From clumsy to coordinated – intelligent movement for teens

Teens – the earlier you start Pilates the better! Why? Because you’re building an inner dictionary of “intelligent movement” that will help your coordination, flexibility, strength and speed. Great coordination is one of the building blocks of successful fitness, plus helps you look tall and confident. Flexibility increases performance, helps prevent injury and it’s always fun to be the pretzel in class. And strength and speed allow you to do more, better, for longer and faster. What’s not to love? Here Heather explains why you really, really want intelligent movement, and why you want it now!

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So Fun, Sociable and Inspiring, Kids Don’t Realise They’re Learning…

Week-long workshops in dance, yoga and Pilates are wonderful for kids. Building on their progress day by day, skills are learned, friends are made and confidence levels soar. By the end of the week balance, coordination and strength levels are high, they have experienced how to trust, cooperate and commit to a program and their artistic sensibilities have been explored. Flex’s summer camp intensives focus on yoga, dance and Pilates and Flex instructors Gemma, Jessica and Kelsea explain what makes them so special.

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Boosting spine health through Teen Pilates

For many children, scoliosis, or a slight forward-bend hump in the spine, can arise during the second growth spurt when they are ten years or older. The alteration of the spine can result in spasms, lower back and neck pain, but if the problem is addressed during adolescence it can be managed very effectively. Pilates can be a safe and effective management tool as it teaches the child to learn how to hold the spine from the inside via a number of specific Pilates exercises. Read on to find out more.

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Why Teen Pilates?

Hana Grotowski is 13 years old and has already been practicing Pilates for three years. So ahead of the curve, she has found it helps her not only physically but also emotionally and socially. Why did you take up Pilates?I have a love for many types of physical activity and I had heard that Pilates

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Get your kids excited about fitness

Do your kids like music? Dance? Yoga, martial arts, action and fun? In that case they’ll love the new Les Mills BORN TO MOVE™ group classes launching at Flex this month.
Les Mills is no ordinary fitness company. They created some of the most popular classes playing across gyms worldwide, like BODYPUMP™, BODYCOMBAT™ and RPM™. With BORN TO MOVE™ they are teaching a positive attitude to physical activity that will stand each child in good healthy stead for the rest of their lives.

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Pilates & Our Children: Fitness for the Future

The health of today’s children is compromised by a culture of convenience and increasingly sedentary activity. Eating fast food, watching TV and playing video games has become habitual while a nutritious diet and physical activity is on the downslide.
A recent report from the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences indicates that approximately 30.3% of children between the ages of 6 to 11 are overweight and that 15.3% are obese. For adolescents between the ages of 12 to 19, 30.4% are overweight and 15.5% are obese.

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The Perils of Poor Posture in Puberty

[vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column width=”1/6″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text] Musculoskeletal and postural problems in teenagers are on the rapid increase. Three members of our Flex team, Donna Gee (DG) Physiotherapist, Karin Ubbali (KU) Teen Allegro and mat Pilates instructor, and Cheng-Fang Wu (CFW) Teen Allegro and Xtend Barre Instructor, explain why so many teens are

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Teen Trials

Healthy fun! Vibrant energy, lively chatter and unabashed excitement – that was the atmosphere at our Teen Open House event on Saturday 31st January 2015. Over 30 teens came along to try our Pilates Allegro, Yoga, and Flying Pilates classes!  Each of them left energized and with a fabulous goody bag containing healthy gluten free

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