Mat Pilates & Stretch
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This Stott Pilates-based exercise class will focus on the core, while strengthening, stretching and balancing primarily your abdominals and back, as well as your entire body. Designed for all fitness levels, you will be advised to exercise within your own safe zone and challenge yourself when you can, exercising at your own pace. This is a great workout for anyone.
The stretching and relaxation component will help to increase flexibility, range of motion and ease of movement, while decreasing stress. This class is primarily on floor mat, with some standing.
Become stronger, more balanced, more flexible and minimize discomfort. Feel rejuvenated, re-energized and relaxed! See you soon!
Materials Needed: Please bring an exercise mat (thick is better); block (optional), towel or small pillow, water bottle. Bare feet or grippy socks are recommended.
MIN: 8 MAX: 25
Benefits of Pilates: It's Ah-Mazing for Your Abs
Pilates hits your core (or, in Pilates speak, your "powerhouse") unlike any other workout.
In fact, after completing 36 weeks of Pilates training, women strengthened their rectus abdominis (the muscle responsible for six-packs) by an average of 21 percent, while eliminating muscle imbalances between the right and left sides of their cores, according to a Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise study. Read the full article here on Top 8 Benefits of Pilates:
Yvonne Grenon Benelli has been a fitness instructor, designer and coordinator of many different exercise programs and facilities throughout New England, New York and abroad since the late 1970's. She works with all ages and fitness levels in various exercise classes, currently including AquaCize (pool and lake), Pilates, NouVon, COA & Personal Training. Yvonne has an M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology and a B.S. in Physical Education. She is Stott Pilates trained and was an American Red Cross CPR Instructor for over 30 years. Fun fact: Yvonne worked with Marcelle Marceau, the famous Mime and danced in NY.