending on the session and requires you to focus on the movement of your body as you move through ranges of motion. Through these movements, you lengthen and stretch your major muscle groups. To get the most out of each exercise, instructors will often use a particular rhythm and breathing pattern.
Unlike many other forms of exercise, your muscles aren’t worked to exhaustion. Instead, you must concentrate on the feel of your muscles with each rep. Sessions last 55 minutes and each exercise is completed five to ten times. In some sessions, specialised resistance equipment (such as bands) are also used to help you get the most out of exercises.
Most modern lifestyles cause our bodies to tighten up and slouch, especially if you sit at a desk all day. This can lead to pain in the shoulders, back, spine and cause a slouch in your posture. It can also lead to issues with the hips and legs. Pilates helps to stretch these muscle groups, relaxing them and improving flexibility. This stabilises your spine and improves your posture.
Balance Muscular Strength
Many of us have a ‘strong side’ and ‘weak side’ to our bodies. Though not a problem in the short term, it can cause muscle imbalances in the long run. By balancing your muscular strength, you can significantly reduce the risk of injury and improve your overall coordination.
Increase Muscle Tone
Here’s a little secret. You don’t have to do 100’s of sit-ups every day to get abs. In fact, that could do more harm than good. Pilates increases the strength of your core, which improves your muscle toning. This is particularly effective around your abdominal muscles, lower back, hips and buttocks. If you’re looking for that little extra toning, pilates may just be your solution.
Stress is an epidemic in the modern world. People are so caught up in jobs, social media and general life that they forget to take a step back. The breathing techniques used in Pilates are a great way to deal with stress and help you wind down. They help you to live in the present moment, without a care for the outer world. After each session you’ll feel stress leave your body, leaving you in a state of peace and relaxation.
Pilates is a great way to get your exercise in without putting too much strain on your body. It’s great for all age groups and can be adopted at any point in your life. Whether you already have an exercise routine or you want to jump back in, pilates will be a great addition to your current lifestyle.View our Classes
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