Monthly Archives: September 2017

Already doing Pilates & want to try us? Get 5 classes for £37.50!

Many of our long-standing clients came to the Pod having first tried Pilates elsewhere, but after hearing great things about us, they wanted to give our dedicated, small classes and flexible credit system a try. 

For people who are completely new to Pilates, it’s important to make sure you’ve grasped some of the basic principles before diving into regular classes. Our studio fundamentals classes, or 1:1 introductory packages present the ideal way to get to grips with Pilates.

But, if you’ve been practicing matwork Pilates regularly for over 6 months and would like to try the authentic Classical Pilates style that only the Pod offers, then now’s your chance to grab an absolute BARGAIN!

Get  5 class credits for HALF PRICE- just £37.50 

Here’s just some of the reasons why you’ll love doing Pilates at the Pod:

  • We are the only studio outside of London to be trained in authentic Classical Pilates ; the way Joe Pilates intended his method to be practiced.
  • Our team are also specialists uniquely trained to work with clients with back pain, hip, knee and foot issues, neurological disorders, pelvic floor weakness and dysfunction, pregnancy and post natal related conditions including c-section healing, abdominal separation.
  • We are open 7 days a week
  • 7pm and 8pm classes for those that need a later time.
  • Max 9 per mat class, 4 in Semi Privates and 2 in Twin Reformer.
  • Flexible credit system means you pay for when you come, how often you want to come, with no monthly memberships or fixed unflexible term dates.
  • Lots and lots of choice! Choose from 11 weekly mat classes, pregnancy, post natal classes.
  • Matwork is only one tiny part of the Classical method, we also offer a studio apparatus Pilates experience as well, and handily your credits can be used on all these classes too….Barrels class, Semi Private Studio FundamentalsPilates with props, Twin Reformer class
  • We get results! We’ve won 7 awards and our client testimonials speak for themselves.

It’s easy to book, just use promo code TRYTHEPOD1017 when you purchase your 5 class credits*, then choose a class and come along.  (*offer valid on 5 class credits with 3 month expiry.)

All we ask…. group Classical Pilates is for healthy bodies. If you need help with injuries, pain, disc issues, please see us for private training.

We have everything you need at our studio, so just book in and come along to enjoy!

See you there!



That’s right – get 10% off your class credits until October 31st!

This October, we’re offering a whole month of discount on our popular matwork class credits – giving you the chance to stock up on credits, and get your classes booked in.

The discount is available on our single, 5, 10 and 20 class passes.

To make the most of this terrific deal, simply enter the promo code LOYALOCT10 when purchasing your credits.

And don’t forget, you can earn yourself even more classes ABSOLUTELY FREE if you recommend a friend or colleague who then goes on to start their Pilates journey with us. Click here to find out more.

Refer a Friend to The Pilates Pod
Refer a friend to the Pilates Pod and earn a free credit

Refer a Friend and Earn FREE Classes!

If you’re already attending our award winning classes, we’re now offering you a new way to earn yourself class credits absolutely FREE. 

It’s easy too. Simply recommend The Pilates Pod to a friend and if they book onto our Studio Fundamentals Classes, or 1:1 Intro packages, we’ll give you a class credit to say thank you.

Here’s how it works. Don’t worry, it’s easy:

  1. Recommend us on Facebook, Twitter, on the phone or over dinner. It really doesn’t matter how.
  2. Tell us the name of the person you have recommended us to.
  3. Ask your friend to mention your name on their first visit to the Pilates Pod.
  4. That’s it! We’ll then credit your account with a class credit on the house.

There’s no limit to the number of recommendations you can make. In fact – if you recommend 5 people to us, you’ll earn yourself a free ‘Pod Squad’ t-shirt for being such an incredible member of the gang.

Pod Squad Shirts
Earn a Pod Squad Shirt – just recommend 5 people to us!

Plus – until the end of October, we’re offering current clients a massive 10% discount on single, 5, 10 and 20 class passes. So stock up now and book your classes in!

Don't miss out on this amazing offer. Must end October 31st.
Don’t miss out on this amazing offer. Must end October 31st.

The importance of finding your balance

Balance. Noun. A state of equilibrium or parity; a harmonious or satisfying arrangement

Busy is the new normal. It’s too easy to get caught up in the busy-ness of daily life and getting our heads stuck planning the future or over analysing the past. We all need more balance in our lives. And Pilates with its emphasis on the Mind Body connection and focus on strength, flexibility and control gives you space to breathe and find your balance – both physically and emotionally.

