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Reformer Pilates: Strength and conditioning
The reformer is a piece of resistance exercise equipment consisting of a platform that moves back and forth along a carriage. Resistance is provided by the exerciser’s body weight and resistance from springs attached to the carriage. Exercises are done by pushing and pulling with legs or arms against the resistance of the springs, carriage, and body weight. The resistance can be adjusted allowing you to work very precisely to develop good alignment, core strength and flexibility. The reformer is large enough to accommodate full-range motion which is ideal for increasing flexibility while building strength. for effective strength building.
Mat Pilates is done on the floor using an exercise mat, which employs controlled breathing during body weight resisted movement to build core strength. Each move in Pilates is designed to stretch and strengthen the body making it ideal for those who want to build long lean muscles. There are numerous set movements or poses that can be learned in a class. The instructor will teach you how to keep your body in the correct alignment while performing the exercises. Mat Pilates is a good place to start your Pilates experience before moving on to more advanced techniques or equipment such as Reformer.
Yoga is widely practised for health and relaxation. This practice includes a series of posturers that are driven my controlling of the breath and finished off with simple meditation. Stretches using yoga props and restorative poses aim to release the stress of your week, increase flexibility, range of movement and posture. We also offer more advanced classes designed to take you deeper into your practice by introducing asanas which will challenge you equally on strength & flexibility, so you can discover true harmony in body & mind.
TRX Suspension Training:
Conceptualised and brought to life by the Navy SEALS, TRX Suspension Training is a bodyweight exercise that develops strength, balance, flexibility and core. Using a system of ropes the TRX Suspension Trainer leverages gravity and your body weight to complete hundreds of exercises. These classes use functional movements and dynamic positions to challenge you in a new way further develop physical strength.
Rowing is a full-body exercise that keeps the heart rate elevated. There is a large focus on legs and core strength, working about 60 percent legs and 40 percent upper body. Classes are a high-intensity interval-training workout (which alternates between the rower and the mat). With leg press after leg press and row after row, there is a huge strength-training component to the class. Unlike a bike, which only has resistance in one direction, rowing has resistance in both directions, forward and back, making you much stronger and increasing the rate at which you burn calories.
Barre-based classes use a combination of postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like yoga and Pilates. The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with high reps of small range-of-motion movements. Also, don’t be surprised if your class incorporates light handheld weights to bring the burn during all those reps, as well as mats for targeted core work.