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5 Foods To Boost Your Pilates Workout

Posted on August 26, 2017 by Jason Knee

 5 Foods To Boost Your Pilates Workout

When you’re doing Pilates – or any kind of fitness activity – it’s important to give your body the correct fuel for your workout.

Loading up on junk food isn’t going to give you the proper energy and nutrients you need to build your strength effectively. On the other hand, eating too little, or even not eating at all, can be just as counter-productive. That’s why it’s essential to find the ideal balance.

Read on to discover five great foods that will give your Pilates workout a boost.

 

  1. Oatmeal

Eating a good breakfast will help you stay full throughout the morning – which is even more important if you’re planning a workout. Oatmeal contains carbohydrates and glucose – which is essentially what your muscles use for fuel.

Look for complex carbs such as whole grain oatmeal, which will slowly release energy during your workout, helping you to power through.

Finally, oatmeal also contains fibre, which will slow down digestion and keep your blood sugar balanced.

 

  1. Almonds

When you put your body through an intense workout, it can actually produce more damaging elements such as free radicals. As a result, it will be in need of a good antioxidant such as almonds.

Almonds contain vitamin E, phenolic acid and flavonoids, all of which help to protect you from free radical harm. Like other nuts, they’ll also give you a great energy boost too.

 

  1. Raisins

A box of raisins is an excellent portable snack – and one that’s great for workouts too. Raisins contain lots of carbohydrates, which will give your energy a boost, and potassium, which will help your body maintain its fluid balance, prevent dehydration and reduce muscle cramps.

 

  1. Dates

Dates are a sweet, dry fruit that contains plenty of fibre. The fibre helps your blood sugar level avoid spikes, as well as keeping your body’s energy levels stable – ensuring you feel your best as you work out.

The size and texture of dates also make them ideal for when you’re on the go. Put a few in a zip lock bag and take them with you as a great post-workout snack.

 

  1. Ginger

If you often find yourself prone to aching muscles after a workout and taking painkillers to dull the pain, try ginger instead. It’s much healthier than an aspirin and contains anti-inflammatory properties which can naturally soothe muscle aches and pains, as well as reduce any stiffness or swelling. If you don’t fancy eating it alone, try blending it into a healthy smoothie or soup.

 

All fuelled up and ready to hit the studio? Great! We hope these healthy and energising snacks have helped you get ready to go.

If you need any extra equipment for your Pilates class or studio, check out the range here at Pro Active Pilates Equipment Melbourne for a high-quality range of Pilates items.

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5 Myths About Pilates You Thought Were True – Until Now

Posted on August 19, 2017 by Jason Knee

5 Myths About Pilates You Thought Were True – Until Now

If you haven’t yet given Pilates a try, you may have a vague idea of what it is and what it’s like, purely as a result of hearsay.

But how do you know that what you’re hearing about Pilates is actually true?

There are a lot of myths and ideas out there that couldn’t be further from the truth. So take a look at these common misconceptions and you may be pleasantly surprised.

 

  1. Pilates is a ‘women’s exercise’.

The ‘stereotype’ of Pilates is that it’s just for women. However, it was originally designed by a man – for men. Even today, many male athletes and teams take part in Pilates as part of their training to stay fit and flexible.

 

  1. Pilates and yoga are the same things.

Pilates and yoga are often lumped into the same category and are sometimes seen to be ‘the same’. However, they’re not at all. These two exercise methods require different movements, different exercises and even a different state of mind.

 

  1. Pilates is not a challenging exercise.

Pilates is often written off as being an ‘easy’ workout that won’t be a challenge to anyone who’s into fitness. Wrong! Pilates can be suitable for people of all abilities, and some moves and routines can be fairly intense. Pilates is designed to continuously work on your strength and movement, so will always provide a new challenge.

 

  1. You can only do Pilates if you’re naturally flexible.

You do not have to be naturally flexible to start doing Pilates. In fact, one of the main points of Pilates is improving your flexibility and movement. We all have to start somewhere, so don’t be afraid if you can’t get into certain positions. With time and effort, you’ll soon see remarkable and rewarding progress.

