Welcome to The Venue’s Pilates class, scheduled for Monday’s at 6.15pm and on Thursdays at 10:15am and 7pm.
Pilates is such a great class. Although it would be classified as low-impact and uses exercises and positions to increase flexibility, it is beneficial in so many ways and you shouldn’t confuse low-impact with low intensity.
As well as increasing flexibility, Pilates also positively impacts muscular strength, increases muscle endurance, improves posture and core strength whilst enhancing balance and coordination.
If you have tried Pilates before, will love this class. If you’re new to it, you just have to try it as you may be pleasantly surprised just how good you feel after. It is great on the knees, hips and back so it is for everyone. If you are not sure, please feel free to give our fitness team a call on 01691 684 840 they are always happy to help.
Pilates at The Venue
Each Pilates class on our timetable caters for mixed abilities and comprises a standing start, to warm up the joints and muscles, followed by 8-10 Pilates and Pilates-based exercises on the mat. The same sequence of exercises is used for around 6-7 weeks and the level and intensity is (optionally) increased throughout that time. This allows regular participants to advance when they wish and the beginners to safely start their journeys.
The class lasts for around 60 minutes and you will feel challenged, re-energised and relaxed. It also helps to de-stress and improves sleep.
Benefits of Pilates
Pilates improves posture: Pilates focuses on positioning and core muscles that help to hold the body in place. This helps to improve posture and make the body more able to stay in the same position for extended periods of time. This is essential if you have an office-based role and find yourself sitting behind a desk for most of the working day.
If you suffer from joint pain, headaches etc, you might be surprised just how often these can be a result of bad posture and how using Pilates can improve your overall quality of life.
Pilates improves flexibility: Having flexible muscles helps improve comfort and quality of life. It also helps if you suffer from aches and pains, bad joints, etc.
Pilates focuses on stretching whilst moving. This means the muscles are warm as you stretch, allowing you to stretch further with less pain. It also helps to work the stabiliser muscles that help to hold the body in place. These are the groups of muscles that are often overlooked.
Pilates boosts stamina: Pilates is carried out in sequences with several repetitions. This helps the body to learn the exercises and adapts the muscles to be more proficient at performing them. Over time, you’ll find that you are able to perform these exercises for longer and longer.
There are other benefits too. Pilates can increase muscle power because it encourages the body to harness the muscles you have in groups, to make the body more efficient. It also helps to tone too. You’ll look leaner and firmer and clothes will sit better.
One of the biggest benefits to Pilates is the way that it reduces stress. Focusing on breathing and controlled movement helps to relax and stretch muscles and energize the body. If you lead a stressful life or just need an hour to unwind and switch off, Pilates is the perfect place to achieve that.
For more information about Pilates and how it might benefit you, give our fitness team a call on 01691 684 840.