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August 2020 – Pilates Classes Up-Date (Classes in South Dublin & Live-Online)

Below an update concerning my future weekly Pilates & Core Strength, Fitness Class timetable, how it will look like from early September 2020 onwards. Fingers crossed, Covid-19 numbers here in Dublin/Ireland stay low or will drop further so that we can go ahead with the?e local classes. 

I will offer a mix of (1) Online-Live-Virtual Classes and (2) local In-Person Classes in various local Community, Parish and Sport Centers in the South Dublin area (Dundrum, Rathfarnham, Sandyford, Leopardstown, Belarmine, Dublin 14, Dublin 16 and Dublin 18). 

Class Sizes are currently (1) Live-Virtual-Online Classes – 8-11 participants maximum, (2) Local In-Person Classes 8-10 participants maximum.

Fitnecise Pilates Equipment Fitness Classes Courses in South Dublin Rathfarnham Nutgrove close to Dundrum Churchtown Terenure Leopardstown Sandyford

(1) Men Only Pilates & Core Strength Classes
(2) Mid Morning Mixed Gender Pilates Classes
(3) Active Seniors & Over 60s Pilates, Mobility and Flexibility Classes
(4) Golfers Pilates, Core Strength & Mobility, Flexibility Classes
(5) Live-Streaming of Local In-Person Classes (free trial classes, volunteers needed !!! )
(6) Class fees/prices

Classes are 60min in duration, with 15-30min in between classes if classes are taught back to back. 

Class participants who attended local In-Person classes before Covid-19 have first preference to re-join local In-Person classes. 

Local In-Person class participants will have to (1) sign and acknowledge our Covid-19 consent-form and (2) familiarise themselves with our ” Covid-19 Health & Safety Guidelines / Policy.”, see http://www.pilatesdublin.ie/covid19/ .  

You will be able to transfer class credits paid for online-classes to local In-Person classes once we restarted local In-Person classes. 


Pilates Fitness Classes and Courses in South Dublin Rathfarnham Nutgrove close to Dundrum Chruchtown Terenure Leopardstown Sandyford

(1) Men Only Pilates & Core Strength Classes
(1.1) Tuesday 6-7pm Live-Online Men’s Pilates Classes (on-going)

(1.2) Tuesday 8-9pm In-Person Men’s Pilates Classes (Taney Parish Centre Dundrum, Dublin 14, Dublin 16) starts 8th September 2020. 

(1.3) Wednesday 6.30-7.30pm Men’s Pilates Classes – already started – a new 7-week block will start 9th September 2020 (Belarmine Community Centre, Dublin 18, in Sandyford, beside the Leopardstown Industrial Estate). 

(1.4) *NEW* Thursday 6-7pm Men’s Pilates Classes – start 27th August or 3rd September 2020 (Belarmine Community Centre, Dublin 18, in Sandyford, beside the Leopardstown Industrial Estate). 


(2) Mid Morning Mixed Gender Pilates Classes
(2.1) Monday 10-11am Live-Online Pilates for all levels (on-going, most likely until the Golf Club, Club House reopens and we restart teaching the In-Person Classes in DLGC Dun Laoghaire Golf Club in Enniskerry).

(2.2) Wednesday 10-11am Live-Online Beginners to Intermediate Pilates classes (on-going, most likely until the Rathfarnham Parish Centre, the Old Court House reopens). 


(3) Active Seniors & Over 60s Pilates, Mobility and Flexibility Classes
(3.1) Thursday 10-11am Active Seniors & Over 60s Pilates (Taney Parish Centre Dundrum, Dublin 14, Dublin 16) starts 8th September 2020.

(3.2) Thursday 11.30am-12.30pm Active Seniors & Over 60s Pilates (this class is put on hold for the time being). 


(4) Golfers Pilates, Core Strength & Mobility, Flexibility Classes
(4.1) Tuesday 10-11am Live-Online Golfers Pilates (on-going, most likely until the Golf Club, Club House reopens and we restart teaching the In-Person Classes in DLGC Dun Laoghaire Golf Club in Enniskerry).

