Ben is currently running 1-1 Pilates for injuries, back pain and posture in his new studio near Monks Cross.
Call today on 01904 501533 for a chat and more information.
Call Ben today on 01904 501533 for more information.
Would you like to tone up your core and get fitter?
Getting fit when we’re hectic and worn out is a massive challenge and many individuals struggle to overcome the demands of their work and personal lives, ending up seriously missing our targets for fitness and slimness. Pilates in York can help, Pilates is a great way to tone up, improve core strength and get back into exercise if you haven’t trained in a while, or have some back pain issues.
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There are many kinds of classes and pilates studios in York to consider and the choices can be confusing so it’s important to start with something safe and effective which will help you build up your exercise programme.
What is the answer to losing weight and toning up ? Pilates Classes York are a great way to tone, shape and enhance your core strength whilst learning how to avoid injury and look fantastic. Checking out your local Pilates classes might be a great move, and help you get those ‘Obama’ arms and ‘Pippa’ bum!
If you’re interested in Pilates classes in York, call Ben today on 01904 501533.
What is Pilates?
Lots of people want to try Pilates but regularly ask me ‘What is Pilates exactly?’ It’s founder – Joseph Pilates – was originally born in Germany in 1880, the son of a gymnast and naturopath. Joseph soon became very interested in fitness from an early age, learning about many forms of fitness as a young man including Body-Building, Zen, Yoga and Gymnastics and he also posed for anatomy charts when he was a teenager.
Joseph Pilates then moved to England in 1912 working as a Boxer and for Scotland Yard in the form of a self defense trainer. Still living in England when the First World War erupted, Pilates was sent to a Prisoner of War Camp on the Isle of Man due to being German. This is where his unique methods were born. Joseph Pilates had time on his hands to develop his revolutionary methodologies during his internment, he spent his days developing a system of physical exercises and training his fellow inmates in the method which he named “Contrology”.
It is sometimes claimed so many who became injured or ill survived in the camp with Joseph Pilates because of their good physical shape, thanks to Joseph Pilates and following his Method. After the war Joseph Pilates moved back to Germany and collaborated with experts in Dance and Physical Exercise but he didn’t stay in Germany long as he refused to train members of the German Army, instead he emigrated to the USA. On the outbound journey he met Clara, who would be his future wife and help assist him in developing his method further. On their arrival in New York, Joe and Clara set up a studio to teach his methods that today are known as Pilates.
For Pilates classes York call Ben today on 01904 501533.
What are the benefits of Pilates Classes York courses?
Pilates is a style of unique and exact exercises developed by world famous fitness guru Joseph Pilates, with many health & fitness advantages. Pilates Classes York is:
- Moderate and very low impact
- Targets deep inner core muscles
- Utilizes strength as well as resistance
- Emphasizes core strength and balance
- Smooth and controlled
- Appropriate for any fitness (or unfitness!) level
Is a Pilates Classes York the solution you’re looking for ?
Pilates is the exercise for the 21st century that will help us relax, tone and get on top of our fitness with no risk of injuries. Created in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates as a way of rehabilitating hurt soldiers and dancers, it has grown to be the focal method of training for millions of people (particularly professional ballet dancers), and thousands of celebrities all around the globe. It will help you build a groundwork of well-being and physical fitness that amplifies all of the fitness activity you do giving you a toned core, and reducing the risk of injuries.
For Pilates classes York call Ben today on 01904 501533.
“Pilates classes York will help you to be lean and slim”
If you are looking for group Pilates classes York can offer many different choices and it can be confusing to know where to start. It’s often hard to say what ‘kind’ of class you will be attending if there is no description on the leaflet or website advertising it. If you have never Pilates classes York before, check that it’s a beginner Pilates class as the level of the classes can vary considerably.
Can Anybody do Pilates Classes York?
Absolutely yes – Pilates can be customized to your fitness standard, no matter how unfit you might feel Pilates can help you and it is suitable for anybody of any fitness standard. Pilates is particularly useful if a person suffers from back pain or have back or joint issues. Because Pilates classes York is calming, and energizing, many individuals with medical conditions find it a terrific way to ease themselves into a balanced and helpful exercise programme. Pilates is suitable for anyone who is looking to create the ideal exercise and lifestyle programme.
