What should I wear to a Fitness Pilates class?

Wear something warm and comfortable, which allows for free movement. Barefoot is best, otherwise socks. However, if you wish to keep your trainers on for the standing work which will help with your stability and balance, please do. If you wear any insoles for example, or just prefer to wear trainers, please keep your them on for the standing section. Take off any jewellery, which might get in the way.

What should I bring with me?

A padded mat is recommended – a proper cushioned Pilates mat is best, 10,15,or 20mm thick. If you do suffer with neck problems, you may want to bring a small cushion to rest your head on. I do sell some excellent mats which are great for cushioning the body especially the wrists, knees, spine, back etc. Please ask me about this, I can let you try one out. If you have trouble with your wrists, again I do recommend a very cushioned mat and use of hand grips (push up stands) which will alleviate the pressure on the wrists. Again, these are available to try/buy in the class. Please ask me.

Who is Fitness Pilates suitable for?

Fitness Pilates is suitable for everyone regardless of age, sex, fitness level and ability. Each exercise can be done at different levels of intensity with modifications to suit anyone with a particular joint or muscular problem. If you are in any doubt, it is always advisable to check with your GP before starting any exercise programme.

How big are the classes?

My classes are run with approximately 10-12 participants. This enables me to spend time with each individual to ensure they are carrying out the exercises correctly and at the right level with any modifications that might be needed specific to their needs.

If I’m doing Fitness Pilates, should I still do my regular workout?

Fitness Pilates is a musculo-skeletal conditioning programme. In combination with some kind of cardiovascular exercise (walking, running, cycling, aerobics, dancing etc.) it’s all you need.

What are the benefits of Fitness Pilates?

Longer, leaner muscles
Builds strength without adding bulk giving more freedom of movement
Improves postural problems
Increases core strength/stability and peripheral mobility
Helps prevent injury
Enhances functional fitness, ease of movement
Balances strength and flexibility
Heightens body awareness
No impact – easy on the joints
Can be customised for everyone
Complements other methods of exercise
Improves performance in sports
Improves balance, co-ordination and circulation
Creates flat abdominals, slender thighs and a strong back
Challenging yet safe and effective