barre & buck’s fizz

After weeks of planning and preparation it was great to launch Barre Pilates with a ‘barre & buck’s fizz’ class yesterday morning.

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I was joined by ten gorgeous ladies who stepped up to the barre and embraced this beautiful, flowing class for the first time. They demi-pointed, and plied, and tendued as if they have been doing it all their life and then they sipped buck’s fizz before setting off out into the sunshine.  It was a lovely way to start the weekend.

As I was teaching the class I was reminded just how much I love this work. Taking a group of clients through a class is a real privilege –  being trusted with another person’s health & well-being is humbling, especially when they are trying out a new class format for the first time.

It is sometimes hard to take the first step into doing something new and I think as adults we can too often tend towards staying with familiar territory. But when we step outside our comfort zone, the rewards can be great.

barre pilatesFor those who came to ‘barre & buck’s fizz’ yesterday  there may be a little muscle soreness today, but that is a really positive sign of muscle fibres being tweaked and woken up. A relaxing bath using the salts in your goodie bag will definitely help. And the best news is that you will never ache as much as the first time you do a new class!


New Barre Pilates classes starting next week

For anyone just about to start Barre Pilates with me I have to apologise that we will not have buck’s fizz at the end of every class, but over the coming weeks you will notice that your:

  • legs and butt become more toned (without bulking up)
  • feet & ankles will become stronger and
  • increased awareness of your core muscles will enhance your posture

More than that I also hope you will have fun and enjoy the experience of each class as the term progresses.

I think there is something a bit playful about working-out at the barre – memories of childhood for some, a chance to relive ‘Fame’ for others, or just the chance to do something a little bit different perhaps. Whatever your reason for joining the class, I look forward to welcoming you when the fun starts next week


(classes are held on Tuesdays & Wednesdays – you can find details  and booking information can be found here)



What is Kettlercise?

What is Kettlercise?

Kettlercise is based on the traditional side of kettlebell training combined with modern-day sport science with the goal of promoting fat loss and body tone.

The exercises are dynamic and load-bearing but there is no impact (no jumping) and no complicated choreography to learn. The basic movement patterns mimic real life movements such as pushing, pulling, bending, reaching, twisting, squatting and lunging making this a truly functional exercise class.

triceps extensionIn a Kettlercise class we typically alternate exercises for the lower and upper body, or the front and the back of the body, to achieve an increased heart-rate via PHA (Peripheral Heart Action) training. We can also achieve the same effect by alternating dynamic and static moves, which allows us to manage our workload during the class whilst still boosting our heart-rate (for example: a swing followed by a biceps curl).

This is an extremely efficient form of exercise which requires the body to quickly shunt the flow of blood from one extremity to another, and helps us to maintain an intensity that uses more energy and burns more calories both during and after the class.

What is a kettlebell?

A kettlebell is a cast-iron weight shaped like a cannon ball with a handle on the top. It is thought that they originated in Russia in the 18th century as a tool for weighing crops and then started to be used for strength athletics in the late 19th century.

Unlike a dumb-bell, the kettlebell has an offset centre of gravity which makes it ideal for swinging movements which build strength and endurance in the core, back, legs and upper body. Typical exercises such as swings, snatches and cleans use several muscle groups making them truly ‘whole body’ movements.

Who is the class for?

kettlebell upright rowI think the best thing about a Kettlercise class is that everyone works at their own intensity which means it is suitable for most people regardless of previous experience or current fitness levels. You choose the weight of your kettlebell; you work at your own pace; and you take rests when you need to. As each course progresses you will feel fitter and stronger and able to do more and rest less, but the choice is always yours.

As with all exercise, there can be risks if the movements are performed without proper education and progression. In my Kettlercise classes we always ‘practice’ the key movement patterns without the kettlebell as part of our warm-up and I will coach you through each exercise during the class, giving alternatives as required if any movement does not feel right for you.

For further details and information about my term-time Kettlercise class please click here and come swing with us.

Please let me know if you have any questions at all about Kettlercise