Pilates is a zero-impact form of exercise and classes being an hour in duration involve a combination of strength-training and core-strengthening incorporating stretching and endurance work. Strengthening and toning of the different muscle groups are achieved by utilizing a combination of concentric and eccentric (lengthening and shortening) movements. Any person of any age can do Pilates – as each class is specially tailored to suit the needs and physical development of the particular client. Pilates exercise primarily takes place through the use of Pilates equipment, such as the Reformer or Cadillac with the supplementary use of other apparatus such as mats, bands, and balls.
In terms of classes on offer, clients have a choice of the following: