Pilates – New small group

Pilates – New small group

Janet Skipper has started a new Pilates group at Wightman.
The group is currently meeting weekly at the Lighthouse

April Schedule:
Tuesday, April 2nd, 6:15-7:15 PM
Thursday, April 4th, 6:15-7:15 PM

Tuesday, April 9th, 6:15-7:15 PM
Thursday, April 11th, 6:15-7:15 PM

Tuesday, April 16th, 6:15-7:15 PM
Thursday, April 18th, 6:15-7:15 PM

Week of April 22nd:  NO CLASSES

Tuesday, April 29th, 6:16-7:15 PM

What to bring:
Yoga mat & Stability ball
You can find both at Walmart, Ross, or TJ Maxx.  Select a stability ball for your height.  If you are 5’3″ to 5’10”, a medium 65 cm ball is best.  Come to class at 6:00 if you need to use the electric air pump which is much quicker than the manual one in the box!  If you cannot find these items, please text me and I will bring extras.  

Cost/Donation: Proceeds will support youth missions!

$5.00 per class -or- $15.00 per month

About Janet Skipper:
By day, I work in the computer software industry as a project manager.  In 2012, after attending Pilates classes for a few years at New Life Fitness in Lexington and seeing the change in my body composition, improved core strength and energy level, I decided to obtain certification in Pilates classical mat method, beginner and intermediate levels in New York City at Core Pilates.  Here, we will be adding in the stability ball to out workout and I will show you how to do each exercise using just a yoga mat, and different levels of intensity for each movement so that you can do these exercises anywhere, at home, in a hotel, on your porch, etc.

What is Pilates (“pill-lah-tees”)?
Pilates takes its name from Joseph Pilates.  During World War I, he developed techniques of physical fitness, as an orderly in the hospital helping fellow servicemen recover by using bed springs and making straps out of torn bed sheets to exercise and build strength using the resistance of the weight of the body and adding springs for even more resistance as patients gained strength.  He focused on very precise movements, controlled breathing, and flow.  Slow, controlled, very precise movements and repetition lead to the most desired results.  

The first Pilates studio was opened in New York in 1923.  The studio was very popular with dancers as they found the method helped them build core strength and recover from injuries.  Pilates is about building strength.  Strengthening our core helps to protect us from falls and injuries as we age.  Please take some time to go online and research Pilates articles.  Pilates is terrific for men, women and teens.  I have had folks in my classes from age 14 to 85! 

Online, you will see several different types of apparatus used in Pilates studios, like the Reformer.  There are also props that we may bring in later including resistance straps and/or blocks.  We will also incorporate some gentle yoga stretches at times.  

Thank you for your interest and please come with an open mind, relax, and focus on You. Remember that if we keep the body strong and moving, we can continue to help others.

Janet Skipper

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