(4.2) Friday 10-11am Live-Online Golfers Pilates (on-going).


(5) Live-Streaming of Local In-Person Classes (free trial classes, volunteers needed !!! )
I will do a few trial runs of live-streaming, some of my local In-Person Classes, i.e. Men’s Pilates in Belarmine and Taney, to test the sound and audio quality with a few volunteers (FREE classes for them). These classes will be offered, in the future, at a discounted price, if the audio & video-quality work for online-class participants. 


(6) Class fees/prices
(6.1) Local In-Person Classes
(6.1.1) 7-consecutive-week block of classes €95
(6.1.2) Drop-In (if availability allows) €15

(6.2) Live-Online-Virtual-Classes with live-feedback (correction, motivation, suggestions of alternative moves).
(6.2.1) 4-Online Classes (Introduction Offer) €32
(6.2.2) 4-Online Classes (Post Introduction Offer) €50
(6.2.3) 8-Online Classes (Post Introduction Offer) €90
(6.2.4) 1-Online Class Drop-In / Pay-As-You-Go €13 


Survey Pilates Classes Courses Exercises in Dublin - North Soth West East Dublin and Dublin City Centre
Pilates Classes Courses Exercises in Dublin – North South West East Dublin and Dublin City Centre

Please contact me with any feedback, comments or question you might have via e-mail, an SMS/text or a phone call. 

Thank you
  Take Care & Stay Safe
    Martin  

Men Only Pilates *New January 2020* Class in Belarmine Community Centre, Belarmine Plaza, Sandyford start Wed 8th January 2020

Online & Virtual Pilates Ćlasses are ongoing in June 2021.
We re-start our local In-Person South Dublin Classes - once Covid-19 restrictions allow.
In the meantime ....
(1) Click >>> For Post-Lockdown/Covid-19 --- Updates --- on *local In-Person Classes* - Register here.
(2) Click >>> For - Live-Virtual & Online Pilates Classes with - Martin - www.PilatesOnline365.com


A *new Only Men Pilates class* starts Wednesday 8th January 2020, this will be my fourth Men Only Pilates class per week in the greater South Dublin area. All classes are taught by a male instructor (qualified in 2003, fully insured ).
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The class is suitable for all levels, Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Pilates level, as I will demonstrate two or three different versions of the same exercise. Each participant chooses then the right version for himself, depending on any back, neck, shoulder issues etc..
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One-to-One Pilates and Personal Training are also available.

[1} Class venue: Belarmine Community Centre, Belarmine Plaza, Sandyford, Dublin 18, near Stepaside, Kilternan, Leopardstown, Cabinteely and Foxrock.
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[2] Time: 6.30pm-7.30pm
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[3] Course start: Wednesday 8th January 2020
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[4] Course duration: 7-weeks,
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[5] Course fee:
€95 (7-weeks) – Drop-In fee: €15
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[6] please print, fill out the following Health Screening Form and
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Find more * Mens Pilates & Core Strength *, Flexibility, Mobility classes and further details here:
Men Only Pilates Belarmine Sandyford Aiken Village near Stepaside Dublin 18 D18

Christmas Gift Voucher available in December 2019 for South Dublin Pilates Classes and Personal Training

From 1st December 2019 you can avail of Christmas Gift Vouchers. This includes vouchers for Mid Morning Pilates Classes, Men Only Evening Pilates classes, Active Senior & Over 60s Pilates classes as well as for Personal Training / One-to-One Health & Nutrition Coaching. Most classes take place in the Dublin 14, Dublin 16 and Dublin 18 area.

Buy Christmas Gift Vouchers in South Dublin Pilates Nutrition Fitness Exercise Personal Trainer Martin LuschinContact Martin for further information or to get a Gift Voucher for a loved one, a friend, family member or work colleague.
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Your in Health & Well Being
_ Merry Christmas
__ Martin

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 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