Friday 9 December 2016

I trained like Miss World with Rosanna Davison... here's how it went

Published 19/08/2016 | 14:18

Amy Mulvaney training alongside Rosanna Davison. Picture: Pilates Plus Dublin.
Amy Mulvaney training alongside Rosanna Davison. Picture: Pilates Plus Dublin.
Pilates Plus Dublin owner Emma Forsyth. Picture: Pilates Plus Dublin.
Rosanna Davison is the brand ambassador for Pilates Plus Dublin.
Amy Mulvaney training alongside Rosanna Davison. Picture: Pilates Plus Dublin.

Training alongside a former Miss World is as tough as it sounds.

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While I try my best to go to the gym regularly and eat healthily, I don’t think anything could have prepared me for doing Pilates Plus.

It’s a class that former Miss World and nutritional therapist Rosanna Davison does six times a week, and her abs of steel and toned physique are proof enough to show its effectiveness.

Pilates may seem like it includes nothing more than stretching, breathing and relaxing, but that couldn’t be more wrong.

Pilates Plus Dublin owner Emma Forsyth. Picture: Pilates Plus Dublin.
Pilates Plus Dublin owner Emma Forsyth. Picture: Pilates Plus Dublin.

Pilates Plus originated in Los Angeles and is a full body workout that uses muscles you didn’t know you had, leaving you wondering how you’re dripping with sweat without having stepped off the Proformer machine.

While Proformer machines might sound slightly terrifying, they're not.  They are Pilates machines that work the entire body through resistance training, and Pilates Plus Dublin in the only place in Ireland that has them.

I attended a class in Pilates Plus Dublin with Rosanna, where owner Emma Forsyth brought us through the workout.

Within the first few seconds of using the straps of the Proformer to do an arm workout, I was shaking from the intensity. It probably didn’t help that I had gone to the gym the night before, but with my holidays on the horizon I pushed through.

Rosanna Davison is the brand ambassador for Pilates Plus Dublin.
Rosanna Davison is the brand ambassador for Pilates Plus Dublin.

Emma brought us through each different move of varying intensities, each of which left me praying for the countdown to the final 10 seconds.

The moves weren’t done with speed, but rather with momentum that made them increasingly difficult. During the 40 minute class every muscle in my body was engaged, and I knew immediately I’d feel the results the next day.

When the class finished, I felt simultaneously relieved and satisfied knowing I’d worked by body to its limit.

 As mentioned above, Rosanna does this class six times a week, as well as cardio training at home, leaving no wonder how she looks as good as she does.

Unexpectedly, the following day I felt the effects of the class all over my body. Nearly every movement that involved my arms, abs or legs (pretty much everything) reminded me of the workout I had done, although nothing was painful or strained.

“Consistency and persistency” are the keys to seeing results from your workout, says Emma, who recommends doing the class three times a week to see and notice differences in your body.

As for diet, Emma says eating fresh is her number one principle.

“Eat loads, but eat healthy!” she said. She advises buying fruit, vegetables and produce that are on special offer to eat healthily on a budget.

Amy Mulvaney training alongside Rosanna Davison. Picture: Pilates Plus Dublin.
Amy Mulvaney training alongside Rosanna Davison. Picture: Pilates Plus Dublin.

Emma explained that anyone of any age and fitness level can do Pilates Plus, with her clients raging from 12-year-old athletes to 72-years-old.

“We have had clients with Parkinson’s, MS, even spinal fusions,” she said.

Rosanna Davison is the Pilates Plus Dublin brand ambassador. For more information on classes visit www.pilatesplusdublin.com.

Rosanna Davison snaps a selfie in class. Photo: Instagram
Rosanna Davison snaps a selfie in class. Photo: Instagram

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