 

  1. Pilates is a celebrity fad.

You may have heard of Pilates after reading about celebrity Pilates routines in magazines or on gossip sites. And while it’s true that many celebrities are big fans of Pilates workouts, it’s so much more than just a celebrity fad.

These stars are doing Pilates for a reason. It’s great for the body and keeps them healthy, strong and lean for their performances and movie roles.

 

So as you can see, while these are all common thoughts about Pilates, none of them is true in the slightest. Let go of your previous misconceptions about Pilates and give it a try – you’ll be glad you did.

When you’re ready to get started, take a look at our range of Pilates equipment at Pro Active Pilates Equipment Australia. We have everything from your basic yoga mat and accessories to Pilates Reformers for home and studio use… We’re sure you’ll find everything you need to get started on your path to Pilates.

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10 Common Pilates Mistakes And How To Fix Them

Posted on August 12, 2017 by Jason Knee

10 Common Pilates Mistakes And How To Fix Them

When you’re learning something new – such as Pilates – it will take a while for you to fully master each technique.

To ensure you get the optimum benefit out of doing Pilates, one way to improve is to look out for tiny mistakes that you might not realise you’re making.

Here are ten common mistakes that can happen during your Pilates workout, so you’ll know what to take notice of during your routine.

 

  1. Forgetting to focus on alignment.

When you’re transforming your body between movements, it is important to keep your body aligned. You should be able to control your position and use your centre to manage your body weight.

 

  1. Tensing up, rather than breathing naturally.

If you’re bracing yourself and tensing up rather than breathing naturally, you won’t be able to use your core muscles in the correct way. Practice breathing freely and mindfully without allowing your body to become rigid.

 

  1. Using your muscles too much.

There is no need for you to be engaging your muscles the entire time. As you progress, you’ll begin to learn which muscles to use and when so as to control your movement.

 

  1. Using the wrong muscles.

It’s also possible to use the wrong muscles during Pilates. For example, you may be trying to tense your pelvic floor but actually squeezing your legs or glutes. Learn to zone in on the muscles you really want to be using.

 

  1. Doing what you enjoy – not necessarily what your body needs.

You may have a few favourite Pilates moves or routines, but doing them repeatedly means your muscles and strength are becoming imbalanced. Make sure your routine is varied and balanced, taking care of every area, rather than just your favourites.

 

  1. Mistaking strong abdominal muscles for a strong core.

Having a strong core is an important part of Pilates, but people often mistake having ab muscles for having a strong core. They are not necessarily the same thing, as your core lies further within your body and works in a different way.

 

  1. Not being safety conscious.

It’s easy to think ‘how much harm could I do during Pilates’ as it doesn’t involve any rough activity like many sports and fitness activities do.

However, it is still important to be safety conscious and ensure your body has the correct support to avoid injuries.

 

  1. Getting too competitive.

Pilates is not a competitive sport. There is no rush to be the very best in your class, nor do you have to worry about being better than your friends. Take your time and do what you need to do for your body.

 

  1. Holding positions too long.

Unlike yoga, Pilates does not require you to hold each position for long periods. The focus is on movement and flow.

 

  1. Going too fast.

While you shouldn’t hold for too long, it’s also important not to rush. Be controlled, focused and precise, keeping your body properly engaged.

 

Pro Active Pilates Equipment Australia can provide a wide variety of Pilates equipment, ranging from simple Yoga Mats to high-quality Pilates Reformers and Trapeze Tables. Take a closer look at our range if you’re in need of any Pilates Equipment for your workout or studio.

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Adding To Your Routine - Here Are 4 Exercises That Complement Pilates

Posted on August 05, 2017 by Jason Knee

Adding To Your Routine - Here Are 5 Exercises That Complement Pilates

 

If you’re already a fan of Pilates but are looking to add another activity – or several – to your routine, it can be difficult to decide what you should choose.

There are so many different fitness activities and sports to select from, so which one is for you?

If Pilates is your primary interest when it comes to fitness, you may consider choosing a fitness activity that is able to complement your Pilates workouts.

Here are just a few for you to consider.

 

1. Hiking

Spending some time outside is good for you in itself, but even more so when you combine the outdoors with an exhilarating hike. It can improve your cardiovascular endurance without the need for a gym, as well as give your joints a great opportunity for movement, without putting too much pressure on them.

