Entries by Jess Bagnall

The Power Of The Group

Pilates Class 2007, Langcliffe Village Hall Group exercise has an enduring power. In so many ways, for both body and mind, getting together and moving has a magic about it. And it’s so simple, you just need to find your thing. Dance, circuits, walking, biking, aerobics, boxercise, pilates, the ‘thing’ is irrelevant (I can make […]

(Honest) Diary of a Pilates Convention

The International Pilates Heritage Congress 2019 Day 1 – arrived in Monchengladbach at the Hotel Leonardo having successfully navigated Dusseldorf’s public transport system, very proud of myself for not ending up in Munich. The vast room all to myself at less than €60/night is a real treat. So far, so good. Head down to hotel […]

The 2018 National Fitness Awards

In so many ways it’s been quite an experience to be part of this year’s National Fitness Awards. The awards, now in their 9th year, are “an opportunity to celebrate all that is amazing about our wonderful industry” and to “pay tribute to the hard work, the dedication and innovation that is taking place up […]

10 Reasons I Love Pilates

I’m in a long-term relationship with pilates. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s going to be a part of life forever. Here’s why… Exercise of any kind makes us feel great. It enhances our mood, energises our bodies and improves our health. There is never a good reason not to exercise. In order to exercise […]

THE Pilates Retreat

You don’t need to leave the country to get some time to yourself, but it helps… I’m heading home from my first pilates retreat. For the real deal of relaxation, expert pilates tuition and understated luxury I think I’d struggle to find 4 days to match those I’ve just had. I had very high, yet […]

Musings on the Life of Joseph Pilates

Return to Life Through Contrology (1945) and Your Health: A corrective system of exercising that revolutionises the entire field of physical education (1934), both by Joseph Pilates This post is simply my thoughts on an extraordinary man. How many of us have ‘Pilates’ in our business name? I think he deserves our attention from time to time! Imagine living between […]

Pelvic Floor Exercises, A Bit Like Housework

Pelvic floor exercises: not so glamorous, nobody notices except you when you’ve done them, you can’t just do them once in a while and there’s always something better to do. But WAY, WAY more important than housework! It’s a long one this week so put the kettle on and give yourself a clear 20 minutes […]

Pilates For Skiing (or Anything!)

During my 12 years of teaching pilates, I have regularly come across courses with titles along the lines of… Pilates For Skiing! Pilates For Swimmers! Pilates for Runners! Pilates for Golf! Pilates for Cyclists! And also offerings of tuition in… Pilates for Breast Cancer Rehabilitation. Pilates for Osteoporosis. Pilates for Neurological Conditions. You get the […]

My Pilates Philosophy

If you delve into the pilates world you’ll find a multitude of interpretations as to what pilates is and how it is taught. There are now hundreds of training schools worldwide offering pilates education, be that in classical, contemporary or fitness pilates. I believe that there is validity in all approaches, providing the teacher works […]

Spring Resolutions

Forget January as a time for resolutions, THIS is the time of year for setting a few goals and looking ahead with enthusiasm and motivation. Spring time…a time of growth, regeneration and beauty in the natural world. It never fails to amaze me that this happens every single year. The nights creep gradually lighter as […]