U3ADenia - Pilates


Email pilates@u3adenia.com 
Group leader:  Sally Merrett
Meetings:  Monday
Time:  10:00
Venue:  Denia Centro de Fitness


**Note: at the moment, this is a Non-U3A group but members can join this class for the the fee of 4 euros a session or included in the monthly subscription.


Pilates was a physical fitness system developed by Joseph Pilates in the early C20th. Research has shown that Pilates improves balance, increases well-being & helps tone muscles.

There are 9 principle elements when practising Pilates:-

1. Breathing - This is considered important because it increases the intake of oxygen and the circulation of this oxygenated blood to every part of the body.
2. Concentration - Pilates stresses intense focus on the way that exercises are done. It is often stressed that concentration on the exercise is more important than the exercises themselves.
3. Control – All exercises are done by controlling and working muscles to lift them and counteract gravity.
4. Centring - Much focus is core. That is the group of central muscles in the body which include the abdomen, lower and upper back, hips, buttocks, and inner thigh. All movements in Pilates begin from the centre and move outward to the limbs.
5. Flow – The aim in Pilates practice is for an economy movement which builds strength and stamina.
6. Postural alignment – Using correct posture corrects muscle imbalances and optimizes coordination.
7. Precision - The focus is on doing one precise and perfect movement, rather than many half-hearted ones.
8. Relaxation – It is believed that short spells of relaxation help the working on muscles and improves mental concentration.
9. Stamina - Movement should be efficient so there is less stress when performing the exercises. However, ultimately stamina is built.

Exercises are done in bare feet and loose clothing. Group members will be expected to provide their own exercise mat but other equipment inc balls, bands and rings are provided by Denia Fitness Centre.