What is the course about?
The course is designed for learners who want to keep mobile and work at a slower pace and/or improve everyday functional movements. Each session will contain gentle standing exercises to music, followed by floor (or chair) based Pilates exercises and relaxation. Some equipment such as light weights is introduced as the course progresses.
What will we cover?
Each class will focus on a different topic including improving posture, balance, coordination and strength. Each class builds upon the last so that you gradually become more physically challenged and as your body responds you feel more in tune and aware of your movements and stature.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Improve stamina
• Use core muscles effectively
• Improve balance
• Recognise and demonstrate how to improve posture
• Perform 7 Pilates exercises
• Work safely though the correct use of use small equipment -weights, bands and blocks.
• Practise relaxation techniques.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Classes are suitable for all including beginners.
You will need to be able to read and write short sentences, follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical movements and use spatial awareness within a group.
If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed below, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in an exercise or movement class.
- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
- Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
- Are you receiving medication for any condition?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Is there anything else we should know about your health?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, back or knee problems?
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Practical class work
• Following tutor demonstration
• Explanations including visualisation
• Some one-to-one guidance from the tutor, there is normally hands on correction involved.
• Group work
• Printed hand outs
• Use of images, repetition and some anatomical knowledge
Although there is no specific work set outside of the class, students will gain most benefit if exercises are performed regularly and practised between classes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You should wear loose, comfortable clothing and socks, and bring a towel with you. Information on books will be given during the course, but these are not essential. Avoid eating at least one and a half hours prior to exercising.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Students can choose other courses from our Health and Lifestyle programme here at City Lit.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details