Fitness Pilates targets flexibility, stability and core strength. It is a fitness programme that incorporates modern evidence based fitness exercises alongside adapted matwork exercises of Joseph Pilates.
Every element of Fitness Pilates is validated from a fitness perspective. Anyone taking part in a Fitness Pilates class can expect to improve their core strength within 8 weeks.
Fitness Pilates is:
suitable for all levels of fitness and for both men and women
suitable for both beginners and more advanced participants
a class with a blend of standing and seated exercises
a more challenging class than my Pilates matwork class
focused on building strength and core stability
Can I just turn up?
No, please book using the link above.
What to wear/ bring?
Something that's not too tight and allows you to move freely. You can do Fitness Pilates in your bare feet or, if you prefer to wear socks they should be non-slip (pilates or yoga socks are ideal).
Please bring your own mat and water bottle.
Will it be too difficult for me?
You are free to go at your own pace, self modify where required and progress with time. Please always try a class such as Fitness Pilates for at least 8 weeks so that you can start to see the benefits and the positive changes in your muscle strength and flexibility.
Will it be too easy for me?
No. There are lots of ways that you can make the exercises more challenging.
Is it different from classical Pilates?
Yes. It is FITNESS Pilates. It is a contemporary approach to the classical teaching of Joseph Pilates. Fitness Pilates takes adapted matwork exercises and modifies them to be purely fitness-based. Extreme matwork exercises are avoided and there is heavy emphasis on the traditional Pilates method.
Is there anyone that shouldn't come to the class?
No under 14s. This class is also not suitable for pregnant ladies.
If you have recently given birth, please wait until your doctor gives you permission to resume exercise activities. If you have given birth within the last year, please do let me know.
If you have a diagnosed back/ joint condition or if you suffer from dizziness/ fainting please contact me. Please let me know about recent injuries or surgery.
What will I gain from coming?
You should start to see benefits within 8 weeks. You should see improvements in muscle strength and endurance, increased flexibility of the spine and stronger core stability muscles. You may also see beneficial changes in your posture. It is a brilliant way to tone up your entire body and also help prevent injuries due to the changes in your flexibility.
What happens during the class?
We begin with a mobility warm up to lubricate joints and then start developing heat in the body. We then start to apply more graduated movement to heat the body further before moving on to the main workout, finishing with some seated stretches.
Please arrive in time to be ready to start at the advertised start time. If you need to leave early for any reason please do so quietly so as to not disturb other participants.
I will advise about safe ways to practice the exercises given. It is up to you to listen to your body and practice with care and mindfulness. Everyone's body is different. By tuning into your body you can tailor your practice to suit your body type within the constraints of the instruction. If you experience any pain whilst practising, stop the exercise you are doing and let me know. If you experience pain after practising remember to tell me before your next class. Real pain is different from the expected sensation in muscles when they are working hard and also the tension you might feel stretching tight muscles.
Eating prior to class
It is advisable not to eat a full meal less than three hours before a class, as it impacts on your digestion, making it uncomfortable for you during the class. If you get hungry or know that you feel weak if you don't eat, have a small snack before but try to leave at least 30 minutes between eating and starting the class.