Resuming Pilates Classes Indoors

As I write, the coronavirus ban on teaching exercise classes indoors is still in force. In anticipation that this will be lifted soon, I have prepared these notes on the new arrangements that I anticipate will have to be in place. I have based these on information from the professional fitness and Pilates bodies that I belong to and will update this post when I receive more detailed guidance.

DOs

  • Bring your own equipment*
  • Wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitiser before and after class
  • Arrive and leave in the clothes that you will exercise in
  • Wear non-slip or other socks
  • Maintain current social distancing guidelines
  • Follow government guidelines in travelling to and from class

* Please click to find out more about the equipment you will need and how to buy it

DON’Ts

  • Attend class if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, are shielding or self-isolating because you are living with someone with symptoms or have returned from abroad
  • Touch your face
  • Share equipment with other people
  • Consume food or drink other than water that you have brought with you

Additional precautions that I will take:

  • Wash or sanitise my hands frequently
  • Check that my temperature is normal before teaching
  • Avoid hands-on correction
  • Sanitise door handles
  • Comply with government guidance for teaching exercise indoors, including cleaning equipment and floors
  • Comply with guidance given by Mundford Village Hall for its use

To be decided:

  • Whether I, or we should all, wear a face covering
  • Whether toilets will be available for use
  • How much space must be allocated to each person, which may affect class sizes
  • How to minimise contact when arriving for and leaving class, which may affect class times

Pilates Equipment for Mat Classes

Since the coronavirus crisis means that it is inadvisable to share equipment between people, please see below for what you will need when attending my group mat classes. You can source your own or buy from me at the prices shown.

  • full length mat – such as one of these
  • cushion for good neck alignment – 1″ head pad £8 or 3″ head pad £12
  • resistance band – 175cm purple band £7
  • soft ball – 23cm overball £8
  • set of 1″ head pad, band and ball £20
  • set of 3″ head pad, band and ball £24

Delivery in Mundford free, elsewhere £1.50 for a band or £3 for anything else.

Click to see the full list of small equipment that we use when doing circuit classes.

Quote: Change happens…

Here’s another quote promoting the benefit of movement. Whether you do Pilates or any other form of exercise, I encourage you to move.

Change happens through movement and movement heals.

Joseph Pilates

Archive Pilates video links

Joseph Pilates was renowned for exercising just wearing shorts and for exercising outside in all weathers. Here’s a selection of archive videos that I found on YouTube.

Demonstrating The Hundred
Classical Mat Workout
An Outdoor Workout from 1932
At an International Dance Festival and School
Joe in the Snow – A Tribute

Wrist Assured/Yoga Gloves

Wrist Assured/Yoga gloves may be useful to you, if your wrists are uncomfortable when you are performing exercises where you support your weight through your hands. The gloves have a contoured gel pad, which distributes the pressure so that your wrists don’t take all the strain.

I read about them in a recent newsletter, but have not tried them myself. They have good reviews and are available on this link.

Space to Be

While we are social distancing due to the coronavirus crisis, many of us may be feeling anxious about our health, our families, our finances, our future. Exercise is known to be beneficial to mood, so Pilates can help. Some people also find that meditation is helpful.

I have just come across some free weekly meditation sessions, held on Mondays at 10am and 7.30pm using Zoom, by Andrea, who trained with The Mindfulness Institute.

To find out more, including how to join, click on the link below.

There are also mindfulness apps for your smart device, which are free or have free trials, including:

  • Headspace
  • Calm
  • Aura
  • Insight Timer
  • Smiling Mind
  • Stop, Breathe & Think
  • UCLA Mindful
  • 10% Happier

Free Stuff!

As a thank you to those who have signed up to continue with my classes during this period of social distancing, I promised some bonus material in the form of short videos, so that you can continue your practice at home.

I have set up a new pilatesbodyuk Youtube channel and uploaded my first video. It’s a standing workout, which you can access on the link sent by email.

Since these videos are intend to supplement the supervised practice that you do at my classes, I have made the videos unlisted, so they won’t appear in any public spaces. Please do not share the links.

As sent by email with some amendments.

12 Reasons Why You Need Pilates In Your Life

This article may date back to 2015, but it is every bit as valid today. I especially like thes quotes from Pilates expert Dawne:

“Pilates teachers are not appropriately qualified to diagnose or treat injury or illness. We can observe movement patterns, alignment, posture and stability to provide exercise programmes to help your overall physical fitness, but if you are having pain that interferes with daily life activities, you should always seek the advice of a medical professional before taking up any form of exercise – Pilates included.”

“Cross training with Pilates helps you identify weaknesses and imbalances to minimize risk of injury due to added load on dysfunctional patterns, for example. Think of Pilates as an education in how you move. If you take this knowledge and apply it to your other workouts, you’ll notice that you move better, and subsequently achieve better results.”

Read the full article on the Grazia Daily website.