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Tiffany & Korin In Michi Pilates Wear 5 Apr

The Best Clothing For Pilates To Get You Excited To Workout

We Explore The Best Clothing For Pilates

 

Tired of wearing old sweatpants to get your flow on and need some motivation? It’s time to upgrade your go-to-gear. We speak with owners of Dynamic Pilates TV, Korin and Tiffany for their top picks on what to wear – on and off the reformer. Between them, Korin and Tiffany have tried and tested hundreds of active clothing brands. By fluctuating through products, they have learnt what is right for their body shape and what feels comfortable for them. 

If you’re in need for some motivation, Tiffany says “ I have started doing 10 minutes of cardio every morning, no matter what my day looks like. It’s really helped with my energy levels in the day. Ten minutes of jogging outdoors or on the treadmill loosens and warms up my body. I’m a strong believer of doing cardio everyday. I don’t advise starting your fitness regime on June 1st –  building stamina and energy now is important, building your fitness in winter or early spring is more realistic. That is why I’ve started now.” 

Leggings

When it comes to finding the right pair, there are several things to consider. They need to be high waisted enough not to ride down when you sit or bend; have a four-way stretch to allow for a full range of movement so that the material doesn’t go see-through when you squat. Quality and fit can vary widely between brands. 

Korin looks for something that is made from a compressive material as she finds these much more flattering, providing a seamless look. Full length is preferred, a cuff right down to the ankle, to elongate the legs. “I tend to steer away from patterns as they are not too flattering on me, I prefer darker, block colours usually”, adds Korin.  

Top tip: For all pilates leggings, be sure to follow the washing instructions, which are generally a cool, delicate wash and laying flat to dry. They’re not as hardy as running tights and this will help them keep their shape for longer.

Sport Top

If you prefer a dynamic session, you’ll want a top with good ventilation. And depending on how rigorous your practice is, you might also want to look for tops with sweat-wicking properties. 

Korin and Tiffany prefer crop tops and sports bras that provide good coverage for working out. A shorter cropped top is also preferred as they are less restrictive.

Whether you’re up for a stylish splurge or down to score a deal, the best Pilates brands are right this way: 

  1. Michiny 

The high-end brand you’ve been searching for, providing high-quality, luxurious gear. With Michiny you really get what you pay for, infact Korin still uses their activewear that she purchased when the DPTV website launched two years ago.  

  1. Beyond Yoga 

This is Tiffany’s favorite brand, super comfortable, their buttery soft athleisure that your body will love – empowering you to feel good in your own skin. Made in California designed with the highest quality fabrics and materials.  

  1. Cleo Harper

Hands down the prettiest Australian activewear brand, providing quality gear at a reasonable price. Korin says: “They have a number of styles that suit me, flattering high waisted leggings at a long length, that aren’t too compressing” 

  1. Athleta 

This brand has fantastic brand values, Athleta are actively pushing fantastic initiatives that empower women. It is our favorite go-to brand with a good price point. 

  1. Beach Riot 

Bright fun designs that will get you ready and excited for sunnier days ahead! 

  1. Rhaika London 

A british super fun, sexy brand that ship worldwide. They provide something a little different if you want to revamp your activewear wardrobe. 

  1. Topissima 

Sustainable brand, Topissima makes clothing from recycled fabrics, which is a bonus as we love their gear. We’re big fans of their unique leotards also known as catsuits – they’re super flattering. Use discount code: KORIN15 for 15% off. 

Korin is 5’10 and wears a size medium. 

  1. Pilates Honey 

We love this pilates brand and their kick ass empowering statements. We also love that a portion of sales go towards saving the honey bees! 

  1. Heroine Sport 

By far the sexiest brand right now, a great way to get you feeling great. 

  1. The Sports Edit 

“This is a great go-to website for people in the UK – as it hosts all the top quality brands: Alo yoga, Girlfriend Collective, Lilybod. And you don’t need to pay the expensive shipping cost!” Says Korin. 

  1. Pilateskatt

A fun brand that allows you to create personalised hoodies and sweatshirts, adding your own logo or quote. 

  1. Move active is the go-to brand for Korin’s pilates socks, she recommends the toe socks for a good grip on the reformer, to avoid sliding off! Use discount code KORIN15 for 15% off. 
Dynamic Pilates TV 1 Mar

International Women’s Day 2021 #ChooseToChallenge

International Women’s Day 2021 #ChooseToChallenge 

International Women’s Day 2021 is on Monday 8th March. The 2021 campaign is asking people to step up and ‘Choose to Challenge’ – as a challenged world is an alert world and essentially, from challenge comes change. So celebrate women’s achievements and take action for equality! 

How will you help forge a gender equal world?

The campaign is inviting people and organisations to join the world to send in their #ChooseToChallenge photos in the lead up to International Women’s Day 2021. The team at Dynamic Pilates will be striking the #ChooseToChallenge pose with their hands high to show commitment to challenge inequality, questioning stereotypes and help forge an inclusive world.

So why not submit a photograph of yourself striking the #ChooseToChallenge hand up pose.  

Gender Equality by 2030

We believe this day is a time to reflect on the progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

“The world has made unprecedented advances, but no country has achieved gender equality.

Fifty years ago, we landed on the moon; in the last decade, we discovered new human ancestors and photographed a black hole for the first time.

In the meantime, legal restrictions have kept 2.7 billion women from accessing the same choice of jobs as men. Less than 25 percent of parliamentarians were women, as of 2019. 

One in three women experience gender-based violence, still.” (United Nations) 

Gender equality by 2030 requires urgent action to eliminate the many root causes of discrimination that still effect women’s rights in private and public spheres.

We would love to know what women inspire you? 

We speak with Korin and Tiffany to find out why International Women’s Day is important to them. 

Korin says: “Tiffany and I are hardworking businesswomen, balancing work and home life with kids and husbands. We believe that it’s important that we work hard and show our daughters that we contribute to the family income – that we don’t solely rely on our husbands. It’s important to be independent and strive for more. I have previously been a single mother, I went to university when my son was 1 years old, I knew I needed to educate myself, build a career and build a better life for us. I believe this is a powerful message to pass onto our children.” 

We believe in celebrating women, we ask Korin and Tiffany, what women inspires you? 

