Pilates Singapore: What To Look For In A Pilates Studio!

Posted by on Sep 17, 2021 in Pilates Singapore

Pilates Singapore: What To Look For In A Pilates Studio!

Pilates classes and Pilates studios in Singapore must have more than tripled in the last 5 years. The popularity of the Pilates method has been steadily rising. With its aging population and many people putting more priority on health education, Pilates and fitness, in general, will continue to grow. The more the industry grows, the more commercial it will become. Choosing the right Pilates studio can be overwhelmingly confusing. The best way to attend a Pilates class in Singapore is from a full Pilates studio furnished with all the necessary Pilates equipment that offers group and private session training. The classes have to be guided by Pilates teachers who are highly qualified and have years of experience in the Pilates practice.  We’ll try to go to more details on what you need to note in selecting the Pilates studio you will be joining. What Pilates equipment the studio needs to have? Though Pilates exercises can be done on the mat, there are movements that are uniquely designed and are more effective when done on the Pilates equipment. To get the full benefit of the Pilates method, the studio needs to have the necessary equipment to teach these exercises.  The Pilates Reformer This is the most common equipment in the Pilates industry. It is very popular as Reformer exercises can be done in a group class setting. The Reformer machine has the size slightly smaller than a single bed, with only half of its length covered by a moving carriage.  The carriage has rollers underneath so it can slide forward and backward on the Reformer’s frame and is connected by springs (four or five springs of different tension) to the frame at the front. The carriage is connected to the back of the frame by straps that are looped in a pulley system. And at the front of the Reformer is a foot bar that can be adjusted in height.  This machine has a very interesting design that you can use in hundreds of ways and in many different positions. It can work on stretching your hips, spine, and arms. You can also do full-body strengthening exercises on the Pilates reformer. Here is an article I wrote about the things you can do on the Pilates Reformer. Cadillac in Pilates This machine is the centerpiece of a Pilates studio, not only because of its size but because of its beauty and, at the same time, scary-looking torture-like design. The Pilates Cadillac originated from a hospital bed that Joseph Pilates modified, so the patients in the hospital can exercise while recovering from their injuries.   It looks like a high bed that is supported by a stainless frame from the top and sides. Springs can be attached to the frames on both ends via hooks or sliding bars so you can adjust their position. You can also attach a trapeze at the...

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In Singapore: Pilates Reformer Classes!

Posted by on Sep 17, 2021 in Pilates Class

In Singapore: Pilates Reformer Classes!

Pilates Reformer is one of the pieces of equipment that makes the Pilates method very unique. It is a piece of bed-like equipment that has a moving carriage with springs and straps attached to it. You can do hundreds of exercises on it to work your whole body. Very effective stretches to open up your hips, unique core exercises, upper and lower body strengthening exercises are amongst the routine that you can do on the Pilates Reformer. PilatesPlus offers Pilates Reformer group classes at our CBD branch at International Plaza building located at 10 Anson Road, unit no. 13 on the 17th floor. It is directly above Tanjong Pagar MRT. We offer 4 different types of Reformer classes, Reformer Fundamentals, Allegro, Reformer Strength, and Pilates Equipment group class. In a group class, everyone will be doing the same exercises together guided by an experienced Pilates teacher. The class is around 45 to 55 minutes long. You can read my post about the things you can do on the Pilates Reformer if you want to know more about it. Reformer Fundamentals Level: Beginner level and for advanced practitioners who want to revise the basics. This class is highly recommended if it is your first time using the Pilates Reformer. You don’t need to attend the Pilates mat classes in order to participate in this class.  Class description You will have a brief introduction to the Pilates Reformer to learn how to adjust the springs’ tension and the basic setup of the machine. The class will start with a warm-up on the mat to work on important spine stretches, correcting alignment, and body awareness drills that will be relevant to the exercises you will be doing on the Reformer. The routine for this class will work on your whole body which includes core exercises, upper body, and lower body strengthening movements, alignment drills, and lower body stretches. Though it is designed for beginners, experienced Pilates practitioners can attend this class to review the basics every now and then. The pace of the class is slow which will enable you to focus on the details of the movement which can make it harder especially if you have already learned to engage the smaller muscles used in the exercise. Pilates equipment used Pilates MatPilates ReformerSitting Box Reformer Allegro Level: Multi-level class You can attend this class even if it is your first time on the Pilates Reformer, but we would highly recommend attending the Fundamentals class first so you’ll have a better idea of how to use the Reformer machine and the common exercises done on it. Class description This class offers a high variety of Pilates exercise done on the Pilates Reformer. It is best suited for regular Pilates practitioners who want a faster-paced workout and want to explore more exercises on the machine. The class will start with a short standing...

