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Pilates Clothes - What Do I Need?


Back in the day, gym clothes used to be ill fitting garments we all dreaded to put on - some of the sports fashion in recent history has been straight up appalling. However, today's fitness market is abundant in choices when it comes to clothing. So much so that it can get a little confusing - what exactly do you need during a Pilates class? Stepping into the sports department of a store can be stressful unless you know what you're looking for, so let's break it down: What should you look for when buying workout gear for Pilates?

1. Fit. This might seem obvious - of course it should fit well. But let's dig a little deeper - what does fit actually mean? When doing Pilates reformer classes, it's good to wear clothes that are soft and supportive at once. If you wear trousers or tops that are designed to look very lose or oversized, you run the risk of the fabric getting caught in the reformer machine. Also, it's important for the teacher to be able to see your body movement, so anything to large and floppy might make this hard. Comfortable leggings are always a good bet! If you're unsure about your size, get someone at the store to help you - the right size can make a big difference! Sometimes, we like to buy clothes a size smaller in the hopes that we will fit into them soon, but what about...

2. Comfort. In order to get the most out of your practice, choose clothes that make you feel comfortable, confident and strong. Do you want to wear leggings so tight they are see through? Not really, unless you're Sofia Vergara. Is blue your favorite color? Go for it! Do you love working out in shorts? Do it! This is your time to work on your mind and body, so make sure your garments will make you feel your best!But it's not only about what everyone else see's you in, but also about the...

3. Undergarments. Excuse the intimate tone here, but it really is very important to wear underwear that will make your practice easy and comfortable. Stay away from underwear that doesnt stay in place. Wear natural fibers. And of course - it's all about the sports bra! During a class of pilates, you spend a lot of time on your back. Therefore, many people find it uncomfortable to wear sports bras with clasps in the back, since they can 'dig in' to your skin whilst exercising. We recommend a seamless bra with medium support, unless you're doing a cardio pilates class, in which case you'll need high support. During cardio classes, the time is split evenly between floor work and work on the reformer, so the issue with the clasps in the back might be less irritating. Alright, then, so that's the undergarments. How about some....

4. Socks. Whether you use socks or not during class is completely up to you. Some people prefer having special Pilates socks with a bit of rubber underneath for better grip on the reformer and floor. This can certainly help, but it's not a necessity during class. Last but not least...

5. Style. There are SO many amazing labels who make beautiful clothes aimed at fitness. They're so nice, you can actually wear them everyday! Brands like Sweaty Betty, Manuka, Lululemon and Every Second Counts (The latter is pictured above) make clothes that will make you feel like a million bucks. In fact, we love Lululemon and Every Second Counts, you can find it here at the studio!

If you feel inspired, why not come and ask us at reception for more info on what clothes we sell here at Absolute? We have a feeling you might want to change that Christmas wishlist... ;)

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Banana Pancakes with Coconut Yoghurt* and Berry Compote

Gluten and lactose free, antioxidant and fibre rich, promotes a healthy digestive tract)

Serves 3-4




Pancake batter:
225g buckwheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of cinnamon and salt
275ml almond milk
1 large egg


Toppings:
200g berries of choice (raspberries and blueberries work well)
2 banana’s, sliced
Coconut oil
A squirt of agave
Coconut yoghurt 


Method:
Simmer berries in a small pan with a splash of water. Flash fry banana in a hot pan with coconut oil and agave.
Mix top 5 ingredients together for pancake batter and fry pancakes in coconut oil on medium heat.
Stack pancakes, top with coconut yoghurt, berry compote, banana and nuts of choice (I like walnuts)

* ‘Coyo’ is a fantastic coconut yoghurt variety

 

By: Hollie Grant


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Badass Banana Bars - Hollie's Recipe

 Dairy free,low fat, high energy bars!

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Eat these amazing bars whenever you need a sustained boost of energy. They are dairy free, can be made gluten free (use Doves Farm G.F porridge oats) taste amazing and are full of super ingredients!

Porridge and Coconut oil can lower cholesterol and are thought to be mood enhancers. Oats spur the body to burn fat as energy rather than Glycogen (saving it for later) so you can train longer and they fill you up meaning less snacking. You can change the fruit used in the recipe, add protein powder, tweak the measurements, its pretty flexible.

Oven 180C, Makes 8 Bars, 10 mins prep, 25 mins cooking time.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 Bananas (ripe/black) mashed
  • 11 dried apricots, chopped
  • 10 prunes, chopped
  • 60g sultanas
  • 10g cranberries
  • 1 dessertspoon Coconut Oil (melted with the honey)
  • 1.5 dessertspoon Honey (melted with the oil)
  • 160g Oats

 

1. Mix everything together in a large bowl.

2. Spoon into a greased brownie tin (any tray with high sides, it doesn’t need to fill the pan completely, just push into a square shape, it won’t spread when in the oven)

3. Bake for around 20-25 mins until slightly darker on top.

4. Cut into bars whilst still warm and leave to cool down.

5. Keep in a sealed container in the fridge. Last roughly a week (if they’re lucky)


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