Class Descriptions | Pilates Classes

Pilates Essential Principles

CONCENTRATION – key element to connecting your mind and body. Concentrate every time you exercise, use the power of your mind.

CONTROL – Joseph Pilates’ philosophy and basic foundation was the idea of muscle control by the mind. No sloppy movements propelled by momentum.

CENTERING – using the muscles between your rib cage and hips leads to a flatter stomach, better posture and back pain prevention.

BREATHING – improving blood circulation helps us to relax. You eventually learn how to coordinate a deep inhale and exhale with each movement.

FLUIDITY– emphasize grace of motion over speed and don’t isolate movements.

PRECISION– focus on one precise and perfect movement instead of 10 sloppy ones.

Reformer Pilates

What the heck is a reformer? Does it reform you? It most certainly does! The Pilates reformer can make a dramatic change in your body when used correctly. Joseph Pilates invented this piece of equipment over 100 years ago. It consists of an upholstered carriage that glides back and forth, utilizing spring resistance. It has a foot bar at one end and pulleys at the other.

There are many exercises to do on this one large piece of equipment, involving many positions, such as supine, prone, side-lined, seated, Z-sitting, knealing, etc. The reformer allows your muscles to lengthen and strengthen simultaneously. The physical benefits are a wide range, including core and pelvic floor, upper and lower body strengthening, flexibility, muscular endurance, increased lung capacity, balance and coordination. We have several levels to choose from, including rehab, beginner, intermediate, advanced, as well as, multi-level. We offer privates with 1-8, as well as, group training.

 

Pilates Mat

The original movement system that Joseph Pilates created. Joseph Pilates began developing his exercise system in Germany in the early 1900s to combat his asthma and rickets as a child. He was determined to strengthen his frail and sickly body. He called his method “the art of contrology” or muscle control. Mat Pilates is a Pilates training practice that can be done on a mat, meaning, no reformer or other equipment is needed.There are 34 original mat exercises, all of which concentrate the work near the center of your body. In this class, you hold and move through movements like planks, side planks, and core exercises to build your muscle groups and core strength. In some mat classes, you can use props, such as, bands, exercise balls, small weights, foam rollers, the magic ring and others to help level up your Pilates experience. After performing the Pilates mat exercises, you will absolutely be stronger and longer in all of your muscles and feel great! Your backbone and joints will thank you!

 

Chair Pilates

Improves balance, strength, flexibility & core power in many positions, including sitting, kneeling, standing, supine, prone

 

Tower Pilates

Utilizing Pilates’ favorite resistance (besides gravity) springs to work from head to toe, including lots of core, to lengthen, strengthen and stabilize all your joints and muscles.

 

Pilates Combo Class

Utilizing Pilates reformers, chairs, towers, mat and TRX

 
 

TRX Suspension Training

Must bring clean, dry tennis shoes

Similar to Pilates’ results, TRX workouts increase flexibility & build strength and endurance while burning calories and strengthening your core.

trx-suspension

 

Gentle Yoga

A slow, mindful movement designed to enhance strength, balance and flexibility with a strong emphasis on alignment. Gentle yoga is practiced at a slower pace, longer holds, and less intense poses allowing for release and relaxation.

Vinyasa Yoga

A yoga class that links breath with movement. Designed to increase balance, core and strength, as well as, promote release and relaxation. Vinyasa Flow yoga emphasizes the sequential movement between postures, coordinated with and guided by deliberate breath. The Vinyasa practice becomes a moving meditation that creates strength, freedom and fluidity in the body and mind. Vinyasa Yoga links poses together for a more vigorous class.

Both Gentle and Vinyasa flow yoga link movement to breath, they incorporate twisting, forward folds, backbends, and balance poses.

 

Mature Adults and Rehab Class

This class is targeted for Seniors as well as those who are rehabilitating an acute or chronic injury. All varieties of Pilates classes and TRX are being used in this class structure

 

Pilates Arvada offers a wide range of Pilates and Fitness Classes!