Health & Nutrition

Healthy Protein Ball Recipe

Recipe: Leila’s Goji Berry Protein Balls

We celebrated our birthday last month and everyone was raving about studio assistant Leila’s delicious protein balls that were served up at the party. She’s kindly shared the recipe! These are so easy, quick and good for you, that you’ve no excuse to grab the ingredients and get cracking now. They’re the perfect little snack to keep in your bag and have after a workout at the studio (with a big glass of water) to crush any post-exercise cravings.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups of oats

1 cup of almonds

1 cup of coconut

½ cup of goji berries

1 cup of dates

2 scoops of Prana On Protein (Leila uses chocolate. Prana On is available in the studio for purchase).

5 tablespoons of milk (oat, coconut or almond)

Cinnamon or mixed spices

Coconut oil

 

METHOD

Blend oats, almonds, goji berries and dates separately.

Mix everything in a bowl until it is all mixed and you can’t see the oats anymore. Use coconut oil on your hands to make the bowls and put coconut around.

 

Leila Burate is the Pilates & Co. studio assistant and you’ll see her around the studio keeping it tidy, working out and signing up our new members.

Pelvic Floor Muscles

Love Your Pelvic Floor

For some of us, we have not heard of our pelvic floor until we have walked into a Pilates studio or until we are having our first child. Once you start in a studio or health club you will start to hear “draw your belly button towards your lower spine”, “zip up your lower abs”, “engage your pelvic floor” and “draw your hip bones towards your belly button”.

These are just a few of some of the cues that we use in Pilates all around the world. As teachers, we see blank faces across the room – some grimacing, some tensing and some smiling or giggling! So, why is focusing on the pelvic floor so important?

 

A weak pelvic floor: easy ‘peezing’

Up to a third of all women experience a problem with their pelvic floor at some time during their life. The most common problems are leaking due to activity, coughing and sneezing (also known as “peezing”) and pelvic organ prolapse (a feeling like something is coming down the vagina). All the bladder, bowel and sexual functions need good pelvic floor muscles. Effective pelvic floor muscles in pregnancy will reduce the risk of post-natal stress urinary incontinence.

 

Why should I love my pelvic floor?

  • Good pelvic floor muscles can help with sex by improving the vaginal sensation and your ability to grip.
  • Your pelvic floor muscles are important in posture and with your abdominal muscles and how they support your spine.
  • Pelvic floor muscles should be strong and active just like any other muscles in the body.

 

Why do problems occur with the pelvic floor muscles?

The pelvic floor muscles lie across the base of your pelvis to help keep the pelvic organs in the right position. The muscles are held in place by ligaments that support the organs, especially when there is an increase in pressure from lifting, carrying, or straining.

The pelvic floor muscles can be weak, overstretched, slow to work, too tight or torn like other muscles in the body. Some of the reasons they can get this way are:

  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Chronic constipation
  • Heavy and repeated lifting
  • High impact exercise
  • Being overweight
  • Smoking
  • Menopause

 

How do I improve my pelvic floor?

There are a few ways you can improve those pelvic floors. Pilates, especially reformer, is our favourite (of course), but here are the most popular:

  • Pelvic floor muscle exercises (also known as Kegels) should include long-held squeezes as well as short quick squeezes. You should work the muscles until they tire. These exercises can be done at home on the bus/train or even at your desk. No one will know.
  • Mat work pilates classes.
  • Yoga classes.
  • Reformer sessions.

My recommendation for women who are pregnant is to research a Physio who can undertake a pelvic floor assessment – this is a must as they will be able to make recommendations early on as to what exercises you need to do and this will help during and post-pregnancy.

Join Roz for our ‘Love Your Pelvic Floor’ Workshop in May

Roz Norman is the owner of Pilates & Co. and regularly teaches Pilates reformer, met.con and more at the studio. She’s also a mum of three and married to Dave. You can follow Roz and Dave on Instagram (@thenormanlife)

Want to kick-start your fitness goals too? Come and see us at Pilates & Co. We offer a number of membership and class payment options, and if you’re new to our studio you can take advantage of our free orientation class and our 4 for $80 Introduction offer. You could get really serious and join our 6-week Transformation Challenge.

