Try our Pilates classes at Hertfordshire Sports Village, joining like-minded people from Hatfield, St Albans and Welwyn Garden City looking to improve general fitness.
Pilates classes offer slow controlled flowing movements, low impact flexibility and strengthening the core muscles to stabilise and support the spine. It brings the mind and body together, improving general fitness and overall well-being. The moves may look simple, but they take a lot of precision and control. Pilates focuses on breathing techniques, posture and balance, whilst realigning the body and correcting posture. There is a strong emphasis on technique. In Pilates, the likelihood of injury is much lower than compared to more strenuous forms of exercises. While performing various exercises in the class, your mind needs to be constantly aware of your breathing and the way your body moves. You’ll get stronger, more sculpted muscles and gain flexibility over time. Pilates classes are a great addition to cardio-based aerobic exercises.
Pilates class intensity level
Pilates demands a medium intensity level. It’s not the kind of workout that works up a sweat, however it’s all about concentration and breathing. You’ll definitely feel it in your muscles during each class.
What does Pilates improve?
Core: Pilates’ main focus is on the core. Positions and movements used to activate the core rely on extremities to control and apply loads.
Legs/Arms: You can also expect to see strength gains in your arms and legs.
Flexibility: The exercises in a Pilates workout will boost your flexibility and joint mobility.
Strength: Pilates workouts will make your muscles stronger and you’ll use your own bodyweight instead of weights.
Low impact: You’ll engage your muscles in a strong but gentle way.
What health conditions is Pilates good for?
You can tailor Pilates to your individual needs, so it can be a great addition to other workouts. If you have arthritis, a strength-training class like Pilates is a very important part of your exercise program. A combination of aerobic exercise and strength training can help curb symptoms, maintain balance, keep joints flexible and help you maintain an ideal bodyweight. Pilates strengthens the thigh muscles (quadriceps) – this will help prevent arthritis and knee injuries. It may also help prevent greater disability if you have arthritis.