Obviously, a great place to start your Pilates journey, but also a place to grow your practice. Reformer 1 classes function more like mini workshops, intense focus on form and exercise quality. Exercises in the intermediate and advanced Pilates repertoire build off of the beginner exercises. In order to succeed and stay safe in more advanced classes, a solid foundation must be built. These classes are slower paced, but challenging, and cover the exercises in the beginner Reformer series as well as the a look toward future progressions. Exercises include: Footwork, 100, Short Box Series, Elephant, Knee Stretches, etc.
The next progression in the reformer system, Reformer is for students already proficient with the classical reformer apparatus and order. Students are expected to know the order, name, set up, and choreography of all Reformer 101 exercises. Some intermediate exercises include Breaststroke, Teaser on the Long Box, Horseback, Short Spine Massage/Stretch into Semi-Circle, and Long Spine Massage/Stretch. Intermediate reformer classes move more swiftly and we don’t want students to feel lost or unsafe. If you are unfamiliar with the classical reformer series or the above mentioned exercises, please continue with Reformer 1 classes until you feel more comfortable or have been invited to move on.
Reformer 3 classes are swiftly moving classes based around the classical reformer order as taught by Joseph Pilates. This is a chance to focus on deeper technique to truly advance your Pilates practice to a higher level. Because of this, order and set up cues are rarely given. Students are expected to know the order, name, set up, and choreography of all exercises and move through the series without prompting. This allows teachers to offer advanced technical cuing. Reformer 3 classes at SFP require approved proficiency in the following exercises: Snake, Twist, Headstand 1, Headstand 2, Back Bend, High Bridge, Long Spine Stretch/Massage, Star, and Russian Splits.
*Please be aware all participants should be very familiar with the Order, including the entire Rowing, Long Box, Long Stretch and Short Box Series.
The Tower is an adaptation of the Pilates Cadillac. This apparatus consists of a stationary, elevated mat and a “tower” of springs and bars. Original mat exercises are included in most Tower classes.
Slow strength classes are highly efficient workouts that guide you mindfully and safely through super slow repetitions of whole-body, deeply strengthening exercises. These classes:
- were developed for women with osteoporosis - to build stronger bones and keep your joints safe
- build strength, power and muscle tone
- improve metabolism so you can exercise less and burn more fat - even while you sleep
- increase cardiovascular health
This class is modeled after Joe's studio and is specifically for instructors and very seasoned Pilates students. Jennie will have the studio set up with all of the apparatus: Reformer, Cadillac, Wunda Chair, Ladder Barrel, Ped-o-Pul, Spine Corrector, Foot Corrector, Magic Circle and weights. Next to each apparatus will be a list of exercises to work on for the day. Participants must know the names of exercises and the execution as this is an independent workout. Jennie will be there to give hands on feedback. This is an excellent opportunity to advance your individual practice, work on all of the apparatus, test your knowledge and devote time to YOU. This class is offered once a month.