Not a Gold Coast resident but planning a trip to the Burleigh Heads or nearby? Purchase our 4 for $80 class visitor pass (valid for two weeks)Contact us if you need to find out more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Healthy Food: Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Healthy Food: Pumpkin Soup

We kick off our Autumn 6-week Challenge this week, so we thought we’d share some healthy food – a recipe from the latest meal guide to warm you up. This easy soup is full of goodness and the perfect lunch or dinner option.

 

INGREDIENTS

– 1/2 large Jap pumpkin

– 1 large onion, quartered

– 1 tin of coconut milk

– 1/2 tsp your favourite spice mix (curry works well!)

– salt & pepper

– spring onion for serving

 

METHOD

1. Peel and chop the pumpkin

2. Add pumpkin and onion to large pot and add enough water to just cover

3. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and simmer without a lid until pumpkin is tender

4. Add pumpkin and onions to a high-speed blender in batches

5. Pour blended soup mixture back into the washed pot and add remaining ingredients

6. Serve with a sprinkle of spring onions

Try some of our other healthy food recipes.

 

Belinda Survilla is the Pilates & Co. studio manager and takes regular classes at the Miami studio, including orientation.

We undertake the 6-week Challenge every season. Keep an eye out for our next one. It’s lots of fun and a great way to kickstart your Pilates practice.

Adore Your Pelvic Floor Workshop (May 2018)

In 2018, Pilates & Co will be bringing you a series of health, fitness and nutrition workshops with guest speakers and helpful information to get you feeling your best. Our fourth of the year is our Adore Your Pelvic Floor Workshop with Roz with Pilates & Co’s Rozlyn Norman.

Adore Your Pelvic Floor with Roz

Date: Saturday, 19th May 2018

Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Cost: Free for all Pilates & Co members

Guest Speaker: Rozlyn Norman from Pilates & Co.

Bookings: at Eventbrite

What Will You Learn

  • Where is my pelvic floor?
  • How do I successfully engage and strengthen my pelvic floor?
  • How can a strong and healthy pelvic floor improve my sex life?

FOR THE GIRLS:

  • How to rebuild after childbirth
  • How to relieve sore backs, tight hips, pain during sex and general health and weight management

FOR THE BOYS:

  • How to keep a healthy pelvic floor

About our guest speakers: Roz Norman

Studio founder Roz Norman has been a passionate advocate for healthy living since starting her career as a group fitness instructor at the tender age of 16. Roz’s fitness journey progressed personally and professionally locally and abroad, before moving into management roles for Goodlife and Snap fitness leaving a trail of motivation and success behind her. She is a sought-after industry consultant and owns other fitness businesses giving her a diverse business experience.

Roz discovered that Pilates was so very effective in regaining strength, flexibility and alignment after each of her three beautiful babies. Once she caught the Pilates addiction, the desire to open a studio that she believed combined the perfect mix model became a reality in May 2015 when Roz and David Norman opened Pilates & Co. Roz is qualified in functional fitness classes and Pilates.

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Pilates Reformer vs Pilates Mat

Pilates is pretty popular right now, most big box gyms offer Pilates mat classes and some have reformers too. There are also more boutique style studios popping up all over because we just cannot get enough of this wonderful form of movement!

 

Where did all the fuss begin?

Joseph Pilates was a small and sickly child and as he grew, he taught himself how to get stronger physically and was able to overcome asthma, rickets and rheumatic fever, which he was afflicted with in his youth. He was influenced by gymnastics which he practised (his father was a prize-winning gymnast!) along with boxing, skiing, diving, yoga, martial arts and bodybuilding. These days, you’ll find a lot of traditional Pilates movements changed either a lot or a little either due to instructor creativity, modifications given to individual bodies or contemporary Pilates styles. Pilates is designed to help correct muscle imbalances, build strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, breathing capacity and organ functions. Joe continued to develop his method and create new gadgets and inventions until he passed away in 1967.