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In Singapore: Pilates Mat and Spine Corrector Classes!

Posted by on Sep 17, 2021 in Pilates Class

In Singapore: Pilates Mat and Spine Corrector Classes!

Pilates mat is getting very popular in Singapore. It is effective, simple, and convenient to do. It will target the core muscles to tone your midsection, strengthen your arms to get leaner and incorporate flexibility work that will loosen up the tight muscles of your body to align your posture better. You can do different types of Pilates mat classes at PilatesPlus in our two branches. One is at the heart of the Central Business district at International Plaza building, just directly above Tanjong Pagar MRT. Our second outlet is close to the greenery of Mount Faber, at 2 Telok Blangah Way, Safra Club Mount Faber under UMove Fitness. At Pilates Plus Singapore, we have three different types of mat classes which you can choose from. Each of the classes has different goals that you can work on to have a more efficient way to approach your Pilates training. Pilates Mat Beginners to advanced level This multi-level class is a good entry point if it’s your first time attending a Pilates class. Our experienced Pilates teacher will modify the exercises to suit your level. Beginners will be given an easier version of the movement so they can understand the exercises first before progressing to a more difficult version. Advanced practitioners, on the other hand, will do more difficult variations. Class description This is a full-body workout that is based mostly on the original Pilates mat sequence developed by Joseph Pilates.   The class generally starts with a posture correction, spine warm-up routine, and some awareness or coordination drills. The main session will work to strengthen your core, upper and lower body. In addition to the strength work, flexibility exercises, posture, and alignment work is included in the class to make sure that you come out of the class feeling lean, tall, and rejuvenated. You will be assessed in this class if it is your first time doing Pilates, so make sure that you let the Pilates teacher know that you’re new to the class. After the class, we will give you a recommendation on which class is best for you in relation to your goals and fitness level. Pilates Apparatus used Exercise matPilates Ring (occasionally used)Foam roller (occasionally used)Spine corrector (occasionally used)Elastic bands (occasionally used) Here is a 3 session introductory package, so you can try any of our mat classes. You can also attend our Calisthenics and Handstands class in this package. Strength Pilates Class Series This is a multi-level class. Beginners will be doing easier variations of the movements, and experienced attendees will be doing their own version of the exercises.  Class Description This is a unique class to Pilates Plus only. I started this class as I realized that my students were no longer progressing even though they diligently came for my sessions. After some research, I have found out that there is a difference between strength...

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In Singapore: Calisthenics and Muscle Up Classes!

Posted by on Sep 17, 2021 in Calisthenics

In Singapore: Calisthenics and Muscle Up Classes!

