Pilates

PILATES 

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.


The Better Body Club believes in progression through exercise and so offers a full range of levels of both these forms of exerciswe from Beginner to Advanced for both men & women.

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Beginners

The beginner classes will introduce you to the main principles of Pilates, such as concentration, breathing, control, precision and flow of movement and centering, 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.


Pilates Flow


This class is ideal for members who have been attending 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. Each sequence is explained and practiced and built onto the next sequence, so by the end of the class, a full flowing routine of movements is achieved.




Over 50s Pilates


The class starts with 10 minutes of gentle Qichong breathing and tai chi style warm up.


This is followed by Pilates and includes the occasional use of a Pilates ball and exercise bands to help stabilise and focus on the exercises.


It is a gentle and relaxing class and taught by Martine.

Improvers


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 for Strength


The class starts with a tai chi style warm-up (good for strength and balance) and then moves onto some stretching and general mobilisation.


This is followed by a weights section or exercises with resistance bands and then some circuit-style fitness and Pilates exercises.

Mixed Format

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.

Chair Pilates


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. 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. The aim is for a fun class where you will gently stretch and get moving, plus a chance to meet new people.