Pilates at The Pole Studio

Pilates Instructor: Tracey Simmonds
(BASI and Pilates Unlimited/Kinetic Precision Certified)

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Available via livestream.

Research has shown that exercise is the single most important factor in helping prolong life and body function. Consequently, we are constantly looking for the best methods of exercise which will rehabilitate and prevent injuries.

Why attend Pilates?
*Build core strength and understanding of the ‘core’.
*Improve athletic performance and decrease the risk of injury during sport.
*Develop mobility and stability.
*Improved functional fitness for the young and old.

Pilates was originally developed by Joseph Pilates after World War 1 to rehabilitate wounded soldiers and return them to optimal levels of physical functioning.

The focus of the Pilates method practiced in classes today is on strengthening the body and promoting muscular balance to prevent injury.

Pilates focuses on muscle isolation, with exercises that are used to target the weaker muscles affected by the imbalances in your body. This means that the exercises you do in Pilates strengthen parts of you that have been neglected through your normal exercise routine and lifestyle.

Pilates is known to be a calm and stress-free, yet highly technical type of exercise which brings about a sense of control for the body and mind.

The Principles of Pilates
Pilates Principles: Centering, Concentration, Control, Precision, Breath, and Flow
These six principles are the foundation of the Pilates approach to exercise. Their application to the Pilates method of exercise is part of what makes it unique in the fitness world.

Joseph Pilates originally called his work “Contrology.” He considered this to be a body/mind/spirit approach to movement founded on the integrative effect of principles such as centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow.

FAQs Pilates Classes
I am a beginner can I join?
This class is structured to accommodate beginners as well as more advanced level students.

Do I need to be strong to join this class?
You do not need to be strong, but you will strengthen by participating in this class! You will be expertly guided by our highly experienced Pilates teacher through all the necessary techniques.

Do I need to be flexible to join this class?
Flexibility is not a prerequisite of this class. The focus is on strengthening and conditioning your body and working within your level of ability (which will develop as you continue to practise!)

I am concerned about an injury I have, can I still attend?
We recommend that you visit your physiotherapist or doctor if you are worried about an injury or medical condition. Please make sure you have the all clear before joining the class. Pilates will help you to prevent injuries, but we do not diagnose or treat specific conditions.

I only want to do Pilates class, can I join the studio?
Yes you can! Please click here to view our flexible membership options!

What do I wear and what do I bring for Pilates?
Bring a bottle of water and a towel. Wear gym clothing and bring a yoga mat, should you prefer to use your own.