Pilates Mat Classes

For ages 11 and up. This set of classes is offered 4 times a week, assisting students to build more body awareness and focus on the core (abdominals) strengthening to improve balance and control while lengthening the muscles to allow greater freedom of movement. Proper alignment and posture will be strengthened while increasing efficient movement to build strength and increase flexibility.

The warm-up involves gentle stretching and isolations. The Pilates mat technique was developed by Joseph Pilates in 1926 to create a strong and lean body through a series of precise movements completed in repetitions using ones’ own body resistance. As the student becomes stronger through use of their core the exercises will change and build to the next stage of difficulty based on an individual basis.

The Pilates method is a series of non-impact exercises designed by Joseph Pilates to develop strength, flexibility, balance, and inner awareness that can be adapted for every fitness level. He opened his first studio in New York City in 1926. The purpose of this method strengthens and lengthens the muscles without creating bulk; it is particularly beneficial for dancers, athletes and actors seeking to condition their bodies. Pilates is also helpful in preventing and rehabilitating injuries, improving posture, and increasing flexibility, circulation, and balance.

There are 500 exercises that were developed by Joseph Pilates. “Classical” exercises involve several principles. These include concentration, centering, flowing movement, and breath.

Breathing 100s

If you had gone to Joseph Pilates for a lesson half a century ago, this is the first of the classic mat exercises he would have given you. Breathing 100s works everything: your abdominals are engaged, your legs are stretched, your arms are pumping vigorously, and your lungs are fully inflated and deflated with each set.

The roll-up

  • Single leg circles performed on the back creating large ovals while isolating the hips
  • Single bent leg
  • Double bent leg while arms extend out
  • Single straight leg, which also stretches your hamstrings while using your hands to assist
  • Then without using your hands to work your core more
  • Double straight leg
  • Crisscross working your obliques
  • Corkscrew

Leg lift series

  • Leg swings
  • Bicycle front and back
  • Fan circle large and small
  • The clam, inverted clam, elevated clam
  • Side leg kick
  • Front leg kick
  • Scissors

On the knees or lying down on the side or back

  • Side leg lifts
  • Side leg kick
  • Back leg kick
  • Hamstring curls and hamstring press
  • The Teaser
  • The Can-can
  • The Plank
  • Mermaid Stretch