Make Pilates your #1

Written by Louise Knoop O'Neill.

Pilates is without a doubt the most effective and FUNctional way to restore a foundation for all kinds of movement.

As a child of dance, a lover of movement, a try-to-be Yogi, a Primal sprinter, a HIIT initiator and strength training princess, I can confidently say that a), I could do none of the above without Pilates and/or b), Pilates makes me able to attempt all of the above with confidence and safety.

As a movement educator trained in dance, pilates, personal training, primal strength, sprints and play, there is no better way to offer bodies the freedom of movement they crave than to make Pilates the #1 stop.

Here's why:

  • Breathing releases superficial muscle tension, restoring natural alignment.
  • Pilates movements access, nurture and encourage full joint range of movement.
  • Spinal articulation brings the innate power and agility of the spine alive.
  • Stability is taught with mobility so that every movement has freedom coupled with security - where on earth can we buy more of that!?
  • Pilates gifts you your centre.
  • Pilates is a place to allow mind and body to find their natural conversation, pacing co-ordination, flow and stamina.

My point, caller, is:

  • Do your time.
  • Take your car into the Pilates Mechanic.
  • Swallow your Pilates Vitamins.
  • Enjoy the ride.
  • Participate in the process.

So that you can:

  • Progress your Pilates to the awesome, superhero Pilates stuff.
  • Attempt a HIIT session without popping a gasket.
  • Appreciate Yoga & co, knowing what your body can & can't do.
  • Have the mobility/stability ratio to run, jump or kick healthily.
  • Do that dance/karate/sporty spice session that makes you feel like a teenager again.
  • Enjoy your sport, pain free.
  • Be body bold enough to revel in a Prime Movement Pro Practice - cartwheels an' all!

Don't Fear FAT!

In early 2012 this very studious Irishman came to me to learn everything he could about Pilates and ended up teaching me all I instinctively felt about FAT. I KNEW I LOVED it! I'm half dutch, a real cheesehead who had had a tumultuous love-hate relationship with FAT and STARCH.

Just a few simple Cereal Killer facts set me free...

Which led me to experiment on myself, healing a long history with inflammation and experiencing boundless energy and vitality.

Click below to watch my (very small) participation in a documentary, igniting my own philosophies and the development of the Prime Living Plan - an 8 week programme offering an accessible way to living, eating and being.

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Cereal Killers

The film follows Donal – a lean, fit, seemingly healthy 41 year old man – on a quest to hack his genes and drop dead healthy by avoiding the heart disease and diabetes that has afflicted his family.

Donal’s father Kevin, an Irish gaelic football star from the 1960s, won the first of 2 All Ireland Championships with the Down Senior Football Team in 1960 before the biggest crowd (94,000) ever seen at an Irish sporting event.

When Kevin suffered a heart attack later in life, family and friends were shocked. How does a lean, fit and seemingly healthy man – who has sailed through cardiac stress tests – suddenly fall victim to heart disease?

Can a controversial diet consisting of 70% fat provide the answers?