We’re making our NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION early this year and committing to some back and body strengthening, care of Pilates, writes SARAH HALLIWELL
The benefits of Pilates are myriad, and proven: more and more doctors now refer people with back problems, as well as post- and antenatal women, older people with aching joints and people who do a lot of sport and want to build up their core strength. At Reform Pilates in Blackrock, Anna Frankland’s clientele is massively diverse, from groups of pregnant women to a trio of 80-year-old men who meet in the top-floor studio every week, and a very fit cyclist looking to support the repetitive movement of being on a bike. And that’s a key element of Pilates, says Frankland – “challenging the body to move in different ways, and correct imbalances. I’ve had people come to me after attending physio for an injury and finding that they no longer need to keep having physio – Pilates can be really helpful on the rehab side.”
Frankland also runs a Pink Ribbon programme for women who’ve had breast cancer. “For many, post-surgery or treatment can be the hardest time of all, with little guidance going forward, and Pilates is brilliant for regaining confidence in your body and learning how to use it how you used to, in a safe way,” notes Frankland. “It’s a really positive thing and the classes also become like a little community of women.”
Commit to a one-month One Month Challenge from mid-January, which includes four Pilates sessions a week – you can attend any class that suits you time-wise – plus 40-minute walk or run sessions along the seafront at weekends. It’s community-based and motivating, and also includes a nutritional aspect, with advice on eating in a clean and balanced way, avoiding sugar and processed food (One Month Challenge: €169 or €149 if you book before December 31, including 16 pilates group sessions). “Over the festive season, the key is to keep your normal exercise routine going,” says Frankland. “We all eat and drink more at this time of year, but if you can keep exercising throughout, that way you won’t feel quite so terrible come January.” Reform Pilates also takes private clients, so you can have the luxury of the sea-view studio and expert tuition all to yourself, at a time that suits you, or else join a small group of four where exercises are tailored to your individual needs. Look out for pop-up drop-in classes on the first Sunday of the month from the New Year, focussing on a certain movement or muscle group. It’s a good way to start the year stronger, less sedentary and with better posture as well as tone. TIP: Try wearing Irish-made EVB Sport support capris or leggings to give you extra support while exercising; they’re the equivalent of a sports bra for your core. From €59.95; www.evbsport.com
Reform Pilates, 2nd Floor, 2C Main Street (beside Educogym), Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Single classes from €20; 10 class pack €150; www.reformdublin.ie
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