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It’s Time to Sparkle and Shine..

Did you stay up for the lunar eclipse last night? How magnificent the moon looked and some amazing images seen today too in the press.


I am feeling inspired by Strictly Come Dancing (such a high standard this year) and deflated by the rugby this weekend! What can I say! Another shock in the World Cup. Onwards and upwards as my Grandad used to say:)


If you are also feeling inspired by the dancing and starting to wiggle in work, shake your hips in the shops and generally want to shimmer like those sequins then come along to Zumba tonight. 8pm Maple School– cheesy tunes and funky moves (and you really can dance like no one is watching)


Also if admiring the wonderful Darcy Bussell and all the pro dancers and want to get stronger, more flexible and target hips, glutes, legs and tummies then come along to the new Pilates Mat/barre workout fusion class this Wednesday. 9.30am at All Saints Studios. Just need to book at


If you want to book a Pilates or Barre taster class before signing up for the whole course you can also do that on the timetable page.
Enjoy the sunshine and hopefully better rugby results this week (if English!) Must say well done to Wales, Scotland and Ireland too:)



Happy Monday
Take care




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Yes We Are Back to Full St Albans timetable…Pilates/Barre/Zumba… Its Great To See You All In Class

It is so great to see so many of you back in class after the Summer break.

That first class back is always quite daunting after a break from exercise. I’ve had lots of conversations over the last few weeks about how you were keeping active over the holidays, have been out cycling, walking lots and exercising with the kids which is great.

However that first Pilates, Barre or Zumba class is still always tough! But don’t you feel fab when you’ve done it! We’ve had a few initial creeks, a few groans, lots of hot bodies and heaps of giggles:)

If you haven’t made it back to class yet, don’t worry. You can always pop along to Zumba on a Monday at 8pm or come and try a barre taster class on a Monday 7pm or Wednesday 7.30pm at All Saints Studios.

All class info is here at

Dance Like There is Nobody Watching…

Doesn’t it make a difference when the Sun is out?

Everyone is in better moods, people smile more, communicate more and generally have a bit more get up and go.

Now today it’s a bit grey but still warm so stay in the summer mode of thinking;)

Last week I embraced the sunny weather in the back garden with the kids. Like many others we had water fights, sprinkler on ( ate ice cream!) , and the plastic sheet ( otherwise known as the super duper water slide ) came out. I decided to have a go..

This meant a large run up, followed by a bellyflop launch super man styley onto the sheet and then a dramatic pose to finish….. At which point I looked up and saw my neighbour looking out of the window! A classic!

It reminded of the quote which I love

 ” dance like there is nobody watching”

Whether you are in the kitchen having a boogie, 

jiving away in the car,

shaking it on a night out

or having a good wiggle/ giggle in Zumba.


Just go for it, don’t worry about what anyone else thinks and have a ball!

You will feel amazing afterwards I promise. Nb a bit of cheesy music does the trick too. Crank up the tunes!

So this is the last week for daytime Pilates and barre classes before the summer break. Evening classes finish next week.
If you are around over the summer break and want to come along to any classes we are running Pilates , Tuesday evenings and Barre Workout , Wednesday evenings. Places are filling up now and remember you can book for any number of weeks from 1 -5 weeks from end of July- August at

September classes start back from the 1st Sept for Jubilee centre and All Saints Studios classes and week of 7 th for Amanda and Angies’s at Alban City school. You can book your spaces now for class at

Take care








Summer is finally here! Hooray! Everyone is showing a bit more flesh, the electric fans are down from the loft  and summer dresses have been dusted down….

The ice cream man even came around to our road the other night.

My kids were ecstatic…. as had never seen a mobile, musical ice cream van before!

I felt nostalgic ,from great childhood memories,

and then Jurassic , how times have changed!

So, we have reached July! For all parents you may be feeling …

– Fed up with school routine,

– trying to get kids to school,

– to live each day by the clock,

– generally ready for a break from the norm and holiday! Yeh!

The finish line is now in sight,, you are so close, and then you can start the extreme water fights in the garden, morning, afternoon and night,, more picnics in the park and deciding which summer camps the kids would really love to go on!

The downside to the summer break is that some of our classes also rest up for the holidays.

However we still have 2 weeks left of Zumba and day Pilates and barre and 3 weeks of evening Pilates and barre .

Fear not, not all classes stop though… Last year we ran some classes all through the summer for those still at work, generally hard core and dedicated to the cause;)

So we are doing it again this year to help keep you all in shape, sane and smiley:)

Tuesday evenings


7 pm beginners/ improvers

8pm intermediate/advanced

Wednesday evening

8.30pm barre workout – all levels

These will run for 5 weeks from 28 th July – 26 th August at All Saints Studios, off St Albans road. Classes with Gabriel and one week with Amanda when Gabe on hols too .