 

Matwork Pilates vs Reformer Pilates

So what is the difference between Matwork Pilates and Reformer Pilates? Traditionally, mat classes are a dynamic and challenging routine of set exercises created by Joe. Mat classes are performed on the floor and sometimes combine small props as an aid or to intensify the work.

Depending on where and who you are practising with, a mat class can have a slow, controlled class with more focus on stretching or it could be more aerobic with high repetitions. Mat classes are designed to build strength using your own body weight and require a lot of body awareness to perform movements accurately.

Reformer Pilates classes can also include props but are usually in a smaller group setting. In a clinical setting, one on one or small group sessions usually combine the use of reformer, mat and other Pilates apparatus to suit the individual. There is also the growing popularity of a larger group.

 

What is Pilates Reformer?

Pilates which is more fitness based. This style is so popular because, let’s face it, practising on the reformer is pretty damn fun! There’s something about the sliding carriage and springs that delivers a lovely gliding movement that feels amazing; can be incredibly challenging sometimes and very therapeutic at other times. Reformer apparatus styles all vary slightly however they all have:

  1. springs
  2. pulleys, ropes and straps
  3. moving carriage
  4. footbar

Movements created on the mat can also be performed on the reformer however, the feeling can be very different in the body as spring tension and a sliding carriage can challenge stability substantially, placing a different spin on the movement. Personally, I found that once I developed a good practice on the reformer, I felt more confident on the mat and enjoyed the repertoire there much more than I did initially, I’m going to be honest – matwork done correctly can be so hard!

I’ve found that sentiment repeated through my clients’ reactions to their first experience on the reformer. Every week, I hear how surprised they are at how enjoyable the reformer is to use. We have many clients who DO NOT love exercise, but they do love practising Pilates on the reformer.

That says a lot to me – if you enjoy the movement, no matter what it is, you will do it consistently and that is what is important. So the moral of the story is if you love matwork and/or reformer Pilates – do more of it! They were both created by the same cool guy who was passionate about living life to the full and improving body and mind to be all you can be.

 

Want to learn more about the classical style? Come along to our workshop on April 21st 2018 – Deconstructing the Movements with Rafael and me! Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.

For a more in-depth look at the beginnings of Pilates check out this post by Jillian Hessel

 

Belinda Survilla is the Pilates & Co. studio manager and takes regular classes at the Miami studio, including orientation.

Pilates: Deconstructing the Movements Workshop (April 2018)

In 2018, Pilates & Co will be bringing you a series of health, fitness and nutrition workshops with guest speakers and helpful information to get you feeling your best. Our third for the year is our Pilates: Deconstructing the Movements with Pilates & Co’s Rafa and Belinda.

Pilates: Deconstructing the Movements with Rafa & Belinda

Date: Saturday, 21st April 2018

Time: 11.00am – 1:00pm

Cost: $35 (special $25 for Pilates & Co members, enter the code pandcmember in checkout)

Guest Speaker: Rafa and Belinda from Pilates & Co.

Bookings: at Eventbrite

In this 2-hour practical workshop, Rafa and Bel will break down some of the classical Pilates movements into easy to digest pieces and unravel the parts giving you a greater understanding of Mr Pilates original work and clarity as to how to perform the movements.

This workshop is for all levels and some Pilates experience is beneficial but not essential. Mats provided at the studio. Come along in clothing ready for Pilates.

What Will You Learn

  • How to break down the parts of traditional movements and practice them individually
  • Why the movements are taught the way they are
  • How to build up your practice to be able to execute intermediate and advanced movements

 

Check out more about Rafa and Belinda at their teacher profiles.

Mark Illguth Revolution Chiropractic

Healthy to 100 Workshop (March 2018)

In 2018, Pilates & Co will be bringing you a series of health, fitness and nutrition workshops with guest speakers and helpful information to get you feeling your best. Our second for the year is our Healthy to 100 Workshop with guest speaker, chiropractor Mark from Burleigh’s Revolution Chiropractic.

