Class planning, although essential, can be time consuming and difficult. This option gives you creative and inspiring plans set around themes or specific areas and goals complete with modifications and progressions. Some class plans are accompanied by an audio recorded explanation to help explain specific cueing and watch points. Please ask any questions!
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The Main Phase Bundle & Audios!
I have a treat for you- a Main Phase Bundle! After working with the latest Mat group to create various themed main phases, I thought I would share the with you all. They include plans for Hip Extension, Spinal Shapes and Upper Body Strength, as well as plans for Successful Teasers, Saw and Crab. There are audio explanations for all the plans. Simply add on a prep and closing and you have 6 new and inspiring classes!
Pilates & Diastasis Recti & Audio
This plan focuses on restoring the relationship between the diaphragm and the abdominal wall. It encourages the full range of motion of the diaphragm following the restriction caused by the growing baby pressing upwards during pregnancy. It helps the client to address the postural imbalances adopted during pregnancy.
Dynamic, Intermediate Reformer & Audio
This dynamic, intermediate class plan uses the circle to create hip stability and strength work.
The Essential Order of Reformer & Audio
This hour long class is the orginal order of Reformer at Essential Level with modified transitions.
Pilates for Men & Audio
This class plan is designed with male clients in mind but can be beneficial for any client that struggles with the level of flexibility required to perform many of the Mat exercises.
Bone Healthy & Audio
Often when a client tells us they have osteoporosis or osteopenia our immediate reaction can be to consider exercises they can’t do instead of how to promote bone health within the repertoire. This class is designed to enhance bone health and safety as well as offering alternatives for those who need to avoid loaded flexion.
One Leg Kick Plan for Success & Audio
Following on the theme of Posture, this class plan is designed to helpyour clients achieve the strength, mobility and alignment for the One Leg Kick. It is accompanied by an audio recording explaining the intention, the specific cues, the variations and the watchpoints of the exercises.
Keep the Trinity Strong!
The Trinity in Pilates refers to the inner thighs, back of the hips and the abdominals and keeping them connected gives us an amazing column of strength in which to move from. The problem is that due to our postural habits we tend to lose this connection so the class plan really looks at rediscovering that relationship.
The 34 Circuit Class with Small equipment & Barre Intervals!
This month’s Instructor Only Class was a circuit class of the 34 Mat Repertoire using small equipment to really focus on achieving the two-way stretch. With Barre intervals in between each station, this one was challenging! Circuit cards and Barre choreography is available
Steps to Success-The Double Leg Kick
This plan develops the skills needed to perform the perfect (ish!) Double Leg Kick through building the correct technique. It highlights the necessary steps found in other Mat moves to help enhance spinal and hip extension with knee flexion and shoulder mobility
This plan focuses on the alignment, strength and mobility of the shoulder to help achieve better upper body strength and functionality. The class is intensive but it can be easily broken up by adding in other exercises which do not focus on the shoulder.
Beginner Classes- Mat & Reformer
These two class plans are designed with a beginner in mind but still encourage movement and flow without overburdening the client with too many complications or technicalities.
This class explores suitable adaptations and modifications whilst focusing on the specific needs of the pre-natal client and ensuring a balanced and functional class.
Your wish is my command! Following several requests, this class is specifically designed for dancers with not a pointed toe in sight!
The Wonder of the Wunda Chair!
With determination and perseverance this once dreaded piece of Studio Equipment is now a firm personal favourite! This session plan is a well balanced class, emphasising technique and alignment whilst targeting lower body strengthen.
Twist & Turn
Spinal rotation is the key to improving flexion and extension as it strengthens and stretches the whole torso creating increased mobility in all planes of movement and greater awareness of the deep spinal musculature for support and stabilisation. This plan adds rotation to your moves to really enhance strength and mobility.
Studio Equipment Circuit Cards-Technique Focus
These circuit cards are for a studio equipment class with a slightly different twist to help focus on technique in this slightly more challenging environment
A relatively recent addition to the small equipment range, the soft weighted balls are an excellent prop to improve strength, balance and mobility. This session first appeared at the JPilates Convention 2013 and gives you so many ideas and adaptions to use.
Circuit Cards for the Older Adult
This circuit class is specifically designed with the Older Adult in mind and uses various pieces of small equipment to create variety and functional movement.
Mat Class for Cyclists
The session plan focuses on the specific needs of the cyclist. It emphasises hamstrings connection to help create elasticity and function in this often restiricted area and also highlights correct, sequential spinal flexion and extension.
Mixed Level Class with Pre-Natal Drop -In
Although we know the amazing benefits of Pilates during pregnancy, having a pregnant client drop in on a mixed level class can throw any instructor into a spin! This main phase session plan illustrates how you can safely and effectively integrate a pregnant client easily into your class.
Rock & Roller!- A Foam Roller Class Plan
Foam rollers are a wonderful prop to use in your classes as not just for the dreaded ITB band stretch- and you all know how I feel about that! This plan challenges the client's ability to stabilise, improves flexibility by adding spinal extension aspects and improves functional ability.
Interval jump Board Class Plan
For all you Reformer teachers, here is a plan for a jump board interval class! If I teach jump board I tend to incorporate it into the whole class rather than a burst at the end which many clients tell me they dread and hate! Here I have kept the springs light, I love to use a single red as I find it gives a much stronger abdominal workout and more time to complete a light, quality jump. Even if you do not have a board, with care you can jump using the footbar and head lifted. Enjoy!
This month’s Class Plan is slightly different from the normal class plan. It is a video showing how I train a client for the first time, what I look for and how I cue spinal movements to analyse movement restrictions and introduce correct movement patterns.
Beginner but Experienced Exerciser
Often a client will attend who is an experienced exerciser but has never done Pilates. This can leave us in a slight quandary- how do we challenge them but still encourage technique and precision without them leaving bored? This class plan is designed to provide a full body workout whilst allowing you to cue correct movement and technique. (I would suggest to keep the client moving and layer information and cues throughout the exercises)
Lengthen and Extend- Thoracic Mobility Focus
So many of our clients need more thoracic extension as they spend all day in hunched positions, from the breakfast table, to travelling to work to sitting at a desk all day! We need to emphasise thoracic mobility and correct sequential articulation to help combat these forward flexed postures. This plan really focuses on these areas and helps to create a much more lengthened and aligned spinal position.
Fantastic Flexion- Lumbar Mobility Focus
So often a lack of mobility in the lumbar spine restricts and inhibits the ability to progress through the Repertoire. This plan focuses specifically on this crucial area using a mini ball to really encourage movement in the lumbar spine.