equipment pilates at triyoga Camden + Ealing
Q. Is equipment Pilates right for me?
A. Equipment / reformer Pilates is for everyone, whatever your age, body shape or fitness level. It’s particularly beneficial for people new to Pilates, recovering from injuries, athletes and performers as well as for the elderly. Specially developed equipment is used to help you move more efficiently and freely in everything you do – from training for a marathon, to practising yoga or simply keeping up with the kids.
Q. What are the benefits of using Pilates apparatus?
A. Not only does equipment Pilates help improve overall strength, fitness and flexibility, it can aid in the prevention of injury and improve posture and overall muscle balance in the body. Equipment classes are tailored to the individual’s needs and objectives and therefore more likely to vary from week to week. Studio classes in our equipment studio in Camden are taught either one-to-one or in small groups of up to four people, so there is more individual attention compared with mat classes. View the full list of equipment Pilates benefits.
Q. What does the Pilates equipment do?
A. All Pilates equipment uses spring loaded resistance to either support or challenge the body whilst performing a given exercise. With hundreds of exercises and variations available, as well as a variety of springs and possible adjustments to the machines, the teacher can best adapt the work to suit the student’s body and their needs.
Q. Is equipment Pilates the same as reformer Pilates?
A. Our traditional studio apparatus includes the reformer but also the Cadillac (trapeze table), the Wunda chair and the Ladder Barrel. Many studios including our Shoreditch centre now offer reformer classes where a group of 12-20 students follow the same fitness routine on a reformer for a 45-60 minute class. A traditional Pilates studio like our equipment Pilates studio in triyoga Camden, however, has all of the equipment. Teachers are therefore able to direct a variety of exercises using all of the large equipment, as well as smaller equipment and props. Our small group equipment Pilates classes are more tailored to the individual’s needs than a reformer-only class and, therefore, more likely to vary from week to week. Furthermore, we only teach a maximum of 3 people in a group so teachers are able to provide much more individual attention to the students that in a large reformer-only class. Both styles have their benefits and which to try is very much down to individual needs. Contact us or speak to us in centre if you’d like more information.
Q. How many people are in a class?
A. You can choose from private one-to-one sessions, semi private sessions (with two people) or group sessions (up to four people). All session types are personalised and will allow for plenty of individual attention from your instructor.
- Private sessions – last 60 minutes. If you’re new to equipment Pilates or haven’t exercised in a while, private sessions give you the opportunity to work with one of our expert teachers at your own pace and level to become familiar with the equipment and comfortable with the exercises and techniques.
- Semi private sessions – last 60 minutes. There are a maximum of two students per instructor at any time. You receive almost all the benefits of a private class but at a lower price.
- Group sessions – last 60 minutes. There are a maximum of 3 students in each session. You work on you own programme within a group environment, whilst still receiving a high level of individual teacher attention and care.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. We offer a range of pricing options to suit everyone, from single class passes to great value multi-class packages offering significant savings. Check out our range of equipment Pilates pricing options for Camden or equipment Pilates pricing options for Ealing.
Q. How do I get started?
A. Equipment Pilates is offered at our Camden and Ealing centres. Take a look at our class schedule and find a class time to suit you.
Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced practitioner, we request that you start with 60 minute one-on-one Starter Assessment. This session is to ensure that you are exercising safely; that you maximise your results from each session with us, and ultimately enjoy the whole experience even more. The session includes a medical questionnaire and a postural assessment followed by a tailored programme to facilitate your progress.
new to equipment pilates?
Find a class time to suit you and find out more about our teachers
Get started with a one-on-one initial assessment with an expert instructor.
