PILATES CLASS INFO
Pilates Mat Classes
**The Pilates mat classes do not use the Pilates equipment. They are larger classes ( 20 students maximum) where the exercises are performed on mats and with small props. **
Pilates Mat with Props – All Levels: This is a multi-level class that focuses on breath, body mechanics and core strength. We will alternate using foam rollers, magic circles, bands and small balls as props to help facilitate resistance and for stability work. It is a full-body work out (don’t worry you will not be doing one hour of crunches!) with the emphasis on core stability as a way to stay safe and injury free. We also incorporate about 10-15 minutes of yoga postures to open the body up. There will be modifications for the more challenging exercises so that beginners are not overwhelmed, but more experienced students are always challenged.
Pilates Mat with Props – Level 1-2: This class is a great mat class if you want to go at a slower pace. It focuses on how to use the breath to facilitate a deeper connection to your core. We will stretch and align while strengthening the muscle fibers that might have been asleep for a while….
Pilates Mat with Props – Level 2-3: This class brings a refinement to your Pilates practice, inviting you to connect more deeply to your breath, work at a more advance pace and tune in to your body.
Pilates Mat Core Fundamentals & Stretch: This class is ideal for people who are new to Pilates or for veterans who are looking to fine tune their skills. We will move at a slow pace, focusing on breath as it is the coordinator of the body’s deep core muscles. We will explore proper posture and alignment and will build strength to support it. The second part of the class will be spent releasing extra tension in the body through muscle release and functional stretching.
Pilates Reformer Classes
**The Moving Joint reformer classes are small intimate classes with 5 students per instructor on state of the art equipment. We keep the classes small so that the work on the equipment is safe and effective. We strongly suggest doing at least 2 private sessions if you are new to Pilates before attending a reformer class so that you can learn the foundation with a highly skilled instructor. If you are unable to do the private session, a level 1 class is required before signing up for any upper level classes. The classes will be much more effective if you learn the proper mechanics first.**
Pilates Reformer Level 1: This class is for anyone who is new to working out on the reformer and wants a good run down on how to safely use the equipment and specificity in how to find the deeper and smaller muscles we use in Pilates. The class will move through a full Pilates repertoire but the pace will be slow and methodical and will offer a lot of cues to help you understand the work. Experienced students are always welcome to refine their practice or just get a tune up after a time away.
Requirements: Students must know how to change their own springs and maneuver the reformer such as putting head rest down and up. We highly recommend that you take at least the 2 private intro and/ or Intro to Reformer class first until you feel comfortable with the basics.
Pilates Reformer Level 1-2: This is a moderate level class on the Pilates equipment. The emphasis is on connecting to the core, coordinating movements and breath, and stretching. We will work on proper alignment and help you to build a foundation of stability to work from.
Requirements: Students must have taken the 2 private Intro Special or at least 5 level one or Intro to Reformer class before taking a level 1-2 class. If student has limitations due to injuries or medical conditions, clearance from an instructor is necessary. Students must also know the basic repertoire of The Pilates Method.
Pilates Reformer Level 2: In Level 2 we will work at an intermediate level. You will begin to advance moves that you are familiar with from Level 1-2. We will continue to focus on basic principles and alignment and then advance to more complex moves on the Pilates Reformer. You will challenge your muscles, and go deeper into exercises.
Requirements: Students must have taken at least 10 level 1 or level 1-2 classes before entering a level 2 class. If student has limitations due to injuries or medical conditions, clearance from an instructor is necessary. Students must also know the basic repertoire of The Pilates Method.
Pilates Reformer Level 2-3: This 55 minute class is more of an invigorating workout. You will be challenged to get to a new level in your Pilates practice, but not beyond your means. Modifications will still be given. The class is a full body workout with an emphasis on working from the deeper smaller muscle groups and building a strong foundation in the body.
Requirements: We recommend that you have been doing Pilates regularly for at least a year before adding a Level 2-3 or 3 class to your workout schedule. Clearance from an instructor in a level 1-2 or level 2 class is required.
Pilates Reformer Level 3: This 55 minute class is reserved for students who have mastered the details of The Pilates Method and who need less detailed instruction. If modifications are needed, the student must know how to modify on their own. Because we move at a faster pace and offer much more intricate and difficult movement sequences, there is less time to explain the details of the work. This class will definitely take you to the next level and will leave you feeling like you can take on anything!!
Requirements: Please ask one of the instructors in a lower level class if you are ready for a level 3 class for your own safety.
Pilates Reformer Level 3 Cardio: This 55 Minute class is similar to Pilates Reformer Level 3 but incorporates a jumpboard warm up and some cardio exercises on the Bozu as well. You will keep a steady heart rate and will most likely find yourself in a good sweat by the end of class.
Requirements: Please ask one of the instructors in a lower level class if you are ready for a level 3 Cardio class for your own safety.
Prenatal Reformer: This small group class is done with special props to make the workout more safe and efficient for pregnant women. We use a comfortable contour foam cushion on the reformer for cardiac and back safety. These sessions include opening of tight areas such as hip flexors, inner thighs and pecs, gentle to moderate total body strengthening, and pelvic floor training to help with labor and back support.
Postnatal Reformer: This class will help you find balance again in your body after giving birth. We will work in ‘refinding’ your core, pelvic floor and base stability as well as realigning the pelvis and checking for any rectus split ect. This class is safe for all postnatal women as soon as you have been given doctors clearance to begin exercise again.
**Pilates Springboard is an innovative wall mounted piece of Pilates equipment that provides an invigorating full-body workout. The springboard is based on Joseph Pilates’ Cadillac and was refined and developed by Ellie Herman.**
Mixed Levels: The Mixed Levels Springboard class will take you through a warm up, multiple core strengthening exercises, a variety of arm and leg spring exercises, and standing lunges and squats. Many of the exercises will feel familiar to those with Mat Pilates or reformer experience, but there will be plenty of new challenging and fun repertoire. Class size is limited to 8 people.