Pilates for Men

Pilates strength and conditioning studio

Pilates strength and conditioning studio
Max Ziegler, our strength and conditioning coach talks about his abilities, and how he has been successfully incorporated into our Pilates studio adding another dimension to our services, including Teens conditioning and Teens kickboxing.

Studies have found that physically active people were half as likely to be depressed as non-active people.
Exercise also boosts the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that send specific messages from one brain cell to another. Though only a small percentage of all serotonin is located in the brain, this neurotransmitter is thought to play a key role in keeping your mood calm.

Weight control
Exercise helps use oxygen; it causes your body to burn stored fat and helps you maintain a normal, healthy weight.
Stronger muscles and bones
Exercise helps strengthen muscles and bones. You will actively burn more fat the more muscle you have. Your muscles are an active tissue that burns calories even whilst resting. Studies estimate that for each pound of muscle you add to your body, you will burn an additional 35-50 calories per day. So an extra five pounds of muscle will burn about 175-250 calories a day, or an extra pound of fat every 14-20 days.

Better skin
You need good blood circulation to pump nutrients to your skin and remove waste products and toxins. The increased blood flow you receive through exercise also enhances collagen production, making your skin plumper and firmer.
We are excited to be adding more Teen classes to our timetable and to have Max, our conditioning trainer travel to clients houses to work with their children either in local parks, at their homes or at CORE.

Book now at www.corekensington.com
Or call us on 020 7854 1934

Pilates studio strength and conditioning. HardCore High Intensity Class Kensington London

Pilates strength and conditioning studio. HardCore High Intensity Class Kensington London

Pilates Reformer Classes London W11

Pilates Reformer Classes London W11

Pilates Reformer Classes London. Previously in W11, but not far, we have moved to a new beautiful studio in Bayswater. Our studio is  powered by only the best “Premium Reformers” and top instructors in the market. Innovative classes for discerning people. Unlimited classes package available this Summer!

Pilates Reformer Classes London W11

Top Reformer Pilates Bayswater

Try Pilates Reformer Classes London W11 and feel amazing this Summer!

Pilates exercises are very core-centric. This means that are aimed to connect your abdominal muscles in anticipation of any movement. The result is a stronger core musculature, and a tighter waist line. The exercises also focus on improving body awareness and movement quality, which in turn improve your performance in any kind of sports activity you perform.
Just a few minute walk, find Pilates Reformer Classes London W11. Located on 64 Porchester Road in a beautiful studio, we are  powered by only the best “Premium Reformers” and top instructors in the market. We offer innovative classes for discerning people and unlimited classes package available this Summer.

We are located walking distance from Bayswater tube station. Just 8 minutes walk.

Pilates Reformer Classes London W11

Pilates Reformer Classes London W11

What kind of Pilates do we teach?

We teach the classical Pilates repertoire. We are an independent studio offering STOTT PILATES® equipment and methodology. We offer Pilates Reformer Classes London W11, just a few minutes away from Kensington.
STOTT PILATES® incorporates modern exercise principles, and applies proven and accepted practices in bio mechanics, rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. After realising the benefits of the concepts of the original Pilates method, and in collaboration with a team of physical therapists/physiotherapists, sports medicine and exercise professionals,  STOTT PILATES® co-founders Lindsay and Moira Merrithew, dissected and re-connected this unique form of exercise into a comprehensive, systematic, contemporary approach to the original teachings.

How is this different from other Pilates studios?

STOTT PILATES® exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and re balance the muscles around the joints. This involves placing more emphasis on pelvic and scapular stabilisation, and integration of all the parts of the body into one. As well, preparatory exercises and modifications allow the technique to be appropriate for many different body types and abilities, making it applicable to sport-specific training and everyday life. Content© Merrithew Corporation, used with permission.

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Unlimited Group Classes for one month. Limited time offer!

Sizzling summer workouts!

Treat yourself to unlimited group classes for a month and feel great all summer. For £250 you can explore reformer, barre, barre/reformer and HardCore for a full month.*

Unlimited Group Classes for one month. Limited time off

Unlimited Group Classes for one month. Limited time off taken by anyone. It will include a balance of strength, flexibility and endurance to challenge the fitness enthusiast using the most versatile and innovative Pilates equipment.

