What is pilates?

Pilates is an exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle-strength, flexibility and posture. Created by German-born Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s, it is a well-established, proven form of exercise, which uses breathing and exercises focused on precise movements to target specific parts of the body.

Our pilates classes in Hatfield are mat based, with a mix of exercises performed lying and standing, sometimes using small pieces of equipment such as stretch bands and gym balls. All our pilates sessions are designed as full body work-outs but can also be personalised to individual client needs.

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What are the health benefits of pilates?

There are many reports on the health benefits of pilates, with the general consensus being that pilates helps improve posture, muscle tone and flexibility, core strength and joint mobility, as well as relieve stress and tension.

Our Pilates classes frequently provide pain relief to people with non-specific lower back pain by strengthening the muscles that support the spine and strengthening core muscles to stabilize the body.

In addition to general health benefits, pilates also leaves you with a slimmer waist, toned stomach and a leaner appearance.

Who is pilates for?

Pilates is suitable for people of all ages, fitness and health. Programmes can be tailored to individual needs, for example, we might focus on balance, posture, co-ordination and breathing for older adults, to work on their weaknesses and improve mobility.

It is also excellent for injury rehab as it is a gentle way of strengthening weak areas and raising activity levels. As with all exercise programmes, it’s advisable to seek advice from your GP or a health professional if you have any health concerns, such as a health condition or an injury.

What to expect from our classes

Our Instructors are used to teaching clients of all abilities – from those who are new to pilates through to athletes and everyone in between.

You will be given an initial private session that will assess your starting point. The instructor assesses your particular body needs as well as your personal goals.

You will be taught the fundamentals of pilates such as breathing, alignment and pelvic floor activation. From here, the instructor will be able to tell you which class is best for you to join.

All instructors teach a progressive approach to pilates and incorporate neutral spine. They can progress you onto the classical repertoire but only when they feel that you are ready.

We ask clients to wear something that you can move easily in. The closer fitting the better as this enables the instructor to check your alignment. You can wear socks or do pilates with bare feet.

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Can I injure myself doing pilates?

Injuries are uncommon as pilates is a gentle, low-impact form of exercise. Prior to starting pilates, we will always have a discussion with you, to ensure you that we offer you the appropriate class for your level of fitness and pilates experience.

Can I do pilates if I am pregnant?

Yes, you are welcome to join one of our specialist pregnancy pilates classes from 14 weeks of pregnancy. We offer you a free 15 minute consultation with an osteopath beforehand to check you are fit to start classes. We keep the classes small to ensure individual attention throughout the class.

Is pilates cardiovascular exercise?

Pilates is not designed as a cardiovascular workout and beginner classes will not get you out of breath. The intermediate and advanced classes do go at a faster pace however and may get you more out of breath.

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What types of classes are available?

We have a variety of pilates classes in Hatfield, including:

  • One to one classes, tailored to your individual needs
  • Small mixed group classes, with a maximum of 8 participants, so that we can give you personal attention and guidance as needed
  • Performance focused classes, such as our pilates for runners course designed for the specific needs of runners

Book your pilates classes

We currently provide pilates classes in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. For more information about class times, you can view our pilates classes timetable.

If you would like to book an appointment or speak to someone about how pilates could help you, please call us on 0800 0724 012 or our central landline number 01707 229871.

Alternatively please tell us a little about your circumstances using the contact form and we will ensure that the right person contacts you to discuss how we can help.

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