weight loss

Learn To Love Your Workout

If we don't love our workout, we will never achieve fitness goals.  You may start with the best intentions, but you will quickly resent going to the gym/class and stop....how depressing!

Finding classes we love, people we want to workout with and support us, as well as activities that work to our personality, body, emotions is key.  Don't worry we are here to help.

Why Is It Important?

  • We are all different (height, weight, body type, emotionally)
  • We all workout for different reasons (stress, weight, tone, strength, sporting goals)

How Do You Know What Is For You?

 

Balance Magazine has published a few questions to help you know what workout is right for you.

 

What are your main fitness goals?

A. To enjoy using my body and boost some feel good hormones.

B. Improve my muscle mass and change the shape of my body.

C. Put myself to the test while getting fit in the most efficient way possible. 

D. To beat stress and improve my mental outlook..

 

How much money could you spend on monthly fitness? 

A. As little as possible.

B. The cost of 3-5 weekly coffees.

C. The cost of 10 weekly coffees.

D. The cost of 20 weekly coffees.

 

How much time could you devote to exercise each week?

A. No more than 2-3 hours.

B. 3-4 hours.

C. 4-5 hours.

D. I can't tell how much free time I have from one week to the next.

 

What do you think is the biggest factor stopping you exercising?

A. Boredom and lack of motivation.

B. The lack of a definitive end goal.

C. An injury from over-exuberant training.

D. Work or family life not allowing enough 'me-time'. 

 

How well do you accept and want instruction?

A. I prefer to chart my own course.

B. I like to be shown once then go my own way.

C. I prefer to be coached if possible.

D. I want to be given expert instruction detail. 

 

How social are you, on a scale of one to 10 (where 10 is life and soul of the party)?

A. 1-3

B. 4-5

C. 8-10

D. 6-7

 

How important is your sports performance relative to your training? 

A. Not that important.

B. It's a big factor.

C. Occasionally I factor it in.

D. I don't play sports.

 

How competitive are you?

A. I'm not into competition at all.

B. I prefer competing against myself.

C. I need to win at all costs.

D. I try to avoid it because it's bad for my mental wellbeing. 

 

WHICH EXERCISE IS RIGHT FOR YOU? 

MOSTLY As: Structured exercise is vital to you but enjoyment needs to be the key factor. Balance magazine recommend exercising outdoors, whether that's running, cycling or power walking in your local park. The magazine recommends writing a list of workouts you'd love to try, sticking it to your fridge and trialling a new one each month.

Try also our online workouts and even our online PT option

MOSTLY Bs: Anyone who answered mostly Bs prefers working out alone, rather than in a group class. Because you relish alone time, follow a personalised, structured routine. The most important factor? Exercise in short sessions, which can burn more calories.

Try our personal training options

MOSTLY Cs: People who answer mostly Cs are fans of seeing results - and fast. The magazine cites Crossfit as the perfect workout for these types of people because the combination of gymnastics and intense cardio tones your entire body in record time. The magazine recommends trying different versions of exercises and encourages you to revamp the structure of your routine every six weeks.

Try either mixing classes in the studio - or if time short grab a Method class

MOSTLY Ds: People who answered mostly Ds are highly emotional but cannot separate their emotion from their workout, leading to burnout. Balance magazine suggest a yoga class as the perfect form of exercise to improve your mood whilst toning your body.  

We offer a variety of yoga classes every day - try a few to find your perfect class.

        
  
 
  
    
  
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    Your mind can make you healthy, happy and slender?  I don’t think I appreciated the art of “being” until I was forced to.  I love being busy, I love being challenged and I love helping others.  This combination has always meant I am pretty manic….add that to living in a city and I hardly ever take time out, every second of every day is crammed full of things.  My mind is always racing and I am always coming up with ideas.  Then I had Grace.  I was thrown into a world where I lost control, I had to just be due to feeding and I was not at work.  I found that by being present, I appreciated everything I had so much more.  It then started me thinking more about mindfulness and que my new love of yoga.   My yoga practice became something I looked forward to, the guided meditation at the end of a physical practice always lifted my heart as I appreciated others in my life and dedicated my practice to them.  The quote by Jon Kabat-Zinn “ In Asian languagesthe word “mind” and “heart” are the same.  So when we hear the word mindfulness, we also hear heartfulness”  became clearer to me.  I never before had time for meditation, I never saw the benefits and I hated sitting still. It is interesting therefore that I do however love walking around London looking at the architecture, I love being outside in nature, I love the peace of sitting in my conservatory and reading a book or just being looking at the garden.  Never before did I realize that these were my own little mediations of sort.   What is yours?   What are the benefits of mindfulness?     Weight loss:  Being mindful can start by simply realizing your actions in a day.  I always recommend to client to be mindful about what you eat.  Don’t write it down, just be aware and think about it.  By being mindful we can break habits that can offer a positive impact on life.    Heal the body:   Numerous studies have now shown the impact of meditation on physical health.  Just read Relaxation Revolution by Herbert Benson and William Proctor for insight into the mind and the power of healing.  They list the impact on: nausea, asthama, heart failure, anxiety to name a few.  Their rationale is that all health conditions have an element of stress, reduce this and the body can heal   
  
