Before you hop on the mat or machine, we’ve answered some of the most common questions on Pilates in London to ensure you don’t get all tangled up in those straps and springs.
Pilates is a system of physical fitness made up of a series of controlled movements and stretches, aiming to focus on the core while improving strength and posture. It has something of a fearsome reputation, but there’s something for everyone at Pilates classes, whether you’ve got a core of steel or still need to shed those Christmas pounds.
Originally known as Contrology in the early 20th century, Pilates sees exercises take place on a mat or using special apparatus, with the system of movements and breathing easily adjusted by your instructor to suit your skill level.
Both yoga and Pilates are low impact forms of exercise focused on slow movements, breathing and stretches but there are some subtle differences.
Pilates was developed around 100 years ago and focuses on strength and stability, with moves practiced on the ground in a series of flowing movements, , with an emphasis on training the core. Yoga, on the other hand, has far more ancient roots, having been founded in India more than 5,000 years ago. While it also focuses on movements and stretches, its benefits are more closely linked to mindfulness and relaxation. For many people, the two complement each other exceptionally well.
Finding a Pilates class near you is a great way to effortlessly make attending sports classes part of your busy schedule. Simply pop to the gym at lunch time or after work for a more convenient workout. To find a local Pilates studio:
The popularity of the activity means it’s easy to find Pilates studios wherever you are in London, from the thrum of activity of Central London to the comfort of Covent Garden.
Pilates HQ in Angel, Islington offers a series of dynamic reformer classes that combine traditional Pilates with resistance training - perfect for creating those lean, strong muscles, While Pilates Body Awareness in Camden has been leading classes for over 30 years, from beginners to experts of the mat.
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