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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.

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.
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.
(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.
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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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).
Let me know how you get on and if you have any questions.

Video 3 – Corporate 10min Lunchtime Neck, Back, Shoulder Stretching, Loosening Class in Sandyford, Leopardstown, Central Park, south Dublin 18

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I’m going to start a new Corporate – 10min Neck, Back and Shoulder Stretching and Loosening Exercises Class on Tuesday 19th July 2016 – 1.10pm-1.20pm in Ulster Bank Gym, Central Park, Sandyford Industrial Estate.
Some of you might know that I’m managing Ulster Bank’s Gym in Leopardstown, Dublin 18 on a part time basis since 2004. Find more details on my Personal Training and Nutrition Coaching website – www.YourHealthHabitCoach.ie/com. 
Contact me if you are interested in introducing corporate fitness, exercise or nutrition classes, seminars or talks to your company or business.

Yours in Health & Well Being
_ Martin

6 over 8 week South Dublin Pilates – Special Offer – June, July, August 2016

Pilates South Dublin Summer 2016 Special Offer Rathfarnham Sandyford Dundrum Leopardstown Cabinteely Foxrock Dublin 16 Dublin 14 Dublin 18For the months of June, July and August 2016 we are going to run our “6 over 8 Pilates Class Summer Special” again. Meaning you can choose to pay for 6 classes and use them over an 8 week period. This allows you to book a class and at the same time have the flexibility that’s needed if you go on a two weeks holiday break. Terms and Conditions apply, see below.
This applies to the following fitness and exercise classes:
 1. Morning Pilates Classes 
 2. Over 60s Pilates & Fitness Classes
 3. Men Only Pilates / Core Strength Classes

Beginners are welcome
Small Classes, there is a maximum of 8-10 class participants
• Various Pilates equipment is provided (Pilates Rings, Balls, Foam Rollers,  Gym Sticks etc.).
Cost: €75 for 6 classes
Cost: €100 for 8 classes (book this if you can do 8 consecutive weeks)
• 13 Years teaching experience
Parking is free

• Find our Full Pilates, Fitness and Exercise Class Time Table for our
South Dublin Classes here, close to Dundrum, Leopardstown, Sandyford, Terenure, Rathmines, Rathgar, Churchtown, Bellarmine, Stepaside, Kiltiernan etc..
Yours in Fitness and Health
_ Martin
Terms and Conditions:
1. Your six-week class booking is valid for 8 consecutive weeks from
your first class onward.
2. A health screening form must be filled out before the start of the class,
find a link to the health screening form here (print and bring along to the first class please) www.PilatesDulbin.ie – Health Screening Form.

Mens Pilates, Men Only Pilates in South Dublin, Sandyford Aiken’s Village Belarmine Ticknock Stepaside Leopardstown D14 D16 D18

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View a Mens Pilates Sample Program below.

> A *new* set of Men Only Pilates classes start during the week of Monday 7th March 2016. << Mens Pilates classes for men, taught by a man. 
I generally mix up the Mens Pilates and Core Strength Classes ( in the various South Dublin based venues ) in different ways to keep the classes interesting and motivating. This will give you ideas what you can do at home or as part of your own exercise and fitness routines.
Some class participants do three or four variations of exercises at the end of their own workouts, runs, resistance or weight training, or after a game of golf or tennis, or they incorporate it into their club training at the end of a ruby, GAA, or soccer training session.
This includes the use of various fitness and exercise props e.g.
(1) Foam Rollers
(2) Pilates Rings
(3) Resistance Bands
(4) Smalls Balls
(5) occasionally Swiss Balls or sometimes called Gym Balls

Pilates Exercises can be combined in Duos, Trios, or just done as an ongoing sequence. There are various ways of teaching and incorporating these Pilates and Core Strength moves into your general daily or weekly workout routine and other exercise programs.

