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New Workshop - Complete Core Strength with Corrie

Complete Core Strength
​Saturday 6th September
2.30pm - 4.30pm

Training your core muscles means so much more than just getting rock hard abs, it's about creating endurance and stability throughout the whole body, enabling freedom of movement and the ability to make it through your day without pain, particularly back pain. 

Performing endless crunches will only ever make you good at crunches, so instead we will look at how to attack the core from all angles, giving you a functional workout and the knowledge to apply improved technique to your future health and fitness activities. 

The workshop will be dynamic and a great workout with plenty of opportunites to stop and ask questions, create modifications to suit your personal needs and go deeper into your Pilates practice. 

In the beautiful studio at Absolute Pilates Plus, we will use the innovative Reformer Pilates equipment in combination with body weight exercises, Pilates mat work and some Yoga inspired breathing techniques to work deep into the core muscles.

There will be a chance to analyse your posture and learn how exercises can be modified to suit your personal posture and how to work around any injuries or limitations you have, to enable you to maximise your exercise efficiency in the future.

A sheet of Pilates Mat exercises to be performed at home following the workshop will also be handed out and we will  work through these together.

The workshop will be lead by Corrie McCallum, who is the founder of Stretch Breathe Smile and works throughout London as a Pilates and Yoga Teacher and Personal Trainer.

There are only 9 spaces on this workshop, giving you a truly personal experience and a chance to make some real progress with your health and fitness.

Suitable for all levels.


£60 (only 9 spaces available)



How life has become a pain in the neck?



Non specific neck pain is an increasingly common problem and can range from an occasional niggle to constant and quite debilitating.

A key contributing factor to this increase is all around- next time you're in a coffee shop or especially on the tube you will see the majority of people looking down at a tablet, laptop or smart phone-
over time this flexed neck position teamed with the ronded shoulder posture commonly adopted to hold a tablet or type on a laptop start to cause compensations through your neck shoulders and upper back resulting in some muscles tightening and others weakening.

The common sense response to a stiff neck is to stretch it, this may give instant relief but is often short term. Often the muscles responsible are in your chest.

Your pec minor when tight pulls your shoulder forward and down and prevents your shoulder blade moving correctly.
This can increase the activity of your neck muscles, cause weakness in your upper back muscles and even cause pain to run down your arm.

So to feel better stretch your chest and ditch the Angry Birds.


Best stretches:

- Corner stretch- in a corner- place elbows against the wall with your arms bent at 90 degree angles. Lean forward into the stretch opening through your chest.

- Roller angels- lie on your back on a long soft roller,  start hands by hips palms facing up, sweeps arms along the floor overhead and back to start. 

By Danny Burke


By Danny Burke

By Danny Burke
By Danny Burke
By Danny Burke


Aren’t we all forgetting about……water!?

In our search for the best sports drinks, our love affair with coconut water (thanks Rihanna) and the influx of information on nutrition, are we forgetting about the cheap, freely available and oldest drink in the book…Water!?water


The body is composed of around 60% water. Almost every process in the body requires/uses up water. This must be replaced! By the time we feel thirsty our body is already dehydrated and the consequences of this are far reaching. On average we lose 6 pints of water a day through sweating, breathing, urination and bowel movements.


The multi-tasker that is water:

  • Speeds up metabolism - Studies have found that drinking water literally burns calories as the body works to warm up the water for use.
  • Regulates body temperature - Particularly important when exercising to reduce overheating.
  • Prevents fatigue – just a 5% drop in body fluids = 25-30% loss of energy. 15% loss = death.
  • Reduces headaches/migraines -the Brain is made up of a huge 90% water! Dehydration causes a drop in blood volume to the brain. Headaches when hungover are due simply to dehydration!
  • Lubricates the lungs during breathing - we lose 1-2 pints of water a day simply breathing.
  • Protects and lubricates our joints - Particularly important in the load bearing spine!
  • Helps flush out toxins and the by-products of fat breakdown - important in protecting the kidneys and liver.
  • Prevents constipation - dehydration causes the body to remove water from the colon leading to hard stools. Embarrassing for all involved.


Symptoms of dehydration:

  • Thirst is the body’s last signal to tell you it needs more water, by this point you are already dehydrated. Don’t leave it this late!
  • Dark urine, which smells. Urine should be almost clear with little to no odour. 
  • Hunger – often when we think we’re hungry we are actually simply thirsty. Try to drink a glass of water before food to help take the edge off and avoid over eating.
  • Fatigue – the body needs water to break down energy stores in the body for use.
  • Dry skin - the skin is approx. 70% water. It will look dull if dehydrated.


Benefits of upping your water intake:

A reduction in all side-effects stated above but my favourite one …..

*Studies suggest it can reduce the risk of bladder and colon cancer due to its toxin removing properties.

Men should aim for around 3 litres per day, ladies 2.5. If exercising aim for a little more.

What more could you want!?


Drink more, live longer. (water that is)



Written by:  Hollie Grant  - Pilates Instructor


Why Does Your Back Hurt?

Why is my back hurting?


This is a very common question in recent modern times with as many as many as 49% reporting (2000) that we suffer from some form of back pain. Does this mean that the human body has a major design flaw in the back area? Are we all domed to suffer lower back pain?


The answers to these questions are NO! It is true that more than half of us suffer back problems but this is due to how we now live our lives. Our bodies are not designed to sit behind a desk for hours on end and this is why our back suffers. The chairs we use, the height of our desks and the lack of exercise all go together making things worse.


So what can you do to change this? Well there are many things, simply get out of your chair every hour and stretch. Your back can not provide the support you require when you do not exercise it, you back needs a regular pumping of blood to keep the muscles warm and healthy. This can be done so easily, by just making sure you move regularly.


Exercise for an hour once a week is vital. You are required to do at least an hour a day, but if you're super busy and cannot commit that much time, than an hour or two a week should start you up. Pick an exercise which will help strengthen your back and stretch your spine such as Pilates. This particular exercise actually helps your back in the long-term and is recommended by doctors and back specialists. They all suggest this treatment for those who suffer chronic back pain for many years. This exercise has benefits for everyone and even women during pregnancies take this exercise on with ease.


This does not mean that this is an easy exercise, in fact quite the opposite as it requires a lot of strength. The exercise was developed was by a physician who worked in the war (Joseph Pilates) and wanted to develop an exercise to help rehabilitate soldiers who had suffered many forms of injuries. The exercises were used to make the patients stronger by developing muscles to support the rest of the body. Although the exercise is not easy, it also has the advantage on not being high impact such as running. There is very little chance that you could be injured with Pilates, so someone suffering from Arthritis could very easily take up Pilates and not cause further damage to their joints.


Of course with this knowledge in mind, consult a doctor about taking up Pilates and whether they recommend it for you, as everyone has a different case with back pain.


So if you're given the all clear then pop to your local Pilates studio. Check out Absolute Pilates plus they also offer other fitness classes

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