1st Triathlon completed! Well Done Steven Green (trafficfundi.com)

Well done Steven Green, owner of the best SEO Company, Traffic Fundi, for completing your first triathlon.

The My Pilates team of instructors at the Muckleneuk studio are very proud of you. We know you have worked really hard to achieve this goal and we feel privileged to have been a part of your journey thus far. We looking forward to watching you as you achieve more of these great goals, whilst remaining injury free because you are doing Pilates, of course.

WHAT IS CROSS-TRAINING?

Training in two or more sports in order to improve fitness and performance, especially in a main sport.

WHY PRACTICE PILATES FOR TRIATHLONS?

Pilates is a fantastic exercise routine to add to your weekly Triathlon workouts, we call this cross training.

You personally spend time training specifically on your running, cycling or swimming, we as Pilates specialist come along once or twice a week and focus on strengthening your stabilizing muscles so you injure less, we pinpoint which joints need to mobilize and loosen up increase your range of movement and specifically look at the exercise form you choosing so that we can increase flexibility in your tight areas of your body.

Repetitive movement can cause this in one plane of movement can cause over-development of muscle groups and cause imbalances in the body. Pilates will make sure that this doesn’t happen or at least prevent it from becoming a problem.

WHERE ARE WE LOCATED?

We have two beautifully fully equipped Pilates studio

  1. #Dunkeld Shopping Centre, #Johannesburg.
  2. #Muckleneuk suburb, #Pretoria.

Call us to book a class on 084 580 5284 or email us on book@mypilates.co.za

Steven Green

The Difference between Pilates and Yoga

Look for a specialist Pilate’s class in Johannesburg that will relieve stress and offer flexibility in a controlled manner, whilst strengthening the core.

Although there are many similarities between Pilates and Yoga, the main difference between the two is the emphasis on the spiritual component of the classes.

Both Yoga and Pilates are of the understanding that the mind and body are connected to each other, although Yoga adds an extra element – and that is the spirit. Suffice to say, a large part of Yoga is exploring spirituality – particularly through meditating.

Pilates, on the other hand, is about the mind and body being connected which assists in everyday life.

Many individuals enjoy both Pilates and Yoga and see the value in both; therefore a whole new generation are selecting both Yoga and Pilates as a way of life moving forward.

The best part of all is that you don’t have to choose between the two  – many individuals practice both to get that perfect balance between mind, body and soul.

Yoga:

Difference between Pilates and Yoga- My Pilates

Yoga is an ancient practice that originated in India more than 5 000 years ago and has progressed over the centuries into numerous different forms which include Ashtanga, Krupalu, Bikram and Vineyasa. These are only a few of the many forms available.

By the year 2012, over twenty million people were practicing Yoga in the USA – with numbers growing on a daily basis.

Yoga has its focus on broad muscle groups and flexibility.

Furthermore it offers endurance, balance, strength and stamina.

Classes are varied and offer anything from challenging, where you break out a sweat; or gentle and nourishing.

If you are already in brilliant shape but would like to burn up extra calories as well as building up on your endurance, then Yoga will assist.

Pilates

Difference between Pilates and Yoga - My Pilates

 

Pilates, on the other hand, is a far younger practice that finds its roots in the mid-20th Century by an accomplished athlete named Joseph Pilates.

The main focus of Pilates is on strengthening and rehabilitation, and regardless what many might think dance is what actually put Pilates on the map.

Dancers around the world started using Pilates to help them strengthen their bodies for training and during their performance.

Pilates works out both body and mind with a focus on the core. This is so that the remainder of the body can move more freely, whilst strengthening both the interior and exterior.

There is balance present as well as flexibility and strength resulting in longer, stronger and leaner muscles.

Pilates is gaining huge popularity; the question here is, if the stars are doing it – why aren’t you?

It boils down to one question – which should you practice – Yoga or Pilates? Benefitting from both is perhaps getting the best of both worlds.

Practicing Yoga will offer you suppleness, freedom and challenge, whereas Pilates offers attention to detail as well as working those abs.

If you are a runner and need to fine-tune your core, Pilates will be the best one for you.

Choose Pilates in Johannesburg or combine this with Yoga to ensure you get the best of both worlds.

Pilates is great for Guys

Pilates For Guys - My Pilates

Whether guys partake in individual matt classes in Johannesburg or whether they prefer sharing a class with other students, Pilates is useful and beneficial for both men and for women.

Before explaining this any further – bear in mind that Pilates was created by a Man and ever since, this has been the perfect training tool for serious athletes; both male and female!

Furthermore, for well over 50 years, men have made accomplished instructors and have been brilliant promoters of Pilates.

Although enjoyed by both males and females, the Pilates scene has been flooded by female participants and instructors in the immediate past – and with that, Pilates enjoys the misconception that it is a “female only” activity, which is certainly nowhere near the truth.