Call Ben today on 01904 501533 for Pilates Classes York information.
Pilates Classes York Advantages:
- Lots of toning routines
- Improve core strength
- Excellent for toning and shape
- Reduce back & joint pain
- Relaxation and stress management
- Enhances your alignment
Pilates Classes York is based around 6 key Pilates principles:
- Centering – Bringing focus to the center of your body, centering our thoughts, feeling and emotions to cultivate awareness of the way in which our body is moving.
- Concentration – Focusing on the quality of every individual movement, remaining in the present moment and being aware of the overall movements our body is generating.
- Control – Each exercise is carried out with complete muscle control, controlling every part of the body with centering as well as concentration.
- Precision – Growing the precision of our own movements helps by utilizing centering, concentration and control – helping with the fine control over core muscles, and resistance to injuries when performing other sports and activities.
- Breathing – Joseph Pilates highlighted using consistent breathing patterns in his exercises. Using the lungs to breath ‘laterally’ enabling the pelvic and core muscle groups to engage correctly when we move. Breathing is integral to Pilates.
- Flow – Flowing smooth actions, with precision and grace are the essence of Pilates, building up control and precision not only in individual movements but throughout the exercise session.
Pilates Classes York - Celebrity Testimonials about Pilates
“I have been going for 13 years... How do I measure the success of Pilates? Certainly, I emerge with a tremendous sense of well-being, and even if I do call at the coffee shop for a croissant afterwards, I still feel my health has been served. I remain active and relatively agile.” Joan Bakewell in the Guardian
“Now I have muscles of steel and could easily deal with giving birth.” Hugh Grant, actor and film star
“I'm a Pilates person. It's great. I had a hip problem. I had a chronic back, a pinched nerve and a hip problem and it's completely solved all of it. I love it. It makes me feel like I'm taller.” Jennifer Anniston, TV and movie star
"As someone who is always 'on the go', Pilates has been a wonderful escape from my busy lifestyle in London. Whether it’s 7am in the morning or 7pm at night I always leave feeling calm, refreshed and invigorated. Over the past few months I have noticed a huge difference in my core strength and posture and couldn’t recommend Margot more highly as an instructor. From breathing techniques, muscle toning to overall flexibility and relaxation, my Pilates sessions have become something of a weekly necessity that keeps me fit, happy and energized." Pippa Middleton
“I've been using Pilates for many years. It's the best system I've found for isolating and strengthening individual muscles without stress to the joints.” Patrick Swayze, movie star
Interested in Pilates but worried you’re not fit enough?
Read Fred & Ann’s case study:
“We were impressed from the outset by Ben’s professionalism, his sound knowledge of physiology and psychology, as well as his good communication skills. He ably assessed our needs and goals, then coaxed us through a tailor-made schedule of exercises, with a challenging emphasis on correct posture throughout. No doubt relaxed by his friendly personality and informal approach, we’ve made very encouraging progress (with some sweat but no tears!).
In terms of improved flexibility, mobility, weight loss and posture (Fred’s neck is almost straight again!), and the complete disappearance of Ann’s long-term nagging back pain. Thanks to Ben, we’ve had such fun and are enjoying ourselves so much that we are completely motivated to continue attending the gym.”
Call Ben on 01904 501533 for more information and to make an appointment.
Pilates Classes York for lower back pain
Many people ask me for Pilates exercises for lower back pain’. Pilates is wonderful for reducing and getting rid of lower back pain, giving you a soft and injury free method of training and upping your core conditioning. Pilates is ideal if you suffer from lumbar pain, back pain or sciatica like signs and symptoms.
Pilates Classes York for back pain benefits:
- Relaxes tight muscles
- reduces sciatica like pain
- manages and resolves low back pain
- solves neck and shoulder ache
- Because this is a beginner Pilates course, it is also considered ‘back pilates’ and would work if you have problems with a bad back.
How do I sign up for Pilates Classes in the city of York?
Pilates classes York – spaces are limited so please contact Benjamin Cook today on 01904 501533 for details and to book your place.
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