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Pilates

What Is Pilates?

Pilates concentrates on eccentric Contractions that lengthen muscles (weight training concentrates on shortening, bulking or hardening). It develops good abdominal stabilisation, improves body awareness, posture and corrects muscle imbalances. Once the torso is stabilised and the core strength developed movement of the limbs becomes easier. Most sports and fitness activities (aerobic dance) mainly utilize and train the fast twitch muscles fibres and often fail to balance the training with slow controlled muscle training imbalances result and this often leads to injuries. In aerobic dance style classes step, aerobics etc) are often so fast that control and concentration mean lack of co-ordination and often injury or accidents result. Gymnasts and dancers have a very high level of slow twitch fibres as they train the inner strength to enable them to have the extremes of balance and control requires for their discipline.

From the exclusivity of the New York Studio that Pilates opened in the 1990’s to the widespread popularity of the 1990’s Pilates has now become available to all and not merely the rich and famous. It is now widely used for rehabilitation and for those with back problems. Unfortunately the body is very clever at compensating for its problems and many of us have lived with the adjustments our bodies have made without even being aware of the problems we have learnt to live with – except we know that we ache or hurt! By using subtle exercise we can become aware of how individual compensations have made us lose our core stability and these are often why we suffer an injury and/or back pain. To enable the body to function effectively and efficiently we need to exercise control and co-ordination and this can only be achieved by learning correct breathing which assists the body when it is being physically challenged. It is lateral breathing coming from the ribcage and thoracic (mid back) muscles – breathing combined with learning how to achieve a neutral spine for core stability are the key underlying principles to be learned to achieve the full Pilates promise.

Pilates can be combined with other fitness training or sports regimes to improve performance and complement workouts. Enjoy it with enthusiasm and embrace a holistic approach to your body that can only benefit you. The secrets of Pilates is no longer a province of those few privileged people and is now available to many. Work slowly with thought and concentration and encourage a new body to emerge.

“Physical fitness is the first prerequisite of happiness” Will it benefit me? Absolutely, Pilates has benefits for everyone, any age and all standards of fitness


Classes are held at the Sports Club  on the following days and times - all dates are available on booking

Clients already booked on courses are given priority to re-book

with any available spaces being offered to individuals who have shown interest and are on a waiting list

Mondays:-  6.30-8.00 pm

Mondays:- 9.45 - 11.00 am

Wednesdays:- 10.00 - 11.15 am and 11.30 - 1.00 pm

Fridays:- 9.15-10.15 am

 


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