With Bikini Season around the corner – we decided to get up close and personal with the teachers at Platinum Pilates to find out how they get and stay in shape on the run up to the Summer

and to see if they have any advice for those of you who are struggling to get started.

Next up is Kate Hanlon, a former professional dancer who has just moved back from London to join our team.

Kate Hanlon Pilates

Q.1 What are the things that you do to make sure you look and feel your best on the run up the the Summer

For me, it really comes down to feeling my best. As a professional dancer I spent the majority of my twenties in an industry which focuses primarily on how you look. What I have learned over the years is that, regardless of where I am on the scales, if I don’t feel good in my body then what I see in the mirror reflects that – abs or not! So in general, and especially in the lead up to summer, I try to make sure that I drink plenty of water, get a good night’s sleep and cut down on sugary and overly processed foods. On top of that I try to fit in 3 to 4 exercise sessions per week – whether that’s pilates, some weight training at the gym or a dance class!

Q.2 Do you follow any particular diet plan?

I’ve been having an internal battle with my diet recently as I had been making a conscious effort to eat more plant based foods after seeing ‘cowspiracy’ and reading a lot about the sustainability of eating a plant based diet, as well as all of the health benefits! However I’ve found that my body works and performs better on more of a ‘paleo’ style diet. So now I’m trying to find a happy medium by including some plant based meals as well as good quality meat and fish when I do have it.

Q.3 How do you stay Motivated all the time?

I don’t! My motivation comes in ebbs and flows, but I find that my best chance of success is planning out my week in advance, both with diet and exercise, and allowing for a bit a relaxation on both fronts from time to time.

Q.4 What advice do you have for someone struggling to get started on a health kick?

Find something you enjoy doing – Pilates, rock climbing, tag rugby whatever…. If you don’t enjoy it you won’t keep going back.

Kate PilatesAnd then set some outcome related goals. So instead of your goal being ‘to lose weight/tone up’ for example, your goal could be to attend 3 (insert exercise of choice here) sessions per week – which if you achieve, will soon send you on your way to being toned!

Q.5 What does a typical day in your life look like.

One of the nice things about this job for me, is that there are no typical days. Sometimes a blessing and sometimes a curse!

Kate teaches Barre & Pilates

Monday evening Sandymount 6,7,8pm

Tuesday morning Leeson Street 7am, 745am, 830am

Thursday evening Sandymount 6, 7, 8pm

Saturday morning Sandymount 10, 11, 12 &1pm

She’s also available for Privates & Movement assessments

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