Knowing is not enough; we mus apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
                                                  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Pilates Sample Program for Men:
Exercises were picked in a way to maintain balance in the body, avoid overuse of one particular muscle group and therefore injuries. I see it over and over again that people work only on their abdominal, stomach muscles and neglect back strengthening and mobilizing exercises, which will ultimately lead to back trouble and possibly injuries.
(1) Warm-up: Various neck, shoulder, upper back, and spine mobilization, loosening and stretching exercises (these are generally good as most of us sit for hours in front of various screens and build up tension in the neck and shoulder area), sometimes a few simple body-weight moves e.g. squats, Pilates Push-ups, etc..
(2) Main Section:
These Core and Pilates exercises are generally done in sets of 10-12 moves.
(2.1) Shoulder Bridges
– to give the back and spine another good stretch before more core and abdominal exercises. This exercise is also good for glute activation.
(2.2) Single Legs Stretches – focus mainly on abdominal / core strength, rectus abdominis.
(2.3) Pilates Swimming or Superman – works on lower back strength and lengthens the back and spine at the same time, if done correctly, without putting pressure on the lumbar spine.
(2.4) Straight Arm Plank – mainly core / abdominal strength, plus a bit of upper body strength.
(2.5) Back extension – a mid and/or lower back strengthening exercise, depending on which version you do.
(2.6) Side Bends or Elbow Side Planks – another move to maintain balance in the body, it focuses mainly on the waist, the mid-riff also called obliques.  I generally recommend that you keep moving during this Pilates movement, to get more out of it.
(2.7) Roll-Up – an exercise that works on your straight abdominal muscles, a bit spine mobility/mobilization and adds in a very good hamstring/back of the leg stretch, all meaning is a great combination exercise (flexibility and mobility).
(2.8)  Check opening or Crocodile: a pure mobility and loosening exercise for your spine, mid and lower back. This exercise can stretch the neck muscles as well depending on how the exercise is done.
(3) Cool Down and Stretching:
We focus here on loosening and stretching the muscles we used during the Pilates and Core Strength exercises, of the main section. This will include a lot of back, neck, hip flexor and hamstring, etc. stretches.

Contact Martin with any questions you might have and or to book a class.

>> The *New* set of Mens Pilates and Core Conditioning Classes start: <<
[1] Tuesday 8th March 2016 6-7pm Sandyford Community Centre, Lambs Cross, Dublin 18, D18
[2] Tuesday 8th March 2016 8.15-9.15pm Taney Parish Centre, Dundrum, Dublin 14, D14, close to the LUAS Bridge.
[3] Wednesday 9th March 2016 6.30-7.30pm IrishFit Shop, Running.ie Shop, Sandyford Industrial Estate, 5min walk from the Stillorgan LUAS stop, a view minutes drive from Stillorgan Village.
Please contact Martin before paying online, to check class suitability and availability.
Class fees are €100 for 8 consecutive weeks (classes last for 1 hour), €14 Drop-in, Trial, or Pay-As-You-Go.

Mens Core Conditioning & Pilates Class in Dublin 18, Sandyford Industrial Estate – IrishFit.eu Shop

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Men Only Pilates & Core Work Classes (Tuesday 6pm, 8.15pm, Wednesday 6.30pm) here.
(1) Increase your Core Strength
(2) Improve your Mobility
(3) Boost your Flexibility
(4) Prevent Injuries
with a our Core Conditioning, Core Strength and Pilates Class starting in March & February 2016.

I’m teaching Pilates & Core Strength Classes in the greater South Dublin area (mainly Dublin 18, Dublin 16, Dublin 14, D18, D16, D14) since 2003. Classes take place in various public gyms, one-to-one / private classes, community centres, parish centres, sport clubs e.g. TCD Mens Rowing Squat, UCD Ladies Rowing Squat and corporate gyms and corporate classes.

During the classes we will mix:
1. Traditional Pilates Moves e.g. Pilates Single Leg Stretches, Swimming, Shoulder Bridge, Scissors, Side Lifts etc.
2. Sports, Gym like Core Strength Exercises e.g. Plank variations, back extensions etc..
3. Mobility Exercises to loosen joints and to free up your spine and back.
4. Various stretching exercises, some that you might have done at the end of your gym workout, some are more yoga-like others are focusing on tight calf, hamstrings etc..
5. Plus I through in a for general body-weight exercises e.g. push-up variations, squat variations, revers push-ups etc. to keep it interesting and varied.

Most guys/men need to keep working on their core strength, mobility and flexibility to stay at the top of their game, this might be for running, triathlon, squash, tennis or golf etc..

  1. Day: Wednesday’s
  2. Time: 6:30pm (duration 1 hour)
  3. D18 Pilates Core Strength Classes With Martin Fitnecise Irishfit Store Shop Sandyford Multi SportVenue: IrishFit – Store/Shop – Sandyford Industrial Estate, 25 Spruce Ave, Stillorgan Industrial Park, Blackrock / Sandyford, close to the Stillorgan LUAS stop, Dunnes Store and the Beacon Hospital.
  4. Course duration: 8 weeks
  5. Course Fee: €100 for 8 consecutive weeks
  6. Drop-In possible: €14 (availability allowing, call or text at least two days before the day you want to attend)

There is a max. of 10-12 participants per class.
Contact Martin for more details or course bookings or book online below.