WHAT IS CLINICAL PILATES?
If there's one exercise style that has taken the fitness world by storm in the last decade, it's Pilates. Everyone is doing it ΓΆ€” from dancers to footballers ΓΆ€” and the benefits are said to be as much mental as they are physical.
So should you give it a go? YES!
Why is it so good for you?
When our muscles are weak they make compensations for each other which lead to instability and injury. Take your back for instance: if your posture is bad, your lower back and hips will then adjust themselves accordingly which means they're essentially out of whack.
Pilates encourages you to think about how you perform everyday movements. It heightens your body awareness which in turn improves your overall agility, flexibility and strength. It helps you ensure your body is working at its optimal level all the time.
What is a class like?
Pilates is a very intense stretching class that incorporates workouts for your abdominal, leg, arm and back muscles. The classes usually last for around 45 minutes and aim to work all areas of your body. We use the very latest clinical Pilates machines which allow people to do the Pilates moves using a pulley-system of resistance (pictured above).
What are the benefits?
Muscle tone, increased strength and flexibility and improved overall mobility and precision at which you move. It's perfect for people who like a meditative element in their exercise regimes. Pilates will give you more of a holistic result than most other exercises regimes. It will make you focus on your breathing which is great for improving circulation and relieving stress. It's a fantastic way to balance out your health and wellbeing.
Is Clinical Pilates suitable for me if I have an injury or if I am pregnant?
Pilates is actually great for people with injuries, weak muscles and particularly bad posture because it encourages you to strengthen your problem areas in a relaxed and low impact way. It is advisable that anyone with serious injuries consults their physio first. Pregnant women should also get the okay from their doctor before proceeding.
What do I need to take?
You should take along a towel to lay down over the mats for hygiene reasons. It's also advisable to wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle.
How do I start?
If you are new to Clinical Pilates it is necessary to have a private 1-on-1 session with one of our instructors in order to learn specific fundamentals that are relevant to you (which differs for each person). The instructor will assess and correct your alignment and posture (from head to toe) and instruct you on the correct way to activate different muscles and exercise correctly. A 1-on-1 session is by appointment only. Please book your session at either the Physio or Gym reception desks or call or email us.
After your first 1-on-1 session the instructor will guide you along the best course of action to reach your goal, whether that simply be fitness, recovery, rehab or other. Many people attend our small group Clinical Pilates classes whereby you will have the opportunity to continue working on what the instructor has taught you, as well as progress and advance yourself to new levels. Please find our timetable here. Classes are free with our Gym Club Membership, which is only $16 per week.