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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.

 

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What are Power Reels?

The latest innovative fitness product to grace our shores has arrived. Introducing the Power Reel, and we couldn’t be more excited about this dumbbell shaped weight that can be used in almost any type of training. Pilates & Co Dave Norman explains why he loves them.

I was lucky enough to experience Power Reels first hand in a boxing class and it was a massive ‘aha’ moment for me as I saw its endless possibilities and applications flash before my eyes. Don’t get me wrong this is not the golden ticket or magic bullet for a fitness product because nothing is but is incredibility unique and truly one of a kind. I saw applications for Power Reels in nearly every exercise class from Pilates to cycling and for rehab to home use. 

 

HOW DO POWER REELS WORK?

Whilst shaped like a dumbbell it uniquely has two sets of ‘cords’ attaching at the top and bottom of the hand grips as per the picture below.

 

These cords expand extend and then recoil with even tension throughout any distance that the handles are separated, limited only by one’s wingspan. This constant load tension comes in 3 sizes or weights being 3lb (1.36kg), 5lb (2.27kg) and 8lb (3.63kg) and whilst these don’t sound overly heavy it’s the constant load that places challenge on both opposing hands but ultimately where that line of force is flexed, extended, pulled or pushed or swung. 

 

THE VERSATILITY OF POWER REELS

If you are anything like me and like variety in your workouts then this cool tool brings it in bucket loads and there is nothing else like it. I can do movements under load that I can’t do with any other pieces of equipment so that makes it fun and novel for my body. 

I’ve been trialing the Power Reels, which are available for Fitbod Online, and have created a few instructional videos on Instagram showing different ways they can be used:

 

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Today, in the fitness industry we are learning that we have more brain-body connections than we ever thought. Because of this, it is vital we challenge ourselves and our fitness in diverse ways for our body to make adaptations both externally and internally. We are learning about fascia connecting our body – the connective tissue which works in many ways to attach, protect, stabilise and separate muscles and organs. So what does this have to do with Power Reels? The fluid motions and compound free flowing movements Power Reels allow us to move in (whilst also allowing traditionally isolated contractions) enhance this co-ordination of our connective tissues. Ultimately, this gives you a better and more powerful workout.

So basically I’m saying give Power Reels a try and add it to your training. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain! Stay tuned for more video workouts and tips and get exploring what you can do with Power Reels.

 

David’s background is a sports science degree and has owned fitness equipment businesses, award-winning fitness studios and co-founded Pilates & Co. You can follow him, with wife Roz, on Instagram at The Norman Life.

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8 Benefits of Pilates

Pilates can be summed up in three words – Stretch, Strength and Control – and the incredible benefits of Pilates are plenty. Pilates & Co. instructor Rafael shares his top eight…

I truly believe that movement is magical and can transform our lives. As long-time student and instructor of the practice or Pilates, I want everyone to know and understand the benefits.

“Good Posture can be successfully acquired only when the entire mechanism of the body is under perfect control” – Joseph Pilates, The Master

As Joe so often said to his students: “Pilates is not only about strength and flexibility, Pilates is about control”. I believe we must first understand our movements, joints, muscles from inside-out, so we can move them gracefully to perform controlled and completed movements.

“You can say what Pilates is in three words – Stretch with Strength and Control. And the control part is the most important because that makes you use your mind.” – Romana Kryzanowska, Joe’s student.

Pilates is a mind-body method, which challenges not only your body but also your mind and that’s where the magic lies.

It takes every part of your mind to be aware of where your body is in space. At the end of your Pilates session, you say hello to a calm and mindful you.

Sometimes in my classes, I like to ask my students to close their eyes and visualize their body, connections, opposition movements and powerhouse to get the better engagement of their whole body and also improve awareness of body, which in my opinion one of the most important fundamentals of Pilates and the key to progress.

Not convinced of Pilates’ magic yet? Here are my top eight reasons it is the best exercise to practice…

 

Benefits of Pilates

#1 Pilates is whole-body workout

You are only one, not divided into parts, so why not activate your whole-body to do one single movement? That’s what Pilates does.

#2 Pilates suits everyone

You could be 7 years old or you could be 90 years old.

#3 Pilates improves strength

Long, lean muscles are created to move through life.

#4 It builds core strength (or the powerhouse)

The powerhouse, or core, can be described as the area from the bottom of the rib cage to a line across the hip joints in the front and to the base of the buttocks in the back. When the core is strong, the frame of the body is supported.

#5 Pilates promotes flexibility safely

In the practice of Pilates, flexibility is safely increased in lengthening and stretching the muscles and through a range of motion within the joints, using opposite movement to get better length.

#6 Pilates improves posture

Using the deep core muscles of the powerhouse – the abdominals, back, and pelvic floor – to support our posture allows the shoulders to relax, the neck and head to move freely, and relieves stress on the hips, legs, and feet.

#7 Pilates increases energy

Pilates gets the breath and circulation moving, stimulates the spine and muscles, and floods the body with the good feelings one gets from exercising the whole body.

