The Pilates method stretches and strengthens all the muscles of the body, giving it a defined shape and improved posture. Pilates exercises target the deep core muscles that protect your spine, narrow your waist and help to give you power and strength. That is why many top sportsmen/women do Pilates as part of their regular fitness training programme.
I have been attending weekly Pilates classes with Ali for some three years. Our particular class is made up of around eight males, aged 60 plus years and with a wide range of mobility, fitness and general health.
I have been attending weekly Pilates classes with Ali for some three years. Our particular class is made up of around eight males, aged 60 plus years and with a wide range of mobility, fitness and general health. Ali manages to get the whole group engaged with the exercises, which vary each week and never seem to become repetitive. Ali has an excellent sense of humour – an essential attribute with this particular group!
I have noticed a real improvement in my flexibility and overall fitness. I have two metal hips. Ali has one herself and she is a great role model as her own fitness and range of movement is amazing.
It is a testimony to the enjoyment and the benefits from her classes that no-one has dropped out during the time I have been attending classes.
- Mike Hauck
It is also extremely beneficial to those with back problems and is often prescribed by physiotherapists and other medical professionals as rehabilitation for, or prevention of, back injury and pain. (Indeed, I am qualified as a practitioner in the use of exercise to manage back pain and call on this in my classes where appropriate.)
I teach a blend of modern and classical Pilates, taking account of the most up to date scientific principles, and use a variety of small equipment such as bands, balls and resistance circles in my classes to ensure that the content stays fresh, interesting and challenging.