Thrive is a specialized small group class designed for older adults who want to improve their posture, vitality and quality of life. This class is great for those who may have osteoporosis, a hip/knee replacement, back issues or other aches and pains that need a little TLC. Class will focus on Standing Strength, Standing Balance, Posture in all positions, Core Stability and Spinal Conditioning, Head and Neck position and much more.
AeroPilates is a more challenging experience, this class combines the sculpting benefits of a Pilates Reformer with the cardio benefits of high intensity, low impact “rebounding” into one fun, energetic and truly unique class. (level 3-4).
The article below explains the benefits of AeroPilates to maintaining heart health. The video will give you an example of the types of moves you'll be doing. Fair warning: The video we included is an equipment sales video. It shows the type of moves that we do, but in our AeroPilates classes, just like all the classes we offer at Marlborough Pilates, our emphasis will be on conducting a safe workout at your level.
If you'd like to try the movements that we do in Thrive and our AeroPilates small group classes, you can schedule a private, or semi-private sessions to ensure you are familiar with the movements and the equipment. If you have questions about the AeroPilates classes, please contact MaryBeth!
Beth Austin, a personal trainer at the Ottumwa YMCA, likes the AeroPilates exercise equipment for cardio to strengthen the heart. Pilates, like yoga, is usually done on a mat with no equipment. It is designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, posture and enhance mental awareness. “The ‘aero’ part is this rebounder,” said Austin pointing to a small trampoline set vertically at the foot of the bed of the machine. “It’s basically a mini trampoline,” she said. “So we actually can do cardio.”
The YMCA has three levels of AeroPilates classes, said Austin as she began a session with her level one class Thursday. “We do 10 minutes of the rebounders to start off.” The user lies on the moveable bed and pushes off of the rebounder, raising the heart rate. The springs on the machines provide resistance for strength and flexibility, Austin said. “In my morning class, I’m the youngest in the class,” said Austin. “We have people up to 80 years old in this class.”
The 80-year-old is Barbara Anderson, who admits to being an octogenarian, which isn’t detrimental given that she looks 20 years younger. Carole Merideth, at 75, had no more trouble with the AeroPilates warm-ups than the other women in the class, Deb Krenz, Kathy Gardner and Chris Craver. “The Rebounder is very friendly to those who have knee problems,” said Austin. Other health issues, such as shoulder or back pain or arthritis, can limit exercise options. The AeroPilates machines provide an effective workout for people with physical limitations, Austin said.
Exercise can help prevent heart disease by lowering blood pressure, increasing HDL cholesterol, lowering LDL cholesterol, improving circulation and decreasing body fat content, according to heart disease prevention literature. It is also part of the rehabilitation process for people who have already experienced heart attacks.
The video below demonstrates AeroPilates