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Why We Cried!

Since I begun teaching 29 years ago, I have always had a desire to own my own studio. A studio that was different from the rest, A studio with fantastic teaching, a studio with an abundance of laughs and a studio where people would do what ever they could to be part...

Success Story

“Before joining The Studio all previous exercise was carried out at Esporta (now Nuffield). The type of classes, instruction and times at Esporta were fine for me, but unfortunately the management ran the business based on personal opinions rather than on a...

Butternut Squash Soup with a little bit of SPICE!

A nice warming soup is just what I need some days.  Soup is so easy to make and is a healthy dinner or lunch (just go easy on the bread)! Some of the more exotic fruit and vegetables are sometimes forgotten as we don’t always know what to do with them, but I have come...

Is you Butt weak?

Gluteal Amnesia is a condition where your body forgets or doesn’t know know how to activate the Gluteal muscles sited with in the buttocks. This can happen when there are postural deviance’s or because they are not being used often enough! It is great if...

A note from Claire

“After much soul searching I have decided to ease off on my work load for a while and have a bit of “me” time. I cannot put into words how much I have enjoyed teaching at the studio and I will miss you all. I have no doubt our paths will cross again...

Invitation for a FREE class at The studio

The lovely Pat Stutt won Octobers incentive for recommending our classes at The studio. Although there were 9 people who names were placed in the hat, Pat’s was pulled out and here she receiving her flowers and chocolates. Incidentally Pat starting coming to my...

Dead of Night!

OK So Jack, also known as Dave Wood, our very own Personal Trainer was amazing in the Halse Production of ‘Dead of Night’ written by Peter Whalley All the actors were excellent but I think we have to agree he really stole the show. I am not sure if his...

Success Stories

“I’d been practising pilates for a few years before I discovered The Studio.  Lucky for me I had recently moved onto Staplegrove Road and passed The Studio to and from work each day, so I thought I’d give it a go! I don’t recall having any...

Chilli – A dish for the winter months!

Chilli (serves 2) Ingredients ½ tbsp oil 100g turkey mince 1 onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 400g can of chopped tomatoes 1 tbsp tomato puree ½ tsp chilli powder ¼ tsp cumin ¼ tsp coriander ½ red pepper, chopped 100g mushrooms, sliced 1 can of...

Dave’s Damsels

I’m sorry to tell you Donna But Dave he treats us so mean! He won’t let us do any skiving And is much tougher than you’ve ever been. If we cry out for a mercy He just ignores all our pleas We can groan and grunt as much as we like But he still drives...

Success Stories

” Before attending the Pilates studio, I had suffered a shoulder problem, which has been a long term effect of several factors including poor posture and repetitive strain.  My only reservation with joining the Studio was that I don’t really...

Red peppers stuffed with Goats cheese

This month’s recipe is yummy goats cheese (Lidls do a lovely mild one in a tub which tastes more like cream cheese and is much lower in saturated fat than some others ) Other supermarkets are available! Red peppers stuffed with Goats cheese Ingredients: • 2 red...

The magic 10!

You’ve probably already heard them and listened with dread… the adverts on the radio plugging Christmas party venues and lunches and it’s not even Halloween yet!! Love it or loathe but in just  80 days or 10 short weeks it will be the time to over indulge, expand the...

Success Story

Matt attended the studio as he has been struggling with lower back issues for years. I asked Matt to join in both a Pilates class and a Pure stretch class to try so that I could assess which would initially give him more benefit and pain relief. After just three...

Falafel Burgers

This month’s recipe is Falafel Burgers and they are so easy to make. If your stomach is quite sensitive use less onion and garlic. The recipe makes 4 burgers and they contain plenty of fibre and protein. Delicious on their own or served with a pitta and salad (also a...

Time for change?

When you think about the word “change” what thoughts and feelings does it conjure up in your mind? Thoughts of fear, overwhelming panic, or maybe even excitement. Quite often we feel “stuck” and we know that something or someone needs to change, but often the thought...

Success Stories

“For the last 6 or so years Donna Noll in the shape of a superb Pilates teacher has been a huge and very positive part of my life. I am now 60 and attend Donna’s Pilates class weekly and have her DVD as well. Pilates helps keep me mobile. I have...

Referrals

OK ladies and Gents, As Pilates is soooo Popular, we at The Studio have added two more Pilates classes to our Timetable and although I have to say both are already 3/4,s full, Dave and I would really love your help in recommending and referring us to your Friends and...