Pilates exercises ask you to use as much mindfulness as possible in every movement. And particularly if you’re living with neurological issues like Parkinson’s or MS, Pilates has a ton of benefits for you:

Pilates exercises strengthens those deep core stabilising muscles which are super important to help your balance, correct posture and improve spinal and pelvic stability.

“Keep in mind that you are not interested in merely developing bulging muscles but rather flexible ones. Bulging muscles restrict flexibility because the over developed muscles interfere with the proper development of the under-developed ones” Joe Pilates

And finding your balance is also key if you have Osteoporosis. A disease where increased bone weakness increases the risk of a broken bone. It is the most common reason for a broken bone among the elderly. The real danger with this condition is the falls that can cause fractures.

Pilates exercises but particularly Pilates apparatus which uses resistance is perfect for people with osteoporosis. The resistance creates stronger muscles to work against, Pilates helps our spine’s lift and lengthen to give more space and improve posture and stability. We need strong bones that can bear our weight and allow us to move. And bone, like muscle, strengthens in response to forces it has to resist. Working against gravity, working with spring resistance and working our balance play a major role in strengthening our bones.

You just gotta get the balance right.


“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony”
Thomas Merton

Written by Instructor, Clair Starkey

Back to School Offers for Classes and Private Training

The kids go back to school! Summer is gone and the Autumnal season is upon us.

It’s time to shake off the thoughts of ice creams, long lazy BBQ evening and start thinking about getting back to routine and good healthier habits.

So we’re here to help you make the good intentions turn into good habits with a little saving £££.

Special Offer on Class Credits

  • 5 class credits – to use in 6 weeks from purchase date. £60.
  • 10 class credits – to use in 12 weeks from purchase date. £125.
  • Unlimited studio fundamentals classes for 3 weeks*. £60. Available Wednesday 8pm, Thursday 10.30am and 7pm, and Saturday 12.15pm. (* from first session)

Special Offer on Private Training Credits

  • 1 Duet Training session for you and a friend together. £60. (To be used within 4 weeks from purchase date.)  Please make sure you both purchase a Duet session at the same time and both book in with your own names.
  • 3 Private Training sessions – to use in 2 weeks from first session. £120.
  • 10 Private Training sessions – to use in 12 weeks from purchase date. £420.

Please remember availability is on a first come first booked basis and cannot be guaranteed so please book in advance.

Book online or call 01462 338002 – we can’t wait to workout with you!



5 ways to become successful… in life and Pilates!

For many around the UK, today marks the first day back at school for the kids. <insert sighs of relief for parents everywhere!>

I bet you’ve already prepped their day and week with military order and discipline to ensure everything runs successfully, right?

  • New shoes and uniform bought, ironed and name tags on? Check.
  • Book bag and PE kit ready for PE Wednesday even though it’s Monday? Check.
  • Swimming lessons bought and booked for 12 week term. Check.
  • Arrangements made with school friends mums to pick up kids from football practice and we’ll take them all the next week? Check.
  • Lunches made. Check.

The importance of a good routine for children is vital to instill structure, consistency and development through repetition. But the same applies for the grown ups too and Pilates too.  Is it time you had a successful Pilates well-being routine? Let’s go back to school in 5 easy lessons.

  1. Provide structure and take ownership

Make your Pilates workouts part of your every day routine. Pilates isn’t just about the studio work, it’s about lessons learnt and transferred to your everyday life. Get a structured routine to your studio workouts 2-3 a week. Once every couple weeks just won’t do it! Do extra “homework” practice in-between with matwork routines that can take just anywhere between 10 -25 minutes, or just committing to a daily “Hundred” challenge, or simply being more aware of using your abs “in and up” when you bend over and lift things.

When you have structure, you take ownership and commitment to what you are doing. You have made things fit in, you aren’t wondering how you will find the time to fit things in. You are less likely to re-organise your workouts if they are already part of a structure and schedule.
One thing is for sure, you won’t get out of back pain, lose weight, feel fitter and make new friends by not creating a routine for your Pilates! You are the master of your own Pilates goals destiny. It’s time to take ownership of your self!

