Chislehurst fitness instructor shows how to kick start 2013

PUBLISHED: 12:25 11 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:25 11 January 2013

Domini teaching her pilates class.

Domini teaching her pilates class.


Popping shirt buttons and tearing tight trousers after an over indulgent festive period, we’ve all told ourselves repeatedly that this is the year we get fit.

Domini's Nordic WalkingDomini's Nordic Walking

For some, it’s to fit into a new dress, for others it’s a battle against poor health, or even to combat laziness and gain more energy.

Fitness instructor Domini Winter, of Chislehurst, often sees a surge of clients in January aiming to tone up in one of her more unusual classes.

Nordic walking is growing in popularity, according to Domini, who describes the exercise as “cross country skiing without the snow.”

Grasping two poles, walkers take on Bromley’s terrain at a leisurely pace in 90-minute sessions that can work the arms as well as the legs.

Domini said: “You use the poles behind you so they propel you along.

“I just love walking and was looking for something different, I’ve tried things like power-walking and this is something new.

“It works the upper body, which is unusual for a walking exercise. It’s popular and it’s getting more and more attention. It always takes a long time for these kind of things to establish themselves.”

Though Domini shows a passion for the outdoors, her talents are perhaps best served inside a studio where she has taught core strength improvement through pilates for 18 years.

A former student of a Russian ballet school, her dancing and choreography background makes her the ideal leader for people looking to improve their flexibility and become more supple.

Having taught in Australia and Mexico, Domini now runs weekly classes in Chislehurst at Breeze Yoga, in Albermarle Road, Beckenham.

“I’d say pilates is great for people who have neglected their health and are looking to get back into shape,” she said.

“It’s similar in many ways to yoga. It really works the core and can help the lower spine in particular.

“Flexibility is a key part of pilates, but we also focus on an awareness of how we stand and sit during the day – that can really bend you out of shape.”

Always on the look out for a new challenge, Domini has recently started teaching pilates in a “hot room” at Breeze Yoga, which can make people more flexible. She added: “People just love to lay in there and relax before a class, letting their muscles warm up. The hot room is probably a great one for after Christmas because it works as a detox with the heat meaning people sweat a lot more than usual.”

Those making resolutions to drop a dress size or even begin marathon training may be inclined to hit the January sales for the latest fad in exercise equipment.

But Domini’s tips on getting fit should please those who blew their budgets on Christmas presents.

She said: “If you have any injuries or are unfit, find an instructor who can assess you and find your limits. But most of all you can aid your own fitness. Your body is your equipment and I would say pilates is the best way to fully improve your health.”

To attend a session with Domini, visit or call Breeze Yoga on 020 8658 1990.

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