What if your current lifestyle – how you eat, how you move or don’t move, the past stress you have had to deal with and daily challenges, plus the years you have spent sitting along with any past injuries – could all be accelerating the ageing process?
You could begin to turn it all around with this one 1.5 hour workshop.

Healthy to 100 Workshop

Date: Saturday, 17th March 2018

Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm

Cost: $35 (special $25 for early bird tickets available for limited time)

Guest Speaker: Mark Illguth from Revolution Chiropractic

Bookings: at Eventbrite (BOOK HERE)

What Will You Learn

  • How can you have more certainty around knowing how much you should eat to be WELL and what is required by your body genetically?
  • How much should you be moving your body each day to stave off disease and illness?
  • What are the other keys to life that are required to be healthy? Success leaves us clues…what do the longest living cultures across the planet continually do to have active and healthy citizens living to 100 years old?
  • There are so many diet and exercise fads each month…learn how to see through the BS and move forward with the confidence in knowing that you are doing things right.

Includes a short Pilates session with Belinda, so please wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in and bring along a yoga/Pilates mat if you have one (we also have mats to use at the studio).

About our guest speaker: Mark Illguth from Revolution Chiropractic

Dr Mark Illguth is the Owner and CEO of EQUIP 4 LIFE; he is also the Owner of Revolution Chiropractic in Miami on the Gold Coast. He was the primary chiropractor of a major practice on the far north side of the Gold Coast for 5 years. He is extremely passionate about ensuring his patients understand their health concerns and what is possible if they follow recommendations. He is amazing at understanding your concerns and is known for his honesty. His goal for you is to improve your health and correct your Primary Condition, providing you with the knowledge to then Move Well, Think Well, and Eat Well.

Follow Revolution Chiropractic

Website revolutionchiropractic.com.au

Best Food Post Workout Pilates & Co Gold Coast

The Best Post-Workout Food

There is NOTHING better than the feeling you get straight after a great workout. Endorphins rushing, blood pumping, feeling muscles you forgot you had! Then, the food cravings start, and you think ‘gosh, if workouts are just going to make me eat more are they worth it?’

The answer is YES, they are worth it. Of course they are. And, before you start losing enthusiasm for all the hard work you’ve done, remember that this is completely normal. You’ve just given your whole body a big wakeup, and as a result, it’s been burning calories and your stored ‘fuel’ to get the best out of your Pilates class or Metcon session.

BUT… this is where it is SO important that you reach for the right food to restore hydration, energy and goodness to your body. So, what’s the best post-workout food to eat (and what should you avoid)?

The key thing to think about with post-workout food is to eat things that are high in nutrients and easily digestible (so the good stuff they are providing your body is easily and quickly absorbed). Because your body is in an optimal state to replenish its protein and glycogen (the two things you lose while working out), you also want to make sure to eat within 45 minutes of finishing your exercise, or at the very least within an hour and a half.

 

After a workout, you need to eat:

 

Water

Before ANYTHING else, make sure you rehydrate. You’ve likely been sweating like crazy and lost a lot of fluid, plus it helps your digestion and metabolism. Also, thirst can be mistaken for hunger so making sure you drink first will mean you don’t overload on the food.

 

Clean protein

Protein helps muscles and provide the body with amino acids (which our bodies cannot store so they need to get from food in our diet daily). Eating protein (combined with carbohydrates) after exercise is the best time for your body to have it. Examples of protein are whey powder, a protein shake (we sell Prana On in the studio and it’s our favourite), salmon, eggs, tuna, quinoa, chia seeds, Greek yoghurt, lentils and chicken.

 

Carbs

Carbohydrates are an essential fuel for your body and especially important when doing a high-intensity exercise like our Reformer HIIT. Make sure they are good carbs though. Examples of this are leafy green vegetables, pineapple, banana, oatmeal, quinoa, sweet potato, berries, brown rice and wholegrain pasta.