2. Repetition becomes habit

Habits can be good or bad but all habits are learned and can be un learned!
They used to say it took 21 days to make a habit (some say 30 days) but according to scientific study, it can take anywhere between 18 days to 254 days of daily repetition to form a new habit, it depends on the individual. But on average it takes 66 days for a new behaviour to become automatic. Plus as an extra bonus, when you make Pilates part of your every day/every week life, the healthy habit encourages other healthy habits to kick in.  You’ll start moving better and with ease, so you’ll start walking more or going to that aerobics class. You’ll feel healthier, so you’ll start eating healthier. You’ll sweat and improve circulation, so you’ll want to drink more water.

In Classical Pilates, we focus on repetition. Pilates is mean to be about low number of repetitions per exercise, not millions for the sake of it and the burnout feeling. It’s to ensure you get through the material, and it gets into your brain and body.  Unlike other styles of Pilates, Classical follows the clear format and order for the exercises as laid out by Joe Pilates himself for his work. In doing this, you learn the order! it becomes a habit through repetition. You are free then later to concentrate your mind on getting better at the same exercise and working deeper. Classical teachers are trained to teach you in the same way, the same wording, the same format. In doing so, the message sinks in quicker, the habit is formed without the confusion of extra flowery language to distract the mind. How many times have you heard Michelle cue the Hundred for beginners in this way…. “Bend your knees into your chest, curl up your head, neck and shoulders to your shoulder blade tips, lift your arms out of the mat by your hips and above your abdominal wall, move your legs to tabletop, anchor the pelvis and shoulders, eyes on the abs, long fingers and neck. Pump your arms up and down vigorously as you breathe in for 5 counts and out for 5 counts, in 2,3,4,5, out 2,3,4,5.”  Once you know it, you just do it!

3. Successful people are more efficient

When you start out at anything, routines are things you just have to keep doing over and over again. Pilates is just the same. You will need will power, you need motivation to stick to the routine especially if you’ve had a bad day at work, or it’s raining and you’d rather sit on the sofa with Game of Thrones and a cuppa. Once a routine is a learned behaviour (through repetition), it becomes a habit. Once it’s a habit, it’s autonomous so you don’t actually have to think about it, will power and motivation isn’t needed to attend. You won’t have to keep reminding yourself to book in your Pilates class, it’s an essential part of your daily routine.  You don’t let it slip, it’s a good habit. You therefore save time and free up more brain space to concentrate on other tasks as wellbeing and self care is under check!

In Classical Pilates, the orders and important transitions that link the exercises together make your more efficient in your Pilates and a learnt habit of good efficiency for outside in your every day life. Transitions are key to the Classical Pilates style for you to move from one exercise to another in the most efficient way. Your body is warm from the exercise, we transition from one to another in such a way that you don’t rest, cool down and undo all your hard work. It’s stamina building. It makes you get through your material so eventually a demanding, sweaty and challenging advanced matwork session will be done in under 25 mins. Efficiency! Who has time to workout for hours at a time?!


4. Builds momentum little by little

There is a quote that goes “little by little, a little becomes a lot.”  That’s true with everything in life. Pilates is just the same. How can you be a master of the advanced work if you don’t go through the little steps of learning how to break it all right down to the basics and learn how to use your powerhouse correctly, every single time, every single exercise.  You wouldn’t just run a marathon, you would put in the months of training, step by step, mile by mile. A little Pilates every day means your body will have moved well hundreds of thousands of times over a year. No wonder you don’t need the weekly Osteopath fix anymore hey?!  One of our client’s Pete, committed himself to over 100 Pilates sessions in a year, and by doing it, he ended up losing 2 stone!  But you have to start. It won’t look pretty, you won’t be great at it to start with. but you will have started and that’s what gets you great at something.

5. Commitment saves you work in the long run
If you are constantly writing each and every day, you will become a better writer.  If you are constantly running mile after mile, you will be able to do a marathon. If you never thought you could learn languages but you kept listening to the tape everyday in the car, you would become better at Spanish. Pilates is the same. If you practice a little Pilates every day, you will be better at Pilates and your aches and pains/knee issues/weight loss/neurological issue will be better.  If you practice once a week, it may take a little longer, it you practice one every 2 weeks, it will take even longer. Down the line you save win in the long run just by dedicating a little time.

Written by Owner and Pilates teacher: Michelle Smith