Reformer Essential

Solid Foundations. Learn our technique properly in this essential Pilates Classical Repertoire class, but be prepared to workout. This is not an easy class nor an orientation class, but a true workout through the essential Pilates repertoire. Please note that this is NOT a dynamic reformer class.

This class is recommended if:

  • If you are not familiar with exercises like the “One Hundred, Short Spine, elephant, Stomach massage, Long stretch, etc”. You might want to book this class as the intermediate classes will not be teaching these basic exercises.
  • you have never done Pilates exercise before, its been a long time, or you do not know the basic classical Pilates repertoire.
  • you have only done dynamic Pilates before (no matter how advanced or how many years you’ve been practicing “boot camp” style dynamic Pilates). You will need to learn the proper classical exercises before you progress to  the intermediate classical level.
  • if you are not familiar with the classical STOTT PILATES® essential repertoire and method. See our Five basic principles.

This class will give you a strong base so that you can progress to the more complicated, more choreographed intermediate exercises. We will cover the basic principles more in depth and teach you the preparations for the more advanced exercises of the classical repertoire. Get to know the basic repertoire and principles before you sign up for the intermediate level classes.
Please note that this class is completely different from Dynamic Reformer classes. This is a classical Pilates based class.
No matter how advanced in “dynamic style” reformer you are, we strongly recommend that you join an Essential class so that you can become familiar with the unique classical Pilates repertoire.

Reformer Essential/Intermediate

Have you been attending the beginners classes and are ready to progress to the Intermediate level classes?
This class is basically an intermediate level class that stops and starts to teach you the intermediate exercises. We will be able to stop break down the intermediate exercises to help you progress.
This class bridges the Essential and the Intermediate repertoire. Recommended if you have been attending our Essential Repertoire classes for a while and you are ready to progress.
We will flow through the Essential Repertoire with less interruptions, and will introduce you to the more complex intermediate classical exercises.
You must be already familiar with our basic principles and how to set up your reformer before you sign up for this class as we will not be able to stop and teach the very basics.

Learn the intermediate repertoire in this class. This class will flow, covering the already familiar essential repertoire, while inserting intermediate exercises and at times stopping to explain them in order to learn them properly. We will teach and break down complex intermediate exercises for those people who have a solid foundation on the Essential repertoire and are ready to progress and learn the intermediate repertoire. This class will bridge the gap between Essential and intermediate levels without going too fast through the complex choreography of the intermediate level Pilates repertoire.

Reformer Intermediate

This is a classical Pilates based intermediate level class. Class participants are expected to posses a solid foundation in the Essential technique. This class will flow at a faster pace through the classical repertoire and the instructor will not be able to stop to teach the basic repertoire or technique.
Please note that although you may be very advanced at “bootcamp” Dynamic style Pilates, this classical pilates reformer class is completely different to what you are used to. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you are fully familiar with the essential classical Pilates repertoire and our technique before signing into this class. We expect participants to possess a solid foundation of the STOTT PILATES® Five basic principles before signing up for the intermediate level classes. This class will challenge any Pilates enthusiast and it is powered by the most versatile and innovative MERRITHEW™ Pilates reformer equipment.
*STOTT PILATES® is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates

Reformer Intermediate/Advanced

This class will introduce you to some of the  advanced classical repertoire exercises while helping you perfect your technique in the more complex intermediate exercises. This class flows through the classical transitions and will cover the intermediate repertoire plus tap into many of the advanced classical Pilates exercises. Our instructors will not have time to stop to teach any of the the intermediate repertoire in this class, so we strongly recommend that you are very familiar with the classical intermediate repertoire.
If you suffer from any injuries we recommend that you contact us before signing in to this class as many exercises will go into full and end range spinal movements, shoulder movements and very few modifications will be given in order to keep the flow of the advanced repertoire.

The Intermediate/Advanced reformer is for those Pilates enthusiasts with a minimum of 20 intermediate reformer classes under their belts and ready for more challenging advanced, complicated classical reformer exercises, whilst also perfecting their Pilates technique. Our instructors will lead you through a complete body workout with more challenging, advanced reformer exercises that will challenge the most advanced client. You must be confident with the intermediate classical repertoire and know the STOTT PILATES® basic principles to join, otherwise you might feel left behind.
*STOTT PILATES® is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates.

Post Natal Pilates Reformer (seasonal)

This class is designed for those who have just been cleared for Pilates exercise from their GP. We will take carefully through safe exercises that help reconnect the core musculature without jeopardising your ligaments, especially during the breastfeeding months. The goal is to build up your strength from the inside out, retraining your deep stabilising muscles, pelvic floor and working our way up to your previous or better strength.
Pilates exercise offers an excellent way to return to exercise. Pilates exercise focus is on strengthening your body SAFELY. The emphasis is on core stability and peripheral mobility. Connect back with your pelvic floor muscles. Reconnect the deep abdominal muscles to help you to return to a more stable limbo-pelvic region.

Pilates for Pregnancy Second Trimester+

If you are clear by your GP, Pilates for pregnancy at Core Kensington is designed for those ante natal clients who wish to stay in shape and exercise safely during pregnancy and return to exercise after delivery. We add many modifications done to suit your specific needs to help you stay safe during pregnancy and afterwards while your are breastfeeding. We can keep shorter levers, take breaks more often, and keep your exertion levels manageable and you will still get a great workout while you’re pregnant. The aim is to help you maintain and improve core strength while pregnant which may help reduce lower back pain, maintain and improve pelvic floor tone. Also, improve your back mobility, Arm and shoulder strength, which is important after delivery when you need to breastfeed and carry your baby for long periods.

Seasonal Pilates Classes
The following classes are offered on request. Check timetable for scheduling

Cardio Tramp INTERMEDIATE LEVEL CLASS (seasonal)

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. Please note that this class is not a classical Pilates class, but a conditioning class inspired in Pilates, using the Stott Pilates® basic principles

Pilates for Functional Ageing

“You are only as old as your spine is” Joseph Pilates. The Pilates classical repertoire is modified in this class to suit older participants’ needs. The instructor will provide adaptations for issues such as low bone density, wrist problems, knee and hip restrictions and if needed, slower transitions from one exercise to the next. The goal is to deliver a class that will improve joint spinal and peripheral mobility, strength, balance, coordination and muscular flexibility. This will be achieved through the essential and intermediate Pilates classical repertoire, whilst keeping in mind the STOTT PILATES® five basic principles. Also, in an effort to increase bone density, own body weight exercises can be modified on the Pilates reformer for the ageing population. You are never too late to move better. Book Pilates Classes Kensington London now!

Pilates for Teens

Teen Reformer is a fun and interactive class for teenagers only. This class is offered on seasonal basis only and on demand.
By 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.

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  • Mondays-Thursdays: 6:30am-9:00pm
  • Fridays: 6:30am-5:00pm
  • Saturdays: 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Sundays: 09:00am-3:00pm

For after-hour training we will strive to accommodate any request.
Only up to 5 participants per equipment class with top of the line STOTT PILATES® reformers.
Rolling contracts are available online.
Our dedicated team is comprised of only highly qualified, certified STOTT PILATES® instructors who can deliver true Pilates with sound fitness results.
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