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As Joseph Pilates once said, ‘physical fitness can not be achieved by wishful thinking, or outright purchase.’ It takes discipline. It takes time. If you take the time your mind and body will thank you for it.

The fitness industry is constantly changing. It is hard to stay disciplined, when there are so many things that you need to prioritise and do. You are filled with questions. What should I do to tone? How can I lose so many pounds? How many times do I need to do it to see results?

All these questions are hard to answer. They are a burden, and sometimes it takes time to find the answer. Time we do not believe we have. But discipline is what we need to help us find the answer to them.

We are motivated by certain periods of time. New Year, summer is coming, fit into that black dress for Christmas time. This time of year the days are getting longer, but the nights and mornings are still cold so the motivation is not quite there. We feel guilty, and that does not feel good, but the couch looks so cosy and warm.

If you take small steps, your motivation will build quickly. Do not necessarily look at the end goal, look at the change you want to make in a months time. But motivation does not endure. It does not lead to sustained success. Discipline will endure if you embrace it. Make discipline your friend. A friend you want to spend time with.You enjoy seeing them and want to see more of them. They will commend you when you have done well. They will be there in all weathers, dark nights and cold mornings.

It is important to embrace the uncomfortable feelings and pain that come with being disciplined. But it will get you to a better place were you are can move and live well. Feel the fear that comes when you look at the machine, or hill you have got to climb. And then go up, or get on, and focus on your disciplined self.

Enjoy watching those people that run in the pouring rain, or hike up the stairs instead of taking the lift. Start looking at yourself as that person and feel pride when you do so. Start embracing that friend that is discipline. Soon after, you will find that you are consistently getting up, even though it is raining, and going for a run, or going to the studio.

Work now for what you want to tomorrow.

To find out more about our classes please go to – www.contourpilatesstudio.co.uk

We are now waking up to the sun and the evenings are getting longer. Summer is just around the corner. And it is a time that many of us tend to spend lounging in swimwear, shorts and t-shirts. It also makes many of us aware of what we have been hiding in our jeans and tights. We all know how a gym workout can help you tone your body. But how can our classes help you stride out into the sun with confidence.

Barre
The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with micro movements, which work your deep stabilising muscles. Also, don’t be surprised if your class incorporates weights, soft balls and circles so you can show off your arms, as well as your legs this summer. The instructors are constantly changing the workout to keep you focussed. You may will be surprised how hard you work.

The summer look is longer and leaner muscles.

Cardio jump reformer (just in Brentwood)
It is a high intensity, fun workout combined with strength training. Its main purpose is to get your heart beating harder and it’s a great choice if you want to tone up your legs, bum and stomach particularly for this summer. You will use the reformer in the same way as before, but with an added extra; at the base of the machine, where your feet go, we’ll add a ‘jumpboard’ converting your reformer into a horizontal spring board! It is on a low resistance spring, so that is how you bounce, but you control that movement using your core. It’s fun, it’s fast and burns more calories and for a moment you may well feel like a child again.

The summer look is a flatter stomach and strong glutes.

Reformer pilates
This is the core of what we do at CONTOUR and it’s all about your core too! But how do you choose between mat and reformer? The good news is you don’t have to, as we offer both and a bit of a mixture may be beneficial to your routine.

The difference between mat and reformer is the use of the machine itself. The reformer helps your body achieve the right position and by switching around the springs, we target large or small groups of muscles to strengthen or mobilise. The spring and pulley systems also mean that the reformer machines offer an increased variety of exercises in comparison to the mat. The straps also mean you get a whole body workout in just 55 minutes as you work multiple groups at the same time.

The summer look is a toned body and long term body insurance because it works deep stabilising muscles that join your joints together

Cardio power reformer
Our most challenging workout. It is fast paced. You are off as much as you are on the machine. And you are consistently using small equipment. You can up the amount of weight if you want to bulk up for summer.

The summer look is fat loss, all over toning, and it builds bulk.

To find out more about our pricing options for Brentwood go HERE and for Loughton go HERE

Reformer Pilates Class Image

Pilates has long been recognized as one of the best movement systems for improving core strength and stability, but it’s also one of the most effective methods for toning and sculpting the abs, hips, waist, and thighs. With summer just around the corner, there’s no better time to incorporate reformer Pilates into your routine because remember, summer bodies are made in winter!

The real beauty of reformer Pilates is that it’s not restricted to specific body parts, in fact it’s a phenomenal workout for your entire body. Yes, Pilates moves focus on your core and trunk, but that doesn’t just mean your abs. It’s important to know that the core includes your entire trunk, which is the abdominals, the hips, the inner and outer thighs, and the back – so expect an all over workout.

As some of you will already know our workout requires you to work against resistance that can be adjusted using the springs on the reformer. Training with resistance builds strength, and although it often doesn’t look like it’s burning a ton of calories or breaking a sweat, the long-term benefits of greater lean muscle mass are great, including an increased metabolism.

Perhaps more important than the physical benefits, the magic of Reformer Pilates runs so much deeper than a flat tummy. Beyond your toned physique your body will be transformed from the inside out. You’ll not only notice the difference in how your body looks and moves, the calming power of reformer Pilates is immense enough to help clear your mind, leaving you de-stressed, relaxed and fresh for summer.

This month at Contour we will be turning 3! To celebrate with all our loyal customers we are offering an exclusive promotion for March by offering 50% of extra classes booked. If you have been attending Contour between 6 and 17 months you can redeem 1 class at 50%, if you have been attending between 18 and 29 months you can redeem 2 classes at 50% and if you have been attending between 30 and 36 months you can redeem 3 classes at 50%. If you’d like to take advance of this offer and kick start your summer body please email amy@reformerpilatesbrentwood.co.uk.

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