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PHYSIO ADVICE: Sleep-deprived? 3 Ways To Boost Your Energy Levels in 10 Minutes – Pilates Fitness Article

PHYSIO ADVICE: Sleep-deprived? 3 Ways To Boost Your Energy Levels in 10 Minutes Did you catch this piece on our favourite digital publication, RTE.ie?Not getting enough shut-eye? Tossing and turning all night, going down wormholes of worry, and waking up bleary-eyed, sluggish and moodier with brain fog? It sounds familiar to many of us right now.Our relationship with sleep can be complicated. This basic biological and restorative necessity can affect the way we think, move, eat and live on a day-to-day basis.…

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Core strength in Pilates, what you need to know. – Pilates Fitness Article

Core strength in Pilates, what you need to know. By Kristin Loeer, Movement Therapist & Polestar Pilates Practitioner @polestarpilatesuk Is core strength your goal from Pilates? This is a goal many of my clients note on their intake form when they come to see me. Not surprising, considering Pilates is considered a discipline that improves core strength. Yet, every time I see “core strength” as a goal, I wonder what it means to the client. Truth is, this goal does not reveal…

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PHYSIO ADVICE: How To Keep Your Body Healthy While Working from Home – Pilates Fitness Article

PHYSIO ADVICE: How To Keep Your Body Healthy While Working from Home Due to the ongoing COVID 19 health care pandemic many of us have had to suddenly transition to working from home to adhere to the government’s social distancing guidelines. Many people undoubtedly decided that this would be a great opportunity to slouch on the couch or work from the comfort of your bed. I imagine most people realised very quickly that although it was a novelty this wasn’t…

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PHYSIO ADVICE: Decided To Take Up Running? You Need To Read Platinum Physio’s Top Tips First – Pilates Fitness Article

PHYSIO ADVICE: Decided To Take Up Running? You Need To Read Platinum Physio’s Top Tips First Beginner Running BlogTaking up running is one way many people are making the most of their newfound time in lockdown. With the brighter evenings and sunnier skies what is not to love about the blast of endorphins, you can experience after a run?So that you do not get caught in your tracks, optimising your training in between runs is recommended. We must be strong…

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Introducing the New PolestarPilates.com, your resource for Pilates just got better! – Pilates Fitness Article

Introducing the New PolestarPilates.com, your resource for Pilates just got better! Since the late 90’s Polestar Pilates has been on the cutting edge of development and research in comprehensive Pilates education. Originally, courses were all held in-person and included hours of lectures in conjunction with the practical Pilates movement training. As research on learning methodology grew, we found that sitting in a chair and listening to a lecture was sub-optimal. Considering these findings, in 2013 we decided to record our lectures and allow the in-person modules to be…

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PHYSIO ADVICE: What Is The Ideal Posture Anyway? – Pilates Fitness Article

PHYSIO ADVICE: What Is The Ideal Posture Anyway? Posture.We can all relate somewhat to a mother or father telling us to stop slouching and ‘pull your shoulders’ back. But what is posture and what is it all about?Simply put, posture is our ability to control the position of the body. There are different types of posture:Static posture is the ability to control the position of our bodies when we aren’t moving, like when we sit down at our desks or…

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PHYSIO ADVICE: Your Heart Loves To Run – Pilates Fitness Article

PHYSIO ADVICE: Your Heart Loves To Run Your heart loves to run… the benefits of running for your bodyIt also improves our well- being and makes us feel free, plus it actually “works” better than any form of medication or therapy. Your heart especially loves running as there are so many benefits from it. When we exert ourselves, little tears form in muscles and are repaired during periods of rest, leading to the muscles coming back stronger than before. This…

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PHYSIO ADVICE: Exercise For Your Lungs – Pilates Fitness Article

PHYSIO ADVICE: Exercise For Your Lungs Exercise for your lungs.Did you ever think that physical activity, running or cycling could improve the quality of your lungs and respiratory system? During exercise. 2 of your most important organs are in action: lungs and the heart. The lungs bring oxygen into the body, providing energy, and removing carbon dioxide from your system, whilst the heart then pumps that new oxygen to the muscles being exercised. As your physical fitness improves your body…

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Could Training Soon Be Replaced? Protein Sestrin Found To Mimic Benefits of Exercise – Fitness Article

Could Training Soon Be Replaced? Protein Sestrin Found To Mimic Benefits of Exercise January 17, 2020 We all know that exercise is good for us and there are guidelines out there to tell us how much we should be doing, yet 1.4 billion of us are still not doing enough to keep fit and ward off heart disease, type-2 diabetes and some cancers. It’s been joked before that if you could put exercise into a pill form it’d be a…

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Somatic Cueing: Promoting Embodiment in Our Clients – Pilates Fitness Article

Somatic Cueing: Promoting Embodiment in Our Clients By Kristin Loeer, Movement Therapist, Polestar Pilates Mentor & Practitioner @polestarpilatesuk, @kristinloeer_movement There are many ways in which we can guide our clients through movement. We can use a vast variety of verbal and tactile cues to help them change their movement habits and master increasingly complex challenges.  But how often do clients tell us that unless we put our hands on them to guide them in the right direction, they are unable to…