We are putting in place the same booking system too.. Which is you don’t have to sign up for all the classes over the holidays ( but of course you are welcome too) as long as you pay in advance for the classes you want to come too. This enables us to manage the class spaces over the holiday period, thank you.

Classes £10 a session ( paid in advance)

Book your summer holidays classes here


Have fantastic week

Take care



P.s Enjoy the sunshine and warm weather. Get out in the garden, relax and indulge ( there’s the Prosecco mention!).

P.p.s Watching Wimbledon, it’s strong arms, core and upper body time. Coming in next few days the Press Up Challenge!! Da da daaaaa

That Monday feeling..

It’s Monday already!

Today I have…

– a stack of work admin jobs to do ,
– house chores I keep putting off,
– a to do list I wrote last night and keeps growing
– classes to plan
– techie stuff to attempt(!)
– research to devour

….. and I really am not in the right frame of mind to do any of it!

Do you ever feel like that?

So, instead of sitting here procrastinating for an hour or two I decided to go completely off task and have a little shopping time! Only a 30ish minute amble ( as I am not the best shopper, much prefer online)

However I had a look at all the summer stuff on display, even bought a few holiday bits and then walked home, feeling so much better and up for the day’s challenges , and started work. … And I felt so much better!!

So if you wake up sometimes not feeling “in the zone ” don’t beat yourself up about it !


Sometimes just a small diversion/ change of plan can make all the difference and get you back on track.

It doesn’t have to be shopping ( although that may appeal to you to;),

it could be going for a brisk walk,

meeting up with a friend,

changing scenery for work ,

catching up on the news,

quick 10 mins Pilates / meditation,

a nice cuppa,


whatever works for you to re- route/ re -charge and get back on track. Go and try it.
Right Monday- let’s do this!

Have a great week



To Achieve or Not To Achieve….

This weekend we watched the Ninja Warrior Final . This series has been quite popular in our house. We cheer, we Ooh! and we Aah! at the TV.


If you haven’t heard/seen the programme it is basically a dramatic assault course.  A cross between Gladiators and Total Wipe Out. You have to be pretty fit to take part and I’ve decided long limbed as well!


So, all series has been leading up to the big final and crowning the Ultimate Ninja Warrior. The fittest, nimblest, strongest on TV…..


We were pretty excited anyway to see which army person, gymnast, Ninja type would win the title……


and then no one won !!!


A whole TV series was built around this big goal of being the ultimate Ninja Warrior, and then they made the final course so hard only one person managed to complete it , but ran out of time!!


How deflating is that!!


The producers pretty much set everyone up to fail,

goals were unachievable

and people’s dreams wiped out!


A definite lesson in how NOT to do it!


Goals , no matter how big or small, need to be achievable.


If your goal/ dream at work or home seems too daunting to begin with then chunk out your tasks, try and complete one or two bits a day/week.


So you can be successful at each step along the way.


Feeling good about yourself,

being able to tick off achievements

keeping positive about your end result or journey is SO important.


Never, ever set yourself up to fail.


If your goal is to get in better shape for Summer then we can you along the way with our new Get Back On It online Pilates/nutrition plan.


* This is focussed Pilates workouts to complete everyday,

*Healthy recipes which are easy to use

* Suggestions for little changes/tweaks to everyday life  that can have a massive difference on your fitness, health and well being

* Motivational tips and advice- to help you feel amazing!


It will help you get…

– a flatter tummy

– more toned arms and legs

– improved posture to walk tall this summer

– more energy to look and feel stupendous!


Come on board with an extra brucey bonus workout if sign up by the 8th June!


Have a fantastic week back in classes from tonight in the lead up to summer…

its coming this Wednesday apparently!



Take care


What Do You Believe In?

We have just had a fab family week in Dorset.

What I found quite amusing is that one of the places we visited was recently in a survey ( published by the Times)
74% of people did not think it existed…
I suppose it does sounds a bit Disney but Durdle Door is definitely part of the beautiful Jurassic coastline ( see pic) .
Amazingly 18% thought Albert Square was real! Oh dear!

It made me think about what do I believe in and what is important to me .

Health and happiness for my family always comes top.

Then for me it’s about doing something you love and waking up every morning wanting to go to work.

Not having that Sunday night feeling I used to have in corporate world .

Making sure I am fit, strong and healthy to ensure I always can have huge amounts of fun and silly times with my kids.

My big belief this year has been to believe I can re -address the work/ life/ family balance to my liking. I am still working on it but so much better.

