Well, that’s another month almost over. Didn’t we finish on a high with glorious Bank Holiday sunshine? Hope that you managed to enjoy some relaxing family time ahead of the kids going back to school. New routines and manic Mondays are back on the agenda!
Even if you don’t have kids, September always feels like such a transformative month, a chance for a fresh start. Who else still remembers the excitement of getting a new pencil case! It’s a great month to commit to setting new goals. Are you up for a new Pilates challenge? Maybe experiment more with that yellow spring when you’re planking! It’s tough but remember you’re getting stronger every time you come to a class. Just trust that your core has got your back!
What’s coming up? New workshops, classes, instructors and time slots!
If your nutrition, exercise or self-care has slipped over the Summer months now is the ideal time to get yourself back on track. We’re here to help you press the reset button!
Our regular timetable is back in full swing with a selection of times throughout the day from 0630-2100, so there are no excuses! We’re always happy to consider adding on additional time slots if there’s enough demand, so please let us know what times suit you best.
Check out the latest timetable for our Brentwood Reformer Pilates studio HERE.
Coming soon to our Loughton studio.
We’re delighted to introduce a new instructor and new time slot to our Loughton studio from 19th September. Kim will be running a class at 1900 and with a background in both Physio and Pilates, she knows exactly what your body needs to be safely challenged.
Check out the latest timetable for our Loughton Reformer Pilates studio HERE.
Tools to tackle the Menopause.
If you’re struggling with peri or post menopausal symptoms, we’re holding a special workshop over the October half term. We’ll cover off important issues like what happens to your metabolism and bone density and why it’s so important to eat lots of high-quality protein and exercise regularly.
Lindsey will take you through your paces, demonstrating the importance of adding resistance and weights while a qualified nutritionist will talk you through smart food choices you can make to balance those out of whack hormones and minimise the development of the dreaded meno-pouch.
Kids Pilates workshop.
Pilates is also excellent for kids, improving their cardiovascular and overall fitness while helping to prevent injuries. It enhances flexibility, strength, posture and concentration, all vital for both physical and mental development. School life can be challenging, stressful and demanding and practising Pilates will sharpen their focus and could result in improved academic performance.
Lindsey will be offering a half-terms kids Pilates session for 7-11-year-olds.
Don’t forget that you can also join the WhatsApp group for both studios, so you never miss out on the latest offers and news. Just e-mail Amy with your number if you’d like to be added.
Talking of Amy!
Amy is going to be relocating to Scotland. Don’t worry though, she’s promised to visit us once a week and will be finding a friendly face to front the studios in her absence, making sure the studios are tidy, inviting and welcoming for all her lovely regulars and new clients. Amy will also be available via FaceTime to answer any queries and client issues you have so there’s no danger of forgetting what she looks like!
Let’s wish Amy lots of love and luck as she embarks on this exciting journey with her family.
Remember, there’s always a smile and a challenge waiting for you at the studio.
You might be reading this Blog because you are already one of our Contourers, or perhaps you’ve done a quick Google search of Reformer Pilates in Essex and we’ve popped up.
However you got here you’re very WELCOME!
We’re here to dispel the myths and break down the various benefits and styles of Pilates we have on offer. We’re taking you back to school! Summer is in full swing and as thoughts turn to the new school year, we thought it was about time we gave you a bit of education of what’s on offer.
Which Pilates Class is Right For Me?
Pilates is growing in popularity and if you’re already practising it, you’ll appreciate why. Just some of the many benefits include strengthening and toning of the entire body, improvement in flexibility and mobility as well as overall fitness.
Pilates though is not a singular term.
The various types differ in their approach and effectiveness, which is why we offer such a variety at Contour Pilates and why our fantastic instructors have such diverse teaching styles (and personalities too!)
Naming no names (guess if you can) we have Bootcamp style trainers pushing you to your limit, instructors with a keen eye for detail correcting and perfecting your posture, some who make you laugh, sweat, ache and maybe even cry a little and yes, some who manage all those things in one 55-minute session!