Korin says: “Fellow mum and inspiring business women, Jade Holland Cooper. Jade is the founder and owner of the apparel brand, Holland Cooper. Apart from drooling all over her inspo- Instagram account, I think it’s incredible how Jade is a kick-ass boss, continuing to launch new collections whilst looking after and breastfeeding her newborn – truly inspirational. 

Vogue Williams is another inspiring woman I follow, the mother of two is super fun, engaging, charismatic and super strong minded. Vogue is an entrepreneurial working mum, she is her own boss and has launched her own products, such as the tanning brand, Bare By Vogue – I think women like that are the types of women we should look up to and find inspiring.” 

Tiffany says: “I really like the entrepreneurial story of Kate Spade. A truly inspirational woman, Kate launched her business alongside her husband, Andy from the ground up, with nothing. Kate worked for years developing her brand from her small 400 square foot New York apartment, while still working a full time job. Kate wanted to design bags that were functional yet still classic looking. Within a few years the bags had become an international sensation, appearing on the back page of Vogue and in nearly every high-end department store. Eventually Kate sold her business for $124 million.  Also struggling for years with anxiety and depression, Kate eventually took her own life. A sad story yes, but her story is also about building a brand from scratch and is truly inspiring for women and entrepreneurs. This story is what we American’s refer to as the American Dream. Here is a really good podcast where Kate talks about her success story, How I Built This: Kate Spade – Kate & Andy Spade.”

In 2002 Kate was named ‘Woman of the Year’ by Glamour. “If you’re as honest and fair as you can be, not only in business but in life, things will work out,” she said in her cover story interview. “I hope that people remember me not just as a good businesswoman but as a great friend—and a heck of a lot of fun.”

Madam C. J. Walker is another inspirational woman”, says Tiffany. “Though she’s now widely known by her married name, Walker’s given name was Sarah Breedlove. Known as America’s first black female self-made millionaire, she was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and activist who rose from poverty in the South to become one of the wealthiest African American women of her time. As her wealth increased, so did her political and philanthropic outreach. Sarah contributed to the YMCA, covered tuition for 6 African American students at Tuskegee Institute, and became active in the anti-lynching movement, donating hundreds of thousands to the NAACP’s efforts. Just prior to passing away of kidney failure, Sarah revised her will, passing two-thirds of future net profits to charity, as well as thousands of dollars to various schools and individuals.”

Netflix’s new historical drama ‘Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker’ is a perfect choice if you’re looking for some inspiration and escapism this International Women’s Day. 

#ChooseToChallenge 

Sources 

 

How to access a deeper sleep 29 Jan

How to access a deeper sleep if you’re beyond tired right now

When did you last have a really good night’s sleep? 

 

Maybe it was a week ago or perhaps so long ago, you can’t even remember – either way, you’re not alone. The reason why so many of us are struggling to sleep at the moment is because Lockdown has been the perfect combination of issues to cause sleep deprivation. 

Not being outdoors as much, not traveling to work which means we’re not getting up as early, spending more time at home – watching TV, on a laptop and mobile, with a lack of routine in general can all contribute to affecting sleep. Not to mention, the fact that most of us are stressed and anxious at the moment – there’s a lot at play here.

Sleep is essential for health, providing rest and restoration for mind and body. We must ensure we get the right amount of sleep, but also that our sleep has the right quality. In this blog post we explore ways to receive a better night’s sleep, looking into the science behind it, wind down routines and things to avoid. 

So why do we have broken sleep, and how does it happen? 

According to Very Well Health, there are two main types of sleep: “Non-rapid eye movement (NREM), also known as quiet sleep and Rapid eye movement (REM), also known as active sleep.” People who have disrupted sleep often have less deep sleep, because they don’t reach the latter stages of NREM so often – this is the hardest part of the sleep cycle to wake anyone up from. 

Here are the four stages of sleep: 

  • Stage one – the initial drowsy period when you first start to fall asleep, which only lasts a few minutes
  • Stage two – NREM, you are lightly asleep, becoming less aware of your surroundings
  • Stage three – NREM, this is moderately deep sleep, muscles relax
  • Stage four – REM, the deepest level of sleep, where EEG recordings show long frequency, delta waves called slow waves

“Once REM sleep is over, the body usually returns to stage 2 sleep. Sleep cycles through these stages approximately four or five times throughout the night.” (Very Well Health)

Passing through these four stages of NREM sleep takes about an hour. The second part of the cycle is REM sleep. In REM sleep, brain wave recordings show similar electrical activity to being awake. During REM sleep you often have vivid dreams. 

In general, young people spend more time in the deeper, heavier stages of sleep as they grow and develop. Older people spend less time in deep-sleep stages and are more likely to complain of being light sleepers.

There is no “normal” amount of sleep; what matters is how well, not how long you sleep. Still, most middle-aged people function best on seven to nine hours of sleep, while others need up to 11 hours. 

Can exercise help you sleep? 

Absolutely – Exercise actually has a chemical effect on the brain, says W. Christopher Winter, the president of Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine. “Physical activity creates more adenosine in the brain, and adenosine makes us feel sleepy, the harder we work out, the more driven we are by this chemical to sleep.” 

Fun fact: Adenosine is the chemical that caffeine blocks to make you feel more alert.

Working out also helps you maintain your circadian rhythm (that is, your body’s internal clock). Winter says: “Exercise helps your body understand the schedule it’s on,” for example working out as part of your routine primes your body to sleep better at night.

7 ways to have a better nights sleep

We speak with Korin and Tiffany to find out their top tips for a good night’s sleep: 

  • Get outdoors. Korin and Tiffany both ensure they make the effort to leave the house for a walk or run. “Even if you don’t feel up for it, a bit of fresh air and a change of scenery will really help”, says Korin.  
  • Get moving. Doing a DPTV workout at home is the gift that keeps on giving: Not only can you grunt and grumble with only the judgmental gaze of your cat to deal with but they’re also a speedy and efficient way to sweat!

