Monthly Archives: January 2014

kate hudson, her sculpted core muscles and devotion to pilates

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In the latest issue of Shape Middle East Magazine, the 34-year-old actress shows off her flawless figure, and shares her workout and diet secrets.

Wearing only a black sports bra and grey leggings, Hudson flaunts her abs, toned arms and legs. The radiatn mother of two sons Ryder, 9, and Bingham, 2, credits her fit and sculpted body to her 15-year devotion to Pilates.

Despite two children, the star is in better shape than she has ever been. However, she certainly does work hard to achieve it. Kate has been working with the same personal trainer and Pilates instructor for 15 years, Nicole Stuart.

Nicole said: ‘We do Pilates for an hour, three times a week. If she’s prepping for something it will be more.

‘We always combine cardio – like a mile run – before a Pilates class. On off days, she’ll meet me for yoga or a spin class.’

The pair have become best friends and Nicole praised Kate’s dedication to fitness.

‘She’s an incredible person and she really challenges me as a trainer because she’s such a great athlete. We both give each other a run for our money. She’s always been amazing when it comes to her workouts.’

In addition to working out, Hudson also tries to eat healthy — but she admits to trying extreme measures from time to time.

“I’ve eaten in all sorts of different ways over the years. I like to do juice cleanses twice a year for five to seven days, or food elimination cleanses where I just eat superclean,” she says. “That’s really the only time when I’m very strict. Other than that, I eat everything. I just love food. I love bread. I love pasta. “If anyone thinks the baby weight is going to fall off without doing anything—they are fooling themselves! I work out to feel great but also to look great. There’s no way a woman gets up to work out at 6:30 a.m. just for the mood boost. She wants to fit into her jeans and look fantastic too.”

 

 

Want to get sculpted, lean, toned and drop those baby pounds after giving birth? Strengthen with us at The Hundred Pilates Studio in Dubai by joining into our daily semi-private “small” Pilates group classes or private one-on-one Pilates sessions where you can train on the mat and Pilates equipment. Discover more by visiting our website at: www.thehundred.ae


turn your life around in nine steps this year!

These are 9 Healthy Habits worth printing and pinning up on your fridge. Not to look at, but to implement into your life on a daily basis this year. While new year resolutions may be over hyped, these are healthy boosts or reminders that can improve your life, relationships, sleep patterns, stress patterns and more, on a daily basis towards a more healthier and confident you. Bought to you by Pilates Style:

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From breaking the soda addiction to starting a meditation practice, these health practices will pay off big dividends — by Stacy Baker Masand


raw dates and dark chocolate truffles | the hundred pilates studio in dubai

The cleanest sweetest treats for your soul, packed with 3 simple raw ingredients that will give other energy bars a run for their lives. This recipe is created by Noura El-Imam of Yogalates Bliss in Dubai. She’s delighted to share her simple yet extremely delicious and healthy raw truffles to you that cost little but are packed with healthy nutrients and without unwanted additives and excessive bad sugars.

INGREDIENTS:
*3 generous heaped tablespoons of dark cacao powder.
*1.5 cups of pitted soft medjool dates
*1 tsp of melted coconut virgin oil

DIRECTIONS:
** Blend away the above ingredients for a couple of minutes in a food processor (until they clump together). Scoop, roll the mixture into small balls with wet hands. Then roll the balls in anything your heart desires over baking paper. I coated them with cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, walnuts + ground coffee + pure maple syrup, rose essence, vanilla essence, cacao nibs, more dark cacao powder…cool them in the fridge for 10 minutes before engulfing them. If you can wait that long ofcourse!

Other innovative coatings can be sesame seeds, caramelized almonds or walnut pieces, pistachios, roasted rose petals, saffron, goji berries, maca….you name it! Play around, get creative!


dubai pilates : stepping away from the corporate desk and into a pilates routine

Anyone with a job that requires hours of sitting and tapping on a keyboard knows the toll on back and shoulder muscles. Sedentary desk jobs can cause back pains, muscle aches, and joint problems. There is an increasing number of work-related illnesses because people ignore these symptoms and fail to remedy it. Aside from physical illness, working in an office can also cause stress. Office pressures such as a looming deadline or a demanding boss are damaging to the mental health. A good way to help the body fight and cope against these ills is by practicing Pilates.

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pilates for a deeper better sleep!

With the move fast, work hard, multi-tasking culture we live in and go through, sometimes heading to bed in a frazzled state keeps us awake all night. Joseph Pilates – the founder of Pilates – said: “It is better to be tired from physical exertion than to be fatigued by the “poisons” generated by nervousness while lying awake.”  Deep muscle relaxation in Pilates exercises reduces psychological tension, reducing anxiety as well as the treatment of muscular tension, insomnia, depression, fatigue, irritable bowels, muscle spasms, muscle guarding, neck and back pain, high blood pressure and stuttering.  Joseph recommends getting out of bed and practicing a couple of extremely relaxing Pilates exercises as we introduce to you in our article below as well as the best advice on side/back/front sleepers and the type of pillow to aim for. We hope you get a more restful and relaxing sleep after reading (and practicing) this article:

Suffering from lack of quality sleep or insomnia?