Energy bars with cacao

This month’s recipe is supplied by the lovely Tracey Blood and is absolutely divine. Go steady though…it’s pretty rich but awesome in giving you energy! Energy bars with cacao: makes about 15 bars • 125 grams walnuts (or almonds, hazelnuts, or a mixture of unsalted) •...

That “Sweet” Sensation!

Do the comments below ring true to any of you (have to say probably ladies) out there? “I have to have it NOW someone is gonna get it” “I’m sure there was a bit left at the back of the fridge….. WHO’S HAD IT!! “Just save me a bit of yours that’s all I want (not...

Rhubarb and Vanilla Cake

For those of you that like to have a little of what you fancy please enjoy this week’s recipe of rhubarb and vanilla cake!! It is so easy to make and is delicious with a little custard or ice-cream Ingredients: 115g rhubarb 115g dried chopped dates 60ml water 125...

The crazy early hours!

I’m sure we’ve all been there at some point…3am, can’t sleep, won’t sleep. What to do?! Make a nice cuppa and bit of toast and put on night time television. Boy oh boy was I staggered at what I stumbled across! Going by the title of “the world’s fattest man” it was...

In honour of a ‘Golden Age’!

Jill Pincock who attends the Studio sent me this amazing Anthem, which I just had to share, as it is so funny! (oh and we will miss her terribly as she relocates to Houston soon)   Anthem! Written in honour of a ‘Golden Age’! (Sung to a familiar tune of a certain...

Success story: Sharon

“I have been coming to the Studio for five years and l love it. There are so many choices in levels of fitness in the class you choose. I personally find spinning and kettles really challenging but after the class l feel great. The music is brilliant and the...

Portugal retreat next year!

Portugal retreat next year! The dates are confirmed as 18th to 23rd May. Flying from Bristol with accommodation and transfers plus a full program of Mind Body Classes for a very encouraging price of £595.00. Claire and I already have had much interest about the break...

Holiday time!

The sun is shining, the evenings are longer and there is nothing better than the smell of food cooking on the BBQ. Without wishing to be a party pooper I want to address the issue of salt this month as I do believe we consume more over the summer period. Most of us do...

Success stories from our members

“I first met David 5 or more years ago in Taunton. He is a lovely person who possesses a unique understanding of what motivates people to ultimately feel better about who they are, rather like unlocking a deeper part of you. In the last 9 months I have lost 9...

Summer Berry Ripple

This month’s recipe is rather yummy and a little more indulgent than I would normally have.  However, it was delicious after a recent bbq, and the kids loved it with a little ice-cream. It went very well with a nice coffee too! Serves 6 -8 100g frozen mixed berries...

Do you have a nutrition gap?

You eat well, you try to squeeze in your “5 a day” if you can, and you have 2 alcohol free nights a week! That’s a good enough to keep your body fit and well, surely? Unfortunately that may not be the case. Certain lifestyle factors can make a significant impact on...

Testimonials from The Studio

“I have been coming to the Studio for five years and l love it. There are so many choices in levels of fitness in the class you choose. I personally find spinning and kettles really challenging but after the class l feel great. The music is brilliant and the...

Testimonials from The Studio

“As a newcomer to Somerset, I still can’t believe how lucky I was to find the Studio. I didn’t know anyone locally to ask, so it was all down to Google. I’ve been doing Pilates for nine years now, and have never encountered a better instructor...

Little Pickers wear Bigger Knickers!

The title of this article is not one of Kate Mosses favorite sayings…I do believe I own this one! What constitutes a little Picker? Helping yourself to the odd chocolate minstrel from the family bag in the fridge…. slice of buttered bread whilst making the lunch...

Pilates

Pilates is a system of exercising, that when practiced regularly can will increase flexibility and core strength, especially in the Deep stabilizing muscles of the spine. • Pilates will help to heal long and short term injuries • Realign muscle imbalances • Created a...

A personal note from Donna

I recently attended an amazing three-day Mind Set seminar in Coventry and managed to find myself (reluctantly) on stage dancing whilst facing over 200 people in the Audience! (At 8.30am) Now you may well think, huh? She does it all the time in front of us. Well in all...

Oven-roasted butternut squash and beetroot salad

As summer should be just around the corner I thought a salad would be tasty option! Enjoy this month’s recipe which includes beetroot, love it or hate it but it is full of vital vitamins and nutrients! Ingredients: • 800g butternut (or other squash) peeled and cut...

