Group Mat classes are for general health, fitness and vitality. Different class levels are offered to suit all ages and fitness levels.
Mat classes incorporate all the key principles of Pilates such as postural alignment, breathing, core stability, controlled movement and flexibility. The floor exercises may also be combined with props such as weights, chi-balls, therabands and foam rollers, to increase resistance and aid movement. The main goals of Pilates Mat classes are improved flexibility, muscle tone & strength, spinal support, low back health, postural control and body-mind awareness.
Group Mat classes are for general health, fitness and vitality. Different class levels are offered to suit all ages and fitness levels. Clients progress through levels as they get stronger and more proficient at technique (see below)
All New clients require a Pilates Fitness Screen and Real Time Ultrasound (RTUS). Depending on your previous experience you will also need 1-3 x Pilates Mat 1:1. As an alternative to the 1:1s you can do either the Beginners Mat Course at Glynde or the Beginners Reformer Course at St Peters.
Mat classes are offered at Stirling, Parkside and Glynde. The Beginners Mat Course is only offered at Glynde. Ongoing Mat class levels are Gentle, Open, Intermediate, Trim & Tone.
Mat Class Levels
Classes have fewer repetitions of each exercise and the focus is on correct technique & body alignment. Class runs at a slower pace and has more stretching. It is suitable for beginners, those with mild or long-term injuries (not acute), those with poor balance and coordination, Pregnant and early post-natal, Osteopenia (mild low bone density), Pelvic floor weakness.
Classes offer progressions from the basics and exercises become more challenging. Providing an all-over body work-out with some stretching, there is also more of a coordination and balance challenge. Emphasis is on abdominal strengthening and more repetitions to build overall strength. Suitable for people without significant injuries or pelvic floor weakness.
Open classes are suitable for those wishing to work at either a Gentle or Intermediate pace, or a bit of both Variations will be given to provide different degrees of challenge, depending on clients’ ability.
Trim & Tone
For experienced/advanced Pilates clients who want maximum workout in minimum time. The focus is on strength of abs, thighs and buttocks. Exercises are performed at a faster pace with less breaks. This class is for uninjured, healthy participants and is suitable for later stages of post-natal rehabilitation (6 months+).