Here are a handful of Korin and Tiffany’s favourite classes to get you moving: 

  • Blue light exposure. Korin keeps her phone upstairs in the evenings so she is not connected to social media, messages and email. This allows Korin to have a break and switch off. 
  • Wind down before bedtime. Try not to listen to the news, take a bath, lower the lighting in your living room are just simple ways to wind down. 
  • Magnesium oil. Korin has been using BetterYou Magnesium Spray on the soles of feet before bed for a while now. This helps Korin have a better night’s sleep. 
  • Routine. We are creatures of habit so keep to your bedtime schedule.  
  • CBD. Tiffany says, “for me this is probably one of the most effective, non addictive ways to help with sleep. CBD is much better than taking a melatonin supplement which is proven to be addictive. If you take a melatonin supplement your body will stop producing its own. Instead CBD helps your body produce and absorb its own melatonin. CBD does not make you sleepy during the day because your body typically does not produce melatonin during the day.” Tiffany uses 600mg SDP Water Soluble 20oz Tincture. “That is my favorite product. My family produces this product so I know first hand it’s purity and it is the best you can buy.”
  • Make sure you’re comfortable. Tiffany chooses Ettitude, sustainable Bamboo Lyocell sheets as they keep her cool while she sleeps. 

If lifestyle factors are affecting your sleep quality and therefore your daily life, see if Korin and Tiffany’s tips can help your routine. If not, and if sleep is becoming a major issue, you can talk to your GP about possible treatments. Here’s to a more restful 2021!

Sources

L.Cherry, October 2019, four stages of sleep <https://www.verywellhealth.com/the-four-stages-of-sleep-2795920> 

A.Mateo, May 2018, intimate relationship between fitness and sleep

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Image By: Gregory Pappas

Starting Your Own Pilates Studio 1 Jan

3 Simple Steps to keep your New Year’s Resolutions

Today’s world seems to be in a continual state of flux, but some things stay the same. One frustrating example is the making, and subsequent breaking, of New Year’s resolutions!  

“Studies have shown that less than 25% of people actually stay committed to their resolutions after just 30 days, and only 8% accomplish them.” That’s around 75% of people who fail each year, unable to keep their resolutions for longer than a few months. As human beings, we are notoriously bad at resisting temptation, especially (as research confirms) if we’re busy, tired or stressed. 

At Dynamic Pilates TV (DPTV) we think it’s important to set good habits opposed to making unrealistic resolutions that only last a month or two. We want to set goals that we can achieve and that will last and see us fitter stronger and healthier in 2021. 

 

Step 1 – Set Achievable Goals 

Focus on a small, daily effort: One of the problems we create for ourselves in trying to change the way we behave is that we often don’t give ourselves good guidance. 

We can be vague and too general: “I’m going to get into shape” or “I’m going to eat healthier.” Instead, be specific with what you want to achieve: “I’m going to eat three portions of greens per day” or “I’m going to workout on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.” Write it down and add reminders around the house if you need to – surround yourself with motivation! 

A simple way to do this is to label sticky notes with daily reminders, positive messages and your goal. Plaster them on your alarm clock, bathroom mirror, or laptop. They’ll serve as a constant reminder that you’ve got this!

And don’t forget to celebrate your achievements. Even if your goal is to complete three Intermediate/ Advanced DPTV classes, make sure to celebrate your first class, second, and third! You’ve improved, and you should be proud of yourself.

 

Step 2- Keep Calm, Choose One Goal and Carry on Being Positive!

We know too well that it can become overwhelming taking on too much all at once. It can be particularly difficult because establishing new behavioral patterns takes time and  effort. Focus yourself on achieving one specific goal makes keeping a resolution much more achievable.  

“The way we talk to ourselves is also important. Stating positive affirmations such as ‘ I can eat a huge array of healthy foods that will nourish my body’ as opposed to ‘ I must not eat any crap!’ will be much more effective.” Korin says. 

If you’re struggling to pick one specific goal, DPTV has a ‘ Weekly Line Up’ which Korin and Tiffany set each Sunday for the week ahead. It’s a selection of 5 hand-picked classes for members to complete as a weekly challenge. 

When we are on our own journey we sometimes can lose track, so having something as a guideline to help us keep on track is good motivation. 

 

Step 3 – Plan And Choose Your Goal Well In Advance

Picking your resolution wisely and putting in extensive planning are essential parts of achieving any goal. We suggest that you write down:

  • Ideas on how you will tackle a major behavior change
  • Include the steps you will take
  • The reason you want to achieve your goal
  • Ways you can keep yourself on track
  • Note any obstacles that might stand in your way and how you will overcome them

Korin and Tiffany recommend checking in daily and weekly on your progress. Plan time each week to review your progress. This can be an in depth review or a quick check in, even five minutes can be sufficient for staying on track! Schedule in some ‘you time’ within your calendar, so that you’re reminded to do it.

If you start working toward a goal without any type of plan in place, you may quickly find yourself giving up when faced with any sort of obstacle. For example, if your goal is to complete a class three times per week, what will you do if you’ve missed four days in a row, and how will you proceed if you need to take time off for an illness or injury?

By knowing exactly what you want to accomplish and the difficulties you might face, you’ll be better prepared to stick to your resolution and overcome anything that might sidetrack you.

And remember to be gentle on yourself, try to subscribe to the motto, “progress, not perfection” this year.  At DPTV we don’t believe in strict deprivation diets and anything that is too regimented, as it tends to eventually have the reverse effect. That’s why we prefer to set goals that are achievable and realistic. Making small changes gradually over time. Not to compare yourself with others, as we all differ and this is about making an improvement on our lives and our wellbeing to make us feel happier and healthier. At no point should your goal setting feel like a punishment, the end result should be a happier you. 

Good luck with your 2021 New Year’s Resolutions! We would love to hear about your goal, please tag us in your progress.

If you liked this post you may also be interested in reading: 

Sources: 

A.Prossack, (2018) Forbes: This year, don’t set new year’s resolutions <https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashiraprossack1/2018/12/31/goals-not-resolutions/?sh=3a906ad03879>

Four self-care Practices for Pilates instructors 29 Oct

Four self-care Practices for Pilates instructors

Self-care Practices for Pilates instructors

Caring for yourself is the best way to care for your clients. As professionals in health, fitness and mindful movement, our clients’ happiness and well-being are our utmost priority. However, because we place so much focus on others, we can neglect our own well being. Self-care for instructors is important to ensure you’re keeping calm when you’re teaching multiple classes a day. 

Therefore, we thought, who better to talk to about self-care than our fantastic and inspirational Dynamic Pilates teachers, Korin and Tiffany! We decided to pick their brains for incorporating self-care into their daily routines so they can perform at their best for their clients. 

