mat or equipment classes?
Everything you need to know about Pilates mat and Pilates equipment classes is below, so you can choose what's best for you.
Pilates equipment classes - available at Camden
In Pilates equipment sessions, specialised pieces of apparatus are used to provide resistance and also give support for your body. You can choose from private, semi-private (with 2 people) and group sessions (up to 4 people).
Everyone new to the Pilates equipment studio will be required to begin with a private introductory starter assessment, where you will be asked to complete a medical questionnaire. The teacher will then carry out a postural assessment and tailor a programme specifically for you. Your classes will continue to be customised for your needs as you progress.
- usually last 60 minutes
- you receive individual attention, and learn basic techniques before going to small group classes
Everyone new to the Pilates Equipment studio is required to begin with a one-on-one session - especially if you are pregnant or have any injuries or medical conditions.
- usually last 60 minutes
- maximum of 2 students at any time
- you receive almost all the benefits of a private class but at a lower price
- usually last 90 minutes
- maximum of 4 clients at any time
- each client works on their own programme within a group environment ensuring a high level of individual teacher attention and care
- your teacher can modify both the Equipment and exercises given, to suit your individual needs
Pilates mat classes
These classes entail exercises mostly performed lying down on the mat. Usually lasting between 60-90 minutes, they are ideal for everyone. However, if you have specific injuries, then starting with Pilates Equipment classes may be a better way to start as these are either one-on-one, semi private or small groups limited to no more than 4.
In Pilates Mat classes:
- it is your body working against gravity that provides the biggest challenge
- exercises flow from one to another, creating an overall mind + body workout that leaves you re-invigorated, relaxed and centred
- there are no static, isolated movements
- concentration and body awareness replaces the quick, jerky movements of other exercise regimes
- grace of motion is emphasized over speed
- muscles are developed to compliment good posture, suppleness + natural grace
- The classes become more challenging as you advance.
general tips for Pilates
- For your first class, or the start of a course, we suggest that you arrive at least ten minutes before the start time
- We recommend wearing loose, comfortable clothing
- Try not to attend practice with a full stomach...even if it is something healthy from the cafés! (It takes 1 hour to digest a snack + 3 hours for a full meal)
- All of our centres have changing areas + showers (you can hire towels at reception)
- triyoga is a mobile + shoe free zone
- triyoga Primrose Hill, Soho and Chelsea each have a shop selling Pilates-related products and organic beauty products