Are you a secret eater?

You may have watched the recent channel 4 programme “Secret Eaters” with some amusement. Admittedly I think that some of the programme was set up for the viewer’s entertainment; however there was a very serious message in amongst this. For any of you that didn’t watch...

Can you fill yourself up first?

Good Morning everyone, I am writing this latest email from my balcony in Portugal. It is 6.15am and the sun is beaming down on the pool. My two friends and sister are still sleeping and other than the beautiful tunes, which the birds are singing, all is peaceful. I...

What a busy week it’s been!

Well what a busy week it has been: Our very own Claire was on Somerset Sounds on Friday morning talking about the benefits of Pilates and with particular reference to the importance of aligning the spine and Pelvis at the start at every class. She was given the task...

Apple Slices

The recipe for apple slices below is so simple to cook and makes a delicious dessert. It can be warmed up and served with ice cream or custard or eaten cold. It really makes a healthy alternative to…

Time is of the essence!

What can we do to create more time? Maybe not a great deal…. but, the good news is if you are wanting to increase your fitness levels you can find a way of fitting in extra exercise around your studio classes. Eh, how I hear you cry! I have listed below some ways in which you can burn fat, increase your…

FREE CLASS OFFER!

Do you know of anyone who hasn’t experienced how fantastic we all are at THE STUDIO and you know they would benefit from our wealth of experience and ability to have fun? Well how about letting them know that they can come and experience a FREE trial class to see for themselves?

Where there is a will, there will always be a way…

Sometimes we get confused and unclear on what we want out of life and sometimes we think it is not really possible to have these things or experiences.
Sometimes we find it easier or clearer to focus on what we do not want and what we do not enjoy in life, but you know that focusing on…

Take the leap of Faith!

What a difference the light evenings make!

I returned on Sunday from a three-day seminar in Coventry. It was a very positive time where I met with many inspiring individuals who all had very different stories and journeys in their lives, but rather than be beaten down by their past and the negativity that surrounded them. They searched for more, found more and continually touch other peoples lives along the way.

They made a decision to be comfortable with them selves, to be grateful, unselfish and blessed. They all had one thing in common and that was

Laura’s Yummy Banana Breakfast Bars! (Makes 6)

Laura’s Yummy Banana Breakfast Bars! (Makes 6) Ingredients: • 100g Oats • 2 ripe bananas mashed • 30g ground almonds • 50g currants • 1-teaspoon coconut oil Method: 1. Melt coconut oil in a saucepan. 2. Mix all other ingredients together in the saucepan 3. Press into...

Guided Meditation

Guided Meditation Wednesdays 11am. Come and Try this wonderful way of relaxing and recharging your mind and Body. First session compliments of the...

Saturday Breakfast Burrito

Recipe for Saturday Breakfast Burrito (serves one) Lightly fry 2 scrambled eggs using an oil of your choice (coconut if my favourite) adding in a finely chopped red pepper and a chopped tomato Whilst the eggs are cooking gently heat 1 dessert spoon of haricot, kidney...

Stuck in a food rut? Take the 7 day challenge!

We are all generally creatures of habit and feel the most comfortable doing the same things day in day out. Unfortunately this isn’t necessarily a good thing when it comes to our diet or exercise regime. Our bodies love to take the easy option if we let them, and by...

Hula Fit

Hula Hooping is designed to flatten the stomach, firm up the abs and strengthen the back. Users quickly notice a tangible difference in the circumference of their waist: a Canadian university research team recently published a study showing that the average reduction in waist size was 3.35 cm over a six week period, with three of the fourteen subjects losing between 5 and 7.5 cm around the waist.

New Winter Timetable

Winter Timetable 4th November – 15th December… Bookings are NOW being taken for this 6 week block and its OUR last chance to TRIM UP before Christmas… Please click here view the timetable… Priority is always given FIRST to the people already in a...

KETTLERCISE!

KETTLERCISE! A Poem from Barbara Scott   Donna has started a new class It goes by the name Kettlercise She warned that it was a tough one Well that came as no surprise!   It involves quite a bit of aerobics And swinging a heavy weight It will certainly challenge...

Balance Training and why I love it!

Balance Training Why, who is it for, what are the benefits, are there any benefits? About 10 years ago, a group of researchers began to publish the results they were finding after looking into the effects of balance training within the older population group. This...

Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup

Halloween… What better time to use ingredients that are in season?  You all know by now I love my soups as they are a fantastic way of being able to nourish the body with delicious filling ingredients packed full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.They are...

Light Club Home pack …Only 10 copies left!

Includes a 6 week clean Eating Plan, Daily Recipes, weekly shopping lists and additional nutritional information as drawn together by Claire Southcott, our resident Nutritionist and Pilates instructor. JUST £19.97 ONLY 10 LEFT!

Snuggy nights in and healthy delicious snacks!

Yes, you’ve read that right! This month I’ve included some delicious simple recipes for dips. This is for those of you with a savory rather than sweet tooth and the dips are delicious for snacking with a glass or two of Vino! Use only the freshest vegetables and almost any vegetables that can be eaten raw will be suitable.

SPINNING OUT OF CONTROL!

Grab a coffee, sit back and enjoy the ride! Spinning out of control… With the studio closed in August for a fortnight and the grim prospect of two weeks of no spinning (or exercise) I was driven to try somewhere else. So council run leisure centre here I come… Upon...

7 Top Tips for Keeping Weight Off!

If you have recently lost weight or are trying to lose weight you may have noticed that you’ve either plateaued or it’s starting to creep back on again. See below for my Top Tips to getting back on track. • Portion control ! Keep an eye on your portion size when it...

SEPTEMBER OFFER

Book a friend into anyone of the classes (with available space) at the studio between September 2nd and September 15th and they come for FREE you get a FREE Pilates DVD! Can’t say fairer than that! Call me on 07854 456793 to book their...

Osteoporosis

I thought I would share a little bit of information about our skeletal system and changes that occur within our bones as we get older. (And without sounding rude, I do believe WE at the studio are a little older but BOY are we young at Heart!) Bone is a living tissue...

The Dreaded “C” Word!

No ladies and gents…it’s not Christmas and it’s not Cheese…It’s CHOCOLATE! Why” dreaded” I hear you cry?? Well, if I had one pound for everyone that says to me they love chocolate but feel so guilty after eating it I would be laid on a beach in Thailand being fed red...

The Breakfast Club

The Studio @ 98 Staplegrove Road introduces The Breakfast Club… The Breakfast Club is a range of early morning classes starting at 8.30am for those busy people who want to Get It, Get Fit and Get Out leaving the rest of the day free! Choose from early morning...

Indian Foot Massage/Hip Openers Workshop

Saturday 17th August 10.00 – 11.30 am   How Can Indian Foot Massage Help Me? By working specific reflex points on the feet, this improves circulation and lymph flow, cleanses the body of impurities and revitalises energy, which will encourage the body to...

New Kettlercise Classes Available

Kettlercise® is a brand new fitness class that incorporates the use of kettlebell training in a friendly group atmosphere. Regular kettlebell training is typically carried out using heavy weights whereas kettlercise® is carried out using light weights and is set out...

The Big Pink Balloon Race

The Studio at 98 Staplegrove Road are very proud to sponsor this great cause. Please see us to get your balloon and help raise money for charity. Click on the poster below to download a PDF to promote the event where you can. Thank You....

FUN QUIZ NIGHT! Saturday 22nd June

Quiz Night and yummy grub all for just a tenner… Lots laughs as Dave rises to become Quiz master… Come along on Saturday 22nd June 2013 from 7 -10pm at The Studio. Bring your own Booze but soft drinks, mixers and glasses provided! Included in price. Fun...

The History of Pilates

Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness. Our interpretation of physical fitness is the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body with a sound mind fully capable of naturally, easily, and satisfactorily performing our many and varied daily tasks with spontaneous zest and pleasure.
Joseph Hubertus Pilates (1883-1967)

FUN QUIZ NIGHT! Saturday 9th March

Quiz Night and yummy grub all for just a tenner… Lots laughs as Dave rises to become Quiz master… Come along on Saturday 9th March from 7 -10pm at The Studio. Bring your own Booze but soft drinks, mixers and glasses provided! Included in price. Fun Quiz,...

Happy New Year from the Studio

Hi Everyone, Just a quick message to you all to wish you a very Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great Christmas and really enjoyed the holidays. Here is a little video from me to let you all know about what we have on offer for the following couple of months at...