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PHYSIO ADVICE: Troubled Sleep These Days? 3 Easy Stretches To Aid a Restful Night’s Sleep – Pilates Fitness Article

PHYSIO ADVICE: Troubled Sleep These Days? 3 Easy Stretches To Aid a Restful Night’s Sleep Did you catch this piece on our favourite digital publication, RTE.ie?How are you sleeping these days? Even the best sleepers among us are most likely experiencing some disrupted sleep right now. And there’s no question; a sound, restful night of deep slumber is hard to beat.How we sleep profoundly affects our day-to-day mood, memory, energy and emotional levels, exercise habits and can even make us…

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PHYSIO ADVICE: Hidden Signs Your Body Is Unstable And Headed For An Injury – Pilates Fitness Article

PHYSIO ADVICE: Hidden Signs Your Body Is Unstable And Headed For An Injury Hidden Signs You Are Unstable And Headed For An InjuryThe human body craves stability! It wants to be secure and supported through the spine and in the joints, so as to prevent injury and to continue moving. Evolution has granted us with the fantastic ability to cheat in our movements. If we cannot perform a movement we will adapt our posture to be able to perform it…

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PHYSIO ADVICE: Chronic Pain – How Movement Can Be Your Medicine!  – Pilates Fitness Article

PHYSIO ADVICE: Chronic Pain – How Movement Can Be Your Medicine!  Chronic pain, how movement can be your medicine! Chronic pain has been defined as pain that continues beyond normal healing time, which is usually seen as about 12 weeks (3 months). About 20% of the adult population suffer from chronic pain. This increases as the population ages, 32% adults ages 25-34, 62% adults aged over 75. Chronic pain causes many problems, beyond the pain itself, including fatigue, anxiety, depression and…

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Can A Shoe Make You Run Faster? Nike’s Controversial Vaporfly Escapes Olympic Ban – Fitness Article

Can A Shoe Make You Run Faster? Nike’s Controversial Vaporfly Escapes Olympic Ban January 29, 2020 A shoe that makes you run faster sounds too good to be true. Surely it’s hard work and grit that get you moving quicker? Well, yes, but as we move ever-closer to that coveted sub-2 hour marathon, more will be done to shave milliseconds off run times. Nike’s Vaporfly shoe technology is no exception, but how does it work, and should it be allowed?…

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PHYSIO ADVICE: Mobility vs Strength for running – Pilates Fitness Article

PHYSIO ADVICE: Mobility vs Strength for running Mobility vs Strength for runningAs runners, we all have different routines, and warm-ups, conflicting training schedules and methodologies, and everyone believe theirs to be correct! Now is a great time to brush up on the science that guides the programmes and advice that we as chartered physios provide.What stretches should I do before a run?What we traditionally picture stretching to be is called ‘static stretching’, for example, a hamstring stretch trying to touch…

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Pre & Post Natal Pilates. Learn breathing and strength techniques. – Pilates Fitness Article

Pre & Post Natal Pilates. Learn breathing and strength techniques. Polestar graduate and education studio manager Andreina Santaella, NCPT shares her insight and experience as a mother and Pilates teacher. A pregnant woman’s body goes through many changes that may generate some pain and discomfort; thankfully, there are exercises that can help address these issues. Giving a future mom the opportunity to practice Pilates helps her focus on the joys of becoming a mother while reducing the discomforts of pregnancy.…

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How to Assess the Squat – Fitness Article

How to Assess the Squat Programming: Movement – Assessing the squat Have you ever had an aha moment with a long-time client that left you slightly embarrassed? A moment where you realized, after coaching this person for two years, that the reason he has a massive forward lean on his squat isn’t because his hamstrings are tight, but because of a motor control and bracing deficiency. All this time, you could have provided different cues and accessory work than you…

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Now’s the time to integrate Pilates into the Health care system – Kate Strozak explains why. – Pilates Fitness Article

Now’s the time to integrate Pilates into the Health care system – Kate Strozak explains why. Polestar educator and affiliate Kate Strozak BS, NCPT, LMT discusses the benefits of supporting the integration of Pilates with the current healthcare system. Changes in health care has been a topic of conversation for as long as many of us can recall. Specifically with the more recent changes in medical reimbursement, health care providers face increased challenges in making ends meet. What many physical…

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How to Enter the Flow State With Squats – Workout Fitness Article

How to Enter the Flow State With Squats Do you remember the first time you squatted with a barbell? I don’t know the details of my first squat. I couldn’t tell you where I was, what weight I added to the bar that day, or if I had a friend to help me. I definitely can’t remember what my squat looked like, but the impression of its feeling has always stayed with me. The feeling of being confused, shaky, and…

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Programming: Movement Course – Explained – Fitness Article

