Pilates for Teens

Lets get our kids up and active!


Participation in high-school sports promotes a physically active lifestyle; enhances social integration. It also aids in weight management; improves self-confidence; develops neuromuscular awareness; builds musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health; and may positively affect academic performance (World Health Organisation 2006).
We offer Pilates for Teens at at discounted rate. We don’s always have a dedicated Teen class, but our teens can integrate to any of our classes.

New Research Shows That “Exercise Boosts Kids’Cognitive Performance Brain Function”

Moderate to vigorous physical exercise may increase children’s cognitive performance and brain function, new research shows (Medscape, 1 October 2014).
A recent randomised controlled trial (RCT) of 221 prepubertal children showed that those who participated in a structured afterschool exercise program for 9 months experienced improved executive function, including cognitive flexibility, compared with their counterparts who did not participate in the program.

Why Pilates for teenagers?

A good Pilates program for teenagers can fill the gap between their scholarly sports and daily activities by improving alignment, conditioning body and mind plus helping protect against injury. Low back pain is thought to commence as early as childhood or adolescence. It has been reported that 88% of children who experience Low back pain would experience low back pain in adulthood. Resistance training (including core conditioning) in youth has several established benefits in the literature including increased bone health and reduction in sports-related injuries, including low back-related injuries.

Invest in your teenager’s future with Pilates instruction
By introducing them to the basic Pilates principles that govern this mind-body exercise, teenagers can learn to develop at an early age their core stability and increasing neuromuscular control.

Injury prevention for active Teenagers through Pilates
Injury prevention has been shown to be positively impacted by comprehensive neuromuscular programs that combine plyometrics, strength, balance, sport-specific technique and agility exercises, all of which can be incorporated into a Pilates program (Steffen et al, 2010).
In school-aged children, physical activity can lead to better academic achievement, increased attention span and improved behaviour. Book your Teen in a Pilates class now.

Below: Summary of the strength of the association between physical activity and each health outcome

It is so important to remember that healthy children become healthy adults so the physical, social and emotional benefits of being active in childhood will set our children up for a healthier future.

What is Pilates?

Joseph H. Pilates, was the founder of the Pilates exercise method. He was born in Germany. As a child he was frail, living with asthma and other childhood conditions. To build his body and grow stronger, he took up several different sports, eventually becoming an accomplished athlete. As a nurse in Great Britain during World War I, he designed exercise methods and equipment for immobilised patients and soldiers.
In addition to his equipment, Pilates developed a series of mat exercises that focus on the body as a whole. He based these exercises on various methods from around the world, among them the mind-body formats of yoga and Chinese martial arts.
Joseph Pilates believed that our physical and mental health are intertwined. He designed his exercise program around principles that support this philosophy, including concentration, precision, control, breathing, and flowing movements. Mr Pilates died in the 1960’s.

How has this method evolved?

Contemporary approaches to the method emphasises on preserving the original classical Pilates exercises whilst incorporating modern principles of sports science, kinesiology, and spinal rehabilitation with updated evidence-based current knowledge of body biomechanics. The result is a safe, effective current method.

What Pilates method do we teach?

We teach STOTT PILATES® for our Pilates for teens. These 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.
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Pilates exercise is a great way to condition your body for optimum performance minimising over exertion and injury for any sports activity

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