Lentils, pasta and rice also double up as starches which are also good to help refuel.

 

Avoid the following foods after a workout:

 

Coffee

Some of us can’t live without the stuff, we get it. And if your workouts are the early morning type you might need it to wake yourself up! Just make sure you have your coffee before your exercise. It can actually help you pre-workout by improving performance and muscles. Coffee also increases cortisol levels, which exercise does too, so the double dose is not great for your body or hormones.

 

Drinks other than water

You need to rehydrate, so any other drinks (juice, tea and especially soft drinks) shouldn’t be consumed.

 

Things that digest slowly

Hot and spicy foods and chilli is not easy for the body to digest. While red meat can be great at other times for iron and protein, it’s also difficult to digest. Cheese is a protein, but because it’s highly processed it is also a no. And it probably goes without saying, but oily, fatty or fast foods are all on the no list too (plus, why undo all that great work)!

 

Two surprising additions to the no-list are raw vegetables and nuts. While both of these are so good for you at other times, particularly when snacking, they don’t work post-workout. Nuts digest too slowly so don’t help your body as quickly as it needs to refuel, and raw veg will fill you up but don’t have enough of the protein, starch or carbs you need asap. Save them both for another time.

 

Want to kick-start your fitness goals too? Come and see us at Pilates & Co. We offer a number of membership and class payment options, and if you’re new to our studio you can take advantage of our free orientation class and our 4 for $80 Introduction offer. You could get really serious and join our 6-week Transformation Challenge.

Not a Gold Coast resident but planning a trip to the Burleigh Heads or nearby? Purchase our 4 for $80 class visitor pass (valid for two weeks)Contact us if you need to find out more.

 

Gado Gado Egg Salad Healthy Food

Healthy Food: Gado Gado Egg & Peanut Salad

We kick off our Summer 6-week Challenge this week, so we thought we’d share some healthy food – a recipe from the latest meal guide to spice up your kitchen this Summer. This super easy salad is full of goodness and the perfect lunch or dinner option.

 

INGREDIENTS

Salad

– 1 tbsp salt

– 1/2 head cabbage

– 12 green beans, trimmed

– 2 cups raw bean sprouts, washed

-1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced into rounds

– 2 ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges

– 4 hard boiled eggs

– 2 tbsp fried shallots and 2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander for serving 

Peanut dressing

– 1 large red chilli, chopped

– 1 cup roasted peanuts

– 2 tbsp palm sugar, or brown sugar

– 1/2 tsp salt

– 3 tbsp fish sauce (omit if vegetarian)

– 1 tbsp lemon juice

– 2 tbsp tamarind paste dissolved in

– 1 cup hot water

 

METHOD

1. For the peanut sauce, process the chilli, peanuts, sugar and salt to a coarse paste in a small food processor or stick mixer. Add the fish sauce and lemon juice and dilute to a thin dressing by gradually adding the tamarind liquid. 

2. Bring a large pot of water to the boil and add the salt. Boil the cabbage for four minutes until just tender and drain very well.

3. Blanch the beans and beansprouts separately for 30 seconds each, bringing the water to a boil between each vegetable. 

4. Arrange the blanched cabbage, beans and beansprouts on a plate with the raw cucumber and tomatoes, as well as the halved eggs.

5. Serve the salad with the dressing and scattered with fried shallots and coriander.

Try some of our other healthy food recipes.

 

Belinda Survilla is the Pilates & Co. studio manager and takes regular classes at the Miami studio, including orientation.

We undertake the 6-week Challenge every season. Keep an eye out for our next one. It’s lots of fun and a great way to kickstart your Pilates practice.

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Say Bye to Bad Habits

Hello New Year! As many of you might be making resolutions, we thought it was a great time to talk about changing bad habits into good ones. Healthy habits really aren’t that hard to form, and if you tackle one at a time, you’ll be feeling stronger, healthier and more motivated in no time at all.