Tiffany: “this month I am teaching 6 days a week, and 4 classes in a row! It’s a feast or famine kind of world kind of business. As studio owners and teachers we are just happy to have clients who are able to pay, and with Covid we don’t know what next month will bring. Studio owners are literally living on the edge right now so it’s never been a better time to ensure you’re taking self-care measures.”

With these top tips and 3 pints of filtered water a day, you’ll be glowing like a true Dynamic Pilates professional in no time!

  1. Preparation. 

Tiffany and Korin are big believers in preparation – they write out all of their lesson plans the night before. “Confidence comes from preparation! Especially when you are busy and overwhelmed having a clear lesson plan prevents you from feeling scattered. A scattered teacher can come off as overwhelmed.” says Tiffany. Getting a good night’s sleep is also extremely important for self-care. Korin recommends A.Vogel Dormeasan Sleep Valerian Oral Drops which she takes every night before bed and BetterYou Magnesium Body Spray which Korin sprays on her feet before bed – Magnesium is known to help relax, calm and aid sleep. Korin also makes sure she winds down each evening, away from her mobile phone.

  1. Build your Immune system. 

Korrin recommends that, “good gut health is the root to a healthy immune system. Take a good probiotic and consider digestive enzymes if you suffer from stomach issues such as bloating and if you’re sensitive to certain foods.” 

  1. Start your day right, get into a routine that works for you. 

Tiffany says she is a “huge believer in CBD, it helps with my inflammation, anxiety, insomnia and so much more. And because of CBD I pretty much take no supplements.  My biggest life hack is combining CBD with caffeine every morning. The CBD levels my anxiety and provides a sense of calm, while the caffeine creates mental clarity.” Tiffany recommends Core Living CBD. 

  1. Look after your voice. Learn to project and use your voice correctly so you’re not overstraining. According to Teacher Starter “…the volume of sound we make when shouting often comes from a closed and strained throat, the volume we can create when projecting our voice comes from an open throat, thus reducing the stress placed on our vocal folds.The most simple way to begin learning how to project your voice is to imagine your voice coming out of your mouth and physically travelling across to the other side of the room. This little mind trick helps us to practice “forward resonance” which is the fancy term for increasing the volume of our voice by making it resonate in the hollow parts of our face. Speaking ‘from the centre of your face’ helps to reduce the strain on your throat and your vocal chords while maximising how far your voice can be carried across a space.”

A mic also helps ensure you’re not shouting. We recommend the wireless Shure SM31FH Fitness Headset Microphone and Wireless body pack transmitter. 

Sources

Cassie, September 2016, Teach Starter, Voice Care for Teachers <https://www.teachstarter.com/gb/blog/voice-care-for-teachers-gb/> 

We Explore The Best Mat Accessories For an Effective Workout 25 Oct

The Best Mat Accessories For an Effective Workout

We Explore The Best Pilates Mat Accessories For an Effective Workout

At-home mat workouts are a hot topic right now and if you haven’t added them to your lockdown routine yet, Dynamic Pilates TV’s selection of best mat accessories will make you want to get on board. 

By incorporating the floor mat into your exercise routine you can simply build on major areas of fitness such as flexibility, core strength and muscular endurance. You can achieve this by using both compound and isolation exercises. 

  • Compound movements rely on the coordinated actions of several muscle groups – using two or more joints. A great example of this is the squat, which works the core, hamstrings, calves, glutes and lower back all at the same time. We all want our exercises to be effective and by including a small number of compound exercises you can achieve a full body work out efficiently. 

What are the benefits of compound movements? 

    • Balance and Coordination are improved.
    • More calories are burned.
    • The risk of injury during classes, sport and other activities is reduced.
    • You improve your cardiovascular performance as your heart rate is increased.
    • Muscular endurance and strength is increased, allowing you to exercise for longer.
  • Isolation exercises work one muscle or one muscle group at any one time.  Through this type of exercise you are able to select which area you would like to focus on, and move through different muscle groups accordingly.

What are the benefits of isolation exercises? 

    • Muscle strengthening. 
    • You can increase both size and endurance of a specific muscle type.
    • Able to measure and monitor how much each muscle group is being worked.

We suggest planning your exercises weekly, writing down reps and timings so you can create some healthy competition with yourself – improve and achieve your goals! Use the Dynamic Pilates TV app where you can easily categorise and browse classes. This is a great way to make your workout routine more fun so you will stick to it long-term. 

Four fun props and accessories to help you to mix up your mat workout:  

  1. BOSU BALL 

This incredible tool is a favorite for DPTV, it will help you build core strength, add the extra challenge of balance training. It essentially takes many of your favorite bodyweight and dumbbell strength moves and dials them up a notch by adding an unstable surface.

Our go to Bosu Ball is the Pro Balance Trainer. 

Here are our top classes using a bosu ball: 

  • Full Body Bosu Sculpt – A 20 minute full body sculpt with the option to use lightweight dumbbells.  
  • Bring it on Bosu – A 30 minute to work your entire body in every direction and leave you sweaty and invigorated. With the option to use lightweight dumbbells. 
  • Bosu Bliss with Hope. – All you need is a bosu ball! 
  1. A CHAIR OR STOOL 

We’ve all had to get creative while exercising at home under quarantine, and since not everyone has a fully-stocked home gym, it means finding new ways to stay fit. You should only try these movements if your chair is able to handle your bodyweight. If you have a pilates mat, you might want to also place that on the floor to keep the chair from slipping.

Our three top DPTV classes using the a chair or stool: 

  1. DUMBBELLS 

In DPTV classes we prefer to use lighter weights, sets of 5lbs/ 2KG  and a set of 10lbs/ 4KG. We also stay clear from neoprene coated weights as they don’t easily wipe clean and in the COVID world, that’s a pretty big deal. We use Papababe Dumbbells Free Weights. 

Our favorite free weight sculpt classes are:

  1. TRX 

Perfect for sculpting your body, TRX stands for Total Body Resistance Exercises – and it compliments Pilates perfectly, with the same principles taught in Pilates carrying over to the TRX. Many TRX exercises target the shoulder girdle as a core connection. These exercises work your upper and lower body from multiple angles, targeting every muscle and replicating how you should be moving in everyday life. Ideal if you’re feeling ‘stuck’ and not moving as much during lockdown. The TRX doesn’t just sculpt your body, you will get stronger all over, you’ll also perform better and be less prone to injury. Plus, because you’ll need to maintain balance (the straps are wobbly), each move works your core and even your smaller stabilising muscles. 

