What is Pilates?
Pilates offers a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training, and is suitable for all ages and abilities. It improves posture, reduces stress and creates long, lean muscles without bulking up. By concentrating on core stability you will achieve a balanced body workout, from the inside out.
Osteopaths, physiotherapists and general practitioners recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise.
During the class we shall integrate the whole body to re-educate and restore it to its optimum functional ability. This, in turn, will help to decrease chronic pain.
Practising Pilates regularly will help you to:
Improve postural and muscular imbalances
Strengthen and tone
Boost energy levels
Reduce back, neck or shoulder pain
Advance in your sport
Prepare for pregnancy
The benefits are endless, and whatever your goal, exercises can be tailored to your individual needs.
My classes are suitable for both men and women of all fitness levels, beginners and advanced participants. So, what are you waiting for? Try Pilates today and start your journey to a new fitter and healthier you.
What to wear/bring?
Something that is not too tight and allows you to move freely. Pilates is taught in bare feet or non-slip socks. A Yoga/Pilates mat will be required for this class. You may also wish to bring a small towel.
How much does it cost?
All classes are now booked online using BookWhen. To book your place simply click onto the BOOK A CLASS link above. Bookings are pre-paid online at £5 for a single class or you can purchase a 10 class pass for £45. A small admin fee of 3.4% + 20p will be added to your total.
Can I just turn up?
Of course! Drop-in class fees are £6 for a single class.
All new participants will be asked to complete a very short online health questionnaire which you can access here.
Will the class be too difficult?
Please go at your own pace. Modifications are available for all levels of fitness. It will take roughly 8-12 weeks to see the benefits and any positive changes in your muscle strength and tone, flexibility and posture. As with any body conditioning class, persistence and patience is key.
Will the class be too easy?
No! There are lots of ways that you can make the exercises more challenging.
How is Pilates different from Fitness Pilates?
There are so many different forms of Pilates. This class takes on a more conventional form using exercises that have been adapted and based upon the original matwork of Joseph Pilates. Fitness Pilates differs in that we take Pilates exercises and sequences and modify them to be purely fitness based.
How is Pilates different to Yoga?
I am asked this question a LOT! Both Pilates and Yoga focus on developing muscular strength, balance and flexibility. Yoga uses a series of movements/poses designed to increase the strength and flexibility of the whole body whereas Pilates' focus is much more on precise movements to target specific areas of the body to improve posture, muscular strength, functional mobility and tone. Pilates has more lying, sitting and kneeling moves and fewer standing exercises than Yoga.
Is there anyone that shouldn't come to the class?
No under 14s and no pregnant ladies please. This is not a remedial form of Pilates and therefore it is not recommended if you have been diagnosed with a back or joint condition. Please contact me if you are unsure or need more information.
What will I gain from coming to class?
Within 8-12 weeks of attending a Pilates class, you should start to see improvements in your range of motion, flexibility, core strength, abdominal strength and posture. As you progress further with the classes you may notice a decrease in back, neck and joint pain.