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Happy New Year to you all. We trust you are well and truly fed up of eating, drinking and being merry and are ready to get back to class again! Purely Pilates opens again this week with a full timetable of mat and reformer classes, studio equipment sessions and 1-1s.

This January we are launching our new Ski Fit class on Mondays at 7pm with Elisa. See article below for more information on how Pilates can help you get fit for skiing. We’ve also included some home exercises that you can do and some information about the key muscles you should focus on when strengthening your legs for skiing.

Also this month we are holding our annual Open Morning. On Saturday 14th January you can book into one of our inspiring master classes, or try a reformer class, a mat equipment session,
or introduce a friend for a trial, all for FREE! Please see the timetable below and call us on
01273 770900 to book as spaces are limited.

We would like to wish you a healthy and happy new year and look forward to seeing you in
class soon,


Open Day Timetable

Saturday 14th January

Come along and join us on our open day, a chance to try something new in the New Year! If you introduce a friend to try a mat class or pregnancy session then you will receive a Purely Pilates Refer a Friend gift. Call now on 01273 770900 to book your space.

Mat-work Studio
08.45-9.30 Intermediate Mat with Karen
12.30-13.15 Taster Beginner Mat with Teri
13.15-14.00 Taster Pregnancy Class with Fiona

Reformer Studio
08.45-09.30 Beginner Reformer with Elisa
10.30-11.15 Sport Conditioning on the Reformer with Sarah
11.15-12.00 Beginner Reformer with Simone

Equipment Studio
08.45-09.30 Tone your Tush with Sarah
09.30-10.15 Equipment Taster Session with Karen
10.15-11.00 Dynamic Circuit with Gemma
11.00-11.45 Pilates Pure Stretch with Gemma
11.45-12.30 Fitness Circle Mat with Andrea

Ski fit

SkiSkiing is that once a year holiday that challenges your body in a way it isn’t for the rest of the year. Often after day two of your much looked forward to holiday you’re left with aching legs, buttocks and a tired lower back which makes the rest of the holiday really hard work! To perform well on the slopes you need balance, co-ordination, leg strength, hip and trunk mobility and core strength. There are lots of traditional ways of exercising to achieve these results such as squats, and lunges but Pilates can offer a whole lot more. It offers a workout that will enable you to feel planted in your stance, increasing your speed and style on the slopes. With some preparation your weeks skiing can become a pleasure rather than a pain, and you can enjoy the whole week on the slopes to the full.

Pilates works on a controlled lengthening and strengthening of the muscles and is hugely beneficial in assisting overall flexibility and a greater level of stamina during the elements on the hills. It focuses on re-balancing the muscles around the joints, improving alignment and flexibility and therefore reducing the chance of injury. A ski fit class on the Pilates Reformer involves a series of foot, ankle and leg exercises for mobility and strength as well as a focus on knee and hip stability. The core muscles are challenged as well as the muscles that rotate the spine. This workout is guaranteed to improve your performance on the slopes! So come along and try our new class on Mondays 7-8pm with Elisa starting this January.

Muscle of the Month


REctus Where Is It?

The Quadriceps are a group of 4 muscles that sit on the front of the thigh. They are vastus medialis, intermedius, lateralis and rectus femoris. They attach to the front of the tibia (shin bone) and top of the thigh bone. Rectus Femoris crosses the hip join and attaches to the pelvis.

What is its job?

The quadriceps work to extend the knee (straighten) and Rectus Femoris also aids in the function to flex the hip.

How is it used for Pilates?

The quadriceps are used in pilates to extend (straighten the knee). There are many exercises where these muscles are required, but a few are squats/lunges, footwork and bend and stretch on the reformer.

Instructor Profile | Charlotte Batten

SarahWhy Pilates?
Pilates engages the brain as well as the body, it is science based and therefore practical and functional.

Favourite exercise
I love the roll up as it focuses on articulation, core strength and the cheeky hamstring and back stretch hits all the spots.

Personal highlight?
My three little boys.

Statement by which you live your life
At the moment my life statement is fly by the seat of your pants as I never stop! But it would be nice to live life singing Simon and Garfunkels ‘Slow down your going too fast you got to make the morning last!!!!’

Q & A?

Q: What is the function of the quadriceps muscle and how will having a strong and flexible quadriceps muscles help prevent knee injury?

A:The quadriceps muscle is the main muscle controlling the knee. For normal knee function it is essential that the quadriceps remain strong and well co-ordinated. Squats are a great exercise to condition the upper leg and strengthen the knee and are an excellent workout not only for the quads but also for the leg in general.

Q&AStart position: feet shoulder distant apart spine neutral.

Inhale to flex your hips and knees so your weight goes back into your heels. Your knees must not be over your toes and your spine must maintain in a neutral position.

Exhale to engage your core and draw your sits bones together to bring yourself back to your start position.

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Special OffeRS


Refer a friend this January and receive a fantastic referral gift!

A Pilates flex band if your friend books an 8-week mat-course at Purely Pilates.

A Pilates Overball if your friend books a 1-1 at Purely Pilates.

Conditions apply.

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KemptownKEMPTOWN OSTEOPATHIC CLINIC – modern, professional healthcare in calm and friendly environment.

- January offer for Osteopathy – Don’t put up with pain

Rhian Pyart, Osteopath and Sports Massage therapist is a new addition to The Kemptown Osteopathic Clinic. Rhian is offering a discount of £15 off your first appointment for the month of January. With the start of the New Year why not resolve to become more educated about your body and to live with less pain day to day.

Osteopathy compliments Pilates by removing restrictions in joints, loosening muscles and soft tissues and allowing you to move more freely, efficiently and with less pain. Osteopaths view the body as a unit, so we can seek reasons as to why you are in pain and not just treat the symptoms. This reduces the chance of problems recurring or new problems arising as a consequence. Not just for backs, osteopathy can alleviate many common health problems, please call the clinic and chat to Rhian or Mark to discuss your individual needs.

This offer is for treatments with Rhian on Wednesday afternoons and Saturday mornings. First appointments last up to one hour. Please note if your call is not answered we are with a patient, please leave us a message!
01273 600 023


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Spoil yourself with a hot stone back massage,Decleor mini facial eyebrow wax and mini manicure & pedicure for an amazing £39!!( Total treatment value is £107 if booked separately)

Book now to secure your place – Offer ends 31st January 2012 – not available as a gift voucher

call 01273 423357 or email quoting Purely Pilates Spa Offer 2011

All Purely Pilates clients are entitled to 10% off any of our treatments

if they mention the studio on booking (not valid on promotions)

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