Suffering from lack of quality sleep or insomnia?


saffron and cardamom cake with a hint of rose!

 

With Eid coming up, we thought of sharing a sweet yet light recipe with you! Carrying the rich exotic Emirati flavors of Cardamom, Saffron and Rose this healthier cake version is sure to impress your family and friends paired with Karak Tea (strong black tea made with milk and cardamom– popular across the Gulf region) or Arabic Coffee with cardamom. Eid Mubarak and we hope you enjoy this lighter version of Saffron and Cardamom Cake with a Hint of Rose – shared by our friend Noura El-Imam of Yogalates Bliss in Dubai.

Saffron and Cardamom Cake with a Hint of Rose - EID MUBARAK!

Saffron and Cardamom Cake with a Hint of Rose – EID MUBARAK!

 


a healthier posture with pilates in the uae workplace!

As Pilates instructors we know that the benefits of Pilates are far-­‐reaching. Pilates is so much more than just a series of exercises, it is a mind-­‐body therapy that changes the way we move, think and interact. Far from just toning and sculpting, Pilates alters the way we move and hold our bodies in everything we do.

The benefits of Pilates can be seen clearly in the workplace. The typical office worker is overstressed, out of shape, and run down. They are typically shallow breathers, slouchers and may suffer Occupational Overuse Syndrome. Pilates, with its unique series of exercises, is able to correct all of these things. It teaches us correct movement patterns and breathing technique and improves posture.

Pilates Exercises In the City, bought to you by The Hundred Pilates Studio in Dubai.

Pilates Exercises In the City, bought to you by The Hundred Pilates Studio in Dubai.


gyrotonic is taking the u.s. by storm, but what is it? yogalife magazine give it a try at the hundred pilates studio in dubai.

The word GYROTONIC comes from the words “GYRO”, meaning spiral or circle and “TONIC”, meaning to tone or invigorate. The GYROTONIC EXPANSION SYSTEM, created by Juliu Horvarth, is a unique system of equipment and exercise that incorporates movement principles from yoga, dance, gymnastics, swimming and tai-chi. Where most other exercise is performed as linear, static, strengthening, or flexibility, GYROTONIC exercise is a balance of all this and more. The movements emphasize multiple joint articulations without compression in fluid, circular motions. The exercises simultaneously stretch and strengthen muscles and connective tissues in and around the joints of the body. Exercises, synchronized with corresponding breathing patterns, enhance aerobic and cardiovascular stimulation, increase blood circulation. Special attention is paid to increased mobility and stability of the spine. The goal is to use exercise as a way to regenerate the body and inspire it to reverse the ageing process. You are only as old as your spine’s mobility.

GYROTONIC exercises encourage creativity; playfulness and feeling at home in one’s own body. In Juliu’s own words…..”I want music and poetry in my body. I want to be skillful without struggle.”

We welcomed Yogalife Middle East Magazine to give it a try with our certified Gyrotonic teacher, Sara Simmons at The Hundred Pilates Studio.  Pick up the last July/August issue to read further or simply dive into their review below:

Gyrotonic at The Hundred Pilates Studio. Yogalife Middle East Try & Test. (First Page)

Gyrotonic at The Hundred Pilates Studio. Yogalife Middle East Try & Test, July/August 2013. (First Page)


sport 360 review a muscle opening session of gyrotonic at the hundred pilates studio in dubai!

This week we welcomed a special guest and sports editor, Kara Martin of  Sport 360, to try out a private Gyrotonic Pilates session with one of our teaching experts, Sara Simmons at The Hundred Pilates Studio in Dubai. We are absolutely delighted to share with you what Kara had to say about this multi-dimensional, muscle-opening machine using principles from yoga, dance, gymnastics, swimming and tai-chi.

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who said pilates is more a feminine exercise? dive into a more manly testimonial at the hundred pilates studio!

Jeanique Kalodjera Classically Certified Pilates Instructor From The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado.

Jeanique Kalodjera Classically Certified Pilates Instructor From The Pilates Center in Boulder, Colorado.

Because Pilates is traditionally seen as a workout for the ladies— but has incredible benefits for the men, too—today’s testimonial submitted in by one of our male clients “Moe Kassam” currently training with our expert Pilates instructor – Jeanique Lascar, speaks out loud on how Pilates has benefited his current training regime.  So come on, guys. Break down those gender barriers and give this mind/body exercise a try!

“As a senior business executive I had always assumed that keeping fit involved a workout with the treadmill, weights, push-ups etc. Therefore I resisted my wife’s pleas to join Pilates which she enjoyed. About a year ago when I was feeling particularly tired and stiff after a grueling trip, I agreed to try out Pilates – and soon I was a convert!

I now take Pilates classes 3 times a week (I continue my brisk walk every morning) and realize that Pilates is a full body workout that involves strength training and flexibility that leaves me with an overall feeling of well-being. I wish more people, especially men, would give Pilates a try!”  –  Moe Kassam


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