We offer a variety of group classes, all limited in size so that members can get individual tuition.”
Pilates is a hugely popular exercise system that takes its name from the founder, Joseph Pilates who was practising during the first part of the 20th Century. To give you a better idea of Pilates here are some Frequently Asked Questions:
There are a wide variety of exercises but basically everyone lies, stands or sits on an individual mat. The instructor demonstrates and then guides you through the exercise, coming round and adjusting people, giving advice, correcting techniques as necessary. The exercises are all gentle but surprisingly effective. There’s no leaping around in a Pilates class!
Yes. The NHS recommends that classes are small so that everyone can get individual attention from the instructor. We have taken the advice of the NHS (unlike a lot of Pilates classes!). So even if you’re a complete beginner you will be looked after.
There’s some evidence that Pilates can provide pain relief to people with non-specific lower back pain. Because the classes are so small, our instructors can adapt exercises to suit individual requirements.
The NHS say that because Pilates is classed as a muscle-strengthening activity, it can help you maintain a healthy weight. Classes can vary in intensity: they can be gentle, or dynamic and offer a solid workout. If you want to lose weight, you’re advised to combine Pilates with a healthy diet and some aerobic activities, such as swimming, walking and cycling.
Anything loose and comfortable, which allows you to move easily. It’s a good idea to have some layers so that if you get hot or cold you can adjust accordingly. A Top Tip: as Pilates is always done without shoes, make sure you don’t wear your old socks with holes in them!
No. All mats and any other small pieces of equipment such as foam rollers, “magic circles” and Swiss balls are provided.
Yoga as exercise is an ancient regime dating back over 2000 years and it is part of an Eastern philosophy which gives guidance on healthy ways to live and includes mindfulness and meditation.
To give you a better idea of Yoga, here are some Frequently Asked Questions:
No, no and absolutely no.
No No No. If you ARE very bendy, you’ll be just tempted to flop into the postures and it’ll be much more difficult for you to gain any benefit from them. The best thing to be to do yoga is to be INFLEXIBLE.
Not in the way that you might think. You will be working hard during your yoga class but you’ll be taught how to relax and breathe properly WHILE you are in these challenging postures.
Yoga is mat-based exercise. You’ll do a number of postures standing on the mat and a number lying or kneeling. There is great emphasis on breathing deeply (which has the powerful effect of getting oxygen into the blood) and you’ll hold the postures for a time (typically 30 seconds).
The instructor will come round adjusting you and correcting technique. The postures are also designed to calm the mind and aid concentration.
Anything loose and comfortable, which allows you to move easily. It’s a good idea to have some layers so that if you get hot or cold you can adjust accordingly.
No. All mats and any other small pieces of equipment such as blocks and folded blankets are provided
Fitness Matrix Classes
Fitness Matrix is a form of circuit training where you go round doing a number of different exercises in the room one by one, with only a minimal amount of rest between each of them. To give you a better idea of Fitness Matrix, here are some Frequently Asked Questions:
No you don’t. Each of the exercises is designed to be done at different intensities or levels, so they are suitable for beginners as well as people who are more advanced.
Anything loose and comfortable, which allows you to move easily – tee-shirts, jogging bottoms, shorts – whatever you feel happy in. No need to invest in designer sports wear. It’s a good idea to have some layers so that if you get hot or cold you can adjust accordingly. You will need some kind of trainers to support your feet.
Because we limit our class sizes, the instructor will be able to give you individual attention and adjust the exercise to your level.
Definitely. Most of the exercises you do in Fitness Matrix are muscle strengthening or aerobic and both contribute to weight loss.
No. equipment is provided, including towels and water. All you have to do is bring yourself.
You won’t be asked to sign a long-term contract to commit you to six or twelve months like many other health and fitness organisations. We believe that once you start you’ll want to stay with us because our policy is to look after people. We keep numbers small so you can get lots of individual attention from the trainer. If for any reason you DO need to cancel your membership, all we ask is that you give us a month’s notice.
You can book as you go, week by week. OR – you are able to book into any class of your choice on a recurring basis, which means that your place on the class is guaranteed and you don’t have to worry about re-booking each week. What’s more, if you can’t make it for one session, you can cancel it online, on our App or by phone and book into another class at another time.
So, for example, imagine you can’t make your usual 9.00am Pilates class next Monday. Go online and cancel your space and then look for another class. You might simply find another Pilates class or you might decide to try Fitness Matrix – or give a Yoga class a try. You won’t feel out of place because with our small numbers, the trainers will guide you through anything you’re not familiar with.
We only ask one thing of you: if you can’t make a particular session, cancel it to allow someone else to use your place.