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Pilates for golfers Easier classes

Pilates for golfers

Class to help improve core strength and flexibility – ideal for golfers

This is a short class designed for golfers to help engage your pelvic floor and deep abdominal core muscles and improve the flexibility in your spine.

We start in sitting to open out and mobilise through our upper spine. Moving into four-point kneeling we elongate our spine and challenge our core with a superman movement.

Then onto our backs on the mat we challenge our core further and engage our glutes with a bridging exercise. Finishing with some gentle stretches.

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Pilates for balance Pilates classes

Pilates class to improve balance

Mat based class challenging leg and core muscles

Fancy giving your balance a bit of a challenge?

This class is a standing class on the mat. Strengthening our core and leg muscles is key to helping to improve balance.

We start warming up our legs and reaching out of our base of support with a star toe tap movement.

We continue to challenge our balance onto our toes and standing on one leg whilst at the same time working on strengthening some key muscles such as our glutes and quadriceps (thigh) muscles.

Finishing the class with some stretches and roll downs to mobilise our spines.

I hope you enjoy the class.

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Pilates for reflection Easier classes

Gentle Pilates class to help you relax

Relax and reflect with this calming Pilates class

This short class is designed to help you relax and open out through our chest and spine.

We go back to basics in this class, focusing on our breathing and expanding our ribcage.

We can often feel a lot of tension and tightness through our upper body and necks so we start by stretching these out on the mat.

We continue to mobilise our spines and engage our core with bridging and opposite arm and leg movements. Throughout the class we continue to anchor back to our breathing and relax through our upper body.

This is an easy Pilates class that can be used individually to relax and de-stress or as a way to warm down after a more intense Pilates workout or other activity. I hope you like it.

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Glutes and upper body pilates Half hour Pilates classes

Glute strengthening and upper body stretching

30 minute class aimed at strengthening core and glute muscles

We start standing and warm up our legs with some squats and wake up our glute muscles with a standing clam. We also lengthening through our upper bodies and test our balance with some of the standing exercises in this class. We then mobilise our spines with a roll down movement onto the mat and down into four-point kneeling.

In four-point kneeling we start by stretching through our spines with a cat stretch movement. Then challenge our hip control and glute strength with some hip pulses and a one leg circle movement with our legs. From here stretch through from our shoulders to our lower backs with child pose stretch.

Moving onto our backs we begin finding our neutral spine position. We engage our glutes a little more with a bridging movement and work on our hip control with a one leg stretch. Then on our backs stretching out through our glute and hamstring muscles.

Finishing off the class with a side bend stretch in sitting.

If you’ve enjoyed this Pilates class. Please let us know in the comments below. Thank you. 🙂

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Pre run Pilates workout Easier classes

Pilates for runners – pre-run workout

Running is an intensive activity, make sure you warm up properly!

Pilates for runners

This 10 minute Pilates-based programme helps you to stretch and strengthen your core running muscles to help avoid injury.

Vicky takes you through some stretching exercises to warm muscles up in advance of a jog or similar activity.

Stretch and strengthen

You can also run through this 10 minute work out to help build flexibility and strengthen muscles needed for more intensive exercise.

Quick Pilates workout

We hope you enjoy this short workout. If you are interested in more Pilates for runners or looking for something more challenging. You can search all our classes. Enjoy. 🙂

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Joseph pilates Pilates blog

Who was Joseph Pilates?

Joseph Pilates on reformer. Image via Angela Routledge

If you enjoy Pilates, whether as a beginner or committed enthusiast, you may be interest to know it all started with one man – Joseph Pilates. So who was he? And why did he did he develop these exercises?

The founder of Pilates

Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1880. As a child he suffered from rickets, asthma and rheumatic fever. By all accounts he was quite sickly. Yet he was obsessed about growing into a fit young man. Some accounts suggest he was obsessed with ancient Greek ideals of physique.

Either way, Joseph was determined to improve his ailments and strengthen his body. To do this he practiced yoga and meditation. He studied physiology and anatomy and then began developing his own exercise regimes.

Joseph’s early exercises produced fantastic results. By the time he was 14 his body was so well-defined he was chosen as a model for anatomical drawings. In his later teens he also became an accomplished skier, diver and gymnast.

The war years

In 1912 Joseph moved to England where he worked as a boxer and circus performer. He was on the Isle of Man when World War One broke out.

Joseph was not allowed to return to Germany and was interned as a prisoner of war. During this period he worked as an orderly in a hospital. It was at this time Joseph began to develop his principles into a programme to support rehabilitation and recovery for patients in the hospital. It was soon noted that many of the patients who were doing Joseph’s exercises were improving faster.

At the time he described his programme of exercises as ‘Contrology.’

Contrology (Pilates) is complete coordination of body, mind, and spirit. Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through proper repetition of its exercises you gradually and progressively acquire that natural rhythm and coordination associated with all your subconscious activities

Joseph Pilates

The Pilates studio

After the war Joseph returned to Germany and continued to work and develop his exercise regime, particularly in the dancing world. His growing reputation let to him being asked to train the German army!

However, Joseph soon sought out new opportunities and moved to America.

Joseph and his wife opened ‘The Pilates Studio’ in New York and continued to teach their Pilates exercise method. He worked with clients from a range of specialsims, but continued to court special interest from the dancing world.

He worked with George Balanchine and Martha Graham who were both well known and influential at that time.

Joseph continued to develop his methods and was still incredible spritely past the age of 80.

Joseph past away in 1967. By which time the Pilates method gained a modicum of popularity, but nothing compared to its current day level where it is studied and practiced by millions. No doubt he would be proud of how large a legacy he left us.

Joseph Pilates at 57 and 82 years of age. Photo via azulfit.com

Ongoing development

Although Joseph’s original exercises have been adapted, modified and developed since his original teachings the essence of core control and rehabilitation through movement remains at the heart of Pilates as an exercise method.

Today Joseph’s Pilates legacy continues to grow and evolve benefiting millions of people around the world.


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Energising Pilates class Easier classes

Energising Pilates workout

Get ready for the day with this energising Pilates workout.

We begin by warming up our arms and legs in standing with our ‘toy soldier’ movement.

We then get our legs moving a little more with some hip movements and squats. We continue the class rolling down onto the mat for some press ups!

Then in four point kneeling we challenge our core stability with a ‘superman’ movement. Finishing the class with some great stretches for our spines.

If you enjoyed this workout, please let us know in the comments at the bottom of the page

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Hip focus Pilates Half hour Pilates classes

Hip control Pilates class

Enjoy this hip control Pilates workout

Starting in standing to warm up our legs and upper body. In standing we work our hip flexor muscles with a little bit of balance involved too!

We then move down onto the mat on our backs to challenge our core and hip control further.

Waking up our glute muscles and mobilising the spine with a bridging exercise before challenging our hip muscles further with a scissors exercise.

Finishing off the class with some gentle glute and hamstring stretches on our backs and upper body stretch in sitting.

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Simple Pilates workout Easier classes

Simple Pilates workout

Great Pilates class for beginners or those looking for a slightly easier workout

New to Pilates or fancy an easier workout? Then this is the class for you! This class may also be of benefit to those of you with lower back pain.

This class focuses on some key Pilates moves to engage your core and pelvic floor muscles.

The class starts in sitting, warming up with some simple stretches. We then move down onto our backs to challenge and engage our core and pelvic floor further.

The class then progresses to moving onto our sides to challenge our glute muscles with a clam exercise before warming down with some gentle stretches.

Let us know how you get on in the comments below 🙂

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