We offer pricing and package options to suit everyone. View our great value for money introductory packages.
the benefits of equipment Pilates
Improves fitness, strength and flexibility
- Improves posture and mobility, including flexibility of the spine
- Improves overall muscle balance in the body and creates a long and lean muscle tone
- Improves stability and alignment of the major joints in motion, reducing occurrences of injuries
- Promotes a more efficient and supportive core
- Encourages efficiency of movement and improves performance of day to day movement and sports
- Improves the function of the lungs and circulation
- Complements training for athletes and performers
Aids with the prevention of certain health conditions
- Builds better balance and coordination
- Helps maintain and can improve bone density
- Offers a safe and excellent form of exercise for seniors, pre + postnatal women and for a wide range of medical conditions
- Stress reduction and detoxification
- Restores physical vitality
- Focuses on movement and breath, encouraging meditative states
- Circulates the blood, improving cell function
- Charges the blood with oxygen and purges waste gases through proper breathing
Helps to prevent injuries
- Improves neuromuscular control, which creates more balanced strength throughout the body
- Increases movement awareness, resulting in safer use of the body and fewer injuries
- Better alignment, posture and more efficient use of the body
Alongside the most well known piece of Pilates equipment, the reformer, we use a range of traditional Pilates equipment in our 1:1 and small group equipment Pilates classes. Let’s get to know them a little better …
Designed as space-saving, multipurpose tool that combine ergonomic furniture with exercise apparatus, each Pilates chair provides a unique environment for movement training. The exercise repertoire ranges from remedial to highly athletic drills with changing support bases and varying spring resistance. The Wunda Chair gives us control and teaches the “in & up”, and the application of the work in multiple planes.
The Cadillac has it all, the Leg Springs and the Arm Springs, the Roll Back and the Push Through Bar. It is designed to create length and to break the Reformer exercises down. The exercises that are unique to the Cadillac range from remedial and rehabilitation to athletic and gymnastic.
The curves of the Pilates Barrels provide support for stretches of the spine, shoulder, and hips, but their main purpose is tactile feedback in the movements practiced on them. It is designed to open us. With no spring resistance, they enhance the work of bodyweight exercises and offer a rounded surface over which to stretch—and reconfigure—our spine during the exercises.
The Pedipole—or Ped-O-Pul—is a high metal pole with a crossbar at the top, which serves as the attachment point for a resistance spring on each side. By design, it is unstable when it interacts with the moving body: pressing the body back throughout a variety of arm movements is what keeps the Pedipole stable.
equipment pilates FAQ
Equipment Pilates sessions take place in our studio in Camden. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced practitioner, we ask everyone who is new to our equipment studio to start with a private starter assessment. Call Camden on 020 7483 3344, or pay us a visit to book your session. The starter assessment includes a postural assessment. Afterwards your instructor will be able to advise on a Pilates programme to suit your needs and goals.
Yoga and Pilates are excellent during pregnancy and for you and baby after the birth. However it is recommended that you do not practice yoga or Pilates in your first trimester. You can return to practice in your second and third trimesters, where yoga and Pilates are both fantastic supports. Find out more about our pre and post natal classes and treatments.
The wonderful thing about Pilates, is that you can never be ‘too old’ to start or practice. Yoga and Pilates are practices for life, and they can be modified to suit all ages, and levels of strength and fitness. Because Pilates is low impact, it is a safe way to build strength, flexibility and endurance without putting the body under strain.
If you’re new to mat Pilates the best way to start is with a level 1 class. If you’re new to equipment Pilates and the equipment studio at Camden, it is recommended everyone starts with a private starter assessment.
If you’re inflexible you’re a perfect candidate for Pilates. Pilates enhances flexibility; it’s not a prerequisite. So if like many of us, you’ve got tight shoulders, hamstrings, hips, quads…both mat Pilates and/or equipment Pilates will really help. If you are at the other end of spectrum and very flexible, Pilates is a great way to balance the body’s strength against over flexibility.
Everyone new to equipment Pilates or Gyrotonic at triyoga must participate in a one-on-one starter assessment which can be booked over the phone.
After you have completed your starter assessment you can take advantage of our equipment studio starter pack which consists of 3 x one-on-one sessions.
From there you can either buy single sessions, or save money by buying packs of sessions (5, 10 or 20). You can choose from private (one-on-one), semi-private (max 2 people) or small group (max 4 people) sessions. Different sized sessions vary in price (small group sessions being the cheapest), but all allow for a high level of individual attention from one of our experienced instructors.
All session passes have a 12 month expiry date from purchase, except 5 classes which is 6 months.