Are You ready to make 2017 the year for YOU? Book Pilates via Our App, FitBit links for Class and introducing new S.H.A.PE Online

I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas break. It is such a special time of the year to spend time with friends and family and remembering loved ones. We had an amazing few days of hosting, eating, drinking, singing, dancing and much laughter at our house. This was followed by a pyjama day on the 27th! Back at Work or in Hibernation? If you are now back at work well done you- hopefully it is a quieter time of year to catch up on any outstanding work and just generally get organised for the New Year. If you are still in hibernation mode having lazy mornings walking around with severe bed hair, watching Christmas classics and trying not to stand on random bits of Lego- well done you too. It’s a great time to re-charge batteries and have some important downtime. Did you get a fitbit tracker for Christmas? Or want to book classes even quicker with our Pilates Mindbody App? You can sync the MINDBODY® app with your Fitbit® activity tracker to quickly access data on your classes, appointments, and enrollments. The app will show active minutes and calories burned during your workout, as well as heart rate data if you have a compatible device. Plus, it will retroactively sync with past workouts-even if you’re new to the MINDBODY app. Download the Pilates Booking App    Don’t forget to book your regular classes , (spaces filling up fast) We are running extra evening Barre and Beginners pilates from the 16th January too. Book Pilates and Barre classes via www.hertspilates.co.uk/timetable or the app Here we come 2017.. Looking forward...

The Christmas Countdown has begun….

Can you believe it is December this week? Don’t worry though , you still have time to get ready for those Christmas parties. Come along to our St Albans Zumba and shake it, move it, burn it off! (new start time 7.45pm- can sneak in a bit late if helps:) Or come along to a Barre Class trial. Check out  Class Timetable We only have 2 classes left before we break for festivities so really hope you can come along either tonight or next week on the 5th December. NB there will be a hint of Christmas songs next week (only a little:) Look forward to seeing you either tonight or 5th December (then we break until classes start back on 9th January **St Albans Pilates and Barre classes run right up until 21st December:)**...

Are you feeling SAD? Banish the winter blues…..

When the days are grey and the nights are long its hard sometimes to not let the dark affect us. SAD or “winter blues” are common in lots of the UK population and its often hard to stay on track with your fitness, health and well being. All your summer good eating and activities can go out of the window as you crave carbs, sugar and the sofa. SAD is linked to reduced exposure to the sunlight which can cause a part of the brain called hypothalamus working properly. This in turn may affect: – melatonin production- hormone that makes you feel sleepy – Serotonin production- hormone that affects appetite, sleep and mood – bodys internal clock- your body uses sunlight for various functions such as waking up so lower levels of light disrupt yur body. I suppose the easy answer is to emigrate for the winter 🙂 However, not always possible (!) so I hope these tips below will help to banish any winter blues too: 1) Pack in the Vitamin D. Eat more: salmon, fresh tuna, mushrooms, organic vegetables and just vegetables in general! 2) Take regular exercise to kick start the happy hormones and raise your spirit and motivation. 3) Get as much natural sunlight as possible. Get out for a walk at lunchtime, open the windows and enjoy the fresh air. Have a fantastic week and I hope you enjoy your classes. NB Zumba is now at 7.45 pm from tonight (starting earlier- not because of light...

Embrace the Autumnal Days and Stay Healthy with Pilates and Barre…

What a beautiful time of year. The trees are starting to turn and we have lovely, bright, crisp days. It’s also time to start piling the layers on, dusting down the slow cooker, digging out the soup recipes and snuffling on the sofa to enjoy a plethora of Autumn TV. Alas! Please do not hide beneath your layers or melt into the sofa. It is official, (drum roll)….the run up to Christmas has begun! You can’t enter a supermarket without nearly knocking down a stack of mince pies and the top toys for 2016 have already been unleashed! Don’t worry though we are here to help you stay energised, fit, healthy and sane (!) in these busy times with oodles of classes on offer (and more to come). The November/December classes are open for booking so please book asap . Some classes have been full with wait lists this term so don’t miss out on your favourite session. www.hertspilates.co.uk/timetable **Newsflash** I have launched our new Children’ Pilates website- Core For Kids. Take a look www.coreforkids.co.uk continuing our quest for strong, healthy kids. The classes are so much fun and popular with parents, children and schools.ps don’t laugh at my pirate costume! We are also on Facebook www.facebook.com/coreforkids Barretastic! These classes are again very popular this term. Is it because of : -the cheesy music, -the focus on glutes, hips and thighs with extra core in the mix, -or because you in a strange way look forward to not being able to walk down the stairs properly a few days after class? -also you know they are a great compliment...

Get Back On It…

Can you believe September is here already! After an amazing summer of sunshine, Olympics, holiday adventures, late nights and epic blackberry picking (what a crop this year!) it is now officially time to Get Back On it…   If you are a parent it is time to get some normality and routine back in your life. The last mad dash to make sure your lovelies have done their homework, realised they had any homework and dusted down their pencil cases..   For all workers it’s that time of year again whereby your commute will just start to take that bit longer and busier again.   For TV viewers it’s the best time of year… it’s time for : Sparktacular Strictly,   Poldark Perfection,   and the return of the Classic… Cold Feet! Can’t wait!   Let the battle of dramas commence between the channels. Perfect entertainment as the nights draw in.   Most importantly it’s time to have a re-focus on YOU. If you’ve over indulged over the summer, got out of routine, deperate to do more exercise on your own or just shed a few pounds before the C word (I am not going to mention it yet!)… then this is the time to GET BACk ON IT!     I will let you into a little secret.. it is actually a bit of a myth that the busiest time in the exercise world is January, it is not, it’s actually September. This is the month that anyone who is serious about making a difference actually does it and sticks at it… so if you haven’t got sorted...

Summer Sun and September Pilates

Summer Holidays are whizzing by ! For those of you that have been lucky enough to have some time off I hope you are enjoying the lazy mornings, ice creams and not having to stick to a daily regime! The Olympics coverage has been immense and really sad it is all over . The stories, heroes, determination and utter brilliance of all the athletes involved is so inspiring and just makes you want to get out and exercise (especially the weather at the mo!). We are really looking forward to the Paralympics now. Go Team GB!   We are in our last  2 weeks of Summer holidays St Albans Pilates and Barre classes now and then ready to start back with our September timetable. Classes for next 2 weeks are on a reduced timetable as holiday time:   Tuesday 23rd and 30th August- Pilates 7.30pm class for all levels at the Jubilee Centre Wednesday 31st August- Barre all levels at All Saints Studios St Albans Pilates and Barre starts back week of 5th September . September is often a busy time for new attendees to come to class and I would not want any of you to miss out on your slot. So, if you haven’t already please book your spaces now for class at www.hertspilates.co.uk/timetable . If you want to try a different class/day/level that’s fine .   As always remember you can catch up for any missed classes within the current...

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