Programming: Movement Course – Explained Who and Why to take OPEX’s new Programming: Movement Course Our new course Programming: Movement has a lofty mission: To fix a giant gap that exists in the health and fitness industry today. What gap? The disjointedness that exists among various healthcare professionals—physiotherapists, chiropractors, fitness coaches, RMTs, osteopaths etc.—in terms of language and perspective. We all receive different training and acquire a different language and ways to communicate with our patients and clients, and as…

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How I Worked A Desk Job Full Time, As A Personal Trainer Part-Time + Stayed (Reasonably!) Well – Fitness Article

How I Worked A Desk Job Full Time, As A Personal Trainer Part-Time + Stayed (Reasonably!) Well February 12, 2019  Ever since I first got into fitness and heard about Train Manchester I’ve regarded them as the ultimate training facility in the city, so when I got my very first Personal Training position there I mega proud to be a part of the team. I trained part-time for six months until I felt ready to go fully self-employed in August…

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Generosity and the Business of Pilates – Pilates Fitness Article

Generosity and the Business of Pilates “What I love most about Polestar and Brent Anderson’s message is the spirit of generosity.” – Mara Sievers I remember reading a newsletter Brent wrote a while ago encouraging us to visit other Pilates studios, even the ones that are not teaching our technique or style. We can learn from everyone. Each new piece of information, every creative variation enriches us. Every life experience for that matter. There is no reason to be afraid…

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Making Sense of the Latest Movement Science – Fitness Article

Making Sense of the Latest Movement Science Making sense of the latest science with OPEX’s Programming: Movement course From the concepts we coach, to the language we use, if you’re a gym owner or coach, you would probably agree that when your coaches aren’t on the same page, your business has no chance of running smoothly. Meanwhile, clients become confused by the disjointed information they receive. OPEX Programming: Movement course creator Whitney Welsch-Reese, a physical therapist with doctoral degrees in…

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Postexercise Physical Dysfunction in CrossFit® & ACSM Training » Science for Fitness – Fitness Article

Postexercise Physical Dysfunction in CrossFit® & ACSM Training » Science for Fitness Several months ago a research study was published by Drum and others comparing CrossFit® training to an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)-based training session. The paper begins by discussing CrossFit as an extreme/high intensity conditioning program and notes how people have been concerned about its safety, in particular, to what extent it contributes to Exertional Rhabdomyolysis (ER), a condition where muscle damage causes the bloodstream to fill…

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Teaching Self Monitoring in Pilates – Pilates Fitness Article

Teaching Self Monitoring in Pilates By Polestar Educator Noelle Dowma DPT, BFA, NCPT, CMTPT October 2017 was a busy month for me…I presented in the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) conference in Houston, Texas at the beginning of the month, and again at the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) conference in Indian Wells, California at the end of the month. The IADMS presentation was called “Dance Conditioning with Pilates as the Foundation,” and it was basically a Pilates…

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How To Warm Up For Strength Training In Collaboration With The Sports Edit – Fitness Article

How To Warm Up For Strength Training In Collaboration With The Sports Edit May 24, 2019 “If you have no time to warm up, then you have no time to train”. Think you just need to do a few reps with an empty bar before strength training? Warming up fully will help get your muscles loose, active, and warm, which will in turn improve circulation and muscle function. It’ll activate your Central Nervous System so you can give your very…

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Teaching Self Monitoring in Pilates – Pilates Fitness Article

Teaching Self Monitoring in Pilates By Polestar Educator Noelle Dowma DPT, BFA, NCPT, CMTPT October 2017 was a busy month for me…I presented in the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science (IADMS) conference in Houston, Texas at the beginning of the month, and again at the Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) conference in Indian Wells, California at the end of the month. The IADMS presentation was called “Dance Conditioning with Pilates as the Foundation,” and it was basically a Pilates…

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Teaching from Empowerment | The Core – Pilates Fitness Article

Teaching from Empowerment | The Core I have always felt that Pilates has empowered me both physically and mentally and I hope to transmit that to my clients and students. It doesn’t have to be all depth all the time and a session should obviously not be psychoanalysis, but the truth is that sometimes, a session may lead to a heart-to-heart conversation that brings up important questions about our lives and practice.  And we may come to understand that we’re…

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Meet Calisthenics Coach Owen – School of Calisthenics – Calisthenics Fitness Article

Meet Calisthenics Coach Owen – School of Calisthenics Let’s set the scene. Image an office environment, your colleagues are content with instant coffee and beige pastry snacks for a meal. You’re restless in your chair, you make excuses to go to the fridge or fetch things from downstairs as an excuse to get closer to your steps quota for the day. You’ve found the toilet door is the perfect height to hang from. You know its good for grip strength…

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Office Movement Break (by Trainer Kimberly Feiler) – Workout Fitness Article

Repeat this quick set throughout the day to maintain mobility and reset your focus. Modify the push-ups if needed and do wall push-ups or counter/tabletop push-ups instead. Don’t forget to thank Skimble Trainer Kimberly Feiler for this awesome workout by giving it a like 👍 Do you have a fitness resolution? Make progress towards achieving your goals with Skimble’s top fitness apps and supportive community. If you’re new to Skimble, our Workout of the Week challenges offer you fresh ways to…

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