Calisthenics classes have become popular in Singapore in the last 5 years. More and more studios and large fitness centers are offering Bodyweight training sessions. Calisthenics is not only fun to do compared to regular strength training in the gym, but it is very effective as well in building strength, toning, and learning new skills.  PilatesPlus offers beginner-friendly Calisthenics classes at both CBD and Safra Mount Faber branches.  The CBD branch is at International Plaza building, just directly above Tanjong Pagar MRT. The Safra Mount Faber outlet is at 2 Telok Blangah Way carrying the name UMove Fitness. Do you know that Joseph Pilates, the creator of Pilates Methodology in the early 1900s, was a Bodyweight practitioner? You can see him in his old videos where he does Calisthenics exercises and handstands aside from teaching a different set of exercises now know as Pilates.  It is not a surprise since he was a gymnast, a circus performer, a wrestler, and a boxer before he went into teaching his exercise methods. At PilatesPlus Singapore, we incorporate Calisthenics and Pilates training together as they highly complement each other. Pilates and Calisthenics blend well together Pilates does a very good job of building the right foundation for your body. It will eliminate aches and pains, aligns your posture, develops a decent level of strength and flexibility, and improves your body awareness.  All these aspects will establish a very good base before doing more intense Calisthenics exercises. If you want to know more about the Pilates classes that we offer, you can check these articles about the Pilates Mat and Pilates Reformer classes that we offer. Calisthenics on the other hand is a continuation of your Pilates journey towards a more capable body. It works very well in increasing your strength and flexibility which you have built from doing Pilates exercises. Though the Pilates method is great for building strength and flexibility, there is an upper limit of how strong and flexible you can become. Calisthenics training done with the right programming will take you to the next level. Here are our different Bodyweight training classes that we offer at both PilatesPlus at International Plaza and UMove Fitness outlet at Safra Club Mount Faber. Strength Pilates Class This is a multi-level class. The teacher of the class will modify the exercises accordingly to your level.  Class Description This is a unique class to Pilates Plus only. I started this class as I realized that my students were no longer progressing even though they diligently came for my sessions. So I have tweaked my Pilates class program and incorporated Calisthenics strength training in the class. This class is a bridge for the students who are practicing Pilates and want to start working with bodyweight exercises. The movements in the class is a mixture of Pilates mat exercises and some basic Calisthenics movement. The exercises...

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In Singapore: What We Teach in Our Handstands Classes!

Posted by on Sep 17, 2021 in Calisthenics

In Singapore: What We Teach in Our Handstands Classes!

I still can’t forget the sensation the first time I learned to balance on my hands. It is a mixed feeling of fear, excitement, intensity, and jubilation at that very moment. It’s no surprise for me that more and more fitness enthusiasts in Singapore are trying to learn handstands. And it’s not only fun, but it is also actually a very good workout as well. You can attend handstand classes at Pilates Plus CBD branch located at International Plaza building directly above Tanjong Pagar MRT, and at our Safra Club Mount Faber branch, which carries the name UMove Fitness. Beginners who have no experience in hand-balancing are welcome. In this article, I will describe how we go about teaching you handstands in our class. If you want to try it out, we have a 3 session Into package so you can join our Handstands class. Building a good foundation One of the most important stages in training handstands is building a good foundation in your arms, especially in the pushing strength of your shoulders and arms. You have to understand that when you are inverted in a handstand position, you are using your arms as your legs to support your entire body weight. In our Calisthenics class, we develop the basic upper body strength that is needed for handstands. Push-ups, dips, and Pike push-ups are good exercises for you to develop a good base of strength in your handstands. Pulling work like pull-ups and hanging is just as essential as these drills will counter the bias of pushing work when practicing handstands. Wrist strength and mobility Your hands will be your feet, your wrist will be your ankles, and the muscles in your forearm will be the calf muscles when you are supporting yourself in a handstand position. One of the most important elements in both Calisthenics and handstand practice. Here is a video from my YouTube channel that shows you how to prepare your wrist for more loading in handstands. Coordination drills Though holding a handstand position is a static skill, entering into an inverted position is very dynamic and requires a good level of coordination to accurately perform it. Good coordination to kick up into a handstand position, land softly onto the floor, and bail out when falling from a failed handstand kick up are all essential coordination skills in developing a safe handstand practice. Alignment and awareness drills Aside from handstand being challenging to hold and very demanding for your upper body, it actually requires a good sense of awareness of the body to perform it well. It is actually very challenging to control your hips, legs, and spine when everything is upside down. Working with our Pilates classes in conjunction with your handstand training will be a good idea.  Though alignment in handstand is not really that important when your aim is just to hold...

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