You could say we’ve got the lot.
Just in case you’re wondering whether a class is going to be right for you and are confused about the options, let’s break it down.
(note not all class are available at all studios so please check your timetable for further details)
As the name suggests, this class is performed on the floor and was the way Joseph Pilates originally began teaching.
It involves minimal additional equipment and is very heavily focused on strengthening the core. You’ll focus on isolating muscle groups and activating them correctly as opposed to breaking out into an aerobic sweat.
Essential (Beginners) Reformer Pilates
Designed to deliver a full-body workout using the Reformer machine, Essential Reformer Pilates is all about the flow of sequential movements, using the resistance springs to increase and decrease the level of difficulty meaning that there is always room for progression and regression. This is the class we always recommend our new members trial first.
Classes are always fun and great for improving all-round fitness. With never more than 10 people per class, you still get individual attention and are guided by your instructor how to use the Reformer machine correctly, building confidence at the same time as strengthening your whole body.
Mixed Ability Reformer Pilates
As the name suggests, all levels are welcome and you can expect a more challenging and dynamic workout that will build on your beginner classes as you begin to explore more intense and varied full-body exercises.
You might even be using some of our lovely props, including the bands, weighted balls and magic circles. Don’t worry about keeping up with the person next to you. Go at your own pace and if you need to adjust the strength of your resistance, be our guest! We have four coloured springs for a reason so that you can challenge yourself but also workout to your safe limit.
Mixed Ability Cardio Jump Reformer Pilates
Prepare to get your heart pounding and your pulse racing as you add the jump board to the end of our state of the art Reformer machine for an adrenalin-fuelled and fat-busting workout.
While our other classes are more about strength and tone, delivering lovely long, lean muscles, this class is going to challenge your core, fire up your powerhouse and induce your fat to cry – AKA sweat!
It’s high energy, incredibly dynamic and so much fun as you spring back and forth. It’s a liberating feeling. Throw in the challenge of catching a ball and it’s like being back in the playground at school. If you’ve had a long and stressful day, you’ll soon forget about it as you glide through the air with grace! (or land like a baby elephant maybe! Don’t worry though. You’ll quickly get the hang of it)
Dynamic Reformer Pilates
It’s time to switch it up a gear and while the emphasis is still on technique and correct alignment, these more challenging and fast-paced classes will build on your fitness levels, delivering fat burning results as well as toning, strengthening and increasing your endurance.
This is Pilates taught the Vin Diesel way! Fast and Furious.
With hundreds of challenging moves in their little black book of tricks, the instructors have carte blanche to get creative in these classes. Good fun for them, perhaps a little bit like torture for you! We joke, of course. Nobody actually gets tortured at Contour, but you may hear an increased amount of panting, huffing, puffing and perhaps a bit of swearing during one of our Dynamic classes, especially when performing a plank to push up to pike! Let’s just say that the results are worth it.
Dynamic Cardio Power Pilates
In these classes, you’ll experience a much more intense workout with a higher emphasis on cardio and endurance training. A decent level of fitness is recommended before you try one of these classes, which are certainly challenging but will take your strength and power to a whole new level.
You’ll definitely notice an increase in your stamina and you’ll do combinations of full-body exercises both on and off the Reformer machines. For anyone familiar with the concepts of HIIT (high-intensity interval training) as well as weight training, you’ll experience both these disciplines combined with Pilates.
No tutus required but if you do fancy wearing leg warmers, that’s entirely your decision! There are no kids from Fame in this class although saying that, we do have a few regulars break out into song!
In this class, you will utilise the Barre as a prop to aid balance while you perform a series of choreographed isometric moves to music. This is what we’d call a slow burner! It’s a deceptively challenging class that delivers a no impact full-body workout, focusing on the creation of lean muscle, sculpted arms and legs, a perkier derriere and elongated tights. There’s definitely a Barre Body and you’ll look Bootiful after a few of these classes. Ideal for all fitness levels including beginners and suitable for pregnant ladies you’ll benefit from increased flexibility, better posture and we’ve mentioned it before, but it’s worth pointing out again, a peach of a seat!
