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Happy 2017!

Let’s try some new moves with pilates

“You are only as young as your spine is flexible”

According to Josph Pilates, a German physical trainer who invented the Pilates method, I already must have been in my 60s a few years ago – bending over to put on my socks in the morning was accompanied by an agonized sigh. It was hardly surprising, though. After years of engaging in team sport activities during school and study times, I suddenly found myself engrossed in work life. The computer became my new sparring partner with the desk in front of me replacing the sports ground. I felt awful and left out: “We are sorry, but your membership of the healthy people club has expired, please try again later”. In order to not get rusty, I needed to find an individual sport – a sport I could do weeknights to complement the remaining rare times on the court.

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A friend of mine finally introduced me to Pilates, which quickly became my go-to exercise. It strengthens your core, improves your flexibility as well as your posture and builds stronger muscles. What I like about it the most is, that it requires a high level of concentration. Unlike Yoga, Pilates does not focus on spirituality & balance but on controlling & toning your muscles. That aspect of attention and commitment is key for the mind-body connection, which itself is the core of Pilates.

I could run you through the full history of Pilates now and its six principles concentration, control, center, flow, precision, and breathing. But the best way to learn about Pilates is practicing Pilates. So, if you haven’t tried it yet, do it now. Maybe it is exactly what you were looking for. The right gear and outfits you will find in our shop or take some inspiration from the gallery above.






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