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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…
  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 body. 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…
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…
I have been looking forward to watching the Game Changers for a few years now, ever since I heard an interview on the Rich Roll Podcast with former UFC Fighter James Wilks. James discussed his idea to make the documentary and back then he couldn’t have imagined how it would grow to have the plethora of big names behind the production. When James was competing in the UFC he got injured in training and had a 6 month break from the sport and during this time he started researching nutrition to assist with his recovery from injury.  He came across…
At Plant Based Life we are dedicated to helping Companies to improve productivity in the workplace through our Corporate Programs and Services. John Cawley the founder of Plant Based Life has previously worked in large Corporate Companies and in various IT related roles before switching to the Health and Fitness Industry many years ago. This experience has motivated John to promote the importance of wellness for staff.Workplace wellness cannot be treated as a band-aid, and you definitely won't be able to find it in a fitness app. Engagement, motivation, support and strategy are the keys to a successful program. If…
Last week My wife and myself and our son went to watch the excellent documentary Food Fighter about the OzHarvest Founder Ronnie Kahn. It was shocking to witness how much food waste there is in Australia and other parts of the world but at the same time extremely inspiring to see how Ronnie has dedicated her life to helping prevent food waste. Some of the statistics and information highlighted were really shocking, like perfectly good bananas and other fruits and vegetables that get destroyed because they have slight blemishes on them and supermarkets refuse to stock them because of these…
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