Fast and Furious: Ten Benefits of Indoor Cycling I Didn’t Know About

I have always been a Pilates and dance girl, not that I do not respect runners and cyclers – I do! – But I know what particular type of workout suits my body composition the best and honor it. Also, I am a passionate long-distance walker, up to 15-20 km a day. You know, it is not that challenging, I just walk wherever I need grocery shopping, work, cafes, etc.

This winter, with dust and snow in the face, long walking is not fun anymore. Therefore, I searched for indoor cardio activity with a minimum strength component and found the indoor cycling class. And… I fell in love with it. So, today’s story is how cycling compliments my Pilates (you see the irony here, don’t you? Usually all stories are vice versa – what are Pilates benefits for sports).  Read more

Prenatal Pilates: Benefits, Regime Guidance and Precautions to Mind

Is it safe to exercise during pregnancy? What prenatal exercise regime is recommended? What are the best frequency, duration, and intensity of exercise? In this article, you will find the guidelines for exercise during pregnancy and the postpartum period, the benefits of prenatal Pilates and other workouts, and precautions.  Read more

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

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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8 Thanksgiving Tips from Your Fitness Instructor

Worry about how to stay fit and not to gain some extra pounds during the Thanksgiving? Well, you should be. Researches show that almost all people tend to fall into a food-induced coma during six weeks holiday period from the Thanksgiving to the New Year’s Eve, and crush the results of healthy nutrition habits and vigorous exercising. We prepared 8 Essential Tips from fitness professionals on how to stay fit, healthy, and happy on that Turkey day. And a 5-minute cardio workout at home that boosts your metabolism and mood: think about it as a sider to your juicy turkey and pumpkin pie. Happy Thanksgiving!

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