Apollo Pilates

Apollo Pilates

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Apollo Pilates offers personalised training to help individuals achieve their fitness and movement goals.

A soft approach and a unique philosophy, we want you feel that progress over perfection is the correct route to reach your target through pilates.

Operating as usual

15/01/2024

Today is , apparently the most depressing day of the year. But who says a mathematical formula has to dictate your mood? Find your own positivity and lift your own feelings. I know it is easier said than done, but sometimes little things can make a huge difference. Like half an hour reading a book, having a soak or dancing around the living room!




04/01/2024

It's a new year and I am saying good riddance to 2023. I am also very grateful to those who supported me through an awful year. I am also so sorry to all.my friends whom I haven't seen or spoken to in that period. A retreat from the world was the only manageable option.

Hopefully, 2024 will be good and bright for all of us. Looking forward to reconnecting.




15/10/2023

We all hate homework. We all feel we don't have enough time to do extra on top of our already busy lives. But I work with a lot of clients who have injury or pain and I give them exercises to do at home.

Very few do them and so prolongs their recovery or the pain is still present. So I say "be your own toothbrush ".

You don't go to the dentist for a cleaning and then not clean your teeth until the next time you see them. So why would you not do your rehab exercises?

Just 5 mins a day of one or two is better than nothing πŸͺ₯πŸͺ₯πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»




08/08/2023

Today is !

I am the ultimate moggy lover. My beautiful rescue cat has been with me for 5 years and it is possible that we are too close. (He yells at me so that we synchro-pee) 😁

But in all seriousness, he has been a constant companion who at times has been the only reason I get up in the morning. Go and show your puss some love.




03/08/2023

Recently, several of my (slightly) older clients have asked me about what have become consistent aches and pains. What your body can tolerate and recover from at 35, 45, 55 is very different from what it can manage at 25.

Remember how you used to party 4 days a week, barely have a hangover and still go to work? Can you still do that?

Heavy impact or very taxing exercise will take a bigger toll than it used to. As you get older you will need to modify your regime. Include more recovery time. Put more stretch in. Change the routine.

I am not suggesting not doing the things you enjoy or not exercising, but rather than yet another 10k run, change it to a swim. Rather than boxercise, go to rebounding.

Naturally, I would advocate Pilates, but no other exercise method will concentrate on strength and mobility is the same way. Pilates is great for getting in your stretch whilst still getting a workout, but also helps improve bone density and skeletal stability.

Admitting you are getting older is always a bit depressing, but think of it as another stage of growing up.




04/07/2023

But can you tell the difference? If you have suffered an injury, your brain and body can conspire to protect you from hurting yourself again, but tricking you into over-caution, convincing you that everything will hurt.

I suffered a horrible shoulder injury years ago, which got worse and worse, and I spent the first few weeks of my rehab terrified that any movement or stress would hurt. It was the mental hurdle that was the most difficult to get over. Once my brain understood that my body was more capable than it thought, the progress was dramatic.

Sometimes, working slowly and carefully through discomfort can help your body move through the mental obstacle and genuinely get better.

I work with many people with different pains or injury and ask them to keep an internal conversation going to see if the movement is genuinely painful, or if its just uncomfortable because they haven't moved for a while.

Next time something "hurts" really check in with yourself to see if it us actually pain, or something that can be worked through. Of course, take care and work with professionals when needed to guide you through.




03/05/2023

I have found recently that I have been absolutely unable to communicate or deal with any communication. Whether that is text, email or an actual conversation.

This is new to me. Under extreme pressure, I have retreated completely. Insulating myself from everything with no desire to deal with any form of communication.

It is a self-defence mechanism to prevent any more stress. I am trying to break the cycle. Slowly.

If you are feeling unable to deal with stuff, try to talk about it. An outlet is important and ask for help if you need it. Even if it's to get someone to deal with your mail.

And remember, it is temporary.






22/04/2023

We are three quarters through and so I was wondering how you were getting on. Did you make any changes? Have you addressed any issues?

I have tried to do little things that I have been putting off to get them off my mind. I have tried more breathing exercises to relax. What have been your solutions?

Remember to check in with yourself and carve out time for you to unwind.




30/01/2023

We want help you show yourself some love πŸ’• this Valentines dayπŸ’˜. All packages are 10% off. Go to www.apollopilates.com

Each programme is tailored to your needs with a full postural assessment included.

I specialise in injury rehabilitation, but also develop plans for sports enhancement. You don't even have to leave the house! I come to you.

If you are in zones 1-3 in London, I would love to work with you.




17/10/2022

That's got your attention! This month is and it is important to give those lady lumps a proper check regularly. If you haven't for a while why not do it right now? (But not in a public place 🀭).

Make sure you are fit and healthy, give yourself a proper check and if anything worries you contact your doctor. Keep your b***s happy.




10/10/2022

Today is the perfect day to take a second to assess how you feel. Are you overworked? Too many commitments to other people? Just a bit wobbly?

Post pandemic we are all still finding our feet and life may look a bit different than it used to. That adjustment can cause anxiety and stress.