The portable, suspension trainer can be used almost anywhere, at any time. We see a lot of people using park trees to anchor or hang the TRX. Trust us, it won’t be long before you’re obsessed with the TRX too!

Our favorite exercises to do with the TRX are below: 

  • Flying Squirrel by Tiffany – This class performed as shown is pretty advanced however, with simple modifications this class would be appropriate for beginner clients.
  • Let’s Take Flight by Amanda – designed to help you find length and strength all while challenging your balance, this has a great Yoga spin on TRX.

Mat exercises that require zero equipment: 

  • Mix n Match Bodyweight legs – This Mix n Match series is a circuit based workout, where you can repeat the circuit as many times as you like, or you can mix them up with other circuit classes to add more variety.
  • Mix n Match Arms and Legs – This class requires just your mat and focuses on those deep abs as well as a good upper body burn. 
  • Wake up flow with Emma  – The perfect dynamic workout to wake up to. 
No Pilates Reformer? No Problem! 16 Oct

No Reformer? No Problem!

No Pilates Reformer? No Problem!

Incorporate these reformer inspired workouts into your training to strengthen and tone your body whilst at home, we cover Korin’s key exercises from her latest “No Reformer, No Problem” class. This fun, 40 minute mat class is a lockdown-proof workout using sliders, lightweights and resistance bands to specifically target the muscles typically used with a reformer machine. 

Inspired by reformer moves to give you peace of mind if you’re missing your favourite Pilates Reformer class. 

Four accessories you’ll need. These home gym tools won’t shatter your purse, they take up next to no space and offer a world of varied movement possibilities: 

  1. A long resistance band

A little resistance goes a long way. This tool is a great way to replicate tension and resistance mimicking the springs you find on the reformer. We recommend Sweat Betty’s long resistance band (1.5m x 15cm) – Korin uses the blue, medium strength resistance. 

How can I use a long resistance band to replicate the reformer? 

Korin mimics the footwork usually performed on the footbar, working her ankles, pelvic floor and core, pressing the band away whilst flexing her foot. 

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Arms in straps are also replicated, where Korin wraps the long resistance band under her back, as shown below. Korin mimics the feeling of pulling down the straps on the reformer with her arms, whilst she pulls on the band. You’re able to add more resistance by shortening the band. You may not feel as much tension as you typically would with arms in straps exercises, but it’s the same movement working similar muscles. 

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  1. Sliders

Those tiny little discs, also known as gliders, can make even the simplest moves especially more challenging. Sliders are Korin’s go to tool when replicating a dynamic reformer class. Korin uses these dual sided “Slided Gliding Discs” – they’re portable and can be used on most surfaces at home, the gym, or when travelling. 

How can I use sliders to replicate the reformer? 

Korin demonstrates how the sliders help her glide across the floor, like how you would glide across the reformer carriage. Sliding your straight, back leg into a backwards lunge across the carriage or in this instance, the floor with the other foot remaining static. Super slow and controlled you’re able to target the glutes, hamstrings, abs and hips. It allows a greater emphasis on both powerful hip flexion and extension on either leg, get ready to feel the burn! 

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  1. Lightweight dumbbells

Korin uses the 1KG/ 2lbs Fitness Mad Unisex’s Neo Dumbbells lightweight, neoprene coated dumbbells that doesn’t add too much tension to the upper body. Korin uses the lightweights to make the exercises slightly more difficult, ensuring her arms and back are performing – but you can add heavier weights or no weights if you prefer.

  1. A pilates mat 

Liforme is Korin’s go-to pilates mat the eco-friendly, well gripped mat also has handy markers to help you position yourself evenly and help your teacher to see where you’re at – genius! 

We recently posted our tips on how to get motivated to workout, and suggested you wear the right gear so you feel good when exercising. We’ve had a lot of people ask what workout brand Korin is wearing. Its My Gym Wardrobe – Korin is wearing a Cova White Cheetah Sports Bra and matching leggings – the ultimate feel-good, fashion meets function kit. 

Korin also sports Toesox, for extra comfort and grip – Korin is wearing the black Half Toe Plie Barre Socks. 

We would love to know how you get on with this new class, please be sure to tag us on Instagram or Facebook!

pilates and mental health 9 Oct

World Mental Health Day

This World Mental Health Day 2020 has been said to be the most important one yet. Covid-19 may be a physical illness, but it has also hit mental health hard. We know that the levels of anxiety, isolation and the uncertainty experienced have become widespread. We believe that prioritising mental health has never been more important, that’s why this year we want to bring everyone together to mark the day by each doing one thing for better mental health.  

The World Health Organisation recognises World Mental Health Day on 10th  October every year. This year’s theme set by the World Federation for Mental Health is ‘mental health for all’.

Mental health problems affect around one in four people in any given year. 

Our mental health is just like our physical health, everybody has it and we need to take care of it. They can range from problems, such as depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders and addictive behaviors, to rarer problems such as schizophrenia, eating disorders and  bipolar disorder. 

Watch this animation from Mental Health Charity, Mind who explains what mental health problems are and how they can affect us. 

How do I support someone who may have Mental Health problems? When you are aware there is an issue it’s important not to wait and hold off speaking with them. You don’t want to wait and hope they come to you and lose valuable time in getting them the support they need. Talking to someone is the first step to take when you know they are going through a hard time. This way you can find out what is troubling them and what you can do to help. 

MentalHealth.org suggests “let them lead the discussion at their own pace. Don’t put pressure on them to tell you anything they aren’t ready to talk about. Talking can take a lot of trust and courage. You might be the first person they have been able to talk to about this.” 

We want to encourage you to get involved in Mental Health Awareness Day, below are ways in which you simply can. 

Join us for a FREE Instagram Live mat class on Friday 16th October at 8:30AM (GMT) called No Reformer? No Problem! On The Sports Edit Instagram Account – All we ask is that you donate to one of our favorite charities that help mental health: 

7 ideas to make a positive change for Mental Health Awareness Day: 

  1. Encourage someone to do a DPTV class with you, we all know that exercising is a great stress release. We’re currently doing a free 14 days trial. 