The regulars among you will have noticed that we just added yellow springs to our Reformer machines; providing an extra level of challenge when you’re planking but making those tricep extensions more bearable.
The instructors are certainly putting all the colour combo’s of springs to good use and really out-doing themselves with their creativity!
We hope that you’re taking full advantage of the new springs this summer and also trying out a new class or two.
Back to School Offers For YOU!
Why should the kids have all the new term fun?
We want you to be excited about what September has in store too! That’s why we’re challenging you to take up some new classes with our Special September Offers and see what the rest of our Instructors have to offer.
Click here to find out all the details.
Reduced Cancellation Notice
Please also note that throughout the busy summer period, the usual class cancellation policy has been reduced from 24 hours to 12 hours for your convenience.
Enjoy the rest of your summer break and hope to see some new faces in our studios this September.
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Welcome to your monthly newsletter. Packed with all the latest studio info and hopefully a little bit of Pilates inspo to keep you motivated this summer.
Hope that you are all feeling fit and well and keeping yourself hydrated in this heat. Wasn’t that a scorcher last week? Remember to take on extra fluids when it’s hot, especially if you’re exercising. Sadly a glass of chilled Rose doesn’t count before you ask!
August is here and for many of you the summer holidays are in full swing. Schedules get busier, the kids have finished school and need entertaining and some of you might be lucky enough to have a holiday planned. If you do, we’d love it if you could tag us in one of your holiday posts.
Use our new exclusive members hashtag #BodyByContour and let’s get tagging, sharing and liking all of those beautiful Pilates bodies we’ve spent so much time working hard to achieve!
Experience Something Different
Due to the holidays, we’re going to be operating a slightly different timetable throughout August to allow your lovely instructors to take a break too! They definitely need to tag us planking in their swimsuits don’t you think! Hopefully, your favourite time slots aren’t disrupted too much.
Now might be a great time to experiment, challenge yourself to try out a new class or experience for yourself what another instructors style is like. You never know, you might even discover a new favourite. Regular business will be resumed in September and perhaps you will have developed a new found passion for Barre or Cardio Pilates by then!
What’s In Store; Kids and More!
Talking of occupying the kids, we have an excellent workshop planned which will be covering off Kids Yoga and Mindfulness. Kids can benefit immensely from both these practises every bit as much as we adults can. This workshop will help them discover how to manage and counter stress in what is a fast-paced hurry-up world. Physically yoga can help them develop strength, flexibility, conditioning, body confidence and awareness. Mentally both yoga and mindfulness will help them to relax, promoting a sense of calmness, relaxation and enhancing their self-esteem. It can also be a great tool to help them manage back to school anxiety.
Brentwood Studio – 2-4pm 27th August
Loughton Studio – 2-4pm 29th August
To book your child onto the workshop e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. They’ll learn some incredible techniques, make some new friends and get a special goodie bag to take away with them.
Special Offers For You!
For August we’re offering discounted extra classes. Normally £16 for monthly pass holders these are now reduced to £14 so if you have a late summer holiday planned and are still working on that Pilates beach body, why not treat yourself to an extra class or two? You’ll be surprised by just how much extra tone and definition you can achieve just by adding in a few additional sessions on the Reformer machine.
Friends With Benefits!
We’re still offering a free class for a friend throughout August. What are friends for if it’s not to share the joy (and pain) of a Pilates Reformer class? You can pop for a glass of Prosecco on the high street afterward. You’re welcome!
As an extra bonus, if your friend gets bitten by the Pilates bug and goes on to purchase a package, we’ll add an extra class to your account or deduct a one-off £14 from your monthly payment if you’re own of our unlimited members.
Have a fabulous August everyone and remember, every day is a good day to do Pilates!
