Try this new Short *Online Pilates Course* Special offer ends 31.08.17 / end August 2017

Did you ever wanted to do your Pilates routine and exercises at your pace, in your timewhen it suits you – with detailed video instructions, a 4 week Programme & various pdfs ?
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Here is your chance. Use this coupon code “save75percent” before the 31st August 2017 and save 75% or €30 (the normal price is €39.99). All I’m looking for in exchange is that you fill out a short 3-4 questionnaire after two weeks.
Head over to my partner fitness and Pilates site courses.yourhealthhabitcoach.com to check it out. You can even watch a few videos for free, after signing-up via the “Free Trial” option.
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Check it out and let me know how you get on.
Thank You – Martin
Online Pilates Course * Special Offer* September 2017

New 2017 Pilates & Fitness classes start dates … in South Dublin

A quick note to let you know that I’m restarting my 2017 Pilates, Exercises and Fitness Classes during the week of Monday 9th January 2017.

You might also check out the information about a *new* Nutrition & Health Coaching course that I’m starting on the 20th January 2017, see timetable I plan to update the rest of the website with exact details in the next three to four dates.

Yours in Health and Fitness,
.. Martin

Video 12 – 10min Stretching Routine, Programme for your Neck, Back, Shoulder Area

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In Video No. 12 you are going to learn various Neck, Back and Shoulder Stretches that you can do anywhere. Most of the stretches are done standing, some a done seated in a office chair.  I recorded the video for a 10min Corporate – Lunchtime Class Sample, as I’m teaching a regular Mini-Stretching & Loosening Class in one of the corporate offices in Sandyford Industrial Estate. Class participants come along in their work / office suits, there is no need to change. Find a full description of this video and more details on my partner website www.yourehealthhabitcoach.ie/com.
Let me know how you get on trying the exercises and e-mail me any question you might have.
Yours in Fitness & Health
_ Martin

Video 11 – Whom to follow *online* re Nutrition & Health Advice, recommendations by the Happy Pear Brothers/Twins

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This is different than most other videos that I recorded up to now, it doesn’t focus on Pilates, Fitness and Exercise.
I met David and Stephen Flynn, the Happy Pear bothers during a Ulster Bank – Health & Well-Being week a while back and got the chance to ask one of them a questions (I’m part-time manage Ulster-Banks corporate gym in Sandyford Industrial Estate, Central Park, Dublin 18).
“Whom do you follow on the internet in relation to nutrition and health advice?”.  Watch the video below for his answers. Find a list of all physicians / doctors and links to their web-pages or facebook pages on my partner website www.yourhealthhabitcoach.ie/com.
Enjoy
Martin

Videos – Ten Pilates & Core Strength Exercise Sample Videos with Martin in South Dublin Ireland

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Pilates Classes in South Dublin Dundrum Rathfarnham Sandyford Leopardstown Close to Churchtown Stepaside Kileternan Marlay Park Bellarmine

My 10th Pilates & Core Strength Video is out 🙂 See all videos below, some of them focus more on posture, others are a combination of back strength exercises or a mix of abdominal strength, back strength and back mobility etc..
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Here a link to a list of all Pilates videos with detailed descriptions of the Pilates & Core Strength Exercises and Movements.

in the future I will also include some of my www.YourHealthHabitCoach.com nutirtion and exercise videos on this website, these videos will focus more on Nutrition, Food, Diet and general Fitness, Toning & Health related topics and not only on Pilates & Core Strength.

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Video 10 – 3 Foam Roller Plank Variations for Core Strength, Core Stability & a bit Upper Body Strength

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In this Core Strength Video you are going to learn  three Progression Core Stability & Core Strength Exercises >>> with a Foam Roller <<< that
(1) Strengthen your global abdominal muscles, (2) challenge your waist (exercise no. 2) and lower abdomen (exercise no. 3), (3) focus a bit more on shoulder stability and shoulder placement.
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Keep your core muscles, your TVA (Transverse Abdominis) slightly engaged throughout to keep these exercises safe for your lower back. Always consult a GP / physician before starting a new exercises regime, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time on a regular basis.

(1) Foam Roller – Plank static:
( challenges your general / global core muscles, emphasizes shoulder stability and upper body strength a bit more than a normal straight arm plank)
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Place your hands shoulder distance apart on the foam roller, your palms are below your shoulders. On a breath out straighten one after the other leg, your feet are hip-distance apart.
Maintain a straight line from the top of your head, down to your ankles. Avoid dropping your hip, as this would most likely lead to an over arched lower back / lumbar spine, which would place unnecessary pressure on your lower back.
Keep your shoulders relaxed, draw your shoulder blades down your back towards your bottom.

Maintain a steady, continuous breath, avoid holding your breath.