Here is a list of feel-good classes that can help with stress:

    • Power Push With Zoe A class that nods to the complex training method. Engaging those fast twitch muscle fibres by combining explosive power moves, get ready to work and release some tension!
    • Feel Good Friday A 40 minute restorative class set at a slower pace, for those times when you still want to move and workout, but just less intensively!
    • No Reformer? No Problem! Fab if the person you’re working-out with doesn’t have a reformer. Using sliders and resistance bands to mimic the reformer machine, this 40 minute mat class is a fun replica of a dynamic reformer class. 
    • Restorative Reformer This class has been created to help you restore balance and find your center.

We’re a fan of boosting those great endorphins. Infact, according to WebMD Endorphins can “ trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.” 

  1. Send that special someone a feel-good care package. Fill it with everything that will make their day, whether that’s a soothing facemask, bath salts, their favorite chamomile tea, or even a pilates accessory!
  2. Host a virtual afternoon Tea & Talk with friends, family, colleagues or as one-on-one video call with someone who may need a good pick me up! 
  3. You can participate in Virtual Run 2020! Using the exercise training app and raise money for the Mental Health Foundation and ask people to sponsor you.
  4. Teach your skills. Are you qualified in anything? Why not teach a class online and ask each student to donate a certain amount. They learn a new skill whilst donating towards Mental Health Research. 
  5. Schedule a walk or jog with a friend. A great way to encourage someone to get out of the house and get talking. In-fact we were delighted to hear that in Scotland GP’s now offer “nature prescriptions” to patients to help treat mental illness, diabetes, heart disease, stress and other conditions.” Getting outdoors and into nature if you’re feeling ‘stuck’ at home has never been more important. 
  6. Add posters which raise awareness for Mental Health Awareness Day to your studio or workplace, download them here. Make these places a safe space to talk. 

We know some of these steps can sometimes trigger emotional responses: 

If you are worried about someone you know – their mental or emotional state, please be aware that you can contact Samaritans completely confidentially and free of charge by calling 116 123 (UK) or if you’re in America, call the Samaritans branch in your area or 1 (800) 273-TALK.

We are also well aware that people’s relationships with food may vary. If Tea & Talk triggers a negative reaction for someone with an eating disorder, we recommend contacting Beat on 0808 801 0677 (UK). 

SOURCES

  • Mental Health website, How to support someone with a mental health problem <www.mentalhealth.org.uk> 
  • McArthur D, et al. (2014). Factors influencing adherence to regular exercise in middle-aged women: A qualitative study to inform clinical practice.
    <ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3975263/>
  • S.Carrell, The Guardian website, 5th October 2018,  Scottish GPs to begin prescribing rambling and birdwatching <www.theguardian.com> 
dynamic pilates tv staying calm in th pandemic 2 Oct

Losing motivation to workout as the pandemic continues?

Here’s How To Get It Back…

We’re determined to keep you on top of your workout if you’re struggling to attend your usual fitness class or gym during this tricky time. We all know it’s tough enough to get started, throw a pandemic into the mix and it’s near impossible. While the pandemic may have drained some of your desire to workout, it’s also the reason you shouldn’t ditch your routine.

That’s when having a list of motivational tips can help you be consistent. We’ve compiled a list of 7 practical ways to help you stay motivated and on track to meet your fitness goals.

It’s time to break those mental barriers and get our sweat on!

7 ways to keep motivated to workout at home: 

1. WORKOUT CLOTHES 

Call us picky, but what we wear to exercise really does make a big difference in how we feel during a workout. If something is too tight, itchy, or ill-fitting, it can totally throw us off. Find something that fits you and makes you feel good when you wear it. Bright colors, all black, or matching with your workout partner – whatever you prefer! 

Lay your kit out ready for your workout. Don’t think about it, just get dressed – it’s the best way to get motivated to work out. 

You’re also less likely to not workout if you’ve already got your exercise gear on! 

Here are a handful of the gym brands we love:  

  • Alo yoga – The LA unisex brand who make sweet matching sports bra-and-leggings sets, and stylish jackets to throw on top of your outfit.  
  • Beyond Yoga – If you like to feel comfy, and we mean really comfy, during your workout, look no further than Beyond Yoga. Their leggings, especially any made with their Spacedye performance fabric, feel equal parts silky and cosy on your skin. Plus, its high-waisted leggings are some of the best we’ve tried. They don’t feel too tight against your stomach, perfect for flowing from pose to pose with ease.
  • Lululemon  This Canadian athleisure brand has been a favorite for over 15 years, inspiring women to “find empowerment through fitness.” We’re obsessed with Lulu’s Align pants because they give tons of mobility, fitting like a glove, but they’re breathable. Their low-impact sports bras are also super comfy. 
  • Girlfriend collective: Great quality products which come in a wide range of sizes. They use recycled materials and support safe, ethical working conditions for its factory workers. Learn more about their mission here.

2. SET GOALS 

Set achievable goals –  what do you want to achieve? Write it down and add reminders around the house – surround yourself with motivation! A simple way to do this is label sticky notes with positive messages and goals. Plaster them on your alarm clock, bathroom mirror, or laptop. They’ll serve as a constant reminder to take care of your health.

And don’t forget to celebrate your achievements. Even if your goal is to complete three Intermediate/ Advanced DPTV classes, make sure to celebrate your first class, second, and third! You’ve improved, and you should be proud of yourself.

3. HELLO ENDORPHINS! 

No one ever worked out and regretted it. Keep a journal and write down how you feel after training. That way you can go back and take a look at those awesome feelings when you’re just not feeling in the mood.

You’ll probably write things down like: I feel great, I am so strong, I am so happy I finished that workout, I have so much energy and hello endorphins! 

According to WebMD Endorphins can “ trigger a positive feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine. For example, the feeling that follows a run or workout is often described as “euphoric.” That feeling, known as a “runner’s high,” can be accompanied by a positive and energizing outlook on life.” 

4.  SCHEDULE YOUR WORKOUT AS AN APPOINTMENT

Add workouts to your calendar each week, think of these as appointments – as time for yourself. Decide what type of workout you’ll do, for how long, and where. Spend 10 minutes planning your activity for the rest of the week. Research shows that having a daily routine that incorporates physical activity helps to promote regular exercise. 

You’ll see that planning helps you get motivated to work out! On the Dynamic Pilates TV app you can add workouts to your list and download them to view even when you’re offline. 

