Group Convener - Sharon Carter
The Pilates group meets on Fridays from 13:30 to 14:30 at the Judo Club off Southey Street, Keswick.
These weekly classes progress at a pace suitable for all levels of beginners and as time goes on members will begin to enjoy the benefits and relaxation of Pilates.
Interest in this group has been high and the class is currently full however if you would like to join please contact me via the 'Click here to send a message' button and I will put your name on the waiting list.
I am a qualified Pilates instructor but I no longer teach for a living! Teaching members of the U3A on a voluntary basis means that I can pass the benefits of Pilates to members while doing something that I love!
My aim is to ensure that everyone will learn the principles of Pilates and start to feel the benefits, and hopefully enjoy themselves while doing so!
Pilates aims to strengthen the body in an even way, with particular emphasis on core strength to improve general fitness and well-being. Pilates teaches awareness of breathing and alignment of the spine, head, neck and shoulder blades. It incorporates strengthening of the deep abdominal muscles, which are particularly important to alleviate and prevent back pain.
Pilates was first introduced to England in 1912 by Josef Pilates who believed that mental and physical health were closely connected. Regular practice will improve posture, flexibility, muscle tone and joint mobility, co-ordination, balance and circulation and will also build strength and develop control and endurance in the whole body. Pilates also relieves stress and tension helping you to relax and give you an overall feeling of well-being.
Pilates can be beneficial for just about everyone, regardless of age and fitness level.
Before starting any exercise programme, it's advisable to seek advice from your GP or a health professional if you have any health concerns.