Pilates exercise series – The Hundred

Pilates exercise series – The Hundred

Welcome to my new Pilates exercise series. Every week I am going to bring you a new Pilates workout you can do from the comfort of your own home. I know sometimes we are all time crunched and don’t get time to spend an hour on ourselves (we should!) so my workouts are all under 10 minutes long and can be done from anywhere by anyone in most cases.

This weeks exercise is the hundred a great Pilates exercise for your core and lumbar spine.

My Pilates workouts start off with easy levels and increase in difficulty, please adapt and use the levels that are right for you. Reduce the range of movement or number of reps if you find it too hard. These are a great addition to one of my weekly Pilates classes. 

What is Pilates?

Pilates builds functional strength, this means building strength throughout your body without compromising flexibility, and therefore good alignment and posture. It is a holistic fitness program which incorporates both eastern and western thinking. It requires you to focus on individual muscles and this added focus and concentration helps to create that mindful connection from your brain to your body. Unlike many exercises which target the superficial muscles, Pilates goes deeper starting with your core muscles and working out creating a strong and supple body.

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Guest Post by Finlay aged 16

Guest Post by Finlay aged 16

This is a special post by a young man called Finlay who was meant to be coming and having coaching with us whilst over in the UK from Australia. Sadly Finlay hurt himself (riding his bike of course) so couldn’t come for any riding. However he did write us a little post on riding and his dreams of down hill podiums.

Good luck Finlay!

Where does it start? The desire to go faster, to go longer, to go higher? For those who don’t know me, I’m Finlay. Currently 16 years old with a dream to become a pro downhill mountain bike racer.

At the age of nine I discovered some small jumps in my local bushland. On the heaviest BMX of the century, I was petrified to send this foot jump to flat. Later I learnt about bikes that are designed to do this sort of thing, bikes that have gears and suspension. That summer I worked all weekends to save for a mountain bike. By the end of the summer I had saved $700. A short drive to Nannup and I had a Giant Talon. It was love at first sight, the fresh paint job, 2×9 gears and a front fork. What else does a beginner need? In my Nike trainers and green tee, I was flying down local trails. With a hardtail rocks felt like boulders, with my xc tires roots were like ice and all jumps had a hard landing.

Years down the line I now have a 2014 trek session which is my main bike. My mates and I raced each other down the local trails. From there I started to race in state rounds. I fell in love with racing and have wanted to do it as a career for a long time. I’m now doing bigger jumps and going faster than I ever could have imagined. I still want to go bigger, faster, longer and higher. I wake up every day thinking that I could win a world cup because if others can do it why can’t I? I’m dedicated to working out, eating healthily and lots of practice riding. The thing that gets me up at 6am to train and what I think about when I go to bed is that I can win a DH world cup, and one day maybe I will.

What to get a mountain biker for Christmas under £25

What to get a mountain biker for Christmas under £25

Top Mountain Biking Gifts

Christmas, a time for celebrating, eating a little bit too much and exchanging gifts with loves ones. It can be hard to know what to buy for people and with so many people to buy for it can all get rather costly! If you have a mountain biker in your family or friends circle here are some handy present ideas for cyclists all under £25.

Louri Saddle Strap £17.99

Attention to detail has reached new heights with Lourí. Hand made in the UK by people who know materials and know cycling. This is more than a strip of hook & loop the strap which comes in frame and seat post options is perfect for tucking away all your ride kit essentials like an inner tube and multitool. Compatible with road and mtb tubes.

Fenwicks Bike Cleaner and Lube £16.99

Mountain bikers love getting muddy but a dirty bike tends to not work so well the next time you want to get in the saddle, with this chain cleaner and lube kit can help your rider get out on their bike and keep it running smooth through the muddiest of conditions.

Grip Grab fleece lined neck warmer £25

Everyone knows that keeping your neck warm and the drafts out makes winter riding more fun. The addition of microfleece to a neck tube from Grip Grab makes the HeadGlove Thermo a cold weather wonder.

Glower clothing gift packs £25

UK brand Glower clothing have some great Tee and mud guard sets primed ready for wrapping.

Coaching or guiding gift vouchers £25

Why not treat your cycling loved ones to time on the trails or perhaps even a family coaching or adventure ride. we stock gift vouchers from £25 and they can be used towards any coaching, guiding or weekend away on our website.

Trail Maps £14.99

A mountain bike must have perfect for any room of the house a classic trail map art print either of their favourite location or the whole of the UK mapped out so they can tick them all off.

Socks – Pongo London £17.95

Now, a Christmas staple but to cyclists they are a fashion statement colour, length, material these all matter to cyclists! Get this right and you will be in their good books forever! Have a little peak at their kit to find the best matching socks to keep those feet toasty this winter.

We hope our christmas gift guide was helpful! We have tried where possible to pick UK small brands for our gift guide as we believe in helping small businesses thrive. Have a super Christmas and adventurous 2020!

Pilates exercise series – The Hundred

Pilates workout – double leg stretch

Welcome to my new Pilates workout Wednesday series. Every week I am going to bring you a new Pilates workout you can do from the comfort of your own home. I know sometimes we are all time crunched and don’t get time to spend an hour on ourselves (we should!) so my workouts are all under 10 minutes long and can be done from anywhere by anyone in most cases.

This week is double leg stretch a great exercise for your core and lumbar spine.

My Pilates workouts start off with easy levels and increase in difficulty, please adapt and use the levels that are right for you. Reduce the range of movement or number of reps if you find it too hard. These are a great addition to one of my weekly Pilates classes. 

What is Pilates?

Pilates builds functional strength, this means building strength throughout your body without compromising flexibility, and therefore good alignment and posture. It is a holistic fitness program which incorporates both eastern and western thinking. It requires you to focus on individual muscles and this added focus and concentration helps to create that mindful connection from your brain to your body. Unlike many exercises which target the superficial muscles, Pilates goes deeper starting with your core muscles and working out creating a strong and supple body.

Pilates exercise series – The Hundred

Pilates workout – one leg circle

Welcome to my new Pilates workout Wednesday series. Every week I am going to bring you a new Pilates workout you can do from the comfort of your own home. I know sometimes we are all time crunched and don’t get time to spend an hour on ourselves (we should!) so my workouts are all under 10 minutes long and can be done from anywhere by anyone in most cases.

This week is one leg circle a great exercise for your core and hip mobility.

My Pilates workouts start off with easy levels and increase in difficulty, please adapt and use the levels that are right for you. Reduce the range of movement or number of reps if you find it too hard. These are a great addition to one of my weekly Pilates classes. 

What is Pilates?

Pilates builds functional strength, this means building strength throughout your body without compromising flexibility, and therefore good alignment and posture. It is a holistic fitness program which incorporates both eastern and western thinking. It requires you to focus on individual muscles and this added focus and concentration helps to create that mindful connection from your brain to your body. Unlike many exercises which target the superficial muscles, Pilates goes deeper starting with your core muscles and working out creating a strong and supple body.