Summer is quickly in-coming and perhaps you’re not quite as beach ready as you’d hoped! That honed and toned physique that you made a start on in January and quickly forgot about in February needs a bit of emergency TLC before you step into that one-piece and hit the beach!
You might be sat reading this blog post after doing a bit of online research. Trying to decide which exercise is best for you to achieve those beach body goals. Two options that come up time and time again are Yoga and Pilates. They’re often considered (by those who’ve never practised either!) to be interchangeable.
You’re curious as to know how they differ? Don’t they both use a mat? Can they really deliver a whole body workout?
Quite often both are disregarded (by the quite frankly uninitiated!) for being too slow, too easy, not challenging enough. Well, let’s stop you right there! Pilates and Yoga are starkly different but also massively similar, especially in one significant respect! They are both far more challenging and rewarding than you might have ever imagined.
So let’s take a look at the key differences between Yoga and Pilates.
1. The varying histories
Yoga spawns a sacred history of some 5000+ years so you can’t argue with its longevity. It’s not a one-hit wonder, fad form of exercise. Although we suspect that goat yoga might fall into that category! It involves the practice of a series of asanas (postures) combined with breath control to deliver multiple benefits, including building strength and flexibility of the body, combined with calming and quietening the mind. It’s the ultimate mind, body, spirit connection.
Pilates, on the other hand, is distinctly more new age! That said, you may be surprised to find out that it was developed almost a century ago by Joseph Pilates who first introduced the early principles of Pilates back in 1925. Initially, it was used for physical rehabilitation purposes. Pilates has developed dramatically since those early days but the key benefits associated with Pilates of strengthening the core, improving posture and stability and developing overall strength, remain intact.
2. It’s about more than just a mat
Both forms of exercise work the body in productive ways and while you can use blocks, straps and wheels in Yoga, typically you need nothing more than a mat.
Pilates, on the other hand, can be mat based, yes, but you will also find classes using the Reformer, Cadillac and Tower. For the most part, they utilise what is best described as a pulley system with various springs added to provide more or less resistance. It’s not unusual for a reformer based Pilates class to additionally incorporate equipment such as hand weights, magic circles and wooden dowels to encourage a more challenging workout. At our friendly , local studio here in Brentwood, we have access to state of the art equipment, including Reformer machines.The mind, body, spirit connection
3. The mind, body, spirit connection
At its essence, Yoga was and still is intended to be a meditative practise. There’s no denying that an hour on the matt will do as much to reduce your stress levels as it will define those triceps.
Pilates is more of a traditional exercise workout. While the breath is incredibly important, the origins of Pilates is based around rehabilitation, rather than taking you on the road to spiritual enlightenment. That said, we have plenty of men and women who we like to think have become more enlightened since stepping through our doors! We definitely have plenty who’ve made fiends and learned how to move better.
4. The method and the moves
Your own body is the primary tool used in Yoga. It forgoes machines of any kind and typically ends with a savasana, a deep form of recuperative relaxation. Poses are usually held for a longer duration, enabling the body to fall deeper into each asana and quite often, connected sequences are repeated.
In Reformer based Pilates classes, the body is switched on throughout your practise by being placed into challenging and unstable positions using the Reformer machine. This, in turn, requires muscle control and stability to maintain those challenging positions. In Pilates, you tend to get through a lot of different movements, working one body part before moving on to challenging the next, resulting in long, lean and toned muscles.Alignment and intention
5. The method and the moves
In Yoga, the focus is very much inwards. Aligning your mind with your body and setting your intention. It’s about finding calmness within, internalising your practise.
With Pilates, the attention is more on the physical alignment, correcting posture, bringing precision and control to your movement and systematically working the body.The final result
6. Alignment and intention
Here’s the part you’ve all been waiting for right? Depending upon what you are hoping to achieve, Yoga, Pilates or perhaps a combination of the two might be what your body craves.
