About Pilates

Pilates | Barre

ABOUT PILATES AT ABSOLUTE PILATES

Pilates is designed to give you suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk, in the way you play, and in the way you work.” – Joseph Pilates

The Pilates Method is an approach in mind and body integration that was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s.

The fundamental principles focus on balance, concentration, control, centered awareness, fluid movements, and breath. Pilates enhances core strength that increases flexibility, coordination and spatial awareness.

The repertoire is performed as a mat class or on specialized equipment utilizing springs for resistance. Pilates engages the whole person, not just the muscles. For everybody from an athlete to a mother, Pilates will develop and enhance stamina, posture, alignment and core strength for elite performance to everyday activities.

The pilates method uses specifically designed equipment and floor exercises to promote uniform development of the body. This allows weaker muscles to develop instead of the body continuously relying on the stronger muscles to do the work. Pilates focuses on the core muscles first, specifically stomach, butt and back, in a sense, working the muscles from the inside out. This achieves and maintains a balanced aligned body.

At Absolute Pilates we offer three type of services or classes.

  1. Private Personalized Pilates Training 
  2. Pilates Apparatus Classes
  3. Floor Classes

This is not your typical Pilates’ class. Absolute Pilates’ style of  Pilates Apparatus classes will systematically and rhythmically take you through a choreographed 55-minute class routine designed to strengthen, lengthen and tone your mind and body.  All Pilates classes use the Balanced Body Pilates apparatus.  You will be challenged, you will be sore, you will become addicted.  Your body needs the strengthening and your mind will love the lengthening.

PILATES APPARATUS CLASS LEVELS

Absolute Pilates has three levels of Apparatus Pilates classes: Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3.  We teach two types of classes: Pilates Classes and Circuit Classes. 

LEVEL 1: This class is designed for clients that have never taken Pilates classes anywhere and also, those simply new to AbsolutePilates.  All clients are required to begin in a Level 1 Pilates class.  For those that have never taken Pilates before, the class will introduce you to the equipment, teach you body positioning and prepare you for a Level 2 Pilates class.  For those that have taken Pilates before just not at Absolute Pilates, this class will help you with terminology and cueing specific to Absolute Pilates and prepare you to assimilate to a Level 2 Pilates class safely and easily.  ALL CLIENTS ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE A MINIMUM OF ONE LEVEL 1 PILATES CLASS. No matter your fitness level, you will get a workout from the Level 1 Pilates classes. 

LEVEL 2: This Pilates class is designed for the client that is ready to expand on the foundations developed from taking Level 1 Pilates classes.  The classes will move at a faster pace and assume you understand basic cueing and technique. Minimal breaks will be taken during class.  Class instruction will be delivered to the average fitness level for the clients in attendance. Modification to make the exercises harder or easier will be given by the instructor. 
 
LEVEL 3: This Pilates class is designed for the client that wants a more challenging workout than the Level 2 Pilates classes.  The class will have no breaks between exercises, the class assumes that you are equipped to modify for any injuries or preexisting conditions you may have.  The pace of the class is geared towards the most advanced client in the classroom.  To make the class more challenging the instructor will provide more repetitions per exercise, increase/decrease the weight of the spring, increase the pace of transitions and make the exercises more complex, increase/decrease the weight of the spring, and increase the pace of transitions.
 

***Level 1/2 and Level 2/3 Pilates classes move at a pace between the two above descriptions.  These classes are a nice place to test out a more challenging class level.***

APPARATUS PILATES CLASS TYPES 
PILATES: A contemporary twist on the traditional Pilates exercises.  Absolute Pilates brings it’s own brand of challenge and innovation to the Pilates classroom.  Each Pilates class the instructor will guide you through a unique class plan designed to work the entire body.  Our instructors are trained to give clients modifications to make all exercises harder or easier depending on the clients’ needs. 
 
CIRCUIT CLASSES: This low-impact, high-energy cardio Pilates class is only taught in a Level 2 or Level 3 format to ensure safe core muscle recruitment.  Circuit Classes combine our Performance Pilates moves with cardio intervals.  The cardio intervals are created by jumping off the footboard, gliding on the floor, or by instructor creativity.  The instructor will guide clients through a class of alternating circuits: Pilates > Cardio > Pilates > Cardio.  The class is fun, fast paced and designed to elevate the heart rate and challenge the body.
 
