Lou even has some new ideas for Pilates moves!
If you are tempted to give it a go we highly recommend Lyndon and his team www.lyndonwake.com. Enjoy!
Mark Pollak (Clifton Media) has also re-designed the platform for our website, making it easier for us to update (adding special offers!) and keep in touch.
The next course for Pilates, Yoga and Tai Chi starts at the beginning of April, and hopefully with the clocks changing we can enjoy lighter longer evenings, kick off the slippers and pull out the trainers and start to enjoy some fresh air.
Recent news has highlighted the long term health risks of being inactive – so let’s all make the most of the extra daylight and get out there and be active. Enjoy!
Congratulations to Louise who is now one of only 2 Balanced Body certified core align instructors in the UK.
To achieve this, Louise has completed 40 Core Align personal sessions (proud owner of a fit healthy body!) 14 hours observation and 120 student teaching hours – a huge total of 222 hours including the 16 hours for each of the 3 courses – wow! Lousie has worked with Pilates instructors from all over the world during her courses, from Greece, Denmark, France (including the Pilates instructor from the cirque de soleil) .
Louise’s first course was taught by Portia Page, balanced body faculty member from California. (have a look at her work outs on YouTube). Louise completed the final two courses with Veronique Coignac, a core align master trainer, and in December, passed her final exam to become a certified balanced body core align instructor.
The core align was designed by a Physio from Belize, Jonathan Hoffman to challenge his sporting clients, bringing the ethos of Joseph Pilates into the 21st century. Jonathon found working with his clients on the core align that he quickly learnt how it helped them become aware of their movement weaknesses and improve them in a dynamic and functional way.
With the core align you can exercise any part of the body, challenging strength, balance or co-ordination depending on the variation of resistance or orientation of the body.
It doesn’t end here, Louise plans to join 2 American physio’s for a further course in April using the core align for specific injuries, so she can teach it to all the physio’s at the practice. And after she’s convinced Rachel to buy another, we’ll all be able to try the really good stuff on two units at the same time!!!
Lots of sun, cricket, steak and occasional heavy rain!
Having recently returned from a two week tour to South Africa with the England Womens U-19 squad, I have now readjusted to the rapidly dropping temperature of the English winter.
Two largely successful weeks were had with challenges both on and off the pitch. The first ever England U-19 tour proved a challenge for the players unlucky to lose the T20 series 2-1 against the emerging South Africa team but the players bounced back for a 3-0 win in the one day series with the final match going down to a last over nail-biter where we took the last wicket with South Africa needing 2 runs for victory.
Despite most of my friends and colleagues believing me to be off for a holiday in the sun, early starts and late nights were often the order of the day to ensure the girls were well prepared for either training and match days with endless pool recovery and stretching sessions interspersed with the joys of ice baths (which we decided as coaching staff to endure to show some solidarity).
The players many of which on their first major international tour coped well with the tough conditions of 30°C+ heat and change in environment training at altitude. Thankfully were no dietary concerns at least for the staff providing you liked steak (which was top drawer).
Days off were spent shopping or catching up on study for the players or treating the injuries for me which happen on a long tour although thankfully nothing too serious. There was a chance to spend a great morning coaching some of the local school children in the area at the Potchefstroom Central School cricket festival. The kids had a fantastic level of enthusiasm and enjoyment for the sport. The next generation of South African cricketers?
Despite us losing the opportunity to play the full South African team due to heavy rain (the first since April) the tour was a great experience for the players and staff alike, made easier by the fantastic facilities and our hosts at the Potchefstroom University.
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