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Interesting pilates tips and facts

1. Pilates can help improve your posture!

Pilates is about moving efficiently. What makes Pilates so important with respect to posture is that it trains us to develop and use core strength. Using the deep core muscles of the powerhouse (abdominals, back and pelvic floor) supports our posture and allows the shoulders to relax and the neck to move freely.

2. Pilates is not easy to do well

One of the key aspects of pilates is the element of control you have to have to do them well. The more controlled your movements are the better the exercise is. This is due to the stabilising muscles that are brought into play, tiny movements that compound over time.

3. Breath in, breath out

When doing pilates you should monitor your breathing very carefully. It is a form of mindfulness to concentrate on breathing and when incorporated into this exercise the whole process can help de-stress.

4. Catering for all

Although Pilates is generally aimed at women it can be done by anyone. In fact, Pilates was invented by a physicist called Joseph Hubertus Pilates! 

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Before your consultation, you'll complete a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire. Claire will then arrange a telephone conversation before any Pilates Training commences. This gives you the opportunity to tell Claire more about your fitness goals and what you would like to achieve from your Pilates sessions.

Your Pilates Training Sessions


Claire can travel to you, either your home, workplace, a local park, wherever is convenient for you or training can take place at a local gym.

Claire Smith Fitness believes that Pilates benefits everyone so we offer a variety of classes and individual sessions to suit all needs including private, duet and small group classes.

We want you to get the most out of your time with us so we create personal Pilates sessions to suit your health and fitness goals. Our group classes are small to ensure you receive hands-on attention with Claire.

The focus is on quality of movement. When practiced regularly and correctly, Pilates will change your body and the way you move.​

Through the use of exercises performed on the mat and resistance based equipment, we will teach you to move in a safe and effective way to create a balanced and functional body. You will see improvements in muscular strength, especially the deep stabilising abdominal muscles, flexibility, control and posture and leave with an improved sense of wellbeing no matter your age, profession or fitness level.

What are the health benefits of pilates?

Practitioners say regular pilates can improve posture, muscle tone, balance and joint mobility. 

With all physical exercise, pilates is the same in regards to relieving and combating stress.


Pilates can complement training by developing core strength and flexibility, and help reduce the risk of injury.

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