Welcome to Pilates Central
Pilates Saturday Classes near the Angel Islington, N1
Pilates Central is a short walk and even shorter bus ride from the Angel tube station on Islington High Street. So if you’re looking for pilates Saturday classes in Islington you’ve come to the right place!
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Why Pilates Central?
- Our Pilates is custom-made, not one size fits all
- Our teachers are at the top of their profession
- Our Pilates helps clients with medical needs
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The Pilates Reformer Machine
The Reformer machine can look intimidating to people who have not participated in a Reformer Pilates session before. Invented by the creator of Pilates, Joseph Pilates, it is a versatile piece of equipment. The Reformer enables the user to perform an extremely wide range of exercises designed to work the whole body.
A Pilates Reformer looks like a couch or bed with a sliding platform that is attached to the Reformer’s frame by springs. The sliding platform is called a carriage and it moves up and down the frame on wheels. The springs are adjustable to increase or decrease tension, which provides more or less resistance when executing movements. In this respect, the Reformer can be altered to suit the user’s ability level. There is also a foot-bar and two ropes or straps.
Reformer Pilates Exercises
Exercises performed on the Reformer target both the large muscle groups and smaller accessory (supporting) muscles. The resistance created by the springs can be used to isolate specific muscle groups. The straps and foot-bar enable you to focus on small muscle groups, for example, in the arms, or to work out all the parts of the leg. The unique functions of the Reformer make this equipment suitable for a total body workout.
The benefits of Pilates Reformer exercises are that not only can you work on your whole body, but your instructor can help you to focus on problem areas and use the Reformer to specifically target those. The Pilates Reformer also helps you to feel, and the instructor to observe, which parts of your body are stronger than others. This is useful for pinpointing specific areas that need to be worked upon.
A Typical Pilates Reformer Session
In a typical session the instructor will take the you through a series of repetitive exercises. The movements required are small and isolated. This is because they are targeting specific muscle groups without injuring or straining joints. Moves can be modified to take into account any current or previous injuries or health problems.
As you learn each exercise, you will make minor adjustments and realign yourself, as instructed, in order to perform the exercise correctly and to your maximum potential. Over time, the exercises become easier and the movement becomes more fluid. Even after your first session, you should feel stretched with a more open posture. With more practice, you breathing should improve and your body will begin to tone up and become more flexible.