Low Energy? The price of not eating enough

March 16, 2021
Posted in Training
March 16, 2021 Kate Morland

Spotlight on Low Energy Availability

If you’re yet to become a convert to reformer pilates you may be wondering, why do people get so excited by pilates and what is the deal with a reformer? Well let’s put it this way; we take pilates on the mat and supercharge it with a body shaking, booty burning machine. This machine (thank you Joseph Pilates for inventing it!) is our pride and joy. With a range of springs to add resistance, or no springs to add instability, this machine will support or push you to your physical limits. 

Some people look at the reformer with trepidation but we can assure you, you will be safe and supported. They are designed to take up to 180kg of weight and we have props to aid you if necessary. 

No two classes are the same!

That’s right, we love to mix it up, keep you guessing and challenging yourself each class. Our team at Studio Rubix prides itself on our level of expertise and we’ll look after you whether you are recovering from hip surgery or ready to climb a mountain. There are no winners and losers in our classes; it’s all about your own fitness journey, staying in your own lane and being focused on you. 

Plus you can choose from beginner, intermediate, advanced, cardiolates (combo of bike/reformer), stretch and release, pre/post natal and our legends (65+) classes. There are over 40 on the schedule!

Hence small class sizes!

To keep things up close and personal we limit our class sizes to 9. This means we get hands on to keep your technique in check but also keep a subtle eye on you to ensure you’re challenging yourself. Clients are surprised how fast they start seeing changes in their strength, flexibility and shape. How cool is that!

Strengthen, lengthen & tone!

Your grimace gets us excited because that means you’re working and results are inevitable. Your whole body will get stronger; so everyday tasks become easier. Your range of mobility and flexibility will improve; to optimise posture and release tension. Your body shape will adapt as it has no choice; you will tone those muscles. 

No it’s not yoga!

We have nothing against yoga, we are rather partial to aerial yoga at The Loft. However, our reformer pilates is not a yoga session. There are similarities such as focus on breathing, mindfulness and long poses but reformer pilates is dynamic, endurance focused along with a sprinkle of Rubix magic. 

So how do you add it to your life?

Simple. Just get started by booking into a beginner class to ease into it. Soon you’ll be looking forward to our “left heel down” prompt (don’t worry you’ll know what we mean by that soon). Come as many times a week as you prefer (we suggest at least 2x) but the more frequent, well the faster the results! Mix it up between class types and trainers. 

So are you ready? {hyperlink to reformer page}

So, what signs can you look out for? 

  1. Frequent lethargy and fatigue, tired, low energy 
  2. Decrease in performance e.g times, skills  
  3. Concentration is low 
  4. Loss of or irregular menstrual cycles 
  5. Stress fractures or injuries 
  6. Low immunity/gets sick easily 

If one or more of these signs are present, it is important to seek advice from a Dietitian or Nutritionist for further advice. Getting on top of LEA can take a long time, however, the sooner you seek help, the sooner you will be back to a healthy, active lifestyle. It is important to get help because you want your body to be performing optimally, inside, and out. Long durations of LEA can be detrimental to your body’s development and can seriously impact your future health. Detection and prevention are key!

Here are some recommendations to implement in your life to prevent developing LEA: 

  1. Have at least healthy balanced 3 meals a day*
  2. Make sure each meal has a high nutrient carbohydrate and protein component 
  3. Include energy-dense snacks throughout the day* 
  4. Alter nutrition around training days, specifically pre, during and post 
  5. Listen to your body – if its hunger feed it 
  6. Don’t restrict certain food groups 

LEA is more common than you think and overcoming it can be extremely difficult. So, don’t be afraid to ask for help, because at the end of the day your body takes priority. Ditch the low-carb diets, no sugar challenges and calorie deficits, and fuel your body with healthy, nutritious food!

*If you are unsure what this looks like, I would recommend coming into Studio Rubix for further advice. 

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