Pilates is one of the fastest-growing fitness trends in today’s modern world, with many males taking full advantage of the benefits that it has to offer.

 

Pilates offers complete-body fitness – here’s how:

  • Pilates does not neglect some parts of the body and over-develop others, as is the case with other types of exercise.
  • Pilates focuses on the core strength of the body, training the body as a united whole.
  • Pilates promotes strength and balanced muscle development – and it improves flexibility.
  • Pilates increases variety of movement of the joints of the body.
  • Attention is given to the core support as well as full-body fitness – this also addresses the mind and breathing.
  • Pilates is excellent for rehabilitation.
  • Furthermore, Pilates is popular amongst athletes as it builds a solid foundation for any type of movement.

 

So you are super-old or super-young – can you still manage to do Pilates?

Pilates is for everyone – yes everyone!

It makes little difference whether you are a sports superstar or a golden-oldie – or you might just be the average Joe who wants to do something special for your body.

Remember – Pilates has been created to strengthen the core, focuses on properly aligning the body and presents a perfect body/mind approach which is accessible to everyone.

Best of all – because there are literally thousands of workouts and modifications, Pilates can be tailored to suit your unique needs and requirements – there is no one size fits all.

 

Getting strong without bulking up is a brilliant way to build your body: 

If you are keen on long, lean muscles – Pilates is an excellent choice as the focus in not on building bulky muscles to charm to ladies – instead muscles are tones to work perfectly within the context of the body as an entirety.

 

Pilates is great for flexibility: 

Lengthening and stretching muscles will result in flexibility.

Pilates focuses on a safe increase in length and stretch of the muscles as well as the range of motion within the joints.

The reasons why Pilates is great for men is because exercises concentrate on core strength, flexibility, balance, uniform development as well as effective movement patterns, which are all trademarks of Pilates training and particularly applicable to the fitness of males.

Whether guys partake in individual matt classes in Johannesburg or prefer intimate classes with other devotees, Pilates is a brilliant option for anyone of any age at any level – both male and female.

Pilates For Man - individual matt classes

Sciatic Nerve Pain and Stretches

Suffering from Sciatic Nerve Pain… A common symptom of piriformis syndrome is pain along the sciatic nerve. Instead, with piriformis syndrome, it is the piriformis muscle itself that irritates the sciatic nerve and causes sciatic pain.

The piriformis is a muscle located deep in the hip that runs in close proximity to the sciatic nerve. When the piriformis muscle becomes tight and/or inflamed, it can cause irritation of the sciatic nerve. This irritation leads to sciatica-like pain, tingling and numbness that run from the lower back, to the rear and sometimes down the leg and into the foot.

HOW TO DO IT.
Cross Right knee over the left knee. Imprint your spine so that your lower back is pressing into the mat. Draw both legs up off the floor and clasp behind the bottom leg. Drawing both legs into the chest. If you’re flexible, alternatively hold both ankles as shown in the picture

Repeat on opposite leg.
Hold for 2 minutes per leg, to be done daily.

To book a class call us on 084 5805284 or book@mypilates.co.za

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Sciatic Nerve pain

New Pilates Mat Class Monday 6am-7am

NEW Monday Mat Class 6am-7am.
This week’s special bring a friend for FREE.
Class starts Monday 15th February

Start your Monday off on the right note,

Invest in the wellness of your mind, body and soul.
Contact us to book your spot on 084 580 5284 or mail us on book@mypilates.co.za

New Pilates Mat Class

FEBRUARY SPECIAL

Pilates February Special

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My Pilates welcomes our new instructor Ilse Marvin

My Pilates would like to welcome the beautiful Ilse Marvin to our team of instructors.

Ilse Marvin My Pilates Instructor

Ilse Marvin My Pilates Instructor

Movement is in my blood and this is what has lead me to Pilates. I practised athletics and swimming on a national level for ten years and entered the wonderful world of Pilates after finishing my studies and have not looked back.

I turned to Pilates after running to challenge my physical body in a whole new way, I just felt I was no longer mentally stimulated. The Pilates syllabus revealed how misaligned and out of sync my body really was and this journey opened my mind to my body’s awareness.

I started feeling inspired to share and encourage people to look after their physical wellness and as my body become stronger, I discovered that what I was experiencing other people where too. I had no abdominal strength and during my first pregnancy I was in a tremendous amount of pain due to hip misalignment caused from weakness.  I embarked on my teacher training course with Theo van Der Riet at BASI Pilates, during this time I realized that Pilates was changing my emotional state of being and bringing out the best in my personality. This was unexpected because I didn’t realize that Pilates could make you happy.

I remind myself constantly that I am so blessed to work in such a great industry, I am driven by the progress of my clients and pushing them to levels where they too feel inspired and that they can achieve all their mind and body goals through consistency.