Pilates & Fitness Classes ‘At Home with Susan’

What a strange and interesting time we find ourselves in now… Boris has given us a little bit of freedom, but still not enough for me to feel safe to run my group classes yet, so I would love to help you get through this next section of the lockdown and come out the other side even stronger and more intentional with your fitness and health than ever.

Lets keep each other going via the medium of in the Internet. Let’s use this extra time we have to learn new things, push ourselves out of our comfort zones, and grow mentally and physically stronger.

I offer you regular 4 LIVE classes per week, plus a LIVE meditation, a large bank of exercise sessions, a chatty whatsapp group, a coffee and chat LIVE stream (Via Zoom) and as a FREE Bonus, access to a 7 day healthy eating plan.

Lets take control of the things we CAN control, and that’s what you eat and how you move your body given the current restrictions.

Current members are commenting saying they are loving the routine it is keeping them to.  They are also loving the variety the classes offer them, every bit of the body is challenged.

My sessions are specifically aimed at the woman over 40 who wants to get and stay in shape for the rest of her life.  Things alter in our bodies when we hit this milestone birthday, it’s important to tailor your fitness and health in order to stay fit and healthy.  

 

CLICK HERE TO PAY MONTHLY £30

 

 

Why is Frozen Shoulder so common in 40+ Women?

As you know I mainly work in my pilates sessions with women who are entering their 3rd stage of life, that is the time in or beyond their menopause.  So many of these women find their shoulders stiffen up or are painful on movement, they visit their GP’s and are diagnosed with Frozen Shoulder.  I wonder why?  As many of these women have been ‘moving’ with me for many years, their shoulders are mobile, they are flexible and strong… so why?

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Survey results: 64% women over 40 leak…

I was surprised by some of the results of my recent survey aimed towards 40+ women and their pelvic situations.  A staggering 64% of them admitted to accidentally leak urine when exercising, playing sport, laughing, coughing or sneezing?  And of these women, none of them had seeked any treatment to help them recover from this embarrassing situation.

Many women, when questioned, said things like ‘it’s my age”,  “I‘ve always had this problem”,  ‘It’s to be expected now I’m old’.

Let’s make one thing clear now.

Leaking urine in any circumstances, can be COMMON for women over 40, but it is totally and utterly AVOIDABLE.

I think it’s really sad that the adverts on the telly for pads have made it acceptable and ‘normal’.  I hated wearing Tena ladies, they felt awful, were NOT sexy and NOT comfy.  I am glad I took action with my body and now never have to wear them again.

I know this sounds silly but my passion is the 40+ woman’s pelvic health!!  I know I can help you to help yourself to understand the issues, the risks the anatomy and a whole lot more stuff which will help you never to wear those bloody awful pads.

I have a 4 week course in Derby, starting in February, why not come along, take action and control of your pelvic health.  Yes I get it, it can be embarrassing talking about your lady parts, but you don’t have to, I will just talk and you can just listen! (I love to talk, so that’s easy for me!).  We will be doing Pilates style exercises along side our course to help you to strengthen and understand your core.

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Women’s Wellness Christmas Present Ideas

  1. Health Food Guide Magazine 6 month subscription £14.97 – I love this monthly magazine. It is full of healthy nutritious recipes which are beautifully designed with the 40+ woman in mind. There are always interesting articles about health, fitness and mindfulness. Every month there is a new 7 day eating plan which is based on 1500 kcals per day. Very motivating. CLICK HERE

2. The 4 Pillar Plan – £11.74 This book has condensed some of the most up-to-date and relevant research in the area of lifestyle and healthy living. It is packed full of ideas and tips and is easy to understand, fun and inspiring. The author is a GP and has a wealth of knowledge on all wellness topics.
I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to live a healthy life, anyone with illnesses such as diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, stroke, heart attacks. Anyone wanting to lose weight and feel better. And if you already have this book, he also has one called The Stress Solution (£10) and a new one coming out on 27th Dec called Feel Better in 5 (£8.47).

3. Mirafit 15mm Extra Thick Exercise Floor Mat – Many women in my pilates classes ask me where they can purchase a good pilates mat from. Amazon has this one from MIRA for a great price of just £9.97. It’s 15mm thick, and feels great on your spine. They come in a lovely range of colours. A great choice for a low cost Christmas gift.

4. The Calm App Annual Subscription – Calm is an app which provides a new daily guided 10 minute meditation each day. The annual sub is £59 for the year, however you can try it first for free for 30 days. Find out more about meditation and its benefits here.

5. The Hog (£20) and the Bender Ball (£7) – These are a couple of the pilates props we use in our classes every week. I now have them for you to purchase as I know these two pieces of equipment will ease your aches and pains as well as improve your flexibility and strength in your body. Please email me at susan.booth@alive-fitness.co.uk to order one for delivery in the New Year.

Special Pilates Workshop Sessions

You’ve done Pilates classes with all the small equipment, the bands, balls, magic circle and the small hand weights, now it’s time to up the anti and get bigger with your props.

Introducing to special Workshop sessions:

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Standing Up!

Last weekend I was doing some people watching, which has now evolved into posture watching for me now! There is no right or wrong posture.  When you really study the human form you will see just how different we all are!

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Three Pelvic Floor Myths

I am just so amazed that so many of my friends and ladies who come to my classes do have issues in the under-carriage department. Why are we putting up with it? Why should we put up with it?

 

Well, you don’t.

 

Lets start with some myth busting.

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What are the first signs of having a Pelvic Floor problem?

Now I am bang smack into my menopausal years, the words ‘Pelvic Floor’ have been reintroduced to my vocabulary. Over 20 years ago I gave birth to two lovely human beings, and at the post natal check ups, the GP mumbled something about Pelvic Floor exercises and was I doing them. I said yes, but really I didn’t know if I was or not? Nobody had shown me, nobody had explained how. I was busy with my little ones, I vaguely remember someone mentioning a lift or something!

Fast forward 20 years to the present day…

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What is Pilates? Is it like Yoga?

If I had a pound every time someone asked me that very question…….

This year I decided I would like to get some Yoga into my body, so I have been regularly attending classes at Stay Well Health in Chellaston, Derby. Sarah has a fabulous studio entirely dedicated to the practice of yoga, so with a little knowledge from the few times I have attended and a wealth of knowledge from Sarah (she is helping me with this blog) I hope to answer that popular question…

 

What is Pilates? Is it like Yoga?

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New Pilates Prop coming to our classes in 2019

Here at Alive Pilates, we run a full class program using small hand weights, small balls and resistance bands (Small Pilates Props) to further enhance and develop your core whilst performing the classic pilates moves.

I am excited to announce that as from January 2019 I will be adding another fabulous small prop to our family.

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