Research varies, but experts believe it takes between 21 days to 2 months to break and/or form habits. You’ve already started getting into the habit of regular Pilates practice or joining in our other fitness classes on offer (if not, check out our free orientation to get you started)! So, here are a few more habits to work on ditching. We’ve already covered a few on our blog, but a friendly reminder is always handy!

 

Breaking Bad: 7 Unhealthy Habits to Lose

Habit #1: Skipping meals

Missing meals, especially breakfast, makes your body look for its fuel from other places – like bone and muscle. Not eating at all doesn’t help your overall calorie intake but in fact, plays nasty games with your metabolism.

 

Habit #2: Sugar

Studies show that as a society we all eat more sugar than we should, so cutting back on sugar is always helpful. Sugar can act as an artificial pick-me-up and energy booster but it doesn’t last long and instead, you need to reach for low-GI foods that will give you slow-release energy. Cut sugar by staying away from sugary drinks and adding spoonfuls to tea or coffee. Read food labels, or make it a general practice to stay away from any processed foods to avoid all those hidden sugars. Fresh fruit, vegetables, and proteins are always the best choice.

 

Habit #3: Not drinking water

Our bodies are 50-65% water and we need to replenish it constantly to function properly. It’s a lot easier to remember to drink water on a hot day and when you’re working out, but it’s just as important in the middle of winter. Set a reminder on your phone and always have a bottle with you to refill.

So how much water should you be drinking? A general rule to work out your daily intake is 30ml for every kg of body weight (e.g 70kg x 30ml = 2,100ml or 2.1L a day). Read more about keeping hydrated.

Habit #4: Ditching your stretch after a workout

Stretching to warm up before a workout helps prevent injury and gets your body ready to exercise properly. It’s also important to stretch straight after a workout while your muscles are still warm. Stretching helps fatigued muscles, will aid them in recovering faster, limit strains and injury. Plus, sore, tired and painful muscles will just give you an excuse to miss your next workout and that spirals.

Pilates & Co does specialised stretch classes within its timetable each week. You can also do stretching at home, and we recommend using SMR technique to help muscles (the regular practice of SMR is better than a weekly massage)! What is SMR? Find out here.

Habit #5: Taking your phone to bed

A 2014 US survey found that 63% of people aged between 18 and 29 take their smartphone with them to bed at night. And while it might be tempting to play a little game or scroll your Instagram feed before going to sleep, recent studies have shown sleep deprivation to be linked to our constant use of devices. We’re not suggesting you live without your phone, but it’s worth banishing it from your bedroom to help switch off at night – even more so if it’s a phone you use for work calls and emails.

 

Habit #6: Exercising alone

Okay, so it’s not really a bad habit and it’s not always easy to rope in someone to workout with you, but there’s a reason people always get better results while working with a trainer or training buddy. It motivates you, makes you accountable and most of all it’s more fun. Pilates & Co reformer classes are only 10-person classes so they are a great way to feel like you’re exercising in a group but not feeling lost in a BIG fitness class. We also offer small group classes with specialised trainers or one-on-ones. Want to really up the ante? Join our group 6-week Transformation Challenge.

 

Habit #7: Saying sorry

This one is more about mental health and your outlook on life. We’re not saying you should forget the manners your parents taught, but with busy lives and schedules, we all too often jump to apologising for everything when it’s far more helpful and healthy to replace that apology with gratitude. Our founder Roz wrote an article about this earlier in the year and it resonated with a lot of members, so we thought it was important to add to the list,

Breaking a habit isn’t easy, but when you do you will feel on top of the world. Try replacing them with good habits instead and you’ll find it easier to move on. Let us know how you go!

 

Want to kick-start your fitness goals too? Come and see us at Pilates & Co. We offer a number of membership and class payment options, and if you’re new to our studio you can take advantage of our free orientation class and our 4 for $80 Introduction offer. You could get really serious and join our 6-week Transformation Challenge.

Not a Gold Coast resident but planning a trip to the Burleigh Heads or nearby? Purchase our 4 for $80 class visitor pass (valid for two weeks). Contact us if you need to find out more.