Pilates Mat Classes
What is it?
Pilates mat classes are performed on a yoga mat and help you to improve your core control and strength, balance and standing alignment. This addictive class features controlled exercises, which are performed in various positions on a mat – seated, lying down, on your side and on your front. We use various tools to help you to get into a position or challenge your performance including straps, poles, bands, balls and magic circles.
The exercises performed in the Pilates mat classes are at the foundation of the Pilates method and provide you with the ability to improve your total body strength and focus on the core and powerhouse.
How do I know which class to sign up for?
If you have never done Pilates before it’s best to book for an assessment or perhaps a one-on-one introductory session with one of our friendly expert teachers.
There are never more than 8 people in any class at The Hundred Wellness Centre Dubai and we divide our classes according to level so that our clients can really reap the very best benefits from each session.
Beginner Level – This level is for those who are new to Pilates or for those who may have an injury and need to take it a little slower. In this class you will learn the fundamental exercises that create the foundation of how to move safely with proper hip/spine alignment, transitioning from one exercise to the other, learning how to stabilize using the mind body concentration for fluid, smooth, flowing and centering movement along with proper breathing. This class is a prerequisite for the higher level classes listed below. You must be in good health with no special considerations to take this class.
Beginner/Intermediate Level – This class level provides additional mat exercises and/or advancement of existing exercises. You will be challenged with a faster pace and be introduced to new exercises to challenge the mind body connection, increase endurance and improve neuromuscular control and coordination. You will begin to learn to transition quickly between the exercises and link them into a flowing, graceful and efficient workout with increased range of motion as the body becomes stronger and more balanced. Instructor approval is required to take this class.
Intermediate Level – This class builds on the exercises from the Beginner/Intermediate Level class. The exercises become more challenging, and the pace of the class is faster – therefore more strength, stamina and coordination are required. Instructor approval is required to take this class.
Advanced Level – This class is dedicated to extremely experienced students who have been doing Pilates for a while. This class uses full choreographed repertoire and a faster pace maintaining a centered core and flowing breath. Instructor approval is required to take this class.