Fit to the Core!Liz Downes : Zumba Gold, Yoga and Pilates Classes
"I love Liz’s Zumba - it’s such fun, the music and choreography are brilliant,
it doesn’t feel like exercise. I always look forward to going" ~ Patti Traxler.
"Thanks for the great Zumba session today Liz, your classes are always such fun, I go to other classes
but I'd say yours is one of the best I've been to, so much energy, so much fun." ~ Janis Huskinson
"Liz, your classes are pure genius, amazing choreography, musical interpretation and your own
unique performance, creating sensational classes every time. Thankyou so very much for making
all of us who do your classes extremely happy and fit to the core." ~ Joan Solomon
"Liz's infectious enthusiasm and great music make Zumba classes such fun
you don't feel like you're exercising!" ~ Laura Thomas.
"In Liz's Yin Yoga class I get the chance to really relax and de-stress. My body really
benefits from holding the poses for longer periods of time." ~ Holly Nash.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a total body conditioning method based on the system developed by Joseph Pilates in which concentrated, controlled, co-ordinated movements are used to achieve significant results. Pilates requires mind-body connection and helps us to re-learn correct human movement patterns and develop awareness of correct postural alignment. We learn to use often overlooked deep postural muscles in order to strengthen the lower back and help support the spine. This is often referred to as using CORE STABILITY – gained by developing CORE STRENGTH.
To practice Pilates effectively we need to concentrate and listen to our bodies. At first the moves we perform can seem to be fairly simple and on the face of it, possibly just a basic physical challenge. However, with patience and perseverance, correct techniques become second nature… and then the work-out begins! It’s surprising how quickly we start to see measurable benefits and feel ready for further challenges.
The Pilates technique aims to provide physical benefits in:
Posture Mobility of the Joints Muscle Control
Core Strength Muscle tone and length Flexibility
Balance Strength and Endurance Co-ordination
Pilates is a mind-body experience where you free your mind from clutter in order to focus on yourself and your own body’s needs. At the end of the class you will have felt physically challenged and yet you will feel de-stressed and relaxed .
So often when participants are new to Pilates they come to me worried that they find it hard at first to master the correct breathing techniques. My personal take on this is – don’t stress about it, it’s important but Rome wasn’t built in a day! There’s a lot of new things to learn and sometimes being instructed how to breathe on top of everything else your body is doing, can cause brain overload!
In my classes I will teach you the correct way to breathe which will aid your performance in Pilates, and be beneficial for your general well-being. However at first you may find at times you just need to breathe normally – let’s face it our bodies do that for us 24/7. Then one day you’ll be doing that same move and realise that you are breathing as instructed. Wow – you’ve got it! I use the analogy of learning to drive… nobody learns how to reverse round a corner, changing gear, looking in the mirror and indicating… on their first driving lesson!
MIXED ABILITY CLASSES
My classes are mixed ability and I am practiced at multi-level teaching. My warm up and final stretches are for everyone but I will offer various levels and adaptations of the Pilates moves themselves. This way participants take ownership of their own work-out and perform the moves at a level that is appropriate for their own body’s needs. Pilates is non-competitive and not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ class.
INJURIES and MEDICAL CONDITIONS
I teach many participants with a wide range of physical challenges and wherever possible I aim to make my classes suitable for all. Occasionally with some conditions it is best to arrange a few one-to-one sessions with me so that together we can work on your needs and look for individual options that you can then use confidently in a group class.
Please contact me before your first class to discuss any health issues.
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