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The Power Of Pilates


If you are a regular visitor to our blog then it would have been hard to miss that we are big yoga fans! We love to share the extensive benefits of this spiritual practice so that more people may be encouraged to give it a try!

Today we are going to talk about pilates and explore how incorporating this exercise into your workout routine can protect your health and boost your fitness efforts.

What is Pilates?

Pilates is similar to yoga in many respects, although there is a much stronger focus on developing core strength. Your abdomen, obliques, lower back and thighs will all be targeted during pilates, but your whole body will get a workout!

There is much more focus on holding the poses correctly rather than pushing yourself too far. You will notice that with a lot of the poses you will be engaging certain muscles to strengthen them, whilst other muscles get a good stretch at the same time!

Similarly to yoga there is an important emphasis placed on ensuring that you breathe properly as you move through the poses. Implementing the correct breathing techniques during pilates will help you to execute each pose with more power and precision. Paying attention to your breathing is also great for keeping your mind clear and your concentration on the session.

The Benefits of Pilates

Your body will benefit in many ways when you make pilates a regular feature in your life. You can expect:

  • Better posture
  • Increased strength
  • Improved flexibility
  • Enhanced coordination
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Strong core muscles
  • Spinal alignment

As you begin to experience all of the aforementioned benefits of practicing pilates, you will start to notice changes to your body and also to your mind. Furthermore, you will be better protected against injury as your balance, coordination, flexibility and strength improve, and you will be better equipped to maintain a positive outlook as your stress levels drop.

If you have specific fitness goals then it is a good idea to talk to a pilates instructor about how this type of exercise can compliment other workout activities. For example, if you are trying to lose weight then you may find that swapping one of your weekly gym sessions for a pilates lesson is an effective way to enhance your efforts. Similarly, if you participate in any kind of sport then your instructor will be able to advise you as to the best way to enhance your performance with the use of pilates.

A Quick History Lesson

This fantastic exercise option was created by Joseph Pilates. Having previously been a gymnast, Joseph was inspired to create a workout that would be suitable for dancers who are hindered by an injury. He took much of his inspiration for the moves from yoga, but claims to have also been inspired by the movements of certain animals, such as big cats and swans.

Ready to Give it a Try?

One of the fantastic things about pilates is that there are so many ways to shake things up that it is unlikely that you will tire of it any time soon! Also, because it’s not a high intensity exercise, your body isn’t going to dread going to a session if you have already had a long day.

There is a very low chance of experiencing an injury when you practice pilates. It is an incredibly gentle and low impact exercise, but one that can be extremely efficient at helping you to reach your fitness goals.

Regardless of where you live there are likely one or more local classes that you can choose from. So, get yourself signed up to a lesson and you will soon understand the power of pilates! Remember, you can check out our great rang of activewear so that your wardrobe matches your fitness intentions!

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Finding Your Gym Style


If fashion and exercise are among your favourite things, then dressing for your gym session can be as exciting as the workout itself. Your style choices in the gym will of course differ from every other aspect of your wardrobe, and this is something that you can have a great deal of fun with as you find what looks good and feels comfortable!

In addition to having many different types of garments to choose from when it comes to activewear, you can also find the right colours for you. If you are going to the gym often, or regularly engaging in any other type of exercise, then having an ample amount of clothes to wear is important. The last thing you want to do is miss a workout because you forgot to do the laundry!

As well as having several outfits, you should also have at least two pairs of trainers if possible, so that you can alternate often as you keep them clean and fresh.

Style for Motivation

Revamping your wardrobe can be a quick fix if you are seeking fresh motivation to get back into the gym. A new selection of activewear can boost your confidence and inject some enthusiasm into your fitness efforts. Also, when you splash out a little more than you usually would, then you will be motivated to wear your new garment – and to do so you will have to go to the gym!

When considering your style choices, also pay close attention to the type of material that is being used. It should be lightweight, breathable and preferably also anti-bacterial.

In the Pool

If your gym has a swimming pool then you have an added excuse for an extra shopping session. Swimwear can be just as creative as any other type of exercise apparel, and you can get yourself a colourful selection of different varieties to match your mood on any given day.

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Whether you opt for a bikini or a swimsuit, there is an endless range of beautiful design and styles that you can choose from. It is super easy to combine style with comfort when it comes to swimwear, and you can also wear your new garments around the pool and at the beach this summer.

Express Yourself

The clothes that you choose to wear during your day to day are often an outward expression of your personality and character – and the clothes that you wear at the gym do not have to be an exception! Be bold, be creative and most of all be yourself!

Going to the gym is all about you, your health and your fitness. If dressing to impress is important to you then that’s totally okay, but dressing for your own personal comfort and happiness is much more important.

Choosing loose fitted clothing that does not restrict your movement in any way is obviously an optimum idea. If the clothes that you are wearing are too tight, then not only might you not be able to perform as well as you otherwise could, but you also might become quite uncomfortable.


The activewear selection that we have on sale at PAMA London is designed to not only be stylish and comfortable, but sustainable too! Although we have created an extensive range of fashionable garments to be worn during any type of physical activity, we have first prioritised the health of our planet! We have been able to do this by using recycled charcoal bamboo in our fabric – one of the most eco-friendly materials available for making clothes!

Click here to check out our range of activewear now and discover how you never have to compromise on style when it comes to sustainability!

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The first part of namaste comes from "namaha," a Sanskrit verb that originally meant "to bend." Bending is a sign of submission to authority or showing some respect to some superior entity." Over time, "namaha" went from meaning "to bend" to meaning "salutations" or "greetings." The "te" in namaste means "to you," Deshpande says. So all together, namaste literally means "greetings to you." In the Vedas, namaste mostly occurs as a salutation to a divinity.