How is your New Year fitness regime going?
This is the time of year where many of us commit to getting fitter and trimmer, which usually involves joining a gym. If you haven’t signed up yet, don’tn make a move before reading on.
There’s another more flexible and affordable option – and not a gym at all, but a Pilates studio. Chiswick’s London Pilates Studio (LPS) has built suchn a loyal following that it has recently expanded to four times the original size. Many locals (both men and women) have found that they don’t have ton resort to starving themselves or signing up to a gym to re-shape their bodies. W4 is mad for LPS and this is why.
State of the art equipment
Admittedly, there’s no treadmill, but you can always walk or run to the Studio. There’s no pool either but if you only swim a couple of times before abandoningn your gym membership – they’ll be the most expensive swims of your life.n The Studio looks professional, with its bank of STOTT Reformers, Cadillac, Stability Chair, Barres, weights, barrels, balls and spine correctors.n There are also plenty of matwork classes as well for those who prefer a lower-tech option.
Pilates Reformer – a safe sweaty workout
The Reformer is the workhorse of Pilates. This workout will slim and tone yourn body. Springs rather than weights ensure gradual and even resistance so there is less stress on tendons and ligaments. Cables, bars, straps and pulleysn tighten and strengthen your muscles in ways you never thought possible. The tension is adjusted to suit your height, weight and strength. It is low-or-no-impact,n easy on the joints and allows for modifications if you have injuries or conditions.
Workouts to get the heart pumping
Add a Cardio-Tramp to a Reformer and it is transformed into a cardiovascular fun-fitness-machine, which will challenge your abs like no other. A selectionn of challenging workouts will allow you to run, parallel jump, do cross-country and skim moguls. You get a killer cardio workout, whilst lying down.n The jumping exercises get your quads burning and heart rate climbing without straining your joints, and it’s gentle on connective tissue. This is turbo-chargedn Pilates!
Take sports injury in your stride
LPS is the perfect choice for those with back or joint problems due to running, golf and tennis etc. The LPS STOTT-trained instructors,n many of whom are qualified physiotherapists, are passionate about the life-changing effects of their workouts.
If you don’t go, you don’t pay
Your money goes further because unlike the gym, you only pay up when you book. No contracts, memberships or joining fees. However, many do keep returning,n especially since there are discounts for block-booking sessions in advance. It’sn a no-brainer when you think about it.
So if you suspect your motivation may end long before your membership, don’t lock yourself in to a gym. Give London Pilates Studio a try instead.