How Pilates Body Fit Was Started
With busy lifestyle and stress on the rise it’s so important today more than ever to be able to live our best health day to day. Mental health is a huge part of our wellbeing and this can also be challenged with the demands of everyday life and keeping up with your personal commitments.
You want to be able to feel incredible and healthy every day and be body confident – whatever that means to you. Each of you have an individual idea of what health and fitness means to you, so think about how achieving this can positively affect other areas of your life. It’s all linked. What one area of life is like affects other aspects. What it all starts with is a strong foundation to your physical wellness, and that my friends starts with a strong ‘core.’ (Basically the muscles comprising your tummy and back and deeper supporting postural muscles.)
And this is the premise of what formulated this Pilates online program – ‘10 Week Pilates Body Fit.’ Along with so many benefits you will begin to feel in your body like flexibility, inner strength, wellness, mental clarity, shapely muscle tone (to name a few !) you will enjoy approaching your exercise from a more holistic perspective. My own journey of health and fitness pushed me to develop a more holistic approach. I know what it’s like to be busy and have your health suffer!Here’s what happened.
Years back I went through adrenal fatigue and for 2 years had to cut back on all the exercise and fitness routines I had learned and practiced from a very young age. That was mentally and physically debilitating. I thought ‘how will I maintain muscle tone?’ ‘how will I stay strong and fit?’
As fate would have it, I fell into some great Pilates online classes and to face classes which inspired me to look into it even more.
You see, I was starting to feel that energy and vitality come back into my body that I had missed for so long! During adrenal fatigue you feel like you are completely zapped for energy every day. Even though I was a successful personal trainer with my clients getting excellent results, I was so exhausted and sick during this time. So to feel a boost of energy again was incredible!
That’s what the online Pilates and classes did for me. I decided at that point to study what this method of exercise was really all about. What I discovered was something greater than just physical strength, a more shapely body and better posture, flexibility and core. It was the discovery of the mind and body connection, the discovery of mental presence and deeper, more effective breathing.
Not only that – but a restored and more balanced feeling within my mindset, a powerful feeling of wellbeing and inner strength I had not felt before even from years of gym training.
After studying countless courses and now presenting for Pilates on TVSN , Channel 7 Morning Show and other online Pilates and lifestyle shows, I am so honoured to be able to help you with your physical fitness through this method. Doing something that may be a little different is the way to break out of your comfort zone!
My 10 week online Pilates program will help you feel refreshed, strong, more mentally present, improve your breathing and flexibility and get those important core muscles super strong for great posture and less back pain!
Here’s what some of my clients are saying :
‘Vanessa is a great trainer who really gets your technique right and easily explained.’ (Judith)
‘I’ve managed to improve my posture and strengthen my back muscles. Thanks for this experience.’ (Magdalena)
‘I can get more out of my day now with a more positive outlook when I do the videos first thing in the morning. This has made a huge change to my mental health, flexibility and core strength.’ (Louise)
‘Great videos, my posture is getting better and I love the variety!’ (Jess)
‘My waistline has shaped up and lost cms, I’m super happy after having kids that I can do this.’ (Tracey)
Now let me tell you, it wasn’t smooth sailing last year after the birth of my baby. Everything went well he was born beautifully and it was the most intense, amazing experience to have a baby! During the birth, my coccyx was badly damaged, I had abdominal separation (about 5 cm which is pretty big), plus my pelvic floor were very weakened.
I couldn’t actually walk properly, sit, or stand without intensive pain for 7 weeks. It was awful. Here I was trying to take care of this beautiful baby (thank goodness I have wonderful family and friends who help) and I could barely move. Not in the best shape at all when everyone would say ‘you will be fine, your birth will be easy,’ ‘you will recover really quick.’ Ummm, no I didn’t at all.
A few weeks into having gorgeous Lincoln, I really wanted to do some Pilates – I missed it terribly! And also missed the mental clarity it gave especially being sleep deprived as a new mum. So I ventured onto the computer and bit by bit started to do this Pilates online program – the one you are about to do!
I figured well I can’t get out to drive to do a class at my studio around the baby, so I will do it right here. The first few weeks I took it really easy, and some days only managed 10 or 15 minutes , but that was enough to slowly bring it back into the body in safe way, and start to heal the muscles and bring back that strength.
I would feel so amazing and relieved, you know that ‘ahhh’ sigh of relief when I’d finish a video or even part of a video with little bubs laying next to me most of the time.
I could see a light at the end of the tunnel. You see, not only had my physical fitness gone right down with several injuries from the birth, but I had also gained nearly 14 kg during the pregnancy. That was a fair amount for. I’ll let you in on a secret…I was eating meat and cheese pizzas, hot chips and chicken burgers most day of the pregnancy with such strong cravings for these foods! Well, I did have a hungry little boy in there and that food helped stop the nausea, so heck I ate that food and enjoyed it.
About 4 weeks after having Lincoln I thought enough is enough I need to get my eating back on track. So started back with the salads, veges, lean protein and healthy snacks like fruit, nuts, yogurt. And really watched my portion sizes. Along with my very own Pilates online videos and good eating, I was able to shift that 14kg and return to my pre-baby weight within 4 months.
My abdominals have almost completely healed – although I’m not trying to rush this. It takes time. And by the way – if you have ‘abdominal separation’ ensure you get your GP to clear you before any exercise especially abdominal movements. (If you need a good video with basic core exercises to help ease back after baby, check out my videos on Youtube under ‘ Prenatal and Postnatal Workouts.’)
You have the right feel incredible, healthy, and balanced every day! It’s time to focus on yourself and put your own needs first. Building a healthy, strong body is a prerequisite to happiness. Even Joseph Pilates himself said this!
So the question is…where are you right now? Maybe you have tried ‘exercise’ in the past and it’s not make you feel the way it’s meant to. If you leave feeling over-exhausted or sore where it causes you injury, then it’s not the right method for your body. I see time and time again people doing incorrect training for where they are at and it ends up costing more in time, money and effort to fix these niggly pains and injuries. Is it really worth it?
I want you to feel confident and in control of your wellbeing. Be proactive rather than reactive on your fitness goals. Feel self-worth and know that you are incredible and that so many people rely on you, so it’s time to keep yourself strong and fit with a gentler approach.
You know what is one of the best secrets about my online Pilates? The fact that I’ve combined some specialised fitness moves in there to boost up the workouts in a few of those sessions – all optionally of course. This unique combination of fitness, strength, yoga and Pilates moves gets results. I’ve brought together the best of these practices to bring you an online Pilates program that delivers you effective workouts without the impact of other exercise.
Week by week you will build your body, notice changes in re-shaping your waistline and much more! Stick to the order of the videos and the frequency of sessions per week and you will be a fitter, healthier, stronger you in 10 weeks.
I’m on this journey with you and wish you best in health.
I look forward to seeing you in our Facebook group ! Remember to hashtag #powertoyourcore and #vanessabhealth with a picture of you doing the moves in our videos!
Power to your Core,