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Magnesium is a macro-mineral and is critical for the human body. It is involved in hundreds of enzyme reactions which are important for the production of energy as well as heart health.  When your muscles ache after exercise it is good to either have a hot bath with magnesium sulfate flakes / salts or spray on a magnesium oil spray to the affected area of the body and rub in. The quickest way for our body to absorb magnesium is via the skin’s pores. Magnesium is also considered the “anti-stress” mineral. It's a natural tranquilizer of sorts by helping to…
Pilates has numerous benefits for everyone but I have seen huge benefits for people who do a lot of cycling. Cyclists regularly experience tight hip flexors, weak lower back, tight pectorals, hunched shoulders among other issues. This can flow over into everyday life and with time can lead to deterioration of functional movements and consequently lead to musculoskeletal ailments. Pilates can help resolve these issues while also improving overall athletic performance by assisting the body to move and function better.  By targeting particular areas such as tight hip flexors or weak gluteus we can tailor each session specifically to the…
The Dairy Industry has done brilliant marketing ove the years to convince everyone that they need dairy for calcium to have healthy bones, but even though milk and other dairy products do contain calcium and other nutrients they inflame the gastrointestinal tract and many people just don't absorb the nutrients. There have also been scientific studies that show in Countries with high dairy consumption the rates of osteoprosis are actually higher. Dairy products do deliver a dose of calcium and fortified vitamin D, but it's not that simple when it comes to nutrients for bone density. Bone health is complex…
Pilates training has become the go-to exercise for Tennis & Squash players to remain injury-free, players such as Martina Navratilova, Venus & Serena Williams, and Andy Murray have all said Pilates is the secret that keeps them injury-free. Navratilova is now retired, but she says that Pilates has helped her body regain the flexibility of her prime. Pat Cash, the former Wimbledon champion, still does Pilates training as a key part of his fitness routine. If you would like to step up your game and get that edge over your competitors. Then Pilates is for you. Don’t forget that your…
  It has become quite a cliche saying now that people will say to 'get outside of your comfort zone', or to 'get comfortable being uncomfortable'. But this concept truly is the way to experience personal growth, we should all challenge ourselves as often as possible, the end result is that you expand your comfort zone and some of the things you consider as challenges become easier. As a Personal Trainer and group Pilates instructor, I am always telling people to challenge themselves and to step outside of their comfort zone as this is where real change happens. Humans spend…
  At Plant Based Life we don't always talk about all things Plant Based, the other two passions of mine are exercise and music, I am both a long time a DJ and a very experienced Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor and I work at several gyms and Studios teaching Pilates in Sydney. I recently listened to an interview with Hip Hop pioneer Chuck D and he talked about how Pilates has changed his life and not only improved his health and fitness, but also in his performances as a Hip Hop MC. In the interview he explained how his…
A lot of  people believe being healthy and being fit are one and the same. In reality, they can be separate states of physical being. You can be really fit, and not very healthy, and you can be very healthy and not very fit. The best result is when a person has a balance of fitness and health, this requires us to identify and understand the difference between fitness and health. Health has been defined by the World Health Organisation as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. It…
The original name for what is now known as Pilates was ‘Contrology’. The reason for this name was because Joseph Pilate’s aim was to help people take back control of their bodies. It is ironic that when he developed this type of exercise it was primarily for men, but as the popularity has grown around the world classes are now mainly attended by women. Joseph Pilates was a Wrestler and a Boxer and was from Germany in 1888, he went to London in the early 1900s and taught self-defence to Scotland Yard, while he was there World War 1 broke…
Every Thursday at 11 am John Cawley teaches a 45 minute Pilates mat class at the Mission Australia Centre, 19 Denham St in Surry Hills. This is a free class for anyone that is homeless or at risk of homelessness. If you know anyone or work with a homeless shelter / organisation and have residents who would like to attend the class let us know. The class is open to people of all fitness levels and ages. John started these regular classes 2 years ago and wants to see as many people as possible benefit from these classes. Get in contact with…
I founded my Company Plant Based Life in 2015 with the aim of helping as many people as possible to learn about the health benefits of a Plant Based lifestyle. I had already been working as a Personal Trainer for almost 2 years, but prior to this I had worked in numerous corporate IT jobs over a period of 27 years. I am a now food coach, pilates instructor and personal trainer with a big focus on optimising workplace productivity by implementing healthy habits. Transitioning to a 100% Plant Based diet made up predominantly of raw fruits and vegetables has…
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