Hiking can be more of a workout than you may have expected, so you should also remember to wear quality footwear and stretch before and after your activity – just like you’d do with Pilates.

 

2. Swimming

Swimming is known for being a great low-impact cardiovascular exercise and can be very intense. This is your opportunity to push your body harder and build on your muscular and cardiovascular endurance too.

As you are using your whole body to push yourself through the water, you’ll be giving lots of different muscle groups a workout, making it an excellent choice for your whole body.

 

3. Team-Based Sports

Playing a sport as part of a team is a great way to develop a social side through fitness. It’s also a chance for you to pick something that appeals, whether it’s hockey, football, netball or something else entirely.  These sports will also use an entirely different set of muscles than the ones you use in Pilates, giving you a chance to work out other areas too.

 

4. Yoga

Yoga and Pilates are often confused with one another, but they are actually very different and can complement each other if you choose to do both. Pilates focuses on improving your core strength through resistance – however yoga is more about balance, as well as mindfulness and mental improvement.

 

Whichever of these you choose, we encourage you to have a variety of exercise types to keep you active and build a healthy routine around Pilates. If you require any workout or Pilates equipment, consider the range here at Pro Active Pilates Equipment Melbourne – the best equipment in Australia.

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Pilates As A Corrective Exercise: Here’s How It Can Help With Rehabilitation

Posted on July 21, 2017 by Jason Knee

Pilates As A Corrective Exercise: Here’s How It Can Help With Rehabilitation

Despite the fact Pilates is known for being an effective, accessible and fun fitness method all over the world, many people don’t realise that the Pilates method was originally developed for injury rehabilitation – and is still in fact used today to help people with injuries get back to their healthier, more able selves. If you’re a fan of Pilates, take a minute to learn more about where your favourite fitness routines came from, and how it can be an effective form of rehabilitation.

 

What can Pilates be used to treat?

Pilates can provide effective relief from back and neck pain, muscle pain, sports injuries and more, as well as helping to provide rehabilitation after experiencing loss of function due to neurological impairments such as a stroke. Pilates has even been used to help cancer survivors regain a physical sense of vitality after treatment.

While no one is claiming that Pilates is a ‘cure all’ method, there is evidence to show it is a helpful and viable option for those dealing with any of the above.

 

How does it work?

As you likely already know, Pilates helps to condition and improve the body by building up muscle strength, increasing flexibility, creating a better sense of balance and supplementing overall health.

Depending on the patient’s condition and abilities, they will be able to start with a range of easy movements to get used to moving their body again. As they build up their strength through the basic exercises, they will eventually be able to move on to higher intensity Pilates moves and routines that will help them on their path to recovery.

The fact the muscles are strengthened during the process also helps to put the patient at a lower risk of experiencing a similar injury in the future.

Another benefit is that Pilates can be a fairly low impact for those who so wish, which makes it ideal for keeping as fit as possible and staying active at times when you may not be able to handle a high-intensity workout.

 

Pilates can be beneficial even after recovery.

Even once the patient has fully recovered from their injury, they will still find themselves reaping the benefits of Pilates, such as improved coordination, balance and strength – perhaps even better than before their injury occurred. That’s why many Pilates rehab patients continue to enjoy Pilates as a fitness activity, ensuring their body will always be kept in the best possible condition.

 

If you enjoy doing Pilates for either fitness or rehabilitation purposes, check out the range here at Proactive Pilates Equipment Australia. We have everything you need to get started with Pilates or to build upon your existing routine. We look forward to helping you find your ideal Pilates products.

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Pilates On A Budget: What To Do If You Can’t Afford To Start

Posted on July 14, 2017 by Jason Knee

 

If you’ve taken an interest in starting up Pilates but don’t have a large budget for things like fitness classes or equipment, then you’re in luck.

One of the best things about Pilates is that it’s accessible to everyone, regardless of what you can afford – as the only equipment you one hundred percent need is a mat. That’s all!

So even if you can’t fit weekly classes or a Pilates Reformer into your budget, here’s what you can do to get started with Pilates.

 

Do your research.