Clients should inform instructors before every class if they have a pre-existing injury or issue. Instructors are equipped with modifications to help all client benefit from every exercise series.

At Absolute Pilates we offer a variety of classes that cover the happen off the Apparatus we have nicknamed them Floor Classes. Not to be considered easier or harder. They are just there own breed of Absolute Pilates Fun. 

PILATES MAT 

Group mat class using small equipment, the Pilates Method is an approach in mind and body integration that was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920s. The fundamental principles focus on balance, concentration, control, centered awareness, fluid movements, and breath. Pilates enhances core strength that increases flexibility, coordination and spatial awareness. Pilates engages the whole person, not just the muscles. Athletic ability and coordination are not a requirement for Pilates, as all exercises can be modified to any level. Pilates involves over 500 exercises, which will help you gain muscle strength, improve flexibility, and build a stronger core.

BARRE 

The latest in sculpting and toning at the Ballet Barre. These routines have been fine tuned to deliver the best results based on the best the Barre has to offer without the knee or low back issues. We use light weights to sculpt the arms, tough ab and glute work on the floor, and of course, Barre work with variations you have never seen or felt. Join us and change up your routine to keep your body changing in the right direction.

BOUNCE

Stregthen, tone, and work up a sweat with this class on a rebounder. 

POUND

Rockout. Workout. is the alternative group fitness format inspired by drumming!

BARRE SCULPT
Tone and sculpt your entire body with this challenging barre workout. We will be pausing, holding, pulsing and stretching. We will elongate, lift and reshape multiple muscle groups including our thighs, glutes, calves, arms and abs! In addition to building long, lean muscles, we will increase our strength and endurance as we move with purpose.
 
MAT ANYTHING GOES
Every class is something different and you never know what you’re going to get because it is a surprise every time!  Designed to strengthen the cardiovascular system, tone muscles, and boost balance, flexibility, endurance and speed. We use dumbbells, resistance bands, foam rollers, BOSU, elevated benches and other equipment. Exercises can be modified to accommodate all fitness levels. a little bit of everything, you’ll get a great workout for an entire hour.
 
CIRCUIT
A blend of bounce, mat, barre, and suspend that will leave you feeling great! Great for all levels! 
 
SUSPEND

 Suspend is a barre class using the TRX suspension training system elevating your traditional barre workout. This class combines classic barre movements with the use of TRX suspension system allowing your body to be the machine and increase the overall muscle burn.  

BARRE HIIT

We’ve combined Barre with High Intensity Interval Training! HIIT is an efficient way to build muscle and burn calories long after your workout is over. This challenging routine will leave your heart pumping and your body sweating. Don’t worry, we’ve given you low and high impact options to suit YOUR comfort level.

YOGALATES

Enjoy great stretching and stretching with a blend of the yoga and pilates.

– People needing special consideration to injured and problem areas including back pain, scoliosis, shoulder issues, fibromyalgia etc
– The super fit: athletes, dancers, and martial artists
– Women who are pre and post-natal
– Anyone wanting to shape and define their body

In ten sessions you can feel the difference, in twenty you can see the difference, and in thirty sessions you have a whole new body. ~ Joseph Pilates

– In Pilates, every movement originates from the core, with a breath, and stays within a defined and safe range of motion

– Pilates equipment was created long before Nautilus equipment and has remained unchanged for 70 years. Joseph Pilates was definitely ahead of his time.
– Joseph Pilates’ guiding philosophy was his belief that the body must be exercised in its entirety to achieve good health. He had a profound reverence for the simplicity of movement and the mind body connection
– Joseph Pilates combined the breathing and meditation of yoga, the weight bearing aspects of weight training and the balancing elements of Tai Chi, which has a sequence of movements each building upon the last and increasing in difficulty

“It is the mind itself that shapes the body!” ~ Joseph Pilates

– Control about Pilates
– Centering
– Concentration
– Precision
– Breath
– Flow

1. Balance
2. Better Posture
3. Confidence
4. Flexibility
5. Fluid Movement
6. Improved Circulation
7. Increased Metabolism
8. Increased Muscle Strength
9. Increased Range of Motion
10. Increased Stamina
11. Injury Prevention
12. Longer and Leaner Muscles
13. Mental Relaxation
14. Power
15. Improved Breathing
16. Reduces Stress and Tension
17. Sexy Arms, Shoulders and Back
18. Great Looking and Strong Core
19. Strong Pelvic Floor
20. Weight Loss