The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Hertfordshire Edition

Category: Fitness

And one… and two… and point… and stretch…

18 Mar 2016

My history with ballet is… well, to say it’s chequered would be something of an overstatement – I was the chubby child at the back in the hand-knitted cardigan who surprised everyone by actually scraping through her Grade 1 and was then *sniff* encouraged to give up by the teacher.

But, with my girlish dreams newly revived by watching my littlest leaping about in her leotard, the prospect of a Pilates class which incorporates elements of ballet was definitely intriguing. 

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Making friends with my muscles at The Pilates Pod

25 May 2015

I spend far too many hours bent over my laptop – or stuck behind the wheel – and I’m starting to get to a point where my back has been protesting about it all. I thought I’d get some expert advice about what I can do to keep it from shouting too loudly, and so, after chatting to The Pilate’s Pod’s Michelle at the Muddy Herts Awards reception last month, I booked myself in for a 1-2-1 session in their studio. After all, they won Best Pilates/Yoga Studio in Herts (hoorah for them!), so they definitely know what they’re doing….

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Restorative yoga = some serious relaxation

24 Feb 2015

When I first started doing yoga, I think I probably just figured that there was ‘yoga’ and that was that. Little did I realise that there was ashtanga yoga, bikram yoga, ananda, hatha, iyengar, kundalini, power, and on and on and on. Recently, after not having done anything yoga-wise for too long time and spending too much time at my desk instead, I came across Carol Trevor, a Herts practitioner and teacher of restorative yoga who teaches one-to-one rather than in classes – and restorative yoga sounded just like what I needed for my sore (and sorely-neglected) bod….

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7 Expert tips to help find your inner Olympian

1 Feb 2015

Hero, over at Muddy Bucks and Oxon, has been grilling Toby Garbett — Olympic athlete and rower, triathlete, and now pilates and PT instructor — for his tips to help the rest of us get fit and stay fit.  (I know, she gets all the tough jobs….)  I thought us here at Muddy Herts might like to read them too — especially given that it’s now February and all that new-year-resolution enthusiasm might need a bit of a boost….

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Having a wiggle and a giggle

16 Jan 2015

OK, here’s my comfort zone. And then, over there, there’s dancing. And then, a whole lot further out from that, there’s burlesque. So no one was more surprised than me when, one night after clearly one glass too many, I found myself signing up to try out a class with Jems Burlesque.  I know. One more reason why I should have aimed for a dry January.

The other women in the class were about the wildest mix you could imagine.

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Get a body like Dirty Dancing’s Gareth

14 Dec 2014

Much to my disappointment, I’ve not made it over to the New Theatre in Oxford yet to check out the production that’s on there of Dirty Dancing.  Lucky for you, Hero from the Bucks and Oxon Muddy Stilettos has — she’s good like that — and, funnily enough, she found plenty to write about.  I’ve had a look at the pics, and I just can’t imagine what caught her attention.  Over to you, Hero….

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