Hold for 8-10 breath cycles, keep your TVA (Trans Versus Abdominis), your core muscle engaged throughout.
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(2) Foam Roller – Plank & Straight Leg Side Kick)
( same as above, plus additional focus on your waist, “love-handles” 🙂 )
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This is a “simple” variation of above mentioned Plank exercises. You start with the same set-up as above, but instead of holding the plank position you kick your straight leg from the hip to the side.
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Breath out as you kick your leg to the side, breath in as you switch sides.
The rest of your body stays ideally completely still and stable, you just move from your hip joint.
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Keep alternating sides, legs until you have done a maximum of 10 kick to the right and left.
Increase the number of repetition over time, allow your body to get used the exercise and challenge.
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(3) Foam Roller – Plank plus Knee Pull-In
( same as above, plus additional focus on your lower abdominal muscles / abs  )

This is another “simple” 😉 variation of above mentioned Plank exercises. You start with the same set-up as above, but instead of holding the plank position you draw you knee straight underneath your chest and upper-body. The movement is controlled, steady, slow – this will challenge your core muscles more.
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Breath out as you draw one knee or leg in, breath in as you switch sides.
The rest of your body stays ideally completely still and stable, you just move from your hip joint.
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Keep alternating sides, legs until you have done a maximum of 10 kick to the right and left.
Increase the number of repetition gradually over time, allow your body to get used the exercise and challenge.
ame as above, just crisscross your arms in front of your chest to intensify the movement..
Let me know how you get on and e-mail or facebook me your questions, comments or feedback.
Thank you
_ Martin

Video 9 – 3 *Posture Foam Roller Exercises, Back Spine Stretch, Shoulder Mobility, Chest Stretch

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In this Posture Video you are going to learn  three Posture Improvement Exercises >>> with a Foam Roller <<< that
(1) Stretch your Back and Spine out, (2) Mobilize and Loosen your shoulder area, (3) Stretch your chest out to prevent rounded shoulders.
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Keep your core muscles, your TVA (Transverse Abdominis) slightly engaged throughout to make these exercises safer for your lower back. Always consult a GP / physician before starting a new exercises regime, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time on a regular basis.

(1) Foam Roller – Side Sway to Right & Left
( massages the area between your shoulder blades, stretches your chest out )
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Lie flat on your foam roller, your feet are flat on the ground, your knees are bend. Make sure your mid and lower back stay reasonable close to the foam roller. Avoid overarching your lower back, lumbar spine, as this would put pressure on your back. Ensure that the back of your head is well supported, avoid dropping the head over the edge of the roller, as this would overstretch your neck.
Then simply sway one to two inches from side to side, to massage your mid back and either side of the spine. Most class participants find this exercise very relaxing. This will also help you to prevent rounded shoulders, bad posture, as your pectoral muscles, your chest gets stretched out as well. 
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(2) Foam Roller – Full Body stretch – Back Stretch and Shoulder Mobility
( focuses on stretching your whole spine and back, increasing shoulder mobility, includes a chest stretch )
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This a very simple yet effective exercise. Start in the same position as in exercise number one, then stretch and lengthen your legs away on the Pilates mat. It might be slightly challenging to keep your balance, which will activate your general core muscles a small bit. Aim to keep your mid and especially your lower back, reasonable close to the foam roller, avoid overarching your lower back. Reach with your hands towards the wall behind you, stretch as far as possible through your fingers away to increase the back and spine stretch. This will work on mobility of your shoulder area and stretches your chest out, preventing rounded shoulders >>> Posture Work ! 🙂
Hold for around 10 long, deep breaths and aim to lengthen further away each time you exhale.

(3) Shoulder Mobilizing with a Foam Roller
( focuses on shoulder mobility, posture improvement, a small chest stretch and a bit mid-back strength )
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Another simple exercise to loosen and mobilize your shoulder area and improve your posture. Start in the same position as in exercise number one. Reach with your fingers towards the ceiling, let your palms face towards each other, straighten your arms nearly completely, keep your neck long and relaxed. Draw your shoulders down your back, away from your earlobes.
Breath in as you aim to lift / round your shoulder as much as possible off or away from the foam roller towards the ceiling, stretch your fingers as high as possible up towards the ceiling, while keeping the back of your head on the foam-roller. Breath out as you draw your shoulders back toward the ground, it is a bit like wrapping your shoulder blades around the foam roller, aim to keep your arms straight as you do this. Breath in as you restart. Repeat 10 times.
Same as above, just crisscross your arms in front of your chest to intensify the movement..
Let me know how you get on and e-mail or facebook me your questions, comments or feedback.
Thank you
_ Martin

Video 8 – Three Pilates Exercises – Single Leg Stretches, Roll Like a Ball, Shoulder Brigde

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In this Pilates Video you are going to learn  three Pilates Exercise that increase Core Strength, Back Mobility and Back Strength.
(1) Pilates Single Leg Stretches, (2) Roll Like a Ball or Roll Back, (3) Pilates Shoulder Bridge.
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Keep your core muscles, your TVA (Transverse Abdominis) slightly engaged throughout to make these exercises safer for your lower back. Always consult a GP / physician before starting a new exercises regime, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time on a regular basis.

(1) Pilates Single Leg Stretches  ( focuses on – abdominal / core Strength – rectus adominis )
More details to follow …over the weekend.
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(2) Pilates Rolling like a Ball or Roll Back ( focuses on lower abdominal strength, back mobility, a bit back strength )
More details to follow … over the weekend.
This exercise might not be for your if you have any back issues.

