'Pilates is the best form of sexercise': Get bedroom stamina to rival that of Anastasia and Mr Grey with new Fifty Shades workout
16:34 GMT, 30 July 2012
Inspirational EL James' racy novels inspired Korin Nolan's workout
It's exhausting enough just reading about the exploits of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey, much less reenacting them.
But with sales of sex toys, blindfolds, whips and handcuffs exploding by over 400 per cent thanks to EL James saucy trilogy, Fifty Shades Of Grey, it seems plenty of couples are getting more energetic than usual in the bedroom.
And now a London Pilates teacher based in Harrow is promising to help flabby-bodied fans build strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration with a specially designed Fifty Shades workout.
Korin Nolan, an instructor at Bootcamp Pilates, has long known the benefits which can be reaped by practicing Pilates, and has now heralded it 'the best form of sexercise' and an ideal way to give yourself the sort of body you would need to carry out one of EL James' racy workouts.
She said: 'The Fifty Shades phenomenon has taken the world by storm.
'Not only are people investing in silver balls and cable ties, but they are also making more of an investment in their bodies too.
'Being in the peak, physical condition that Grey requested Anastasia to be for his Red Room of Pain means increasing our stamina, energy and flexibility for our very own re-creations of the hit novel.'
With celebrity fans such as Sarah
Jessica Parker, Courteny Cox, Liv Tyler and Liz Hurley, Drew Barrymore
and, of course, Pippa Middleton, it seems women everywhere have cottoned
on to the fact that it is a terrific way to tone the body and build
core strength without bulking up into a bodybuilder.
Nolan said: 'I used to be quite weak in the upper body (like many women, as this isn't naturally our strongest area), but I am now able to successfully perform numerous advanced exercises where I am required to use my upper body – an ability that I am sure would come in useful in The Red Room of Pain'
Stretch: Korin Nolan demonstrates part of her Pilates workout inspired by Fifty Shades Of Grey
SO, HOW CAN PILATES IMPROVE MY SEX LIFE
1. Increased physical stamina
key element to Pilates is muscle control. Joseph H. Pilates originally
called his form of exercise 'contrology'. The exercises are not done
quickly. Control is the focus rather than speed. It's not how fast you
do the exercises that produces results, it's technique. Pilates gives
you steady strength and stamina.
2. Your body as exercise
Unlike working out with machines at the gym, in Pilates you
are using your own body weight to perform the exercises. This increases body strength meaning you won't become tired so quickly.
3. Better concentration
One of the first
things you learn with Pilates is focus and concentration. In order to
work your body correctly, safely, and efficiently, you must concentrate
throughout the exercises. You cannot be thinking about your 'to do' list –
you must be fully present. Pilates trains your body and mind to be
4. Greater flexibility
Pilates gives you more muscle flexibility and improves the health of
your joints. It also increases back and hip flexibility and
eliminates back pain sometimes felt after sex.
Increased blood flow
Pilates' focus on 'scooping', or pulling the navel to the spine, brings increased blood
flow to the pelvic area. This continuous rush of fresh blood and oxygen
results in an increase in libido.
6. Reduced stress level
One of the main
reasons couples do not have sex more often is stress. The Pilates method
of breathing teaches you breath control. It was designed to cleanse the
bloodstream through oxygenation, by bringing fresh blood to all of the
cells. This method of breathing not only increases your physical health,
it also reduces your blood pressure and triggers a relaxation response
in the brain. Less stress equals more sex.
7. When you feel
attractive you are less inhibited
When you are physically fit and toned
it gives you more self-confidence. Hesitation in sex has a lot to do
with body image. You can’t have great sex if you're self-conscious about
your body. Pilates teaches you to love your body and appreciate its
unique strength, beauty and power. This allows you to worry less worried
about body image and have more fun.
8. Sustainability and longevity
Sexual dysfunction in both men and
women in their later years is often due to a prolapsed uterus or
bladder. Pilates focuses on the deep, unseen muscles of the abdomen and
the pelvic floor, strengthening the muscles that support your internal
organs. This benefit – along with increased overall muscle strength,
greater flexibility, healthy joints and greater self-confidence – means
that Pilates contributes to a great sex life well into your golden
Bendy: Pilates gives you more muscle flexibility and improves the health of your joints – it also increases back and hip flexibility
Your body is the exercise equipment: Unlike working out with machines at the gym, in Pilates you are using your own body weight to perform the exercises
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