Pilates Circuit

Chair

The Pilates chair works on the principle of resisitance and is basically a box with one side that can be pressed down against the resistance of springs, like a large pedal. It is an extremely versatile exercise machine and is used to activate the lower back, buttocks, shoulders, traverses, abdominals and pelvic region, whilst heightening neuromuscular coordination. The Chair is an excellent aid for rehabilitation and is particularly effective for stretching and restabilising muscles that have been strained or injured.

Fitness Ball

Fitness balls are ideal to rehabilitate back, knee, and hip injuries and are a great tool to help master core stability, balance, control, and strength. Sitting on a ball instead of a chair is a great way to keep your spine healthy as you're forced to sit up with good posture. Also, because the ball rolls around, it keeps your body moving, which helps prevent the stiffness and back pain caused by being too sedentary. Core strength and balance are required to keep it still and the simplest movement can become a huge challenge when you do it on the ball.

Ladder Barrel

The Pilates Ladder Barrel is an integral part of any Pilates Studio and exercises performed on this piece of equipment target core strength and flexibility. It challenges the body through a varied range of movements designed to isolate the deep postural muscles, giving you fantastic posture, spine strength and lean abdominals. It is also used to stretch your legs, improving mobility issues and helping you come back from injury or damage caused to the muscles. See video >>

Bosu

As the BOSU is inherently unstable, it adds intensity to your workouts, requiring you to engage your core muscles in order to maintain balance. It’s a form of functional training that cannot only get you into shape but make you better equipped to better perform the movements you need to get through the day, which becomes especially important as you get older. The BOSU ball also forces you to maintain your centre of gravity while performing various activities, providing a phenomenal way to prepare and tone your body for everyday life. Plus, virtually any workout can be enhanced by incorporating the BOSU ball as it requires you to use more muscles to stabilise your body, it means your workout will be more intense and you’ll burn more calories too.

Spine Corrector Barrel

The Pilates Spine Corrector Barrel is primarily used to support and correct the curvature of the spine. Designed to accommodate a wide range of body types and ability levels, it can be used as a challenging workout for even the fittest or for gentle stretches for those coming back from injury or new to Pilates. The main focus of exercises performed on this piece of equipment is on stretching and strengthening the abdominals and back, but it can also be used for spinal extensions and leg stretches. As we age these muscles tend to weaken, causing our spines to lose their natural curve.

Pilates Mat Exercises

Pilates mat exercises help people with back care issues as they improve core strength and promote muscular endurance and flexibility. Pilates also helps balance the sides of the body, helping to create postural symmetry and prevent injury that occurs from uneven stress patterns on back joints and discs. By improving mobility at the hip and shoulder joints, Pilates helps prevent excess stress on the spinal column. This form of exercise focuses on the concept of proper back alignment, which may be incorporated into a participant’s daily awareness of how they hold their body.