The Better Body Club prides itself in offering a comprehensive program of Pilates classes with something to suit every need.
Pilates is very popular and highly beneficial with people of all ages and levels of fitness and flexibility, from people who have never embarked upon any form of exercise before to those who train everyday! It is a fantastic way to return to exercise, maintain and improve fitness, lose weight, build strength and increase flexibility. The slow controlled, flowing movements primarily strengthen the core (abdominals) muscles, realign the body and aid towards postural correction.
Pilates brings the mind and body together, providing a programme of mental and physical conditioning focusing strongly on complete concentration, precision of movement, balance and breathing improving strength, mobility and flexibility.
As with all forms of exercise what you put in to the exercises you will reap the reward. Although Pilates can be a gentle and relaxing form of exercise you can also receive a thorough workout that targets every area of your body!
The Better Body Club believes in progression through exercise and so offers a full range of levels from Beginner to Advanced.
Mats are provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Please wear lose comfortable clothing and for Pilates classes it is best to have bare feet or socks.
These classes are taught by Lisa & Martine.
The beginner classes will introduce you to the main principles of Pilates, such as concentration, breathing, control, precision and flow of movement and centring, building awareness of your own body’s strengths and weaknesses. In these classes you will be introduced to a range of basic Pilates exercises which will encourage increased strength and flexibility in the body however the main focus will be on learning and maintaining the correct technique and posture alignment so that as you progress on to improvers and then advanced levels to ensure that you get the most out of your session.
Improvers sessions are designed for those who have some knowledge of Pilates and have mastered the basic principles. Improvers will be introduced to additional levels on familiar exercises and also to some new moves to improve strength and muscle tone. The class will have a slightly faster pace incorporating a sequence of moves before releasing those muscles with a stretch.
Pilates advanced is for those who have been attending Pilates classes for a while, and are familiar with the exercises and principles, and enjoy a good level of fitness. The advanced class is designed to test and improve your balance, all round flexibility, strength and control.
This class is ideal for members who have been attending the advanced classes for a while and wish to push the boundaries between Pilates and general fitness classes with dynamic tri-plane exercise sequences designed to test and improve your balance and all over body strength and fitness!
The Fit Ball adds another dimension to the Pilates exercises, challenging your core stability and strength. Not suitable for beginners to exercise this class is a great way of adding progression to your fitness program.
Pilates for Strength
The class starts with a tai chi warm up (good for strength and balance) and then moves onto some stretching and general mobilisation. Followed by a weights section, or exercises with resistance bands and then some circuit style fitness and Pilates exercises.
Mixed Format Pilates
This Pilates class will offer progression from a standard Mat-Based Pilates class using weights, resistance bands, foam rollers and much more to really challenge the body in different ways. Focusing on functional fitness, flexibility, mobility and strength you will really feel the benefits of this great workout.
If you like to exercise but due to bad knees, hips, back or reduced mobility don’t feel you can join in an exercise class, this is the class for you! We have designed it using a chair rather than a mat. With a gentle Tai Chi style warm up, the class moves on to stretches and mobility for all the major joints and works on balance and strength, finishing with relaxation. Stretchy bands and soft balls are used during the class.
This class is ideal for the older adult or people with reduced mobility. It is also good for people recovering from an injury or operation, before they return to their normal exercise routine.
The aim is for a fun class where you will gently stretch and get moving, plus a chance to meet new people.