Art of Pilates

Art of Pilates offers qualified Pilates instruction in friendly and welcoming classes at the Heatons Studio in the heart of Heaton Moor (map). We run a range of classes to suit different needs and Pilates experience. Our classes are led by Tracy Purdy, who will help you to achieve a healthy, balanced and happy life …

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Toe taps

Toe taps

Toe taps are a great way to strengthen the core and align the lower back. Done correctly it’s not as easy as it looks!

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Heel slide and rib cage closure

Heel slide and rib cage closure

Going back to basics with heel slide and rib cage closure using the ball and weights. It’s all about the ribs and it might look easy but it isn’t! Try keeping your ribs down spine and pelvis still and stable, connected through the centre.

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Abs on 🔥🔥🔥

Abs on fire

Abs on 🔥🔥🔥 from mat work with weights. Try a little shimmy of the neck at beginning making sure there’s no tension there at all before you begin.

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Why do we do back extensions?

Back extension

The Pilates back extension can help strengthen lower back muscles supporting the lower spine. Back extensions also work the muscles in your butt, hips and shoulders.

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Rolling rolling rolling

Rolling like a ball

Some pre class warm up fun by rolling like a ball. A classic Pilates exercise, rolling like a ball, is often always included in our Pilates mat classes.

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Playing with the Corkscrew

The Corkscrew

The Corkscrew offers a great challenge for shoulder stability and abdominal work as you rotate the legs opposite a still, calm upper body. It really improves shoulder stability. A classical Pilates mat exercise, the corkscrew is generally considered to be an intermediate-level exercise, but can be intensified to become an advanced exercise.

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Monday’s moves

Roll down

In this collection of moves I roll down into the cat followed by child’s pose. Repeat as many as you like. It won’t take long and is a gorgeous way to start or end your day.

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