5. EVERYTHING IS BETTER IN GROUPS

Organise outdoor or online workouts with friends, family or join an online class, such as DPTV! This will make you accountable for your workout – you’re less likely to miss a workout if you’ve committed to it. Follow us on social media for support – having a sense of community will give you purpose and keep you motivated. 

6. MIX UP YOUR WORKOUT 

Dare to leave your comfort zone and don’t do the same workout all of the time. Mix it up! You can go for a run or a bike ride or use the DPTV app where you can easily categorise and browse classes. This is a great way to make your workout routine more fun so you will stick to it long-term.

7. STOP EATING UNHEALTHY FOOD

When you eat unhealthy, processed, and high-sugar foods, your body doesn’t get the energy it needs. Instead, these foods can make you feel tired, lazy and unmotivated. So, make sure you eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables as well as protein, carbohydrates, and fat. Do this and you’re guaranteed to reach your fitness goals.

Read about our healthy food choices below: 

Meat is so 2019 and what to eat pre-pilates class by Nutritionist Jo-emma Larvin. 

A GENTLE REMINDER: Every day is different. Sometimes you may feel totally motivated, like you could run an ultramarathon. Other days you might just want to relax on the sofa. That’s totally normal. Just don’t forget that it’s about finding the right balance between exercise and recovery. Think about why you want to reach your fitness goals. Keep your eyes on the prize and train your motivation like a muscle – we believe in you!

If you liked this post you may also be interested in reading: 

Sources

  • McArthur D, et al. (2014). Factors influencing adherence to regular exercise in middle-aged women: A qualitative study to inform clinical practice.
    ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3975263/
  • Images by Matt Flores
The Best Reformer Pilates Accessories 24 Sep

The Best Reformer Pilates Accessories

5 Props To Grow Your Pilates Practice

Bring the bespoke studio to your living room with our edit of the best tools and kit for your home. . 

Dynamic Pilates TV’s practice keeps your body and mind guessing with the innovative use of Pilates accessories. Mix up your current home practice; build a leaner and stronger body with some of these props chosen by Korin and Tiffany. 

  1. Magic Circle 

The Magic Circle is a small but effective tool, created by founder Joseph Pilates, that’s intended to help practitioners find their center. It’s also known as a fitness circle, Pilates ring, or fitness ring, but “magic circle” is the preferred name within Pilates. 

Korin says, “the Magic Circle is a great tool to challenge your regular Reformer workout, we use it in fun variations, such as the Rock n Ring class, Magic Circle Flow, Jumping Magic and Bikini Body Bliss. Old favorites feel brand new with the addition of the circle which represents your Powerhouse so that whenever you squeeze it, you feel your center.”

A magic circle provides muscular feedback and gentle to moderate resistance during a Pilates exercise. It is not intended to provide a heavy strength workout. 

Grab your magic circle and let’s create some Reformer magic. Watch all of our Magic Circle classes HERE. 

Which Magic Circle should I buy? 

DPTV’s Magic Circle of choice is the Ultra-Fit Circle. It’s specifically designed for home use and is made of flexible plastic with a soft, rubberised shell. Padded handles on both the inside and the outside of the ring offer superior comfort. Resistance is approximately equivalent to a 3-band Spring Circle. 15″ (38 cm) outside diameter.

Available in two sizes: 

Ultra-Fit Circle® Regular

  • Good for larger body types and broad shoulders.
  • More resistance provides more challenge.

Ultra-Fit Circle® Mini

  • Perfect for smaller body types and narrow shoulders.
  • Easier lower body work due to smaller size.
  • Achieve better leg alignment with feet directly under hips.
  • Light resistance is great for beginners.
  1. Small Pilates Ball/ soft ball 

“This is the number one prop I believe everyone should have.” Says Tiffany, “a small exercise ball can help you improve your abdominal, upper body, and lower back strength and flexibility.” When shopping for an exercise ball, look for ones made with strong, burst-resistant material.

Korin and Tiffany find a new way to use your small Pilates ball in their Soft Balls Hard Core, video and TIffany’s personal favourite, The Warmup!

The Togu from Balance Body is DPTV’s choice of prop, the perfect size, shape and texture for improving your Pilates technique. Soft and flexible, it conforms to the body and provides excellent feedback for core exercises including abdominals, oblique abdominals, back extension and lateral flexion. Durable and strong enough to kneel on, it can also be used as an unstable surface under the torso, foot, or knee. Quickly inflates (up to 12 inches/ 30cm) and handily deflates, to desired level of inflation.

View all of our classes where a soft pilates ball is used HERE.

  1. Resistance bands 

Resistance bands are a simple and versatile tool, since they use constant tension to stimulate muscle growth – without putting strain on your joints. They can improve mobility, flexibility, and strength, and have been proven to be a “feasible alternative” to lifting weights when it comes to activating your muscles, according to research published in the Journal of Human Kinetics. The study compared muscle activation during upper-body strength exercises with resistance bands vs. weights, and found the results to be very similar. They believe that the instability created by the bands is what causes muscle fibers to work harder, in some cases, than with free weights.

What resistance band should I buy? 

We recommend the Hip & Booty Resistance bands available on DPTV’s website. We regularly use resistance bands within our Reformer classes, find great examples of them being used in the Loopy Legs, Booty Band Delight and Barre Sculpt Two videos. 

View all of our classes where resistance bands are used HERE. 

  1. Dumbbells

Lightweight dumbbells will add some extra muscle toning potential to your practice. Depending on the exercise, we use dumbbells to target muscles in your arms, back, shoulders, chest and down into your core. Tiffany adds, “in true Pilates style, we practice resistance on both the exertion and release. That way we use eccentric contractions that build long, strong muscles.” One of the reasons DPTV uses lighter weights is to control the challenge level and not invite muscle use that is out of balance with the exercise. Also, even if the weight is light, hand weights will create extra stability work for your shoulders, core, and pelvis. Watch Korin and Tiffany demonstrate this in the DPTV Bring the Bounce, HIIT HOP and No Springs No Problem Flow. 

These Reebok soft grip dumbbells are ideal for Pilates, as they are covered in a comfortable EVA foam and have an adjustable hand strap to personalise them to the correct fit. Available in three light weights, 0.5 kg, 1 kg and 2 kg.