Our Pilates reformer classes are exclusively small

Here’s a list of the available classes we offer:

Reformer Foundation

Foundation is an introductory class for those who are new to STOTT Pilates equipment and technique. Get to know all the bells and whistles of the Reformer, our basic principles and progress onto the next level. Whether performed on a mat or on specialised equipment, application of these bio mechanical principles apply to both and will ensure maximum benefits from Pilates exercises.

Reformer (No first-timers)

Reformer is an intermediate level class that can be taken by anyone having had 5 foundation classes first. It will include a balance of strength, flexibility and endurance to challenge the fitness enthusiast using the most versatile and innovative Pilates equipment.

Barre / Reformer Class

We’ve created a fusion of our Kensington Barre and Reformer classes into a well-rounded interval workout which challenging your body whilst having fun!

Barre/Reformer is our premier ballet barre come Pilates class! This fun, total body workout serves to strengthen and lengthen your body by combining dance and the principals of Pilates to a sound track of the latest music you are sure to recognise.  Lift up your butt, strengthen your core muscles, tone your arms and inner-thighs whilst gaining strength, endurance and cardiovascular capability. The result is a body that looks long, lean and chiseled.

CardioTramp/Reformer (intermediate level class)

CardioTramp is the ultimate interval training power-cardio class using the latest STOTT Pilates Jump board accessory. This is a jump board interval class that accelerates your cardiovascular fitness and endurance with a Pilates base. This class is for the endorphin-addicted

TeenCORE Pilates Plus

TeenCORE is our new fun and interactive class for teenagers only. Integrating the classical Pilates repertoire alongside body conditioning and pumping music your child will be hooked! This class will help improve any teens’ sports performance and overall wellness whilst helping protect against injury and improving posture.


Come join us for an all-new HardCore class with Max. This 45 minute class is the ultimate high intensity training mixed with mat work-to-burn fat & get your heart rate up for great cardio results. This is a conditioning class, and not a Pilates based class.

Pilates Reformer The High Bridge

Super advanced Pilates for men

Super advanced Pilates for men
Do you think you are advanced because you can lift a heavy load, or you can hold a plank for 30 minutes?
Think again.
In this workout you will need strength, flexibility, endurance, control, precision, coordination and fluidity. Not easy!
We can challenge our super advanced Pilates clients with a variety of exercises. Pilates is not just for women. In this video have a look at this amazing video of our own Max Ziegler performing an incredibly challenging exercise we call “Jacknife into lower plank” Only for the super advanced. clients.

Super advanced Pilates for men

Super advanced Pilates for men

Pilates Classes just 10 min from High Street Kensington London

Pilates classes High Street Kensington

 Pilates classes High Street Kensington


Why add Pilates core stability exercises to your training programme?

Pilates exercises are very core-centric. This means that the focus is on initiating movement by activating the deep abdominal muscles, and preventing delayed onset. Early abdominal activation should happen in anticipation of any movement in Pilates and hopefully this training should translate into any type of exercise or fitness activity. By combining Pilates into your existing exercise regime you will  be cross-training.

How is this different from other exercises?
Often times we train only our superficial muscles and this can lead to muscular imbalances with our deep and intermediate stabiliser muscle groups. This may lead to dysfunction or injury. Pilates core stability training has been proven to be beneficial for enhanced health, rehabilitation and athletic performance, and has gained increased attention in fitness and sports conditioning programmes. Numerous studies have suggested that greater trunk stability may benefit sports performance by providing a foundation for greater force production in the upper and lower extremities. We offer Pilates classes in High Street Kensington. Start now and see the difference in your performance.
Can I do Pilates if I suffer from low back pain?
Yes. In fact, it is often recommended. Heres why: Retraining!
Retraining ‘core control’ involves relearning basic motor skills. Most Pilates exercises target to train your deep layers of abdominals, and retrain your motor skills whilst increasing your joint mobility.
Typically, in pain and dysfunction, our deep abdominal stabilisers tend to switch off. Yes, they either come in at the wrong time or with the wrong amount of force, and this often leads for further dysfunction. This leaves your spine unsupported when transfering loads (picking up things from the ground, running, sprinting, etc)
By targeting only your superficial abdominal muscles (crunches), as in many forms of exercise, you are likely to be creating further dysfunction, as these muscles will try to stabilise your spine unsuccessfully. “Low back pain (LBP) may affect motor control of trunk muscles that regulates spinal movements and stability. One indicator of motor control for the low back is timing or onset of abdominal muscle activation when spinal stability is threatened by destabilising forces” (Vasseljen et al, 2012)
Pilates classes High Street Kensington