Yoga works your entire body and can give you that mental edge. With Pilates you can be more targeted, strategically firing up those powerhouse core muscles and delivering that deep down stability your body needs.
Both disciplines will help give you the confidence to own your body this summer. If you just so happen to be taking that body to the beach, then lucky you! Just don’t forget to send us a postcard.
Pilates is known for delivering a powerful core
workout, the benefits of which are undeniable. If you’re already practising
Pilates, we’ve no need to remind you about the importance of the core. The
absolute powerhouse of the body and source of abdominal strength. Pilates is a
whole body workout and can be hugely beneficial to a myriad of other sports
too. From hiking and tennis to golf and skiing. Through the power of Pilates,
you can learn to move better.
Today, we’re going to delve deeper and examine the 6 Benefits Of Pilates Runners Can Enjoy.
1. Increased core
By core, we don’t just mean those tummy muscles.
We’re referring to the entire torso which extends to include the hips, back,
shoulders, neck and yes, those much sought after abdominals.
A strong, balanced and centred core acts as a massive stabilising force through which all exercise, especially the motion of running, can be channeled. Simply put, by practising Pilates you will be able to produce more active force to propel, control and maximise the efficiency of your running stride. You will also benefit from long, lean and toned muscles as well as being able to move better.
2. Pilates helps to
correct postural imbalances, reducing the risk of injury
There’s a common saying among the running
fraternity, “stability first, movement second.”
Nothing comes close to Pilates for creating the
kind of core stability that can protect the spine and all its surrounding
musculature, especially during the high impact, dynamic activity of running.
Through the regular practice of Pilates,
seasoned runners who have become increasingly susceptible to repetitive
injuries caused by a weakened gait can actively reverse that damage. Firing up
and strengthening the muscles you require to retain a better and more effective
improvements to your speed and endurance
The stronger and more balanced your body is, the
less likely it is to fatigue. By incorporating regular weekly sessions on our
state of art reformer equipment, the runners among you can expect to benefit
from looser, more flexible hips, legs and back which will result in a longer,
more fluid and productive stride pattern. The more flexible you become, the more
powerful you are too. You will soon see gains in both your speed and endurance.
4. Quicker recovery
With regular Pilates sessions, the muscles you
use as a runner are maintained in peak condition. Joint mobility increases,
risk of injury decreases and you gain a new sense of body awareness and
confidence. You’ll soon notice that your usual 5k run feels lighter, faster and
less of challenge. Your recovery time will vastly improve and your motivation
5. Control of the
Central to both running as well as Pilates is
mindful breath control. During a Pilates session, you will frequently be
reminded to focus on the breath. Filling up the lower lungs, opening up and
engaging the diaphragm and consciously moving the breath throughout your body
to assist your movement.
Take this conscious understanding of breath
control with you and apply it to your running tehchnique and you will quickly
enjoy life in the fast lane.
6. Balance and
Sadly, with age, both our balance and
coordination deteriorate. That can make it easier for us to trip and stumble.
Being able to fire up that core in such a situation where you might find your
foot on the wrong end of a slippy rock is crucial to keeping you upright and
preventing any embarrassing as well as potentially painful face-planting!
By regularly practising Pilates you will see
dramatic improvements to your balance. We’re not promising a late-blossoming
career as a tight-rope walker, but we can certainly save you a few blushes and
the occasional grazed knee!
To discover more about the incredible benefits of Pilates and how it can improve your performance as a runner, check out one of our Reformer based classes today. We use only state of the art equipment at our local studios based in Essex.
Try 2 classes for £20 go to our homepage – www.contourpilatesstudio.co.uk
Do you ever have those days where it feels like you’re just not on your A-game in the studio? Perhaps you’re feeling like something is off in your practice, especially when it comes to your core. Well, perhaps it’s time you started to shift your attention elsewhere for solutions. We know that there’s a strong link between nutrition and physical performance in sport, and that’s no different when it comes to Pilates. So, read on for a few nutritional tweaks to consider for your practice.
