Looking for central London Pilates classes? Pilates Klinik offers something for every ability level.
Since it was developed in the 1920s by Joseph H Pilates, Pilates has become fully established as a holistic workout for physical fitness and body toning. The fact Pilates remains a stalwart in fitness and exercise circles is a testament to its effectiveness in improving core strength, muscle tone, flexibility and coordination, all of which boost fitness and well-being.
Pilates exercises are a series of movements which rely on breathing and core muscle groups to achieve the exercise. These movements can be carried out at varying levels of intensity to achieve different results or meet personal fitness needs, such as recovery from injury, improving posture, toning and sculpting the body or to support the body through pregnancy. Specifically, regular Pilates can support with:
- Posture and body alignment
- Injury recovery
- Abdominal strengthening and sculpting (a key focus of Pilates exercises)
- Weight loss and inch-trimming
- Well being
- Overall flexibility and strength
Because Pilates is designed to benefit any age group and body type, our classes are open to all, including beginners, Pilates devotees and those in between. Our central London Pilates classes take place in our superb, contemporary studio, with all facilities.
Pilates Klinik offers professional Pilates instructors, small class sizes to allow for more personal instruction and support, but we do also offer private individual tuition, bespoke pregnancy Pilates and Reformer Pilates. Our dedicated staff are happy to provide more details, so please ask!
Frequently Asked Questions
Many people tend to start with mat work in order to learn the principles of Pilates, but at Pilates Klinik you can sign up to our Beginner’s Reformer Class which are a bit slower than the mixed and intermediate sessions, allowing you to get to grips with the basic principles of Reformer Pilates and build your strength up from the core.
At Pilates Klinik, we specialise in Reformer Pilates, which integrates the principles of Pilates movement patterns with the resistance of the Reformer equipment to create a total body workout. Reformer Pilates is often considered more dynamic and intense than mat work because most of the exercises require a greater range of motion and involve resistance that is applied from springs and bands.
We welcome all abilities to our group classes at Pilates Klinik. However, if you have never in your life tried Pilates we recommend you take a 1-on-1 session or spend some time familiarising yourself with the basics so as to get the maximum benefit from the class.
As with most types of exercise, if you’re just getting started with movements that are entirely new to you and your body you are more likely to feel a little muscle soreness in the days following your workout. That said, Pilates is a safe and gentle workout for the body and with a little practise it is rare to experience soreness after classes.
Concentration – It’s important to be mentally present as you do Pilates exercises, remaining aware of your body’s movements, sensations and alignment.
Control – Moving the body in a controlled manner so as to carry out the exercises safely and effectively.
Centering – Using body sides of the body equally and evenly
Fluidity – Smoothly transitioning from one movement to the next to create a flow.
Precision – Each movement should be precise, the accurate positioning of each part of your body it vital in order to achieve all the benefits of pilates.
Breathe – Paying attention to your breathing is important as this fuels your concentration and precision. You should aim for deep, steady breaths.
Pilates is non-impact style of exercise which is safe enough to do everyday. If you’re totally new to Pilates, daily practise can really help you get started. Once you’re comfortable with Pilates, most people tend to take a class every other day. Joseph Pilates advice was to do Pilates three times a week.
Whilst we can’t say for certain that pilates will benefit every single person who tries it, its non-impact style is generally acknowledged as being one of the most beneficial forms of exercise. Pilates is well documented in helping people lose weight, ease back pain, tone muscles, recover from injury and improve their mental health.
Whilst yoga and pilates share some of the same ideas around the connection between mind and body, the main difference is the equipment used in pilates. Pilates equipment offers gentle resistance or assistance depending on how it is used, depending on your aims this can be more useful for developing or strengthening certain muscles.
The Pilates method of non-impact exercise is safer than other forms of exercise as it puts the body under less stress. Pilates exercises the body as a whole evenly and symmetrically, which is the best way to develop your core strength and rehabilitate from previous injuries.
Pilates is a full-body exercise system that uses a series of machines and movements. It works the entire body, while focussing primarily on what Joseph Pilates called the “powerhouse,” or the group of muscles which start at the bottom of your ribs and end below the pelvis, incorporating the muscles around your front and back (which wrap around a bit like a corset), as well as the buttocks. With Pilates, no matter what exercise you are doing, you’re always focusing on this area of the body.
Yes, we offer private 1-on-1 pilates tuition here at Pilates Klinik. Please click here to view our Pilates Personal Training page.
Pilates classes at Pilates Klinik last for 1 hour.
You can view our prices on our prices page. Our class packs offer the best value way to join our pilates classes, with classes as low as £12 per session.
Class sizes are limited to six. We like to keep our group sizes small as we feel this allows us to offer better guidance to individual class members. Our clients benefit from the kind of close guidance normally associated with 1-to-1 classes with the added value of group class prices. If you would prefer 1-to-1 guidance, we also offer private classes.
We recommend all new first-timers attend a beginner session first to familiarise yourself with the basics of the reformer machine and pilates in general before joining a class to make sure you get the most from the lesson. If you’d like some help understanding the foundations of pilates and the reformer method, you could choose one of our 1-to-1 sessions as an introduction.
Paying for classes is as easy as heading to our timetable page and selecting the class or class pack you would like. You can then pay securely and easily online. All major credit and debit cards are accepted and payments are submitted encrypted via our secure payment partner. All bookings must be made in advance as popular classes frequently sell out and private sessions must be arranged.