 
  
     
  
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      Reduce aging:  I recently read how meditation, breathing exercises and mindfulness helps reduce aging in 2 ways.  Firstly is reducing stress and the impact on the body the second is though a change in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain, slowing the thinning process which happens with age.  This reduces the impact on cognitive functions, such as sensory and emotional processes.   Increase wisdom:  The clarity and changes to your brain that you benefit from help reduce stress, allowing you to engage with your wisdom and make better decisions.   Reduce loneliness and increase happiness:  Lonliness is such a saddening emotion that everyone feels at some point in life.  Mindfulness training has been proven to increase happiness, the emption that helps us deal with the ups and downs in life.   Mindfulness not only reduces negative emotions it increases the positive ones.   Boosts creativity:  Steve Jobs affirmed this one, he practiced meditation and spoke regularly of the connection between creativity and mindfulness.    By calming the mind we hear the more subtle thoughts.  Focus and clarity.   These benefits sound amazing, but we need to learn how to practice mindfulness.  It does not come easily to everyone ( including me!) .  Once we learn basic techniques we need to practice regularly to keep our positive mindful reserves topped up.    Join us on Sunday at 4pm for our meditation class   See you on the mat x

Your mind can make you healthy, happy and slender?

I don’t think I appreciated the art of “being” until I was forced to.  I love being busy, I love being challenged and I love helping others.  This combination has always meant I am pretty manic….add that to living in a city and I hardly ever take time out, every second of every day is crammed full of things.  My mind is always racing and I am always coming up with ideas.

Class Review: Pilates Girl Gone Yogi

Class Review: Challenging and Playful Yoga. Sunday 10am

"So here’s the thing about me, I’m a Pilates girl! "

 

I practice some form of Pilates pretty much everyday, whether it’s a 10 minute YouTube after a run or session with our Rosie on the Mat or Reformers (see Ali’s review on Rosie’s Barre class!). I desperately want to be good at Yoga, but as yet my knees don’t seem to agree. I wobble, I fall and if I’m honest I feel like a champion when I make it to Savasana at the end (my favourite part)! So I was delighted when Shaun’s first comment in our class was ‘lets just have fun with this’, immediately it took the pressure off trying to be a wobble free “Yogi”.

 

Shaun splits his practice into three parts, warm up, dynamic flow and Savasana. He starts off understanding your practice, and adapting the style to suit everyone’s level. After warm up we go into the all body work out flow, which goes by in a flash and makes you feel powerful and strong. Your arms, core and legs and challenged throughout the flow. Your downward dog is perfected and your salutation to the sun is nailed by the end of the flow session. Your planks are a breeze and easing down with your butt in the air makes you look and feel like a Yoga pro!!

 

So after all of your hard work, Shaun rewards us with our relaxation. The point of relaxation is not to fall asleep (we’ve all heard a little snore!), but is to cleanse the mind. Shaun comes over and puts light pressure on your shoulders to ease your body into relaxation with the soft scent of tiger balm to enhance your Savasana.

 

All in all I left feeling like I could tackle Yoga, I was both strong in mind and body and I loved the fun element which Shaun brought to our class. If you’re an experienced Yogi, challenge yourself with Shaun, if you’re a wannabe Yogi like me let Shaun guide you and build your confidence.

 

See you on the Mat!

 

Sweaty – 3

Strength – 4

Mindfulness - 4

 

Class Review: Booty and Core Barre, Beats

"Choosing a class can be so difficult, so I have taken them all for you and I am writing you a review as to what to expect and why to take the class.  Hopefully this will make your bookings easier and time with us more enjoyable." - Love Ali x

Ok so straight up I have a girl crush on Rosie. Not only is she stunning, funny and intelligent she is also super fit and healthy.  She is a total contradiction, as her energy is infectious (sometimes annoying – how is she always so perky?!? grrr) yet her presence is very calming.  She has an intuitive understanding of her clients and their needs.

 

Rosie has a clear love for health and Kanye West.  This she brings to her classes.   I thought Barre would be graceful and repetitive.  Toning whilst lengthening.  Jeeez was I wrong.  Rosie has created a unique signature style for us at Studio One, cleverly bringing together elements of yoga, pilates and dance to create a very sweaty but fun class.    

 

I felt so uplifted and laughed quite a bit throughout, however this could be me feeling a little self conscious that I am super unco-ordinated and graceful.    The class has a yoga style flow, we transitioned from sequence to sequence seamlessly.  The beat of the music is used to get you familiar with a movement, before BOOM the pace quickens and really start to move.

 

This is a move away from classic Barre.  It is faster paced, extremely efficient in the use of time and working out each muscle.  The elements of yoga result in a really enjoyable flow.  Whilst faster paced it is a fantastic workout for all levels.  No previous knowledge is needed.  You will be missing out if you don’t try it.  Definitely don’t underestimate it!

 

Sweaty – 5

Strength – 3

Mindfulness - 1