Pilates at Supersonic Fitness

Our York Pilates classes

In our Pilates classes, we are able to accommodate anyone. Each exercise is presented in three forms: a beginner, intermediate and advanced option. Each class member simply chooses which option they feel able to do on the day.

We usually run 4 classes per week. Class sizes range from 4 to 6 people, depending on the numbers attending.

Classes last 55 minutes.


Equipment will be supplied and will include light weights (1-2kg), resistance bands, foam rollers etc. Many students choose to bring their own Pilates mat, but this is not essential.

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Pilates classes in York

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise that emphasises core strength, slow movements, breath control, muscle tone, and balance. It’s a body-and-mind approach to fitness that’s been credited with helping to lower stress level and improve mental wellbeing.

The NHS recommend Pilates as an effective approach to getting fitter and improving your mental health and resilience.

Those of you who are familiar with Pilates already will recognise our techniques, which are based on the fantastic tradition of Pilates.

If you’re not yet familiar with Pilates, read on to find out a bit more about its history and principles, and how you can enjoy our classes no matter what your age, gender, or physical abilities.

Pilates is for everybody and we hope to see you at a class very soon!

History of Pilates

Pilates was first developed by German Joseph Pilates. He originally named the practice “Contrology”, because of the emphasis on performing the movements with a high level of control.

Pilates was born in Germany in 1883, and by all accounts suffered from a number of childhood ailments. It was a determination to overcome these, and master his own body that led him towards a life of physical activity. In his early career he worked as a circus performer, and boxer and was also an excellent skier and gymnast.

During the First World War, while interned in England, he ended up working with patients whose injuries impacted their ability to walk. During this time, he developed many of the famous Pilates techniques for injury rehabilitation. He would attach bed springs, strings and towels to the patients’ beds, attaching their limbs to these and encourage them to make gentle, assisted movements to redevelop muscle tone and control.

After the war, Pilates took his techniques to America and opened a gym next door to the New York School of Ballet. This became very popular with dancers, actors, and celebrities of the day. From there, Contrology’s fame spread around the world, and after his death in 1967, became known as the Pilates method.

Many of the practices, movements and principles of Pilates have remained the same since they were invented.

The six principles of Pilates

Pilates emphasises six key principles:

  • Breath
  • Concentration
  • Centring
  • Control
  • Precision
  • Flow

All Pilates exercises must conform to these principles.

As you can tell, Pilates does not require fast movement (in fact, the opposite). Strength and control are developed gradually, gently pushing at the boundaries of your abilities and improving at a steady and controlled pace.

Pilates is not like going to the gym and doing endless repetitions at top speed. Pilates movements match the breath, usually in the form of one movement per breath with the harder part of the movement on the exhalation.

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Is Pilates good for mental health?

Pilates is a relaxing form of exercise. You are required to focus fully on your breath and body movements, so it’s great for developing concentration and learning to avoid distractions.

It teaches you deep breathing, which is known to help lower stress levels, It’s an effective way to condition your body to cope with stress and pressure.

Pilates gives you a break from work, general life, kids and your phone, just for one hour. In fact, we ask class members to leave their phones outside the studio.

For all these reasons, Pilates is great for supporting and improving mental health.

Is Pilates suitable for me?

Really, Pilates is for everybody.

It’s great for people wanting to get fitter and develop more muscle tone and core strength.

It’s recommended by physiotherapists for rehabilitation from injury or operations. Pilates also helps prevent future injuries too because it increases your strength without being high-impact.

You can attend our Pilates classes whether you are a complete beginner or more advanced. There’s no need to consult us in advance, as our teachers will be able to accommodate you no matter what your fitness level or understanding of Pilates.

As with all forms of exercise, if you have any health concerns, such as a health condition or an injury, seek advice from a GP or a health professional before starting our classes.

Meet one of our instructors, Rebecca Jones

Rebecca is a professionally trained musical theatre dancer and has been doing Pilates since the age of 16. She’s a qualified instructor, having obtained the Pilates qualification. She says:

“Having a qualified Pilates instructor in front of you will make sure you are in the right place and not at risk of injury. Trying to do Pilates at home can put you at risk of hurting yourself.

The studio at Supersonic is great for Pilates. It’s just a great way to relax, get away from the world for a while.

The family at Supersonic is so friendly and people can get to know each other here, make friends and take their mind off work and kids.

Pilates is brilliant for relaxation, mindfulness, and for discovering muscles you didn’t know existed!”

Current Coronavirus updates

There are one or two changes to our Pilates classes in relation to Coronavirus and lockdowns. Please see our website homepage for details of whether classes are currently running. We will not be able to offer hands-on adjustments.


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