Look at what you eat BEFORE Pilates – Eating the wrong foods before Pilates can leave you bloated, making it challenging and sometimes uncomfortable and difficult to engage your powerhouse. Although food intolerance is down to every individual, there are a few common food types that can cause irritation, bloating and even gas. Plant-based foods such as grains and beans are known to cause bloating, as well as dairy products, foods high in sugar and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower. Take some time to find out what works for you (and what doesn’t) so you can be mindful of your meals next time.
Eat slowly – As a Pilates student you’re probably no stranger to mindfulness, and we’d encourage everybody to take this mind-set to the dinner table. Just like most Pilates exercises start by aligning yourself and engaging the right muscles, as digestion is best performed in sequence. Break down your food slowly – taking your time to chew before swallowing. If you don’t chew your food properly, your digestive system won’t be able to break it down. Undigested food takes more space in your stomach than digested food and creates bloating, thus slowing down the entire digestive process. So if you find yourself frantically scoffing sugary energy bars before class, it’s a sign you need to take a break, sit down, and properly refuel.
Recover and refuel – Once you’ve finished your workout, even if you’re not hungry, it’s important to replenish the energy you have just burned. If your goal is weight loss, then a nutrient rich meal within 1 hour of your workout is essential as the meal will be more efficiently digested. If your goal is to improve strength, then protein is key. Either way, your food choices post-pilates should aim to repair your tired muscles and replenish your energy stores. For a hit of protein and some low GI carbohydrates try a small bowl of Greek yoghurt with a couple of spoons of natural muesli containing nuts and fruit. Or if you’re after something savoury, a small can of tuna, mixed bean salad and some chopped veggies can do just the trick.
There is generally very little equipment involved with Pilates so the only real purchasing concern are the clothes worn during your workout. Naturally if you’re a Pilates newbie you’re probably not quite sure what to expect and you definitely aren’t sure about what to wear, so we thought we’d give you a helping hand to eliminate any uncertainty before you walk into the studio!
DO wear form-fitting clothing
Pilates involves stretching, bending, twisting and floor work that is hard to master without comfortable clothing, however we do advise that workout clothes are form-fitting and unrestrictive. Even if you typically prefer loose-fitting workout wear, you’re going to want to wear body-hugging options so your instructor can see your movements clearly and your clothes don’t get caught in springs, other equipment or end up flying over your head!
DO wear a good sports bra
A good sports bra is something that’s often overlooked for lower impact activities such as yoga or Pilates, but as with all other sports your bra should be carefully considered. All Pilates clothing it must be comfortable and non-restricting and the same goes for your bra. A soft and seamless fabric is important in order to avoid any uncomfortable rubbing on the skin and depending on how rigorous your practice, you might want to look for something with sweat-wicking and odour-resistant properties too – especially if you’re taking a more intense class.
DON’T wear shoes
The fabulous thing about Pilates is that it’s typically done barefoot, so no need to worry about purchasing expensive top-of-the-range trainers. Instead, either go bare foot or opt for a pair of non-slip Pilates socks to help with traction. A good pair of leggings will elevate your workout by helping you to stay in static positions for longer and support you as you transition from one move to the next without slipping and falling.
DON’T wear see-through bottoms!
The difference between a cheap pair and a more expensive pair of leggings is usually in the thickness and quality of the fabric. Even though cheaper outfits can often be comfortable, the fabric they are made out of is often too thin. While they can be great for lounging around the house they can sometimes be see-through during your Pilates session, something that is this is particularly true of the form-fitting styles.
We particulary love the Supersoft Yoga Leggings from independent activewear wear brand Ilu. They are seamlessly engineered, they have a high-rise waistband to hold you in and best of all, they look great too! So if you don’t want your underwear on show whilst you’re doing scissor kicks, we highly recommend that you invest in a good quality pair of leggings.
As Joseph Pilates once said, ‘physical fitness can not be achieved by wishful thinking, or outright purchase.’ It takes discipline. It takes time. If you take the time your mind and body will thank you for it.
