Technique Tip Tuesday is here again!
This week is all about the Lunge. At Pilates of Charleston, we as your Pilates and Fitness Instructors are on a continuing mission to keep you and your basics in perfect form! The Lunge forms part of the basic fundamental movements in fitness.
So. Why do we Lunge? – Simple answer: It trains the biggest part of your leg, The Quadriceps and Hamstrings. It trains your stabilizers. Stabilizers = Balance. Balance is necessary for everyday walking. Period. Its as simple as that.
There are many different kinds of lunges. Forward Lunges; backward lunges; and sideward lunges. For the most part Forward and Backward Lunges have the same form and technique tips apart from the obvious that either you are stepping forward or backwards in space. Side Lunges has a slightly different approach – but more on the side lunge at a later date.
Lets take a look at Lunge form in the photo below.
One of our Favorite Private clients’ Lyn, was kind enough to allow us, at Pilates of Charleston to use her magnificent body to demonstrate the correct and incorrect form for a Lunge. (Lyn is standing on a Pilates reformer at Pilates of Charleston. Please note: standing on the reformer to demonstrate the Lunge is for the sole purpose of this image only.)
REMEMBER! Your body weight should be equally distributed through both legs in a forward or backward Lunge.
If you are still feeling slightly insecure about your lunge, or any other fundamental fitness exercise, feel free to catch any one of our Pilates and Fitness instructors at the studio before or after class to ask your questions at no charge at all! We want you to feel confident when you work out.
This week for your Free Recipe Friday, Pilates of Charleston brings you nutritious and delicious Egg Muffins, recipe courtesy of your instructor, Julie! These are easy to make, since we know this time of the year, with back to school, busy schedules, games, homework, etc. demands convenience in the kitchen. Egg muffins can serve as a snack during any point in the day or if you kale them the night before, they can be a quick breakfast that only needs a quick reheat in the microwave for about 20 or 30 seconds. Hello, you early morning clients who need to “grab and go” on your way over to the studio for your class or session! This recipe, due to the eggs, packs a punch of protein which we all know to be an essential ingredient of your fitness routine at Pilates of Charleston. Protein sustains your energy and helps build muscle, which we need when taking a HIIT class or a Circuit class or any Group Reformer class here at Pilates of Charleston. Egg muffins also pack in a healthy dose of veggies…have fun with it…try throwing some kale in for a boost of antioxidants or spinach for extra iron. The options are limitless!
Don’t forget: Make plenty so that you can have 1 for every member of your family for each day of the week! That’s breakfast and snack time sorted!
Happy Egg Muffin day!
Your Instructors at Pilates of Charleston.
Alright, folks. The dreaded Plank! Pilates of Charleston Instructors will tell you this over and over again: Plank is the way forward! So, Lets do this! And if you don’t want to do this…get a grip and get used to doing the Plank, because it is the ultimate body firming and conditioning exercise not only in Pilates but in any fitness related class.
The Plank will tone your entire body. If you do it correctly. At Pilates of Charleston, we as your Pilates and fitness Instructors are and always will be addicted to getting you and your body into the correct plank position to accommodate all your issues, whether it be wrist or knee issues; lower back or neck problems.
Now lets take a look at Elizel, one of our Lead Pilates and Fitness Instructors at Pilates of Charleston. In the photo below she demonstrates what the plank should and should not look like:
Elizel, Pilates Instructor at Pilates of Charleston
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Pilates Circuit class at Pilates of Charleston. It has a little of everything and anything Pilates related: Cardio, resistance training, strength training, flexibility training and body weight calisthenics. This 8 person class gives you the space that you need to really move your body under the watchful eyes of your Pilates Instructor. You will get the 1:1 attention you deserve in this Pilates class.
What: A circuit training class filled with all your favourite Pilates moves, on all the different Pilates equipment.
Where: Pilates of Charleston, Mount Pleasant South Carolina.
When: Every Thursday night at 6pm. 50 minute class
What to bring: You and your personality! oh, oh, oh…and no complainers! #toningnotmoning
Where to sign up: click button below IMMEDIATELY!