M BODY CLASSES
Pilates Circuit (55 minutes):
Pilates Circuit is a core focused, intense, full-body workout that takes you through a series of specially designed exercises built upon the basic fundamentals of Joseph Pilates that work every inch of the body. Each exercise is designed to “shrink wrap” the body; bringing the skin closer to the muscle by firming the abs, lifting the seat, and toning the legs and arms improving posture and increasing flexibility. This workout is intense while being suitable for all fitness levels. You will receive a full body workout that is challenging while gentle on the joints. All exercises are designed upon the fundamentals of Joseph Pilates that are listed below. According to Joseph Pilates…” in 10 sessions you will feel a difference, in 20 sessions you will see a difference, and in 30 sessions you will have a new body”!
According to Joseph Pilates, Pilates demands intense focus: “You have to concentrate on what you’re doing all the time. And you must concentrate on your entire body for smooth movements”. This is in no way an easy task, but in Pilates the way that exercises are done is more important than the exercises themselves.
“Contrology” was Joseph Pilates’ preferred name for his method and it is based on the idea of muscle control. “Nothing about the Pilates Method is haphazard. The reason you need to concentrate so thoroughly is so you can be in control of every aspect of every moment.” All exercises are done with control with the muscles working to lift against gravity and other forms of resistance, and thereby control the movement of the body and the apparatus. “The Pilates Method teaches you to be in control of your body and not at its mercy.”
Working from your core, also known as the center: The center is the focal point of the Pilates Method. The center refer to the group of muscles in the center of the body—encompassing the abdomen, lower and upper back, hips, buttocks, and inner thighs—as the “powerhouse”. All movement in Pilates should begin from the powerhouse and flow outward to the limbs.
Flow or efficiency of movement
Pilates aims for elegant sufficiency of movement, creating flow through the use of appropriate transitions. Once precision has been achieved, the exercises are intended to flow within and into each other in order to build strength and stamina. In other words, the Pilates technique asserts that physical energy exerted from the center should coordinate movements of the extremities: Pilates is flowing movement outward from a strong core.
Precision is essential: The focus is on doing one precise and perfect movement, rather than many halfhearted ones. ”You will gain more strength from a few energetic, concentrated efforts than from a thousand listless, sluggish movements.” The goal is for this precision to eventually become second nature, and eventually carry over into everyday life.
Breathing is probably the most essential fundamental Pilates. Breathing controls the core or what is also known as the body’s powerhouse. Pilates attempts to properly coordinate this breathing practice with movement, including breathing instructions with every exercise. Above all, learn to breathe correctly and you will be on your way to your new body!