Normal schedules now resumed after the Summer break

Normal schedules now resumed after the Summer break.
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Back to work, to pilates, to healthy eating and to posting regularly on Instagram. .
Hope to inspire and motivate you to look and feel your best whatever your age. No filters or apps.
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To be yourself and unique.
Not to compare.
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@absolutestudios

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Back to work, to pilates, to healthy eating and to posting regularly on Instagram. .
Hope to inspire and motivate you to look and feel your best whatever your age. No filters or apps.
.
To be yourself and unique.
Not to compare.
. .

@absolutestudios

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Light sunny mornings make it so much easier to get up early for a 7am Pilates class And have a full day for work afterwards

Light sunny mornings make it so much easier to get up early for a 7am Pilates class
And have a full day for work afterwards..
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Reverse lunge
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Thanks to @absolutestudios .
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Reverse lunge
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Thanks to @absolutestudios .
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Reformer Pilates

Reformer Pilates.
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Often an exercise needs subtle postural tweaks or alignments to be performed correctly and effectively. .
Small corrections can make all the difference to feeling the right muscles engaging and working properly.
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It's very easy to often think you're doing an exercise as it should be done, but in fact be cheating yourself as a slightly incorrect stance or body placement won't be using the specific targeted muscle or set of muscles for the movement. .
Here I'm trying to keep the back straight, hips square, core engaged, abs and glutes switched on, and the knee tracking correctly over the ankle and foot on the standing leg.
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With thanks to @absolutestudios @rascal_physique_

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Often an exercise needs subtle postural tweaks or alignments to be performed correctly and effectively. .
Small corrections can make all the difference to feeling the right muscles engaging and working properly.
.
It’s very easy to often think you’re doing an exercise as it should be done, but in fact be cheating yourself as a slightly incorrect stance or body placement won’t be using the specific targeted muscle or set of muscles for the movement. .
Here I’m trying to keep the back straight, hips square, core engaged, abs and glutes switched on, and the knee tracking correctly over the ankle and foot on the standing leg.
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With thanks to @absolutestudios @rascal_physique_

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Testing core strength

Testing core strength.
Think it's part of Pilates "Teasers".
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Trying to sit up as tall as possible whilst keeping the back as straight as possible too.
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It's hard
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Think it’s part of Pilates “Teasers”.
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Trying to sit up as tall as possible whilst keeping the back as straight as possible too.
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It’s hard
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Still keeping supple at age 64

Still keeping supple at age 64.
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Not necessarily the most flattering position but hey... at least the body is still mobile, even with the left hip re-surfaced a few years ago and various other injuries.
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For my fitness regime I try to do Pilates, mat or reformer, 3 times a week. Anything else is in addition or if I can't get to a Pilates class.
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My Pilates posts aren't always real time so don't believe I am a fitness fanatic and exercising every single day - I'm not! .
If I'm in the Isle of Wight I love to horse ride on the beach.
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I also do occasional dance classes which can help memory as well as fitness, as  concentration is needed to remember routines.
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Boxing mixed with HIIT in the gym is great for cardio and fat burning and also concentration as I dont want to be punched on the nose  
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Not necessarily the most flattering position but hey… at least the body is still mobile, even with the left hip re-surfaced a few years ago and various other injuries.
.
For my fitness regime I try to do Pilates, mat or reformer, 3 times a week. Anything else is in addition or if I can’t get to a Pilates class.
.
My Pilates posts aren’t always real time so don’t believe I am a fitness fanatic and exercising every single day – I’m not! .
If I’m in the Isle of Wight I love to horse ride on the beach.
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I also do occasional dance classes which can help memory as well as fitness, as concentration is needed to remember routines.
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Boxing mixed with HIIT in the gym is great for cardio and fat burning and also concentration as I dont want to be punched on the nose
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Mother and daughter reformer Pilates

Mother and daughter reformer Pilates.
She's the one further away obvs
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This exercise is for the lower abs, core, glutes and also arms. .
To raise the intensity of the exercise the legs can be scissored lower just as my daughter is doing.
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With thanks to @absolutestudios Luke .
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She’s the one further away obvs
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This exercise is for the lower abs, core, glutes and also arms. .
To raise the intensity of the exercise the legs can be scissored lower just as my daughter is doing.
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With thanks to @absolutestudios Luke .
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Pilates reformer

Pilates reformer.
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Arm exercise with legs in tabletop.
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Keep shoulders down
Keep ribs down.
Back in neutral.
Core engaged.
Legs in tabletop.
Arms strong and LATS engaged. 
This flat rectangular muscle of the back helps the arms rotate as well as move away from and toward the body.
It also is the muscle that can help tone that annoying fatty area that hangs over the bra sides. .
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@absolutestudios

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Arm exercise with legs in tabletop.
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Keep shoulders down
Keep ribs down.
Back in neutral.
Core engaged.
Legs in tabletop.
Arms strong and LATS engaged.
This flat rectangular muscle of the back helps the arms rotate as well as move away from and toward the body.
It also is the muscle that can help tone that annoying fatty area that hangs over the bra sides. .
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@absolutestudios

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Wednesday Pilates

Wednesday Pilates.
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Shoulder stand.
An exercise challenging the lower abs. 
Using the lower tummy muscles to get the rise up rather than just momentum.
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When I post a video clip of an exercise I've done,  I notice how I could have done it a bit better. .
I had felt I was right up tall onto my shoulders with my body more perpendicular than it was. .
Once up in the air, this exercise can be continued with the legs then going further backwards, toes to the reformer over the head and then reversing back over again. .
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With thanks to
Luke
@absolutestudios

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Shoulder stand.
An exercise challenging the lower abs.
Using the lower tummy muscles to get the rise up rather than just momentum.
.
When I post a video clip of an exercise I’ve done, I notice how I could have done it a bit better. .
I had felt I was right up tall onto my shoulders with my body more perpendicular than it was. .
Once up in the air, this exercise can be continued with the legs then going further backwards, toes to the reformer over the head and then reversing back over again. .
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With thanks to
Luke
@absolutestudios

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Reformer pilates

Reformer pilates.
Glute and core stability strengthening bridge exercise.
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Trying to remember to keep hips equalized, turn on and engage the core, glutes, hamstrings and lower ab muscles required for the movement and to come back down from the bridge with control and the discs of the spine moving smoothly and sequentially. The opposite arm to the supporting leg is pressing into the reformer as the heel presses into the bar.
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With thanks to Luke @absolutestudios .

Glute and core stability strengthening bridge exercise.
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Trying to remember to keep hips equalized, turn on and engage the core, glutes, hamstrings and lower ab muscles required for the movement and to come back down from the bridge with control and the discs of the spine moving smoothly and sequentially. The opposite arm to the supporting leg is pressing into the reformer as the heel presses into the bar.
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With thanks to Luke @absolutestudios .

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