This is a class full of Pilates exercises that aims to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. Although the exercises work all areas of your body, we will primarily work your core. This class will give you a full body workout, often utilizing “props” leaving you sore.
Our Pilates mat class is designed to challenge the beginner and the practicing Pilates student. Mat classes are a great way to learn the fundamental principles of the Pilates method. Pilates is a full body-conditioning program comprised of a series of approximately 500 designed movements performed on a mat and/or on specific apparatus. Pilates improves strength, flexibility, balance, control and muscular symmetry. The rhythmic exercises promote elongated and toned muscles, and are noted for developing abdomen, lower back and buttocks strength, and create a strong body core. Mat exercises require use of your own body weight as resistance.
We use a variety of Pilates “props” that consistently challenge all of our mat group clients. Our props vary as follows:
Bosu Ball – A BOSU Balance Trainer (or BOSU ball) is a fitness training device, invented in 1999 by David Weck. It consists of an inflated rubber hemisphere attached to a rigid platform. The device is often used for balance training. When the dome side faces up, the BOSU ball provides an unstable surface while the device remains stable.
Barrel – The Pilates barrel is a barrel-shaped exercise device. A common addition to many Pilates studios and home gyms. The Pilates barrel arc, which has a half-moon shape and sits directly on the floor. The curved portion of this Pilates barrel is used to support the shoulders and back. It also opens up the hips, neck, and thighs. Many people use the arc barrel as a complement to a Pilates mat exercise routine.
Hand & Ankle Weights – Add intensity to your abs exercises by using light weights. The light weights will increase the burn on your abs whilst also sculpting lean arms. Utilizing multiple muscle groups makes the workout highly efficient and effective to maximize your results. By changing your regular ab routine up with different equipment and techniques you will shock your body into continually giving you the results you want!
Yoga Ball – An exercise ball, also known as a yoga ball, is a ball constructed of soft elastic with a diameter of approximately 35 to 85 centimeters (14 to 34 inches) and filled with air. The yoga ball is utilized in our group mat classes with the idea of working your entire body from head to toe.
Small Pilates Stability Ball – The Small Mini Stability Ball™ will have a big impact on your workout and posture! Use this wonder prop to up muscle activation in sitting, standing or lying exercises that target arms, tummy, buns, and thighs. By bringing instability to your movements, you’ll switch on your deep stabilizing muscles, firing up the core while demonstrating the gaps in your form. You can also use your ball to roll out sore muscles or to support low back or neck during exercise.
Magic Circle – The Magic Circle (also called a Pilates Ring) is one of the original tools Joseph Pilates created to help connect to your center more easily. Like everything else in Pilates, the Ring is secondary to the powerhouse and is never the main point of any exercise.
Think of the Magic Circle as an eager assistant helping the powerhouse become more efficient in its job and helping you accomplish greater results. If you feel tension outside the powerhouse (neck tension), or you become more aware of the Ring than the center of your body, you are probably devoting too much of your strength to the ring and will miss out on some of the benefits of the exercise being taught. When used properly, you will find the ring a great tool for deepening your work.
Resistance Tubes & Theraband – A theraband or resistance bands are latex bands or tubes that are used for physical therapy and light strength training exercises. They are also commonly used by athletes, but also people who are looking for a low-impact strength training workout. Pofessional Latex Resistance Tubing is ideal for upper and lower body exercise, rehabilitation, and conditioning. The resistance tubing makes measuring progress and achieving goals for fitness or therapy easy. It is available in 5 color-coded levels of resistance, determined by thickness of the tubing, which allows users to recognize improvement as it happens and gives at-a-glance documentation of progress from one level to the next. Tubing can be incorporated with a number of attachments to expand versatility and can be easily incorporated into a variety of Exercise.
Sliders – Core sliders are a simple, convenient, and effective way to build core strength. This exercise prop is user-friendly and great for all-levels.
Balance Cushion – The inflatable Balance Cushion works your core muscles more completely than a gym ball because it focuses on those muscles in any position.
Dumbells – 2 and 3 pounds lights weights incorporated into your Pilates workout. These light weights are often used in conjunction with group mat classes however at times they are incorporated into reformer-based workouts.
You will love this calorie burner cardio Pilates class. We work at faster pace, rotating Pilates stations, sub-set with core work on the mat. In this class we will use a combo of treadmill, bike, reformer, tower, chair, TRX, weights, props, and mat Pilates. The work is typically managed by 4 minutes at a specific station, followed by 1-2 minutes of core work on the mat.
Jump Board – Jump Board is a great way to add a cardiovascular workout to your Pilates practice. The Jump Board is designed to build strength in the legs, abs, ankles, and feet. In addition, the aerobic style of movement will get your heart rate up, helping you to increase your cardiovascular endurance and maximize calorie burn.
Sitting Box – Used with a Reformer, a Sitting Box opens up a new realm of versatility, including prone and abdominal strength exercises, side stretching and more. It also offers a more comfortable option for seated exercises.
Allegro 2 Tower – Towers combine the reformer, tower, and mat system into one apparatus, providing maximum versatility with less square footage. Use the Tower bars and springs to work major muscle groups, while controlling the moving carriage with your core.
Wunda Chair – The Pilates chair is basically a box with one side that can be pressed down against the resistance of springs, like a large pedal. Sometimes the pedal portion is divided into two parts that can be worked independently.