Studio sessions are private one-to-one (and duet) lessons held at times to suit you in the Fab Pilates home studio in St Albans, tailored to your requirements. As well as using mat- based exercises and small equipment, specialist apparatus is used to provide resistance, closed-chain movement and support for your body and individual muscle groups where needed. This apparatus enables you to work in complete alignment and with varying levels of support and resistance to suit your strength and flexibility. These include:
- The Pilates Reformer – a machine used to incorporate the Pilates exercise technique either for a challenging and intense workout, or as a versatile rehabilitation tool. The machine accommodates people of virtually any height, strength and level of ability, including children. Springs, leverage and body weight are used as resistance while performing movements targeting specific muscle groups.
- The Trapeze Table – a combined table and machine that includes a trapeze for hanging parts of the body, and working against gravity. In addition to a flat table space for lying poses, a Trapeze Table has spring-loaded attachments that can be strapped to the arms or legs. This way you can stretch and challenge muscle groups in the limbs from a position on the table.
- Pilates Chair – designed to stretch and strengthen muscle groups not easily reached by more traditional techniques and equipment, it consists of a seat and a foot bar with split pedal where springs are attached. You can sit, lie or stand on the chair or the floor and push the foot bar with their hands or feet. Exercises on the chair focus on core strength, leg strength, shoulder girdle stability, mobility and strength and functional movements such as standing, climbing, pushing and lifting. It is considered to be the most challenging piece of Pilates equipment in terms of building strength in the legs and shoulders. Exercises on the chair are great for skiers, runners, tennis players, golfers and for clients looking to increase power in the upper body for throwing, lifting and racquet sports.
- Pilates Arc – this is a barrel-shaped exercise device used to increase strength and flexibility of the spine in flexion, extension and lateral flexion. It mainly focuses on the abdominal, shoulder, and back muscles, but also works the pelvic muscles and legs. The shape of the Pilates Arc works to reinforce the shape of the spine. It is frequently used with clients who have scoliosis or other spinal imbalances and to refine use of the spine in any position.
In studio sessions you will get personal attention to detail (which is not always possible to same degree in a mat class) with bespoke progression from week to week. These sessions can be focussed on rehabilitation of specific medical conditions or injuries, and/or designed to build strength, endurance and increase flexibility. A studio session can provide a more thorough understanding of the Pilates exercise form and ensure that you get the very best from your workout. For more see Pilates with Karen
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