Happy New Year

As we raise a glass and listen to the chimes of Big Ben (is it working?) welcoming in the New Year this evening, we might wonder what 2018 will hold for us! Danielle and I have been planning for 2018 and in doing so, have found ourselves reflected on one of the fundamental principles of Pilates, Balance.

Balance can take many forms; from the obvious, standing and moving with balance, to the body symmetry that is achieved through muscle balance,  or indeed, to a work-life balance that so many of us often struggle to achieve in our busy lives.

But perhaps we should also consider the balance between mind, body and spirit, taking time to focus on what our body needs from us to better enable us to achieve the life goals we have set ourselves.

Joseph Pilates said in his book (return to life through Contrology), Contrology (Pilates), is the complete coordination of body, mind and spirit;  So this New Year why not take a little time to consider your body and what it needs from you and make 2018  a year of  balance.

What our clients say!

Below are a few comments from our clients, which will give you an idea of what attending classes or 1:1 sessions with us will be like.

I'm really enjoying the classes, especially the ones recently where we have used the magic circle and foam roller, and I've definitely noticed a difference in terms of increased muscle tone/definition since starting Body-Torque Pilates classes......Julia G.

New year events: Social: Pilates For Men: Metafit

NEW YEARS DRINKS THIS SATURDAY 16th JAN

Just a reminder of our New Year Drinks taking place this coming Saturday, at the Red Lion in Betchworth. We have booked a room at the Red Lion for this Saturday 16th January from 1930. It would be lovely to see you and please bring partners with you to celebrate your hard work.

We are planning a few fun things to keep you entertained and there will be some prizes too!

There will be some light finger food, but it would be best either to eat first or if you‘d like to eat at the pub, we have been advised that it would be best to pre-order your food, as the pub are expecting it to be a busy evening, you can see the menu by clicking on the link below.

http://www.redlionbetchworth.com/menus/ The Red Lion Betchworth, Old Rd, Betchworth, Surrey RH3 7DS


New Saturday Morning “Pilates for Men”

New for 2016 “Pilates for Men” Beginner level class on Saturday Mornings at 08:30. This will be a stand alone course of 10 weeks running up to Easter, starting on 16th January. The class will take you from the very basic principles of Pilates and progress you through the essential level exercises. We should also be able to introduce some of the easier intermediate work. Taught by Rob at Bell Street Studios, this will be a perfect way to get started, preparing you to then move into an improver level class in our regular timetable.

If you have husbands, partners, brothers, or friends that you think might be interested, please forward this to them. For more details please contact rob@body-torque.co.uk or call 01737765335


Is getting fit one of your New Year’s resolutions?

Get fit with Metafit! The Metafit™ bodyweight training system is effective and simple, and is backed by scientific research. It works!

To burn fat you need to change your resting metabolism. Metafit™ does this by working big muscle groups with high intensity intervals thereby giving you quick results. Classes run across the week, for more information, click here to see our HIIT page on our website.

Feel you’re not fit enough to start? If you like the idea of getting fitter and working in a more cardio form than in your normal Pilates class, but think that metafit will be a bit too much of a challenge, or think you’re just not fit enough to start, then why not try our “get ready for metafit” course on Wednesday mornings in Reigate?

Over 5 weeks we will take you through mobilizing and stretching routines, that will help build on the flexibility gained in your Pilates class. We then take you step by step through the Metafit exercises, breaking them down and explaining the movement patterns and demonstrating the basic exercise levels, along with the exercise progressions. The course culminates in you doing a full Metafit workout.

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If you’d like more information or to join a class please contact us: rob@body-torque.co.uk 01737765335



 

Thats all for now hope to see you on Saturday!

Danielle, Rob & Madeleine

Jenny’s Pilates Story

I have been attending Pilates classes for a good number of years with Body-Torque and credit them with helping me overcome problems with both my lower back and shoulders. However, at the great age of 65, I was about to retire and felt that I needed to re-assess my fitness. This was partly prompted by a visit to my doctor, who somewhat cruelly I thought, quoted the ‘use it or lose it’ adage to me!

I decided to see a personal trainer, thinking that I could get an over-all assessment and some useful exercises in addition to the Pilates I was doing with Body-Torque. Big mistake in this case! I went twice: the second time to confirm my initial response. I did not feel I was listened to, or that my age was taken into account when put through a series of movements. I paid a lot of money for a poor experience.

I then spoke to Danielle who recommended some 1:1 classes with Rob: I was able to go once to see if I liked it – I did and so signed up for a course. As in the classes, there was a real sense of the exercise tailored to the individual, confidence building advice and, as hoped, real progress.

I realized because I thought I knew the movements, that I had allowed myself to get a little lazy in my group classes and was not getting the most out of them. The 1:1 sessions enabled me to re-visit the basic exercises and appreciate how the more complex ones are built up.

There was also no escape from the exercises I found difficult and Rob was able to help me find ways in which to succeed with these. The use of the equipment also made a big difference in helping to achieve my goals. I have been able to take what I learnt back into the classes and feel that I am able to benefit more from them now as I have a heightened awareness of what I am trying to achieve – and I have reminded myself sternly that I need to listen attentively at all times! ………………Jenny B.