Pilates classes High Street Kensington

How does this work?
Trunk muscles function in transferring torques and angular momentum during performance of integrated kinetic chain activities, such as throwing and kicking.
The deepest layers of your abdominal muscles, (Transversus abdominis and obliquus internus) have been found to involuntarily activate prior to various loading tasks, in order to increase trunk support prior to movement. The way in which you activate these muscles is central to the stability theme.These muscles work on lower loads, closed kinetic chains and slower movements. Core dynamic stability is the accurate interplay of many muscles working in synergies to produce complex patterns of control and movement rather than the strength of individual muscles (Hodges, 2003). No muscle works alone. Activating single muscles is impossible – trying to, creates dysfunctional spines (McGill, 2004).
What can I achieve?
There are countless reasons why your should consider incorporating this type of training into your regime; anything from improving your spinal stability and mobility, better posture, increased joint strength, improved awareness, proprioception, coordination and injury prevention.
Mr. Joseph Pilates simply meant:  Physical
fitness and the complete coordination of body mind and
spirit e good posture, flexibility and vitality”
If you live near Kensington, we offer Pilates classes High Street Kensington in a beautiful exclusive studio.
Join us at CORE KENSINGTON for a %50 percent off intro group class or private session.
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Vasseljen, O., et al. Effect of Core Stability Exercises on Feed-Forward Activation of Deep Abdominal Muscles in Chronic Low Back Pain. SPINE Volume 37, Number 13, pp 1101–1108
Pilates classes Notting Hill Gate W11

Pilates classes Notting Hill Gate W11

Pilates classes Notting Hill Gate W11
If you are looking for great Pilates classes Notting Hill Gate W11, our boutique studio is just steps away from Notting Hill Gate station.

Bursting some Pilates Myths:1. Pilates is only for women? Pilates has never been “just for women” and its benefits are certainly not gender biased. After all, Pilates was developed by a man, Joseph Pilates, who from archive photos you can see was a very muscular, strong and fit man. He was a gymnast, a boxer, and a military trainer in his early years, and these same photos of Pilates even into his eighties, reveal a very strong physique. Men have always played an important role in maintaining the Pilates work and shaping its evolution. Many male celebrities and athletes break this myth such as Tiger Woods, Hugh Grant and the New Zealand All Blacks. Find out how Pilates can help your game in Pilates classes Notting Hill Gate W11.

2 Pilates & Yoga are the same thing?
Both disciplines are mindful forms of exercise. They both use breathing patterns to connect the mind to the body. However, there are quite different as football is to basketball. From a purely exercise perspective, these differences mainly have to do with how each discipline is practiced and what their primary goals are.
Primarily, Yoga is designed to facilitate serious contemplation. In other words, it tries to provide an integrated approach towards objective and transcendental knowledge. Stronger muscles, stress relief and improved circulation are essentially by-products of practicing Yoga.
Pilates on the other hand, primarily strengthens the body through focusing on the core stability muscles of our body to improve the way we function in our daily lives.
Yoga exercises themselves are typically static poses that are held for a period of time, say for one minute each for example. Pilates exercises are flowing and follow each other in a natural order. Advanced Pilates exercises are very athletic and were created for gymnasts and dancers.
A very important part of Yoga is the deep breathing that is done while holding each pose and while transitioning from one pose to the next. Breathing is also a very important part of performing Pilates exercises.
With Pilates, the breath is used more as a technique for providing the muscles with the energy they need to exercise effectively. Concentrating on the breathing technique throughout Pilates will help you to manage the quantity of oxygen coming into the body and travelling to the muscles to aid each exercise.
Pilates has only one basic style of breathing, deep ribcage breathing. The purpose of this style of breathing is to stabilise and protect our spine while we are in different positions by holding our abdominal muscles tight while still allowing us to take deep breaths.
Yoga, meanwhile, has many styles of breathing that are used for many different purposes.
Another difference between the breathing of Yoga and Pilates is that in Yoga, you use your nose to inhale and exhale while in Pilates, you inhale through the nose and exhale through the mouth. We offer Pilates classes Notting Hill Gate W11 that will allow you to see the difference between these two forms of exercise.

