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Welcome to your penultimate Fit4Life publication of 2018.....where did this year disappear to!? In this Newsletter we have information what's happening in the Fit4Life community in the lead up to Christmas, and for the lovers of the ski slopes we feature an interesting editorial centred on the benefits of Pilates for Skiers.
Do note that your final block of Pilates Classes runs for 4 weeks from Monday 26th November until Friday 21st December when the studio will close for Christmas and re-open on the 7th January!
"Fitsteps Fab" Free Taster Wednesdays

New Fitsteps FAB Class Wednesday 1.45-2.30pm For those who want to enjoy Fitsteps at a slower pace with easier dance steps This class is Low intensity but high in fun!

To book your Free Taster class email linda@fit4lifeknutsford.com

Need a little inspiration to help with your Christmas shopping?  Why not treat somebody to one of our Christmas vouchers?

We have two voucher options available:
One-To-One Pilates session £55
Block of 6 Pilates Classes £54
Fit4Life are supporting the Toy Appeal again this Christmas time; please look out for flyers and forms in the Studio which gives you all the information needed if you would like to be involved in this amazing charity aiming to bring a smile to the faces of under privileged children in Manchester and Cheshire. A great idea is to add an extra  toy to your Christmas shopping list for the Toy Appeal when you go out shopping for the kids or grandkids! 
THE FIT4LIFE CHRISTMAS PARTY IS ON THE 30th NOVEMBER AT TOFT CRICKET CLUB; IF YOU HAVE SIGNED UP TO JOIN IN THE FUN PLEASE AIM TO ARRIVE BETWEEN 7.30 AND 8.00PM, FOOD IS BEING SERVED FROM 8.30PM ONWARDS. WE HOPE TO COLLECT PLENTY OF INCRIMINATING PHOTO'S DURING THE EVENING, JUST LIKE THE ONE ABOVE!!
Are you Ski Fit and Ready for the Slopes?
 
If you've already booked your winter ski holiday, we know you will be looking forward to the thrill of skiing or snowboarding down a snow-covered mountainside with clear blue skies overhead and fresh mountain air in your lungs.  However we also know the importance of preparing to ensure a safe and injury-free holiday!  The perfect way to do this is by taking part in a Pilates class of course!

As any keen skier will tell you, preparation and pre-ski training should focus on:
  • Correct core stabilization
  • Balance
  • Good pelvic stability
  • Mobility, strength and flexibility of key muscles 
By focusing on correct core muscle engagement, Pilates exercises helps a skier to focus on allowing the movement to start from the centre of the body and move outwards.  The result is a stronger and more adaptable skier with improved body awareness and proprioception.  By practicing Pilates, you will develop a strong core and improve balance and agility.  With the additional core strength, the skier can improve his or her edging and transfer a powerful line of energy into the skis.  A strong core, coupled with improved alignment, will also reduce impact on a skier’s back, hips, and knees.  As a result, the skier becomes energy efficient and reduces wear and tear on his or her joints.

Good posture and alignment will help maintain control whilst skiing.  Good skiing alignment follows the same principles as a standing Pilates set up position with the torso being upright and the shoulders soft thereby allowing the jaw and neck to be at ease.  Ankles, knees, hips, and shoulders are held in stacked alignment, thereby eliminating any pressure on the joints.

Pilates is excellent cross-training for skiers to regain muscle balance and avoid sport specific injuries.  Bringing the body back into balance requires stretching the muscles that are dominant in skiing and strengthening the less dominant muscles; many Pilates exercises do both.

Skiers run the risk of many different injuries, but most commonly, those to the knees, where anterior cruciate ligament tears (ACL), medial collateral ligament (MCL), and the meniscus. Pilates helps skiers really focus on a dynamic and full range of motion and the strengthening of the hamstrings, which can help balance overused quads as well as serve as back up support for the ACL.
Another area overused a lot in skiing is the lower back.  Injuries here often occur from fatigue and weak core muscles.  Often the hip or lower extremity moves and then the pelvis and lumbar spine follow, increasing the stress on the spine as well as causing unnecessary muscle imbalances, and ultimately injuries.

By including a Pilates class in your weekly fitness regime you can safely prepare for the ski season.

Happy skiing and snowboarding!
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