Try and give yourself a moment today and think about what you really believe in and what is important to you ?

I am off now to finish the new “Get Back On It” online pilates/ barre and nutrition plan. Stacks of new recipes, challenging pilates and barre for you at home.

I really believe( and 100s who have completed my online plans know) if you want it, you can have more energy, get stronger , fitter in time for summer.

So come on believe in yourself….watch this space for details in next day or two….for “Get Back On It”.

You can do it!

Remember classes start back next week. Some of our popular classes are full. We do have a few spaces left in some classes ,so if you haven’t already, book now ..

Good Days vs Bad Days….

My daughter (5) told me that yesterday was the best day ever! Why was that? Because she danced on a proper, big stage for the first time:) Magical.


For me this morning was not going well….


The website had techy problems with booking (7 am panic, now all fixed for next courses:) ,I had not slept well due to mystery alarm in our room going off at 3.45am?! (did stay awake for dawn chorus though, lovely). Packed lunch boxes were missing, dog played hide and seek(!), last minute homework found scrunched in bag etc etc.


We got to school and a Mum said to me that I looked tired which normally translates to looking rough/mess:)



And then I took a deep breath and laughed……a lot………at myself!


Now, I could have carried on all day chasing my tail, feeling rubbish. slightly annoyed with the outcomes, but what is the point?


Instead, it is so much better to embrace each day as it comes and look at and cherish the good bits.


-Have fun



-Enjoy what life has to offer (just like my daughter yesterday).


I went from school drop off , to having a lovely breakfast with friends celebrating birthdays, to teaching some rewarding pilates sessions and then having a walk in the woods with my dog:)


So, if you are having a bad day please try and get rid of any negative thoughts. Don’t get stuck in a rut, think positive and go and do something you enjoy and that will bring a smile to your face.:)


Go and find/remember YOUR best day ever!


Look forward to seeing some of you at Zumba/Pilates/Barre tonight.



**New courses from beginning June are now bookable at with taster sessions available too.**




Enjoy your day

Take care



Treat your Mum for Mother’s Day

Not that you need a reason to spoil your Mum but giving her some well deserved “me” time is a great gift.

With our Herts Pilates gift vouchers you can use for our Pilates courses in St Albans, Barre workout classes, Zumba and our online nutrition and Pilates plan.

Let her focus on fitness, posture, strength or cardio in our fun, friendly sessions. What better way to spoil Mum (day and evening pilates and barre classes available)

Click here for Gift vouchers



It’s All About the Barre, About The Barre..

We are starting another evening Barre class from next week- Monday 23rd February 7.05pm. This is due to a very long waiting list and everyone loving the Wednesday evening Barre class so much they are don’t want to leave:)

These spaces will go fast (limited spots available) so visit our timetable page or barre page to book you space today!

Well done to everyone on our January Detox online plan

Well done to everyone who has been practising their daily pilates workouts at home, clean eating and trying out lots of our yummy, easy recipes. Great feedback from “have so much more energy” to ” my tummy has flattened out” to ” didn’t think it would be this easy to follow”. Great results so far and this is the last week already.


New daytime Pilates and Barre class

We have new classes starting this week- 9.20am Pilates Wednesdays and 9.30am Barre Thursdays, both at All Saints Studio. Contact for more info

A Happy and Healthy New Year from Herts Pilates

Wishing all our clients a happy and healthy 2015.

Thank you for coming to classes this year and we look forward to seeing you back in class from the 5 th January ( for Zumba) and 6 th Jan Pilates , 7 th Barre workout is back . Enjoy x

January detox is coming ….starts 12 th Jan

Over indulged over the festive season? Decided this is the year to get in shape? Just need a helping hand to get you started? Don’t like the gym? Need a kick start to re energise?

if you answer YES to any of the above then our online January detox is for you. Starting 12 th January to give you a chance to get rid of all Xmas naughties and get back into routine ….go for it!

All from home- online daily  Pilates workouts, healthy recipes, example meal planners it’s all here for you so sign up today

email to book your space on your quest to feel and look fab!

Update on classes

There is a great vibe in all classes in the run up to Christmas. Pilates sessions are challenging, Zumba is hot and Barre sessions are rocking! So much so we are offering additional classes in the New Year:
Pilates daytime sessions -Wednesday morning:
9.20am mixed level pilates, 10.20am mums and babes (limited spaces for both)
Extra day barre pilates sessions- Tuesday/Thursday morning (straight from school drop off).
Evening sessions- Monday Pilates – Alban City school, Monday Zumba-Maple School, Tuesday Pilates- Jubilee centre & Alban City School, Wednesday- Barre Pilates, All Saints Studios
Email to book your space on the courses. We are filling up fast!


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