Madeleine’s Teacher Profile

I think it’s fair to say Madeleine is truly passionate about her fitness and exercises daily; in addition to Pilates, Madeleine is a keen swimmer, regularly works out at the gym and loves attending Body-Torque’s challenging Metafit (HIIT) classes!

Her first introduction to Pilates was with Body Torque in 2005 after the birth of her first child. Madeleine quickly became hooked on the Pilates method, and attended more and more classes and 1:1 studio (apparatus) sessions. Finally, deciding she wanted to help others enjoy the benefits of Pilates as much as she had, she gave up her career in finance and trained as a Pilates instructor.

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Madeleine trained with STOTT PILATES and YMCAFIT in London and now holds an NVQ Level 3 in Anatomy and Physiology for Exercise and Health and an NVQ Level 3 Pilates Training Certificate (mat-work). Madeleine has gone on to study Pre and Postnatal Pilates, with Carolyne Anthony, and will no doubt be adding more qualifications to her C.V. as her Pilates journey continues.

After completing her training, Madeleine started teaching for Body-Torque Pilates. Her calm and relaxed approach is reassuring to beginners, whilst her ability to subtly challenge our more experienced clients has helped Madeleine to build her band of faithful followers.

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Metafit September workout

The new September Metafit workout has just been released.
Called “body drag” which is something I used to do in my windsurfing days; a fun & challenging trick, and this workout looks to be the same!!

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“Body-Drag” is 22mins long, and consists of 3 rounds of 4 exercises; with a leg sapping finisher.
Each exercise is done individually, then in pairs, and finally all 4 exercises together with no rest between each exercise!

I’m looking forward to teaching this one; first session Saturday 19th September, fancy joining me? Call or email me now to book your free trial session.
Rob on 01737765335 / rob@body-torque.co.uk

 

 

New Autumn Timetable now Released

We have now released our new class timetable for autumn; classes start from 5th September, all class booking forms are now available to download from our site; you can search classes either by location or day. If your rebooking your favourite class then please book early to avoid disappointment  as some classes are very popular and September courses are always busy.

If you’re new to Pilates or haven’t previously attended classes with Body-Torque, and aren’t sure which class to book please call us and we will be happy to talk through class options with you.

Hope to see you in a class soon.

Danielle, Rob & Madeleine

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Beare Green Classes prove to be a great success!

Body-Torque ‘s latest addition to its class timetable has proved a great success.  Our new classes at Beare Green, which started last Thursday have attracted a large group of our Dorking class attendees, who find the free parking, traffic free journey, tranquil setting, along with the earlier class time an irresistible combination . Madeleine’s calm and relaxed approach has also captured the imagination of many of our regular Dorking clients, her ability to challenge clients in a subtle way  is infectious and she has continued to build on her band of faithful followers, adding new clients at this venue.

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This week sees the start of the new beginners classes at Beare Green. Class times are 09:45 Improvers, 10:45 beginners.

We are offering free trial classes with Madeleine throughout the month of June, just call to register your interest.

 

 

 

Easter break!

Just a reminder, current courses finish this Wednesday! New course booking forms have been sent to all existing clients and are now available to download from our web-site.

New courses start from Thursday 9th April, many classes are at capacity so please remember to return your booking form promptly and ideally by the last day of the existing course to secure your preferred class for the new courses.

We are currently in the process of organising new classes in Redhill; more information to follow shortly, please let us know if these classes might be of interest to you or your friends.

Happy Easter break to you all.
Rob, Danielle & Madeleine

Reformer Workshop an outstanding Success!

Finally I have managed to get round to posting something about our first reformer workshop; held at Bamboo Pilates Academy;
We where very like to be able to have Brigitte Wrenn; STOTT PILATES Lead Instructor Trainer to take us through our paces. The workshop was two hours, covering reformer set-up and essential level exercises; once everyone had demonstrated their competence; we got a taste of the harder intermediate exercises too . We finished with a flourish of interval work on the extremely enjoyable Cardio Tramp! A trampoline fixed to the end of the reformer, great fun and a real workout!

See some pictures of our session below along with some of the feed back we received from those who attended.

More sessions planned so so if you are interested please let us know!……Rob

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I thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was extremely professional and clearly instructed. Having a two hour session also meant that you could be totally absorbed and get a momentum going along with the others in the group. I went in with no energy and left feeling great!”.…….Nikki

“I thought the session was great and a good work out. It also made me feel as if I have learnt a bit over the years and above all else- I knew you were good- it made me realise how very lucky I am to have you as a trainer!”………Lizzy

“The class was well worthwhile and Brigitte’s clear teaching and obvious enthusiasm for Pilates was perfect.” ………..Woody

“Many thanks for organising the session on Saturday. I very much enjoyed it and it was great to experience the Reformers in a class situation. I thought Bridget was a great instructor too. I would be very interested in attending another session.”………..Katie