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I’ll be the first to admit, group exercise is not always run well! If you’re like me you might be having visions of the person in the session who asks never ending questions, or the guy in the corner with cringe worthy technique. But it doesn’t have to be this way! In fact, there are numerous benefits to Group Exercise classes when then are structured and run correctly, and you don’t have to be the extraverted type to reap the rewards!
The most obvious plus side of group exercise is the motivational aspect. When fatigue kicks in and the little monkey in your mind says ‘give up, it’s too hard’ there is a lot to be said for the energy in the room picking you up and carrying you just that little bit further. It’s a lot harder to quiet when there are 9 other people struggling alongside you. Some of you may argue that a one on one trainer could have the same effect, and while this may be true for some of you, many people need that group energy and dynamic to help them fight fatigue and dig deep for those last 5 reps!
Of course, how hard you work doesn’t matter if you can’t even get to class in the first place! The second great benefit of group exercise is the accountability factor. When Sue, Jim and Sally are expecting you to be there on a cold rainy Tuesday night, even if your dreaming of your PJ’s and a hot chocolate, there is something about the group mentality which says ‘don’t let them down’ and almost against your will you find yourself pulling on your tights and getting pumped for a class you probably would have otherwise not attended.
Then there is the biggest plus side, fun! For most people a work out is simply more enjoyable done with a group of people. The banter, camaraderie and all round good time is much harder to create by yourself and one on one with a trainer. It is worth mentioning here that it takes a special kind of instructor to balance the fun times with serious training which requires concentration and technique. After all you don’t want the session to turn into an all-out comedy fest, but there is no denying it, exercise is more enjoyable when shared with friends!
Finally, and mostly because of the above reasons, it is often found that long term results are better when exercise is performed in a group. Providing your trainer is skilled enough to still deliver a specific and appropriate session to your body’s needs, the enjoyment factor means that participants often stay committed for longer and thus your results are better than if you were relying on ‘when you feel like it’ approach.
So, there you have it, group exercise, it’s not for everyone but when done well it has a whole host of benefits!
But why take my word for it, book your next BPS class here and start seeing the benefits for yourself!
As a new student attending a Pilates class it is common for you to have a few questions in mind, such as ... “What am I doing in this Pilates studio?” “Can I do all the exercises taught by the instructor?” “Is my strength good enough for this class?” “I am not flexible can I join this class?” and many others. As a Physiotherapist and a Pilates instructor I am constantly aware that each individual has his or her own strengthens and weaknesses. Some people are very flexible, others very strong, some have good body awareness where as others need to work on their balance. The variety in movement variability is endless as of course we are all different!
One of the many strengths of Pilates is that it offers a wide range of exercises and classes. At BPS we have what we call Circuit class, Cardio Barre, Beginners/Intermediate/Advance Mat Class, Golf Pilates Mums and Bubs, Water Pilates, Senior Pilates, Stretch and Release and many more. These different classes offer different kinds of exercises to focus on the variety of client’s needs. It doesn't matter if you are a first-timer, an expert fitness enthusiast, a mum with a lot of bubs, have a sedentary lifestyle, or just want to add a bit of flexibility to your life, BPS has the class type for you!
How is Pilates different from your typic gym or fitness class? Pilates teaches you how to work on every inch of a muscle, every range of a joint and every neural pathway you have in your body. The more feedback your receive about the quality of your movement and how your body works in specific directions and under different loads, the better off your movement variability will be. And the more movement variability you have, the less likely you are to injure yourself At BPS, your Pilates instructor is an incredible source of knowledge when it comes to learning how to perform the Pilates exercises correctly. They are also well versed in the sneaky 'cheat's your body might try during each movement and are constantly;y on the look out for ways in which they can help you improve your technique. At BPS most of our Pilates Instructors are Physiotherapists as well, so if injuries are present your in great hands as there is always more than one way to modify your exercises to ensure they are helping not harming your body.
We should warn you however that Pilates is addictive! Not only because during exercise the releases happy hormones in your body leave you feeling better than when you started but also because Pilates challenges your own body to be just a little bit better every day. This constant improvement is such a rewarding experience, knowing that today you can do something that yesterday might not have been possible. And to those who say, “Pilates is not that hard, it’s just an easy workout!” we say you haven't tried a BPS Pilates class! The truth is great Pilates is not too hard nor too easy it will always depend on how your instructor teaches you, how effective each exercises choice is for each individual person - and the mindset you bring to class!
At BPS we can whole heartedly say that Pilates is for everyone, old, young, big, small, fit or not it will teach you things about your body you never knew and allow you to move in ways you never thought possible! All you need to do is trust in yourself and in your instructor and the possibilities are endless. See you in class!
When you walk into a pilates studio, your mind will be boggled. There are so many things, different pieces of equipment and different apparatuses you might have never seen before! With no knowledge of how the equipment works, we often get people wondering if it is more torture chamber than pamper palace ... but they quickly learn it's not.
In pilates you can use just a mat on the floor and add to your exercise a foam roller, a chi ball or a theraband, to name a few, and still get a killer workout. There are some things, though, you simply cannot do on a mat and that’s where the studio equipment comes in!
There are various pieces of pilates studio equipment: Reformer, Wunda Chair, Trapeze Table, Spine Corrector and Ladder Barrel just to name a few All of the mentioned equipment are adjustable and work with a range of springs. Depending on the exercise, your abilities and strength, there are endless ways on making an exercise either easy or difficult. With adjusting the springs to light or heavy and the direction they come from, they can assist you in a movement or give you resistance. They will also give you the chance to add more range into your movements by allowing you to (literally) go off the edge and challenge you and your level of fitness.
The most amazing thing with pilates and the equipment is that no matter what background you have, whether you work out five times a week or once a month, whether you have injuries or restrictions, there is always a way in pilates to adjust to your personal needs! So don’t be shy or think that pilates isn’t for you, treat yourself and you might just be surprised at what your body is truely capable of!