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The Bodylabs Classes

What can I expect from a Bodylabs Pilates Class.


The Start

All the classes are designed in such a way that each learner can work at his own pace, capability level. This also means that is it possible to start during the course of the year, if there are spaces available.

Since the classes are mat based, learners are required to be able to get on and off the floor unassisted.

If you are not sure, before you embark on an exercise programme, it is always a good to discuss it with your GP or doctor to get his/her advice. If you are currently treated by a Physiotherapist (or other physical therapist), please make sure the Pilates exercises are not counterproductive to what you and your therapist are trying to achieve.

What to Bring

  • Mat (learners are encouraged to bring their own mat, but if you forget your mat – the tutor has some mats available).
  • Please wear lose fitted/stretchable or exercise clothes. If you are wearing lose fitted clothes, please be aware that you will be rolling up and down, so for your convenience you should be able to tuck clothes in. Clothes that are fitted too wide can impede tutor’s ability to assess correct body position or correct execution of an exercise.
  • Optional: Water – to keep you hydrated during the sessions. There is no water available in the room. at most venues. Some venues offer water fountains.
  • Towel – to use as head rest or as prop during certain exercises. Alternatively a small cushion can be used.

What do we do

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The classes consist, like all exercise classes, of a warm-up, main session and cool down.

The instructor will demonstrate the exercises and will keep explaining the exercise during class execution. The instructor will monitor the class during the exercises and walk around tohelp. Over time the individuals will be able to execute the exercises with more precision.

The exercises are based around the Pilates Principles (Concentration, Centering, Breathing, Body Awareness, Control, Precision, Fluency, Stamina, Relaxation). These will be explained during the course of the year and are used to help with understanding the goals of each exercise.

During a class each person can work at his/her own level. The exercises can include easier options and keep presenting new challenges, no matter what level you are on. The exercises are hard even if they look simple but doable. It is about the journey the participants embark on, getting to know their body and how to move it in the most effective way.

Over time the exercises lead to:

  • Improved body awareness (increased ability to follow exercise cues, trusting body to move)
  • Improved posture
  • Understanding correct set-up positions (standing & floor)
  • Control of movement
  • Improved flexibility & strength

During a class, lot of information/ pointers to be implemented during the exercises is given to enable everybody to work at their own level.

Trying to implement them all (straight away) can feel impossible and frustrating, so persons are encouraged to just try to do what then can and over time they will notice that they start to implement more and more. Perrforming the exercises perfectly will take years!

Pilates is a journey.

Additional Information

If you are late for a class, please come anyway. You will benefit more from a part class that from not showing up at all. Just come in and warm-up. We will have a standard warm up routine each term, so after a couple of classes you will know what to do. Once you are warmed up, you can pick up from what the rest of the class is doing.

One of the goals of Pilates is that you learn to listen to your body. If it tells you that what you are doing does not feel right, please ask the instructor for further directions or if applicable an alternative.

 

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