3. Pilates only works your abdominal muscles

Well, there is truth in this one that Pilates is a fix for flabby abs. Pilates is well-known for flattening tummies. The reason is that Pilates does focus on working from the core, especially the deeper abdominal muscles. Toning the abdominal and pelvic floor muscles provides stability and freedom of motion throughout the body. This is also one of the reasons that Pilates has been so successful for people who have back pain.
However, Pilates is much more than just an abdominal work out. If done correctly you can effectively tone and strengthen every major muscle in your body. Try Pilates classes Notting Hill Gate W11.

4. Pilates is easy.

As Pilates instructors we hear this myth often.
I think the idea that Pilates is easy comes from a few places. First, Pilates is very adaptable, it can be easy or very hard, depending on the needs of the individual. The ability to modify exercises for different populations is actually one of the greatest strengths of Pilates. Second, the soaring popularity of Pilates has meant that there are many beginner Pilates classes in practically every gym and studio around the country. This is a good thing, but it also means that people are not necessarily exposed to the intermediate and advanced levels of Pilates. Third, Pilates exercises are often done slowly. There is an emphasis on awareness and control that can make an exercise look easy to the casual observer.
Finally Pilates is popular during pregnancy so this can be perceived to the outsider as an easy exercise option. Of course we know this is not the case, it is just adapted to each individual.

Book your session today in our classes Notting Hill Gate W11, and find out how to strengthen your body,  look amazing and feel great with this mind-blowing type of exercise.

Pilates Reformer Gluteus Workout

Pilates Reformer gluteus workout

The Pilates Reformer offers numerous possibilities for gluteus activation and workouts.

What are the gluteus muscles?
Three muscles make up the gluteal muscle group. The deepest is the Gluteus minimus, overlapped by the Gluteus medius and finally, superficially covered by the Gluteus Maximus muscle.

Their actions are individually unique, but they work together in concert to stabilise and move the hip joint into extension. The deeper layers, the medius and minimus work to stabilise the hip joint, abduct the hip and assist in medial rotation, flexion and some fibres extension. So, side splits with tension is a great example of how these two muscles work.
The larger gluteus maximus forms what you can see as your buttocks. This muscle is a prime hip extensor and lateral rotator and assists in abduction as well.
Side splits on the reformer adding hip extension with a flex band resistance forces to engage all the fibres of the gluteal muscles, as the movement is abduction and hip extension.
By adding a posterior rotation/tilt of the hip along with the added resistance of the flex band encourages the hip to further extend to its end inner range of hip extension, thus adding a greater challenge for the client.

Pilates Reformer gluteus workout

Pilates Reformer gluteus workout

In this video, Side Splits is shown on the reformer from a neutral stance with an anterior to posterior pull to increase gluteus activation.

Additional cues are to tuck the tailbone underneath to increase a posterior rotation or tilt of the pelvis.
Various variations can be added to this exercise, such as Plie in, and Plie out or skating from the classical repertoire.
To find out how to do this, book into our of our group classes or schedule your Pilates personal session today.

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Blog written by Carlo Yanez
Registered Osteopath B.A.(Hons.), B.Ost.(Hons)
Fully certified STOTT PILATES® Instructor

Pilates Classes Queensway London

Pilates Classes Queensway London. Just 8 minute walk away from Queensway London

We offer Pilates Classes Queensway London and Pilates Personal Training sessions.

Pilates Reformer Classes Bayswater Queensway Paddington

Our studio offers small classes. Only 5 participants per session.

Pilates Studio is open:
Mondays-Thursdays: 6:30am-9:00pm
Fridays: 6:30am-5:00pm
Saturdays: 9:00am-3:00pm
Sundays: 9am – 4pm
For after-hour trainings we will strive to accommodate any request.
See our weekly Pilates classes timetable.

We have a team of highly qualified experts in Pilates. Our team is trained in STOTT Pilates and classical method. We can accommodate special populations, such as pre and post natal, elder populations, people with back pain, knee pain, and other joint problems.
Our method is a contemporary approach to the original teachings of Joseph Pilates. This method incorporates new information in sports science, physical therapy, kinesiology, and it is anatomically based. However, it preserves the original exercises of the classical method.

Whether you are an elite athlete or someone recovering from an injury Pilates is an effective non-impact exercise that can be adapted for anyone.

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Please note that Personal Training sessions and group classes cancelled or rescheduled within 24 hours of the time booked will still be charged.

All Pilates classes are held at:

64 Porchester Road
W2 6ET