(3) Pilates Shoulder Bridge ( Back Mobility & Back Stretching )
More details to follow … over the weekend.
Same as above, just crisscross your arms in front of your chest to intensify the movement..
Let me know how you get on and e-mail or facebook me your questions, comments or feedback.
Thank you
_ Martin

Video 7 – Pilates Roll-Up Core Strength Exercise – Three Variations / Options

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In this Pilates Video you are going to learn three variations of an Pilates Exercise called the Roll-Up. The exercise focuses on your straight abdominal muscles / your rectus abdominis and a small bit on lower and mid back mobility.
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Keep your core muscles, your TVA (Transverse Abdominis) slightly engaged throughout to make these exercises safer for your lower back. Always consult a GP / physician before starting a new exercises regime, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time on a regular basis.

(1) Pilates Roll-Up (option 1 – arms stretched out in front of you)
Sit with your legs straight stretched out in front of you and aim to straighten your back as much as possible, keep your shoulders and neck relaxed. Breath in to prepare, breath out as you tuck your tailbone under, draw your chin slightly in towards your chest and gradually easy vertebrae by vertebrae onto the mat. Aim for a slow and controlled movement, avoid any rushed or jerky moves to keep it safe for your back. Breath in as you reach cross over your body to lengthen your back and spine. Roll your back in the same controlled way off the mat as you breath out and reach away to your feet to incorporate a hamstring / back of your leg stretch. Repeat up to ten times. This exercise might not be for your if you have any back issues.
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(2) Pilates Roll-Up (option 2 – arms crisscrossed in front of chest) 
Same as above, crisscross your arms in front of your chest to intensify the movement. Still stretch your whole body out as your hands and fingers reach away for a moment.
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(3) Pilates Roll-Up (option 3 – arms / hands stretch away to the ceiling )
Same as above, stretch your arms / fingers away towards the ceiling, your palms are facing towards each other. This intensives the movement further and requires more control.
Same as above, just crisscross your arms in front of your chest to intensify the movement..
Let me know how you get on and e-mail or facebook me your questions, comments or feedback.
Thank you
_ Martin

Video 6 – Core Strength, Pilates, Upper-Body Combo 1. Roll-Down Push-Up, 2. Roll-Out, 3. Ball Russian-Twist

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In this Pilates Video you are going to learn three exercises, two Pilates, Core Strength Exercises and one Upper-Body Toning and Strengthening Exercise.
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Keep your core muscles, your TVA (Transverse Abdominis) slightly engaged throughout to make these exercises safer for your lower back. Always consult a GP / physician before starting a new exercises regime, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time on a regular basis.

(1) Pilates Push-Up & Roll-Down >> Focuses on increasing upper-body strength (arms, chest), improves spin & back mobility a small bit.
Stand tall, arms, shoulders and the neck area are relaxed. Roll-down into a push-up position, place your hands wide, to the right & left of the mat, aim to keep you neck long, avoid dropping your head if possible to avoid tension in the neck. Keep your hip lifted, maintain ideally a straight line – ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, top of your head. Breath in as you lower your upper-body, breath out as you push away from the mat or floor. Roll up on the next breath out and come into a standing position.
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(2) Swiss-Ball / Gym-Ball Roll-Out
 >> Focuses mainly on increasing your “global abdominal” strength (it strengthens various abdominal / stomach muscles at the same time)
Kneel in front of the ball, your wrists rest on ball, your elbows are slightly bent. Maintain a straight line from your knees to your shoulders and the top of your head. Keep your shoulders and neck loose and relaxed. Breath out as you roll out, breath in as you roll back up.
Avoid dropping your hip and keep your TVA, core muscles slightly engaged to protect your lower back.
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(3)  Russian Twist with a Gym / Swiss-Ball >> Focuses on toning your waist / increasing oblique strength and gets your thighs, buttock / gluteal muscles and mid / lower back a bit as well.
Rest the top of your upper back and the back of your head on a gym-ball, lift your hip to create a straight line from your knees to the crown of your head, keep your hip lifted and your ankles below your knees. Reach with your arms towards the ceiling, palms facing inwards. keep the shoulder relaxed. Breath out as you turn from your waist to the right, remember to keep you hip lifted, breath in as your return to the centre, turn to the left on your next out breath, breath in returning to the centre.
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To-Do-List:
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Do a brief warm-up of 5-8min including some rotational and loosening moves for your neck, back, shoulders and your lower back or do some cardio exercises for 5-8min e.g. brisk walking.
(2) Do each exercise up to 10 times, assuming your back, neck, shoulders, knees and other joints etc. agree with the movement and there is no pain. Do three sets of each exercise.
(3) I suggest to keep an exercise and activity diary, which will allow you to recognize progress.
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Make a note of
(3.1) when you exercise time/date/duration,
(3.2) how many reps / sets you do,
(3.3) how the exercises are getting easier over time. I came up with a rating system.
I use a scale from 1 to 10 ( 1 = very very easy; 10 = extremely hard, nearly impossible).
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Let me know how you get on and if you have any questions.
Martin