“Concentration – Relaxation – Alignment – Breathing – Centring – Coordination – Flowing movements – Stamina”
– Guiding principles of pilates
Swiss Ball (All Levels)
Using the Swiss Ball, this all-levels class targets exercises to help you gain control, strength, power and flexibility. Pilates on the Swiss Ball adds challenge to some exercises and offers additional support where needed in others. It is the perfect ‘bridge’ from the mat work to the machines as much of the Ball repertoire is based on the reformer machine exercises. The unstable, mobile nature of the ball challenges your deep muscles and provides all-over strengthening and body toning. Gentle restorative at level 1, demanding and challenging at level 2, the Ball work literally adds a new dimension to any Pilates class.
Pilates – Tone and Stretch (Foundation/Essentials/Level 1)
Suitable for beginners, returners, those in rehabilitation from injury, chronic pain sufferers and special populations.
Put your Pilates practice—and your day-to-day life—on a strong foundation with a class that focuses on the fundamentals of core strength and graceful, efficient movement, using small equipment such as the foam roller, therabands, stability cushions and weighted balls. This class is ideal for those just beginning and for anyone wishing to fine-tune and build on essentials. The class pays attention not only to major muscle groups, but is also focused on forming alignment and strength with smaller muscle groups.
Pilates – Athletic Conditioning (Level 2)
Requires previous experience, physical strength and coordination.
An intermediate level class of resistance and balance training each week using a mix of apparatus, such as the roller, weighted balls, resistance bands, discs and stability cushions. Each week a different lineup of apparatus means your mind and body are constantly challenged to master new moves, and muscles you never knew you had suddenly come alive. You will see and feel your “core” get stronger each week and gain a renewed sensation of support in your legs and arms.
Resistance Training (All Levels)
Define and strengthen your body in this muscle conditioning class. This workout is designed to define your muscles, build endurance and give you the results you desire. We will use hand weights, bands, triad balls, body weight and other equipment to tone your upper body, lower body and core. All levels are welcome, as the simple strong movements may be made more intense with heavier weights.
Private Session – Matwork
There are many different variations to each pose in Pilates, and in order to move to the next level, you need to have a solid foundation of the basics. By working one-on-one, you will be able to work through the basic poses at a pace that is best for you and stay motivated. A private session will be able to help you to learn the essentials, if you are struggling with a certain pose or your form is not what it should be. The best part about working through the basics in a private session is that you can take everything you learn and directly apply it to the group classes.
Private Session – Reformer
The Reformer Machine may look like an instrument of torture, but it is perfectly designed to help your body work optimally and is a vital part of Pilates training.
A wide variety of exercises are done on the reformer to promote length, strength, flexibility and balance. Most Pilates reformer exercises have to do with pushing or pulling the carriage or holding the carriage steady during an exercise as it is pulled on by the springs.
One of the best things about the reformer is its versatility. Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, perched on the footbar, perched on the shoulder blocks, with additional equipment, upside down, sideways and all kinds of variations. In other words, the reformer can train many parts and dynamics of the body in many different ways with just one relatively sleek piece of equipment.