The fitness industry is constantly changing. It is hard to stay disciplined, when there are so many things that you need to prioritise and do. You are filled with questions. What should I do to tone? How can I lose so many pounds? How many times do I need to do it to see results?
All these questions are hard to answer. They are a burden, and sometimes it takes time to find the answer. Time we do not believe we have. But discipline is what we need to help us find the answer to them.
We are motivated by certain periods of time. New Year, summer is coming, fit into that black dress for Christmas time. This time of year the days are getting longer, but the nights and mornings are still cold so the motivation is not quite there. We feel guilty, and that does not feel good, but the couch looks so cosy and warm.
If you take small steps, your motivation will build quickly. Do not necessarily look at the end goal, look at the change you want to make in a months time. But motivation does not endure. It does not lead to sustained success. Discipline will endure if you embrace it. Make discipline your friend. A friend you want to spend time with.You enjoy seeing them and want to see more of them. They will commend you when you have done well. They will be there in all weathers, dark nights and cold mornings.
It is important to embrace the uncomfortable feelings and pain that come with being disciplined. But it will get you to a better place were you are can move and live well. Feel the fear that comes when you look at the machine, or hill you have got to climb. And then go up, or get on, and focus on your disciplined self.
Enjoy watching those people that run in the pouring rain, or hike up the stairs instead of taking the lift. Start looking at yourself as that person and feel pride when you do so. Start embracing that friend that is discipline. Soon after, you will find that you are consistently getting up, even though it is raining, and going for a run, or going to the studio.
Work now for what you want to tomorrow.
To find out more about our classes please go to – www.contourpilatesstudio.co.uk
We are now waking up to the sun and the evenings are getting longer. Summer is just around the corner. And it is a time that many of us tend to spend lounging in swimwear, shorts and t-shirts. It also makes many of us aware of what we have been hiding in our jeans and tights. We all know how a gym workout can help you tone your body. But how can our classes help you stride out into the sun with confidence.
The barre is used as a prop to balance while doing exercises that focus on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with micro movements, which work your deep stabilising muscles. Also, don’t be surprised if your class incorporates weights, soft balls and circles so you can show off your arms, as well as your legs this summer. The instructors are constantly changing the workout to keep you focussed. You may will be surprised how hard you work.
The summer look is longer and leaner muscles.
Cardio jump reformer (just in Brentwood)
It is a high intensity, fun workout combined with strength training. Its main purpose is to get your heart beating harder and it’s a great choice if you want to tone up your legs, bum and stomach particularly for this summer. You will use the reformer in the same way as before, but with an added extra; at the base of the machine, where your feet go, we’ll add a ‘jumpboard’ converting your reformer into a horizontal spring board! It is on a low resistance spring, so that is how you bounce, but you control that movement using your core. It’s fun, it’s fast and burns more calories and for a moment you may well feel like a child again.
The summer look is a flatter stomach and strong glutes.
This is the core of what we do at CONTOUR and it’s all about your core too! But how do you choose between mat and reformer? The good news is you don’t have to, as we offer both and a bit of a mixture may be beneficial to your routine.
The difference between mat and reformer is the use of the machine itself. The reformer helps your body achieve the right position and by switching around the springs, we target large or small groups of muscles to strengthen or mobilise. The spring and pulley systems also mean that the reformer machines offer an increased variety of exercises in comparison to the mat. The straps also mean you get a whole body workout in just 55 minutes as you work multiple groups at the same time.
The summer look is a toned body and long term body insurance because it works deep stabilising muscles that join your joints together
Cardio power reformer
Our most challenging workout. It is fast paced. You are off as much as you are on the machine. And you are consistently using small equipment. You can up the amount of weight if you want to bulk up for summer.
The summer look is fat loss, all over toning, and it builds bulk.
To find out more about our pricing options for Brentwood go HERE and for Loughton go HERE