Whether you choose to pick up a book or do your research online, you should ensure you’ve read up on the basics of Pilates before getting started. Try to learn what it is, how it affects your body and the safety precautions you should be taking while doing your Pilates workout. You could even watch a few videos of other people doing Pilates to get a feel of what it’s all about.

By getting clued up on the basics before you start the physical workout, you’ll be able to head into it in a better, safer and more confident state of mind.

 

Give videos or DVD tutorials a try.

There are hundreds of videos and DVDs out there that focus on Pilates techniques and training. YouTube is a great choice, as you can browse through as many videos as you want until you find a routine you enjoy that works for you. If you don’t like the first one you find, you can always keep searching. Different instructors and presenters have their own individual styles, so look for one that’s compatible with your personality and of course your fitness level.

Plus, it’s completely free – providing you already have an internet connection.

 

Look at lesser known studios or gyms.

If you don’t like the idea of going it alone but find classes at ‘brand name’ gyms to be too costly, consider looking for lesser known studios or gyms. Many small or independent fitness venues provide classes at a much lower rate than the big names.

Another option is to track down some independent Pilates instructors, as they may offer regular classes in outside venues such as church halls or school gymnasiums. These will usually cost a lot less than a gym-based class.

 

Purchase equipment online.

While Pro Active Pilates Equipment Australia offers a range of Pilates equipment including Reformers and Trapeze Tables, we also stock the basics that you’ll need to get started.

In the ‘Accessories’ section, you’ll find a Yoga Mat – suitable for both Yoga and Pilates. For just $34.95, you can order the only absolutely essential you need to start your Pilates journey to health and fitness.

 

To learn more about the range of products we offer at Proactive Pilates Equipment Melbourne, take a look at our online store or get in touch if you need our help with anything at all. We wish you the best of luck getting started.

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The 3 S’s Of Pilates: How Strength, Stamina And Symmetry Could Be Yours

Posted on July 07, 2017 by Jason Knee

The 3 S’s Of Pilates: How Strength, Stamina And Symmetry Could Be Yours

If you know anything at all about Pilates, you’ll know by now that it is excellent for your body and health. It can help you achieve the 3 S’s: Strength, Stamina and Symmetry; all of which are essential for improving your body in both appearance and ability. Here’s everything you need to know about how Pilates can help you reach these top results.

 

Strength

You may be surprised to learn that Pilates actually does count as a type of strength training – even though it does not include weight lifting or bodybuilding techniques.

Pilates can help to build up the strength in your muscles through challenging resistance, which will also leave you with better muscle tone as well as improved strength.

When you’re doing a Pilates workout, your muscles are being used constantly, so you’re bound to notice some change in your strength levels within the first few weeks.

 

Stamina

In addition to building up your strength by doing Pilates, you’ll also notice your stamina starting to improve too. As you become stronger, you’ll be able to accomplish more during your workout, helping you complete the more advanced moves and keep your workout going for longer. This additional stamina won’t just help you during Pilates – it can be applicable to any of your workouts or daily physical activities as you get into better shape.

 

Symmetry

As you develop your Pilates technique and continue to take part in a regular routine, you’ll find your body becomes more symmetrical.

Not only will this create a better physical look, it, more importantly, helps to keep your body balanced as you walk and move - as well as improving your coordination. This can also give you a boost when doing other exercises or sports, as your body will be focused and ready to get started.

Finally, more symmetry will also mean improved posture due to the better balance of your muscles.

 

Achieving the 3 S’s

If you’re hoping to achieve the 3 S’s: Strength, Stamina and Symmetry, it should be clear by now that Pilates is the answer. If you’ve never done Pilates, try joining a local Pilates class or even try your hand at Pilates at home using online videos or DVDs.

After a matter of weeks, you’ll start to notice a significant difference, showing how Pilates could help you go all the way to achieving your body and fitness goals.

If you’re already doing Pilates and are looking to up your game, take a look at the range of products we offer at Pro Active Pilates Equipment Melbourne. You’ll find everything you need from a simple Yoga Mat to a high-end Pilates Reformer, ensuring anyone can order the correct equipment for their level.

 

And as always, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at Pro Active Pilates Equipment Melbourne if you’d like to learn more.

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