Confessions of a Personal Trainer: What I Really Think about Your Last-Minute Class Cancellation

Almost a decade ago when I was young and naive, in the very beginning of my career as fitness and dance instructor, in the early morning of a chilly day in February (at 6:15 am to be precise), I was at my studio, ready for a personal training with a new client, scheduled for 6:30 am. At 6:27, she texted me with the message “Sorry, can’t make it today. Will call you later.” I felt, to say it mildly, upset, a bit lonely, rejected, and inadequate as a trainer. It was pretty hard not to take it personally, even if the cancellation was because of the circumstances beyond that client’s control. Read more

Top Stories of the Week/04.12-10.12/Fitvize

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Grab a cup of hot chocolate and read our Fitvize Digest to be in tune with what’s new in fitness, health, and wellbeing. What is the best gift for your workout obsessed friend, why you should move around more often  next year, and how to please the insufferable fit foodie in your life? We diligently curated the latest content of top online resources, and here is a short and sweet bundle of the most popular and inspiring stuff in the passing week to get you into the spirit of Christmas. Read more

Pilates for Men: Twenty Health Benefits to Silence Your Inner Sceptic

“Do you want to kill me, Woman?”  – questioned my Pilates instructor’s sanity my husband after a 15-minute Pilates-inspired cardio workout one day… Oh, no, Honey, I certainly do not! I just did not realize that Pilates routine could be that challenging to you since you are extremely fit, go to the gym at least three times a week, and have a fancy Fitbit device to mind the quantity of hours needed for recovery after a workout.

So, how was it possible for him to find Pilates exercises challenging? After I had given this enough thought, I had to admit that I was biased. Shame on me. Despite being a Pilates instructor for more than 5 years, with 30 percent of my clients being men, a part of me believed that Pilates is, primarily, for tender ladies. And, as a consequence, I challenged my husband with the advanced Pilates exercises. Sorry))  Read more

Pilates For Weight Loss: Ten Tips on How, Exactly, Does This Work

Wondering, whether your Pilates routine will help you to lose weight fast? Do Pilates benefits include weight loss effect or the slim and well-toned body promises are just encouraging words from Pilates instructors? Just recently, I heard from a CrossFit trainer that “while Pilates has definite benefits, its strongest suit is certainly not weight loss.” As the fitness enthusiast with more than 25 years in dancing, all kinds of fitness training and mind-body practices, I respectfully disagree.

Triggered by those words above, I have done some research through hundreds of fitness forums and gladly present its results, completed with my personal journey as the Pilates institutor and observation of my clients, in the article below. Hopefully, this post will help you clarify how effective are Pilates classes for losing weight and whether Pilates is the first choice for weight loss purposes.  Read more

Pilates For Winter Sports

The winter holiday is a perfect opportunity to go to the mountain resort, ski, or snowboard and to have an adventure worth stocking until the next December. We are here to tell you the exact Pilates exercises that will help to fulfill the program of the ski to the maximum, to reduce the risk of injury and to take riding skills to a new level.

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Ten Awesome Fitness Quotes That Will Shape Your Motivation

Sometimes we need something a bit more inspiring that “Just Do It” to keep exercising regularly. Luckily, the world’s greatest minds have already gathered all fitness wisdom. Here they are:  Ten Best Workout Motivational Quotes to help you to exercise today.  Read thoroughly, print in colour and wrap them with one of beautiful photo frames. Just remember: you don’t get the butt you want by sitting on it (and that’s the quote N1!)

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What to Eat to Stay Fit: 36 Pre and Post Workout Foods

Are you looking for ideas on what to eat before a morning workout? Or which snacks are preferable to grab after an evening workout? Whether you are only mildly healthy nutrition-addicted fit foodie or entirely protein-obsessed Olympic athlete, our list may come in handy. We present 36 scientifically based tips for energizing your workout without overfilling and recovering after exercising. All to make you happy and fit. The keynote is: concentrate on staying hydrated, consuming quality carbohydrates, protein, and unsaturated fats, and eating more natural plant-based foods. Enjoy! *Please keep in mind the necessity of dietitian’s consultation to alter sports dietary based on your specific demands.

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