About This Lesson

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Caroline is keeping us fit during lockdown with online zoom pilates classes which have proved very popular. For details, please contact the Office.

Pilates is a non-aerobic form of exercise suitable for absolutely anybody who wants to either stay fit, improve performance or recover from injury or restricted movement. It is also an excellent partner to any other fitness regime as it stabilises and supports the body’s structure. The Pilates method aims to strengthen the body from the spine outwards by restoring and building deep muscular infrastructure which supports the skeletal system. Through a wide variety of controlled exercises based on repeated postural and breathing techniques muscles are retrained to move more efficiently. This improves strength, stamina and flexibility and encourages ease of movement for everyday activity.

Pilates was originally established in the early 20th Century by Joseph Pilates who spent his life examining movement and anatomy, initially to cure his own serious ailments and latterly to develop his method to incorporate all the requirements and potential of the body’s movements. His Pilates technique was largely founded in Prisoner of War camps where he both kept able soldiers healthy and enabled injured and disabled soldiers to regain their mobility. He went on to study and often participate in, many forms of movement from yoga, martial arts, boxing, acrobatics to classical dance, finishing his career teaching functional movement at top New York dance academies. The Pilates method aims to strengthen the body from the spine outwards by restoring and building deep muscular infrastructure which supports the skeletal system. Through a wide variety of controlled exercises based on a repeated technique the body retrains to move efficiently and correctly so that on the one hand, movement, often long forgotten, can be regained and on the other, existing strength and flexibility greatly enhanced. Pilates is suitable for absolutely anybody who wants to either stay fit, improve performance or recover from injury or restricted movement. It is also an excellent partner to any other fitness regime as it stabilises and supports the body. It is not aerobic but can bring out a sweat in its more advanced movements, however Caroline’s classes at the Avenue Club are at the more gentle end of the spectrum! They aim to improve strength and stamina, enhance flexibility and encourage ease of movement for everyday activity.

The class suitable for those with some basic to intermediate experience.
Maximum number of participants: 16
Special Clothing Requirements: Comfortable, loose clothing or sportswear, socks.
Equipment Required: Provided (some participants like to bring their own ie. Mat; Block/cushion; Pilates ball)

Organiser / Instructor

Caroline Cooper - Pilates - Photo
Caroline Cooper

Caroline is formerly a professional dancer but, after serious injury, used pilates to return to full health

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Schedule

Monday 9:30AM - 10:45AM
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM
Friday Instructor: Garry Freer 9:30AM - 10:45AM