What is the course about?
This course is designed for those wishing to keep mobile, exercise at a gentle pace gentle and de-stress. Discover the benefits of Pilates and gentle exercise in a relaxed environment and find ways to improve your stamina, strength, posture and to learn breathing and relaxation techniques.
What will we cover?
Pilates exercises and gentle aerobic exercises to accommodate different learners in the group; increasing body awareness and knowledge of when and how to progress ; exercises to improve the posture including working the abdominals (core); working to improve spinal mobility; hip, thigh and leg exercise and improving breathing patterns; relaxation techniques.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use core muscles effectively
- Practise lateral breathing
- Perform muscular strength and endurance exercises
- Have a working knowledge of how to improve standing posture
- Choose to work at an appropriate and effective level
- Practise relaxation techniques.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all students who want to exercise at a gentle pace, improve breathing techniques and learn how to relax. You will need to be able to read and write short sentences, follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical movements and use spatial awareness within a group.
If you have suffered from any of the conditions listed below, please check with a medical practitioner whether it is suitable for you to undertake an exercise programme and bring a referral letter from your doctor to your tutor. If you have not checked, or if it is not suitable, please do not participate in an exercise or movement class.
- Do you ever have pains in your chest?
- Have you had any operations or injuries in the last year?
- Do you often feel faint or have spells of dizziness?
- Are you receiving medication for any condition?
- Do you have high blood pressure?
- Is there anything else we should know about your health?
- Do you have a bone or joint problem, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, back or knee problems?
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
-Practical class work, following tutor demonstration
- Use of images, repetition and some anatomical knowledge
- Handouts and presentations
- Group work
- Some one-to-one guidance from the tutor, there is normally hands on correction involved.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You should wear loose, comfortable clothing and socks, and bring a towel with you. Information on books will be given during the course, but these are not essential.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Students can choose other courses from our Health and Lifestyle programme here at Build.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details