Reach out to someone for help, or reach out to someone who might need help. But most importantly take some time for yourself to do something to make you feel good.




13/09/2022

This says "The trick is to keep breathing ". Which has a personal significance for me, but it is also a key principle of Pilates, so works on a dual level. The calligraphy was done by an artist in the Emirates and the painstaking tattooing was done by




05/09/2022

Excuses, excuses. Sadly I have a kidney infection that I have been fighting for a couple of weeks and has really wiped me out. So I am extending my time to get back to normal. Clearly this is only important to me, but if it's on the Gram then I have to see it through! πŸ˜‰

07/08/2022

Upping the ante on my training to complete my challenges. I have to build a lot of strength into my shoulders after years of persistent dislocation and lack of mobility.

Going to go for it!πŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺπŸ’ͺ




24/07/2022

It's for men! Pilates when done properly is truly challenging and the only exercise practice I know that works the deep muscles next to the skeleton.

It is ideal to complement high impact sports such as boxing and martial arts, making your body fundamentally stronger and more resilient.

I dare you boys to try it 😁




19/07/2022

My family are Egyptian and have been surviving enormous heat with no air conditioning for centuries! The one thing that all the Arabs do though, is move slowly.

Take your time, it doesn't matter how quickly it gets done, just as long as it does.

Stay hydrated and enjoy it whilst it lasts! Don't forget the sun screen




11/07/2022

With inflation driving up food prices, especially meat, maybe veggie dishes are a way to beat the cash crunch.

Read our new blog (link in bio) with some ideas of how to save on your shop and some scrummy recipes to get you started.




10/07/2022

This weird song popped up on a playlist in class and these lyrics really resonated. We spend so much time worrying about external validation and judgement that we sometimes forget how amazing our bodies are.

Treat it well, feed it right, exercise and moisturise! But never look to other sources to tell you you are amazing. Because you are.




Photos from Apollo Pilates's post 30/06/2022

Literally! Went to my first gig of 2022 last night and head banged my way through the amazing . It's been such a long time since I let loose, I forgot how good it was.

Thrash metal in class all day I think!🀘🎸😍




26/06/2022

June is Men's Health Month and there are a few days left to take control. So boys, do those things you have been putting off. Ladies, help your men address their well being.

Everyone should own their health and some things are super easy to do. Reach out for help if you need it. But stay healthy!




16/06/2022

What an incredible sentence. Written in 1928 and never more relevant. We are humans. We all deserve to love and be loved. No judgements or labels apply.




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12/06/2022

This month all you men out there should take extra special care of yourselves. Eat right, get that check up, have that chat you have been avoiding. There is loads of support out there to help you stay fit and healthy.

Or help the men in your lives to be well and take care of themselves.




07/06/2022

Pride month is in full swing and as a spoilt, urban, Londoner I have been lucky enough to be at the heart of a cosmopolitan melting pot my whole life.

I come from an ethnic family with a liberal attitude to different ways of life. I have always been taught that a person is a human. Black, white, gay, straight, purple with three heads.

It's time to stop compartmentalising people and treating everyone as a human. πŸŒˆπŸ˜πŸ³οΈβ€πŸŒˆ




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01/06/2022

πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰ For those of you confused or lucky enough not to understand why this is a victory I am grateful you don't get it. But for those of us with depression and anxiety, sometimes the simplest things can be overwhelming and exhausting.

My clothes are always clean, but my closet has been the floor for a while. This is a huge change and a bit surprising.

If you do get this, revel in your little wins. Because they aren't so little.




24/05/2022

I have managed to injure my foot. Which is another in a long list over the years. Thankfully it's not too drastic. But it has taken me years to understand that the body needs time to heal.

I am a "should" person. I should be better. I should do that thing. I should show up even if I don't want to. That included injuries.

I am now left with some major permanent damage from shoulding through an injury. Listen to your body. Let it repair. Come back stronger.




13/05/2022

It's Mental Health Awareness Week and I just wanted to reach out to tell you that you have people.

One of my friends recently told me that she found it difficult to ask for help. But I find most people will gladly help if you ask.

So what do you need? A chat? Someone to give you a break for a bit of downtime? Even someone to help clean the house as you can't face it?

Silence can lead to loneliness, which can weigh on you terribly. So tell someone what you need.




11/05/2022

Stop doing that thing that makes you sad. Stop doing that thing that stresses you out. Stop running around after other people and putting yourself last.

It's Mental Health Awareness Week and take the time to stop and evaluate what makes you happy. Try and eradicate some of the crap in your life to give your brain some breathing room.




09/05/2022

Our lives are so busy, we never seem to have the time to take stock. This week it is more important to see how you're doing. Or your friends. Or a colleague.

How are you? I genuinely want to know.




05/05/2022

Next week is Mental Health Awareness Week and I thought that I would share some books that I have found helpful over the years.

Often self-help books are too focused on the warm and fuzzy, but these are very practical and quite science based.

Read the new blog (Link in bio) and let me know your thoughts or any other recommendations for helpful reading




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