Pilates/Fitness Pilates integrates a mix of the original exercises and ideas with modern research and updated techniques that are suitable for a group exercise class. It is a group exercise programme designed to enhance the posture, strength, balance and stability of a healthy adult.
Pilates focuses on strengthening the centre by relearning the mind and body to recruit core muscles. It involves finding the neutral position of the spine during standing, prone and supine positions and is known as core stability.
- It helps increase muscular balance and strength and improves client’s posture.
- It helps identify basic postural imbalances.
- It helps tone little-used muscle groups in the abdomen, torso and upper and lower back, while incorporating a slow breathing technique to energise the body. Pilates works the muscles of the whole body ie glutes (bottom), abdominals, arms etc.
You will start to notice a longer leaner toned shape, flat stomach, strong back and increased mobility and flexibility. It also increases strength and endurance, improves balance and co-ordination, all without producing over developed or bulky muscles.
We look at posture as good posture can make you look and feel younger, stronger and more confident and can help improve your breathing, advance your sports performance, decrease your risk of injury and improve your bio-mechanical efficiency. Over the course of your life, good posture can prevent painful physical strain in your joints.
Participants are encouraged to work at their own individual levels, building up strength, endurance and flexibility gradually at their own pace.
My Pilates classes are suitable for everyone regardless of age, sex and level of fitness. Each exercise can be done at different levels of intensity with additional modifications to cater for anyone with specific muscular or joint limitations. If you are in any doubt, it is always advisable to check with your GP before undergoing any exercise programme.
Pilates exercise – The Leg Pull
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