Returning to exercise after having a baby can be a daunting prospect. Even for those who can’t wait to get out there, it can still be a difficult thing to achieve. Your body has been through so much, it often feels like it doesn’t belong to you anymore and the idea of getting it to do anything other than sleep can be tough!

After giving birth nine weeks ago to my second son, Angus, I find myself ready to begin my journey back into exercise. For the last two weeks I have been gradually increasing the amount of walking I am doing which is helping to build some strength back. But it’s time now to get back into the studio which I’m really excited about and I wanted to share my journey with you, to help and encourage anyone returning to exercise after a break.

I’ll be sharing tips for postpartum exercising, the best Pilates routines to get your body back, and other little tips and pointers on how to keep healthy and help your body recover and regain its strength. As you start exercising again you’ll start to get stronger and move better and feel more like your old self!

Pilates is one of the best postpartum exercises you can do because every exercise focuses on strengthening either the abdominals, the pelvic floor muscles or the back, all three of which are affected by pregnancy and child birth.

Here are seven reasons why Pilates is a great choice for your postpartum exercise journey:

1. Slowly does it!

Pilates is something you can take completely at your own pace. If something doesn’t feel right, just stop and reduce the stretch or alternate to another one. At the studio our instructors are here to help, they’ll make sure you’re doing the exercises correctly and at the right intensity for your body, wherever you are on your exercise journey.

2. Build Core Strength

After childbirth it’s really important to try and gradually build up your core strength again. Your core supports your back and helps strengthen your abdominals and pelvic floor muscles, both of which have often been under intense strain during pregnancy and child birth. Building up core strength is one of the best ways to make your recovery easier.

3. Improve your Pelvic Floor Muscles

It’s one of those unfortunate side affects of giving birth, but it happens to the best of us! Pilates is an ideal way to help regain control of those pelvic floor muscles.

4. Love your body again

It’s sometimes hard to regain a sense of ownership of your body after childbirth. You may still be breast feeding, you may still not recognise parts of your body after all it’s been through. Pilates allows you time to focus on your amazing body, to listen and understand as you recover and to re-connect with yourself as you begin exercising again.

5. Feel Great

Pilates, as with any exercise, will help boost your mood through the release of endorphins- the happy hormones produced by your body as you exercise.

6. Feel Stronger

Pilates allows you to focus on strengthening your body. You’ll feel refreshed at the end of a workout and re-energised, rather than too exhausted to do all the things you need to do!

7. Social

We are a very friendly bunch down at Contour Pilates. Joining a class for a post baby workout can give you a chance to meet others in a similar situation. And you might even get a little smile from my son, Angus who often joins me in the mornings at the studio!

Come join me on my journey back to fitness! If you have any questions or would like to share your own stories please do comment below, I would love to hear from you. Or pop down to the studio and have a chat with me or one of our instructors about the best exercises for you post-baby, let’s do this together!

UNLIMITED PASS

November 11, 2016

 

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Why do Pilates?

‘In 20 sessions you will see the difference if you do it regularly’ – Joseph Pilates 

A Pilates class, is a class like no other. It will zip you up inside, you’ll use muscles you never even knew you had and leave feeling like your whole body has been worked hard. Regular classes with us will give you a stronger core, stabilise your spine, improve your posture, work your arms and tighten those areas that some of us don’t like very much – legs, bums and tums. You will also get a cardio workout in all the classes, particularly the barre and DANCE (different style every week – Salsa, Samba, Merengue).

What happens at my first class?

In your first class here at the studio, the instructor will take you through the Pilates technique, get you familiar with the bit of equipment (barre, reformer, small equipment for mat) you will be using and you will get a whole body workout. You will learn about engaging your core, alignment and the breathing. PLEASE COME 5 MINUTES BEFORE the class so that we can give you a health statement to fill out.

All the instructors are very experienced and have at least 5 years experience of teaching Pilates. All levels are very welcome. If you are new to the studio we would encourage you to attend at least 2 beginner classes before moving onto the dynamic classes. 

After my first class?

After a few classes you’ll become more familiar with the reformer, the springs, your core muscles and you’ll begin to see improvements in your posture and flexibility. 

Unlimited Pass

The more you do it, the quicker you will see the results. So, the unlimited pass has been created for this reason. Bring your new years resolution forwards! The pass will allow you to attend all our classes – barre, dance, reformer, and small equipment mat class. Each will challenge your body in different ways.

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The Cadillac

October 6, 2016

Why the Cadillac?

The Cadillac was created by Joseph Pilates for bed ridden patients to help them in their rehab. It does offer more range of movement than the Reformer.
There are over 80 exercises that work the core, develop flexibility, strengthen back and shoulders, and stretch the entire body.You can either work the whole body , or isolate your workout to each part of your body.
The springs give you a slightly different tension to the reformer ropes. With the Cadillac comes more standing work, which is a great challenge for your balance and coordination.

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The trapeze gives it that slightly frightening element of adventure and challenge because you can dangle in the air,which the reformer does not have.
If you are looking to enhance your pilates programme, challenge your body in different ways then the Cadillac is ready for you.

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Private classes with Helen and Sarah are available. Please do email Amy with a time and day that suits you – amy@reformerpilatesbrentwood.co.uk. Give it a go, it is great fun!

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