This year in started adding in Life Time Fitness Pilates to my workout schedule. These are small group classes at Life Time Fitness that use Pilates equipment such as the reformer and tower and are taught by a certified Pilates instructor.
As a Life Time member, I'm aways curious when a new class is offered at the club. My first class was challenging but also felt amazing. T
he slow and controlled movements combined with the resistance from the equipment really helped me connect to my muscles in a way that I hadn't before.
Pilates at Life Time Fitness is a holistic and effective approach to fitness, focused on building strength, flexibility, and balance.
The use of specialized equipment in small group classes allows for personalized attention from certified Pilates instructors, ensuring proper form and alignment.
With the variety of exercises that can be done on the reformer and tower, each class offers a unique experience that caters to individual needs and goals. It's a refreshing and invigorating way to challenge your body and mind, making it a valuable addition to any workout routine.
Life Time Fitness Pilates Review
Life Time Fitness Pilates is Lifetime's version of reformer Pilates.
The class is taught by a certified personal trainer and takes place in a room with Pilates reformers. These classes are smaller in size than the other group fitness classes, and usually only have up to 6 people at a time.
The classes are created by the personal trainer, so there is no set structure like there are in group classes like GTX.
My club recently expanded to offer Pilates and I was excited to try it out! I started with an introduction class with a trainer, and then liked it so much that I added on a Pilates package to my membership.
I'm a runner but I like to use Pilates for strength training. My Pilates journey began after I had my second daughter and I was going through Pelvic Floor PT. During these PT sessions I would work with a Pilates instructor and it made a huge difference! I fell in love with the reformer and this style of training.
I've been doing Pilates at LifeTime for a few months and participate in the beginner class, or Core Pilates. The classes are taught by Life Time personal trainers that have done extra training and hours to become certified to teach pilates.
The Pilates program at Life Time is different from other programs in the sense that the instructors are allowed to create their own classes. In group classes like GTX there's a set workout each day, but with Pilates it's up to the instructors.
This allows for variety and creativity in each class, keeping it fresh and interesting for the participants.
As I've done classes I've learned the different styles of the instructors and am able to choose classes with the ones I like the best. Some classes I've found to be a little too challenging for me so I try to stick to the instructors that tend to be a little more beginner.
I've also been able to get to know the instructors so they're able to make modifications for me if needed. I'm still working on a lot of my flexibility so if there's a move that's hard to me or I'm not able to do, they're able to quickly give me an alternative to do.
Overall, I've been really happy with Life Time Pilates, and it's been a great addition to my workout routine. If you're thinking about trying it, I would recommend trying an Intro Class to get a feel for it.
There are five different types of Pilates Classes offered at Lifetime Fitness:
Intro to Pilates
Intro to Pilates is for new members that want to work privately with a Pilates instructor. This is a complimentary one hour session where you'll meet the instructor, learn about Pilates, and try a few moves on the reformer.
After this session, the instructor will work with you to come up with a personalized training schedule based on your goals.
Discover Pilates is the introduction class for group Pilates classes. These are complimentary to try, and will introduce you to a group class. These are perfect for beginners to get a feel for the class.
These classes are about an hour long and include a 50 minute class and chat with the instructor about packages.
Core Pilates classes are the staple class at LifeTime Pilates. These classes are perfect for beginner and intermediate, and are 50 minute sessions on the reformer.
The moves aren't too complicated and progress over time.
Transform Pilates is a class for intermediate to advanced students. The moves in this class are more complex than what you would find in a Core class, and are good for people that are looking for an extra challenge that have done Pilates for a while.
These classes are 50 minutes long and take place on the reformer.
ARORA Core classes are specialized Core Pilates classes for the Life Time ARORA program.
What to Bring
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Pilates vs. Pilates Fusion
Another popular class at Lifetime is Pilates Fusion. I started with this class before I signed up for a Pilates package.
This class and Pilates are slightly different, and here's how they compare:
Pilates Fusion is a group fitness class that takes place inside the Yoga Studio, so the class size is larger than Pilates, which takes place in the Pilates studio with a reformer.
The yoga studio can usually hold anywhere from 40-60 members, so classes will be a little more crowded.
Pilates Fusion is a unique fitness class that combines the core strengthening and body toning exercises of Pilates with the flexibility, balance, and mindfulness practices of Yoga.
This fusion creates a dynamic workout that not only works your muscles but also helps to improve your overall mind-body connection.
Lifetime Pilates is a traditional reformer pilates class.
Pilates Fusion classes often use different props such as resistance bands, stability balls, and blocks to enhance the workout and challenge your muscles in new ways.
These props can also help modify exercises for different fitness levels, making Pilates Fusion accessible for beginners and challenging for advanced participants.
Pilates focuses on the reformer but also will do some mat Pilates moves.
Pilates Fusion is considered a group fitness class and is included in the membership.
Pilates is a separate program and requires a monthly package.
Membership can be canceled at any time and doesn't have any commitments.
Pilates classes are not included in any of the Life Time Fitness membership packages. These classes are offered in addition, and require a separate package to participate.
Classes are charged per month and start at $100 a month for 4 classes. Class credits must be used each month and won't roll over to the next month.
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