Claire’s Tips to get you “Back on the Waggon”

So, January has arrived and you may be feeling rather bloated and sluggish after overindulging in the Christmas festivities. Excess eating and drinking over a few days won’t have suddenly added fat to your body. If the scales are cruel and are showing that you have gained weight it will be…

To snack or not to snack!

If you were to ask my mum what does she think has caused the obesity problem we have today her answer would be simple….”back in my day when we were kids, we had three meals a day and no snacks!” I ask myself does she have a point? Well, the answer is yes and no...

Congratulations Claire & Tom

Congratulations to our resident Personal Trainer and Nutritionist: Claire Southcott (was Hall). Claire and Tom Married back in June whilst traveling on the Steam Train From Taunton To Minehead. We would like to wish the happy couple the best of luck for the future...

Personal Training and Spinning Studio

Brand New Personal Training and Spinning Studio After 3 years in business our studio continues to develop. The studio has become busier and busier to such an extent that we almost outgrow it, until we decided to offer more by opening a dedicated Spin and Personal...

Osteoporosis

I thought I would share a little bit of information about our skeletal system and changes that occur within our bones as we get older. (and without sounding rude, I do believe WE at the studio are a little older!) Bone is a living tissue and is formed by a process...

Calorie, Calories, Calories!!!

With summer nearly upon us (fingers crossed), you may be thinking about losing a few pounds or embarking on a new fitness regime. Either or both of these are great for your health but it is unlikely you will persevere and stay motivated if you haven’t got a...

KITCHEN GOODNESS + COOKING WITH PURPOSE

Does any of the following statements sound like you? “I’d like to be able to just throw something together after work, with what’s in my cupboard” “I would like someone to cook for my dinner party” “I don’t have masses of time to...

Tight inflexible Hamstring Muscles.

Ok, so how many of you suffer from tight, short or inflexible Hamstring muscles? What a pain in the Butt, it is to have tight Hamstrings muscles; In fact it really could cause a pain in the butt if it also affects your Sciatic nerve! It can be quite restricting having...

The Big Push with NCT

We are proud to be sponsoring the NCT’s BIG PUSH!       This event is a great idea to raise money for parents who are feeling isolated and help them to get out and make friends with those who are feeling the same way. The Early Days Cafe is a place for these...

Beam Fit Taster Classes Launch on: Tuesday 10th April

PRESS RELEASE HAVE YOU HEARD OF BEAMING? If not… you soon will! The Studio @ 98 Staplegrove Road is delighted to announce that it will be pioneering a brand new fitness class that has taken the USA by storm. Beaming or Beam Fit Classes have become hugely popular...

Balance Training

Balance Training Why, who is it for, what are the benefits, are there any benefits? About 10 years ago, a group of researchers began to publish the results they were finding after looking into the effects of balance training within the older population group. This...

Did the Experts get it Wrong?

Did the experts get it wrong?  You may have seen in the past the “healthy eating pyramid” and you may have even heeded the advice given. However, over the last 10 years obesity levels have risen dramatically so the question had to be asked by the experts...

Sweeteners and Savoury

At a time when many people are still trying to address any excess weight gained from Christmas, I thought I would touch on the topic of sweeteners. When “dieting” we try to reduce the number of calories we are consuming and sweeteners answer this need for...

Eating Habits…2012

January is a great time to “spring clean” your eating habits and make positive lifestyle changes. A great tip is to clear out all the kitchen cupboards and fridge of unhealthy foods, which are doing nothing for your well-being or waistline. If you live...

Spotlight on Cathie Pilgrim and Yoga

“We start our practice where we are and look toward a certain goal. Then we choose the steps that will lead us toward realizing that goal and will gradually bring us back into our everyday life, but our daily practice does not return us to the exact place we...

Postural Alignment and Kyphosis

Kyphosis or rounded shoulders is common in a number of people. I am frequently asked the question: How can I get rid of my rounded shoulders? For this reason I thought I would share some information with you about Kyphosis, who it is common in, ways to correct this...

Poet’s Corner

Here is a great poem sent in by one of our members, Barbara Scott. We think it sums up the studio nicley and is very inspirational. We hope you do to… Enjoy…   If you want to stop a fall It’s not difficult at all Take yourself in hand and join the...

New Born Babies of Studio members

These are the latest arrivals from ladies who attended Pilates at the Studio…. Well done and Congratulations Both! Alice poppy Thorne, 20th Aug( 5 days late) 8lb 1 oz, born at home, big sister Beatrice went out for day with grandparents and Alice was born while she...