Pilates is unlike any other method of exercise. It’s non-impact and therefore ideal for anyone at any age and at any level of fitness or strength. Each one-hour class is limited to 8 people, enabling Jenny to correct your posture and technique; you will be amazed what happens when you engage the right muscles with the right technique, focusing on doing the exercise correctly and precisely.
The classes are friendly, informal and nobody will judge you. Each one incorporates a different series of exercises which you can do at your own pace. You’ll soon find that you’re fitter and stronger. It really does work.
If you’re new to exercise or haven’t been active for some time, check with your GP for your safety and peace of mind. He or she probably knows about Pilates and will encourage you to embrace this fantastic way to improve your posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility.
“Jenny’s Pilates classes have made a huge difference to my life. I was never going to lift weights or run down roads. Pilates will push you to your limits without getting wet or cold! I strongly recommend Pilates to men of all ages – I wish I had found it years ago. It can really push you to the limit (if that’s your thing) and it literally stretches you all over. Gentlemen: this is a tough but effective work out, believe me. My six pack (yes, six pack) is coming on nicely.”
What Do I Need to Bring to a Pilates Class?
Just yourself. Everything else you need is here, including mats, water and a changing room and WC.
What Should I Wear?
Comfortable but fitted clothing is ideal; layers are good, as are socks, but you won’t need your trainers
Why not try out your first Pilates class? Or, if you’re a Pilates regular, why not try something new? Contact Jenny on 07786 557998 to reserve your place now.
What is Pilates?
Pilates (pronounced pill-ar-tees) was devised in the early 20th by German-born Joseph Pilates, who believed in the strong connection between mental and physical health – he coined the term “Controlology” to describe its principles and although we no longer use that term, the idea of a sequence of controlled movements still applies.
Joseph Pilates developed his method of exercise as a way to help dancers recover from injuries and prevent their reoccurrence. These days, Pilates is practiced all over the world and is a safe, highly effective method of body conditioning and strength training.
Pilates is a series of movements that aim to increase your flexibility, build strength and boost endurance in your entire body. Done consistently, you can develop a strong core and improve your coordination and your balance. With its emphasis on posture and correct technique, Pilates is as good a work out as you can get.
What is My Core?
Your core muscles are those around your abdomen, lower back and your hips. Having a strong core is generally thought to offer considerable health benefits, such as good stability. Walking, running, standing, sitting – you name it, everything comes back to your core.
How is Pilates Practised?
Pilates can be done either on a mat or with special equipment, such as the curiously-named Reformer, Cadillac and Wunda Chair. This equipment (or “Apparatus” as Pilates named it) has a system of pulleys, springs, handles and straps.
“Both Jenny and her Pilates class are brilliant. I do a fair bit of exercise and have done so for years, but had never tried Pilates.
I am so glad that I did!
The classes are just the right mix of challenging and strengthening whilst still feeling relaxing and fun – and I always feel so great afterwards.
Jenny has a really encouraging and kind approach and you always feel that whatever level you’re at is just fine. I highly recommend Jenny for both Pilates and anything else – she is very knowledgeable and supportive. Thank you Jenny!” Liz Davies – Hove
Body Happy classes focus on mat work, meaning that you can start to practice Pilates immediately, rather than learning how to use the equipment first.
What are the Principles of Pilates?
There are six original principles: concentration, control, centre, flow, precision and breathing, each working together to create powerful muscle firing patterns within your body. The principles of postural alignment, stamina and relaxation now square the circle. The result? Increased levels of body strength, flexibility and a powerful feeling of wellbeing.
How Does Pilates Differ from Yoga?
Both Pilates and Yoga develop strength, good breathing, flexibility, balance and posture and both systems value the powerful links between the body and the mind. However, Pilates exercises are performed in a flow of movement, rather than with a series of static poses, as is the case with Yoga.
Is Pilates Safe?
Yes, indeed. Injuries are almost unheard of.
Pilates is very low impact, with the emphasis on completing fewer exercises precisely, rather than several incorrect ones. However, it must be taught by a fully qualified Pilates instructor so that the classes are suited to everyone’s level of fitness and ability.
Can Pilates Help Me Lose Weight?
Again, yes. Pilates builds and strengthens muscles, thus increasing your metabolic rate. Stronger muscles require more calories. However, choosing a healthy diet to complement your classes is the best way to see results, as well as incorporating other exercise such as swimming or walking.
Who Is Pilates For?
It’s for you. Pilates benefits men and women of all ages and levels of ability. Classes incorporate the skills of both an advanced Pilates exerciser and novices alike. None will judge you, and a good teacher will keep an eye on you to make sure that your technique and posture is correct.
Keen to learn more?
Why not come to a Pilates class or give Jenny a call on 07786 557998.
It could be the start of something very good.