#8 Pilates increases your awareness of body

The Pilates principles – centring, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow – are key concepts that we use to integrate body and mind.

Did you know? Pilates method was originally called Contrology, “the complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit.”

 

More reasons to do Pilates

They were eight great reasons, but here are a few more just to seal the deal. Pilates can be a wonderful way to help you change poor habits. Everything that you learn about your body with the Pilates Method can be applied to both your everyday life and other fitness activities. Pilates is a fabulous complement to any sport or method of movement because it balances the body and strengthens stabilising muscles.

As an experienced Pilates Instructor I can say that Pilates Method is fluid, so take your time. It is not a competition. It is a gradual way to progress and challenge your body. Everyone has their own challenge and pace to control the movements. So always trust on your Powerhouse and you will be more confident in your life and everyday activities. I would love to see you in one of my classes to experience the magic that classic Pilates is all about!

 

Rafael is a classical Pilates instructor, teaching nearly a decade and most of his professional background was developed in Brazil, his home country. He experienced the introduction of Pilates in Brazil and helped to spread the word of its benefits and success. His passion for Pilates grew so much as he accompanied the development of his students as they improved their movements with grace and control.

Catch Rafael teaching the classical Pilates method on Tuesday and Friday mornings.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fitness: How to Mix it Up Your Workout

Fitness isn’t hard, but it can easily get uninspiring when workouts are the same day-in-day-out. To keep things fresh, mixing it up a little – in life and in fitness – is the key!

Sure, we all have our favourite exercise habits but after a while, the same exercise can be repetitive on the mind and body to a point where the body does not get the desired results. This type of exercise becomes more of a maintenance program. Don’t get me wrong MOVEMENT is the key but MIXING IT UP with your movement can be even better!

In my many years in the fitness business, I see and speak to clients and members who are not getting results. They fall into the trap of doing the same thing when they come into the studio or club. This may feel safe for them as they are not getting out of their comfort zone or it may fit into the allotted time they come to exercise. I understand that CHANGE can be hard but hey sometimes we gotta make the change.

 

Fitness – How do I mix it up?

Here is my easy “How To” when it comes to making some overdue changes to your fitness routine:

1. See a personal trainer every so often

If you are a member of a gym then many health clubs offer small group training or personal training. These are particularly good if you have an injury or timeline to hit your goals as the PT will monitor you individually and give you new routines, exercises and thoughts.

 

2. Take your fitness workout outdoors

Add an outdoor run or walk to your weekly sessions or start training for an event, fun run or even a half marathon. You might even want to take it up a notch and make it a hike in the hinterland with a group of friends! Mt Warning is a ripper! Choose social but active fitness events.

 

3. Add Yoga or Pilates to your regimen

These both tick the box for adding a bit YIN to your life. If you are fast paced like me and need to stop and practice a little deep breathing then add this to the repertoire! Increasing your recovery will increase your results!

 

4. Go to a group fitness class in your gym or studio

Groups are great! Especially ones that you normally would not attend like Zumba, Met con or Reformer HIIT. This helps you experience a new training format and gives you greater appreciation to other training modalities. Plus training in a group is highly motivating.

 

My list could go on but my challenge to you is to just make one achievable change and make it a high priority. Try a few different things until one resonates with you but it has to put you out of your comfort zone just a bit!

 

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

staying hydrated

Staying Hydrated

Drinking enough water is one of the simplest things you can do for your body and health, and yet it’s the one thing so many of us don’t do. Staying hydrated can be a constant battle, whatever time of year. In the warmer Spring and Summer months, we lose more fluids through perspiration. In Winter, because we’re not feeling the heat, it’s easy to forget to drink at all, or we substitute with coffee or other hot drinks that are not hydrating us. It’s hard to win when it comes hydration!

 

The Benefits of Staying Hydrated

Did you know that if you are only 2% dehydrated, your bodies physical performance can be affected due to the many processes that water is involved in? Even if you are slightly dehydrated, the activity of enzymes in the body can slow down which can lower metabolism and reduce your ability to exercise efficiently. Every cell in our bodies requires water to function. It helps circulate nutrients around the body, regulates our body temperature, helps to improve our skin’s texture and colour, flushes toxins from the body and it keeps our joints healthy by hydrating cartilage. Research even shows that being dehydrated can make you grumpy and confused so drink up the good stuff!

 

“So how much water should I 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).

 

Tips for keeping hydrated and staying hydrated:

  • Start your day with hot water and lemon juice or a herbal tea
  • Take a drink bottle with you everywhere you go
  • Try to drink a litre of water before 10 am. Remember – by the time you feel dehydrated, you already are!
  • Drink water at room temperature if possible to help absorption
  • Use good quality salt (sea salt or Himalayan salt) as they are rich in trace elements that are the foundation for optimum cell health and hydration
  • Reduce your caffeine consumption
  • If you need some flavour in your water, try a few drops of essential oils, an infuser with fresh fruit or Intra Strength
  • Mix it up with some coconut water which is rich in potassium, sodium, and electrolytes

 

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

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.