Pilates matwork conditioning: beginners

Course Dates: 22/06/20 - 10/08/20
Time: 14:15 - 15:15
Location: Online
Trevor England

Wind down after a busy week with gentle Pilates exercises and relaxation. Learn exercises to improve core strength and posture. This course is suitable for all levels including those who are new to Pilates.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

Pilates is a form of body conditioning that concentrates on building strength from the core of the body. It can help improve posture, muscular strength, mobility, breathing techniques and relaxation.
A variety of exercises are performed, flowing smoothly from one to the other whilst focusing on technique and control. Students will practice relaxation techniques at the end of each class.

What will we cover?

Each class will have a varied theme. Themes will include: standing well; basic knowledge of alignment; breathing patterns; working the abdominals; working for a healthy, strong back; improving spinal mobility; hip, thigh and leg exercise. 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...

• Use core muscles effectively
• Practise lateral breathing
• Practise relaxations techniques
• Perform muscular strength and endurance exercises
• Have a working knowledge of how to improve standing posture.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for beginners and students with some experience.
At this level you will learn all of the basic principles and techniques before being introduced to more challenging exercises. Variations are given for exercises to meet the needs of individual learners.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.

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.

This course will be delivered online, and will involve tutor presentation and class discussion. Student preparation and homework outside class times is strongly encouraged. To fully participate in this online class you will need:
- An email address
- A reliable internet connection
- A computer/laptop/tablet with a fully updated browser (preferably google chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera.

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.

To assist us in providing a safe and healthy environment for you to exercise in please take a moment to consider the list below. If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed, 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?

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Other movement courses are available
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.


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Reviews below are by students who have attended this course, regardless of the course teacher. Please be aware you may not be booking onto a course with the same teacher.

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Review by Khj / (Posted on 09/12/2019)
It is an excellent course and will help you keep fit.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 01/12/2019)
A good and gentle introduction to pilates for beginners.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 29/11/2019)
I have been attending Pilates over a few years now and will be continuing because of the amazing teaching. The classes enable me to improve my practice and to develop and correct my techniques. I highly recommend Pilates. Classes are well planned and we learn different skills and are given excellent materials and tips to also continue practising at home.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 27/11/2019)
Good teaching - lots of encouragement and support and humour along with serious exercise
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 26/11/2019)
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/11/2019)
This course is outstanding. It teaches within a group but enables individuals to develop their techniques for their wellbeing
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 18/07/2019)
They would find a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. And exercise aimed at their level.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 13/06/2019)
Excellent introduction for beginners and improvers
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 03/06/2019)
Great tutor. My stamina, balance and energy levels have noticeably improved since I started in January this year. Really look forward to the class each week.
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Review by Susy / (Posted on 27/05/2019)
Great course and great tutor and after 3 months am feeling the benefit.
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Review by Anonymous / (Posted on 25/03/2019)
The teacher was impressive - guiding through a disparate group of beginners with clear explanations, changes of pace and exercises - even though I am no natural am now considering the autumn course.
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Review by Diana / (Posted on 11/07/2015)
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Course Code: FJK14

Mon, day, 22 Jun - 10 Aug '20

Duration: 8 sessions (over 8 weeks)

Full fee: £79.00
Senior fee: £63.00
Concession: £54.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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or call 020 7492 2622

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