connector – january 2010 – dubai living

This month, Dubai Living looks at the various well-being activities that residents can take advantage of to ease away the stresses and strains of life in the city.


“Pilates, pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates (1880-1967), is a series of passive muscle strengthening exercises which will strengthen the weak and challenge the strong,” explains Asma Lootah, managing director of the fully equipped Hundred Pilates Studio, located at Dubai Healthcare City.

“Fast gym workouts often focus on overused, dominant muscles which leads to muscle imbalances and poor posture, feels Asma. “Pilates works continuously from ones centre by combining breathing, concentration, control, fluidity and precision. This passive and controlled approach to exercise switches on the weaker, underused muscles and tones down the larger dominant muscles – thus correcting muscular imbalances and poor posture. Pilates also aids in weight loss and is an excellent tool for improving your performance in a sports specific area”.

“At the Hundred Pilates Studio, we deliver workouts as close as Joseph Pilates would himself: Incorporating modern exercise science and rehabilitation principles, we eliminate contraindicated (inadvisable) movements and emphasise neutral alignment, core stability and peripheral mobility,” Asma continues.

The studio offers private sessions and group classes for all levels regardless of age, body size or gender. Classes for children, mother-and-daughter workouts, plus pre and post-natal classes are also available.

“Our classes, which incorporate both mat and equipment workouts, are limited to a maximum of four people per class and thus individual care and attention during your workout is guaranteed,” adds Asma. “We also olfer Pilates workshops and teacher training courses for fitness professionals interested in becoming certified Pilates trainers.”

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