Watch all of our workouts with dumbbells HERE. 

  1. Swiss Ball  

Also known as a pilates ball, a Swiss ball can be made part of your Reformer Pilates routine, in fact, many Pilates routines will already advise the use of a swiss ball. Check out Korin using her Swiss ball to build core strength in the Double Ball Whammy Workout video. 

What is the best Swiss Ball to buy?

We recommend the eco-friendly Trideer Exercise Ball which is made from extra thick, hypo-allergenic material.

There’s no better workout method than Reformer Pilates, together with these props, Dynamic Pilates TV will provide you with a killer mix of strength, mobility, balance, coordination, flexibility and breathwork. 

Sources:

J Hum Kinet, 23 March 2018 NCBI, Muscle Activity in Upper-Body Single-Joint Resistance Exercises with Elastic Resistance Bands vs. Free Weights <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5873332/> 

The Best Reformer Pilates Accessories 24 Sep

The Best Reformer Pilates Accessories

5 Props To Grow Your Pilates Practice

Bring the bespoke studio to your living room with our edit of the best tools and kit for your home. . 

Dynamic Pilates TV’s practice keeps your body and mind guessing with the innovative use of Pilates accessories. Mix up your current home practice; build a leaner and stronger body with some of these props chosen by Korin and Tiffany. 

  1. Magic Circle 

The Magic Circle is a small but effective tool, created by founder Joseph Pilates, that’s intended to help practitioners find their center. It’s also known as a fitness circle, Pilates ring, or fitness ring, but “magic circle” is the preferred name within Pilates. 

Korin says, “the Magic Circle is a great tool to challenge your regular Reformer workout, we use it in fun variations, such as the Rock n Ring class, Magic Circle Flow, Jumping Magic and Bikini Body Bliss. Old favorites feel brand new with the addition of the circle which represents your Powerhouse so that whenever you squeeze it, you feel your center.”

A magic circle provides muscular feedback and gentle to moderate resistance during a Pilates exercise. It is not intended to provide a heavy strength workout. 

Grab your magic circle and let’s create some Reformer magic. Watch all of our Magic Circle classes HERE. 

Which Magic Circle should I buy? 

DPTV’s Magic Circle of choice is the Ultra-Fit Circle. It’s specifically designed for home use and is made of flexible plastic with a soft, rubberised shell. Padded handles on both the inside and the outside of the ring offer superior comfort. Resistance is approximately equivalent to a 3-band Spring Circle. 15″ (38 cm) outside diameter.

Available in two sizes: 

Ultra-Fit Circle® Regular

  • Good for larger body types and broad shoulders.
  • More resistance provides more challenge.

Ultra-Fit Circle® Mini

  • Perfect for smaller body types and narrow shoulders.
  • Easier lower body work due to smaller size.
  • Achieve better leg alignment with feet directly under hips.
  • Light resistance is great for beginners.
  1. Small Pilates Ball/ soft ball 

“This is the number one prop I believe everyone should have.” Says Tiffany, “a small exercise ball can help you improve your abdominal, upper body, and lower back strength and flexibility.” When shopping for an exercise ball, look for ones made with strong, burst-resistant material.

Korin and Tiffany find a new way to use your small Pilates ball in their Soft Balls Hard Core, video and TIffany’s personal favourite, The Warmup!

The Togu from Balance Body is DPTV’s choice of prop, the perfect size, shape and texture for improving your Pilates technique. Soft and flexible, it conforms to the body and provides excellent feedback for core exercises including abdominals, oblique abdominals, back extension and lateral flexion. Durable and strong enough to kneel on, it can also be used as an unstable surface under the torso, foot, or knee. Quickly inflates (up to 12 inches/ 30cm) and handily deflates, to desired level of inflation.

View all of our classes where a soft pilates ball is used HERE.

  1. Resistance bands 

Resistance bands are a simple and versatile tool, since they use constant tension to stimulate muscle growth – without putting strain on your joints. They can improve mobility, flexibility, and strength, and have been proven to be a “feasible alternative” to lifting weights when it comes to activating your muscles, according to research published in the Journal of Human Kinetics. The study compared muscle activation during upper-body strength exercises with resistance bands vs. weights, and found the results to be very similar. They believe that the instability created by the bands is what causes muscle fibers to work harder, in some cases, than with free weights.

What resistance band should I buy? 

We recommend the Hip & Booty Resistance bands available on DPTV’s website. We regularly use resistance bands within our Reformer classes, find great examples of them being used in the Loopy Legs, Booty Band Delight and Barre Sculpt Two videos. 

View all of our classes where resistance bands are used HERE. 

  1. Dumbbells

Lightweight dumbbells will add some extra muscle toning potential to your practice. Depending on the exercise, we use dumbbells to target muscles in your arms, back, shoulders, chest and down into your core. Tiffany adds, “in true Pilates style, we practice resistance on both the exertion and release. That way we use eccentric contractions that build long, strong muscles.” One of the reasons DPTV uses lighter weights is to control the challenge level and not invite muscle use that is out of balance with the exercise. Also, even if the weight is light, hand weights will create extra stability work for your shoulders, core, and pelvis. Watch Korin and Tiffany demonstrate this in the DPTV Bring the Bounce, HIIT HOP and No Springs No Problem Flow. 

These Reebok soft grip dumbbells are ideal for Pilates, as they are covered in a comfortable EVA foam and have an adjustable hand strap to personalise them to the correct fit. Available in three light weights, 0.5 kg, 1 kg and 2 kg.

Watch all of our workouts with dumbbells HERE. 

  1. Swiss Ball  

Also known as a pilates ball, a Swiss ball can be made part of your Reformer Pilates routine, in fact, many Pilates routines will already advise the use of a swiss ball. Check out Korin using her Swiss ball to build core strength in the Double Ball Whammy Workout video. 

What is the best Swiss Ball to buy?

We recommend the eco-friendly Trideer Exercise Ball which is made from extra thick, hypo-allergenic material.

There’s no better workout method than Reformer Pilates, together with these props, Dynamic Pilates TV will provide you with a killer mix of strength, mobility, balance, coordination, flexibility and breathwork. 

Sources:

J Hum Kinet, 23 March 2018 NCBI, Muscle Activity in Upper-Body Single-Joint Resistance Exercises with Elastic Resistance Bands vs. Free Weights <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5873332/>