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Reformer Pilates

The arena clinic at the Mardyke Arena UCC are now running Reformer Pilates courses throughout the year.

The courses will be led by specially trained Pilates instructors in our designated Reformer Pilates Studio.

All courses run for 6 weeks, unless otherwise stated.

Upcoming Courses

Start Date Level Time Course Dates
Tues 13th November  Beginner 07:10 13th, 20th & 27th Nov and 4th, 11th & 18th Dec 
Wed 14th November Intermediate 19:00 14th Nov, 5th, 12th & 19th Dec and 9th & 16th Jan
Mon 19th November Beginner 13:00 19th & 26th Nov, 3rd, 10th & 17th Dec and 7th Jan
Mon 19th November Beginner 19:00 19th & 26th Nov, 3rd, 10th & 17th Dec and 7th Jan

Mon 3rd December

(3 Week Course)

Pre Natal 17:00 3rd, 10th & 17th Dec

 Places for these courses will be limited to 8 people and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.

What is Reformer Pilates?

Reformer Pilates is spring-based resistance training which challenges and develops muscle strength, flexibility, balance and improves bone density.

We teach clients how to correctly engage core and pelvic floor muscles while carrying out a series of whole-body exercises. Small classes mean that your instructor will be able to safely monitor your form and technique to ensure you are safe and getting the most out of the class.

The spring-based resistance will be modified to suit your individual ability and strength.

As you improve we will continually challenge you by changing the resistance on the reformer and reducing your base of support – which means you gradually and safely learn to control your movements with your core and with better alignment and posture.

Benefits of Reformer Pilates

  • Rehabilitate spinal and postural dysfunctions
  • Increase muscle tone, strength and flexibility
  • Improve balance, coordination and posture
  • Core and pelvic floor conditioning for men and women
  • Small classes ensure unique individualised guidance from your physiotherapist
  • All over body conditioning
  • Improved mobility

Course Descriptions

Beginners Course
An ideal place to begin if you have very little or no experience in Pilates (mat or reformer). The class is also suitable for those who have some experience in mat or reformer Pilates but have not done any in a while and would like a refresher of the concepts and moves.

This course will introduce you to the reformer and the variety of exercises that can be done on it. Your instructor, will assess your breathing control and core strength and ensure that you feel comfortable with how to contract the core and pelvic floor muscles (this is important for both men and women).

Your instructor will teach you how to protect you joints, spine and muscles. We include education filtered through the classes – on bone health, injury-prevention tips and how to transfer and apply what you learn into everyday life. With a different class plan each week, you will progress and be challenged as your confidence and form improve. We will correct and monitor your form throughout each class, ensuring you are using your body safely and to the best of its ability. As classes are small your instructor will be able to modify the class to suit individual needs.

You can repeat this course over and over if you like as it will refine your technique, challenge you and build muscle and bone strength.

Intermediate Course
Ideal for those who have a solid level of experience in mat or reformer Pilates, who are not carrying any recent injuries and who are looking for a new challenge in a safe environment. Your instructor will teach you how to protect you joints, spine and muscles. We include education filtered through the classes – on bone health, injury-prevention tips and how to transfer and apply what you learn into everyday life.

We use props (resistance bands, balls, rings, dumbbells etc.) to keep challenging you safely. The course is aimed to strengthen the entire body from deep abdominal core muscles that support the spine and organs to those stubborn areas like sides of tummy, glutes and back of arms.

Mixed Ability

This class suits those who have experience with Reformer Pilates and also those with some experience in mat Pilates. If you are not carrying injuries and want somewhat of a challenge as well as plenty of variety in class and an all over body workout this class will be suited to you.

If you do have a recent or recurrent injury then we advise that you book in for a one-to-one reformer session with one of our Physiotherapist before joining a course. You can book this appointment by contacting the arena clinic.

Post-natal Course
Adequate recovery after giving birth is vital, whether you have had a C-section or a vaginal-delivery, your core and pelvic floor rehab are a priority. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other mums and is a fun and social way of starting exercise after giving birth. Our post-natal classes are physiotherapy-led and are designed to increase core strength and stability and to monitor for and avoid diastasis recti. The classes are challenging and we will incorporate education throughout as well as ensure that you performing exercises such as squat and lunge etc. properly, important if you plan to return to general gym classes.
You will need to be 6-weeks post-delivery and we will require a letter from your GP stating that it is safe for you to exercise.

Our crèche facilities are available while you attend class if needed, but baby must be at least 3 months old.

We also offer one-to-one classes if you prefer and you are welcome to bring baby along to that.

Pre-natal Course
Research supports exercise during pregnancy. Especially resistance training - which helps to maintain strong legs and glutes for labour and core and pelvic floor training – to protect your spine and to prepare your body for labour as well as to leave you in good stead for all the post-natal challenges.

Our physiotherapy-led Pilates classes are a mixture of mat, gym ball and reformer. This combination allows us to design classes that challenge you in a variety of ways to best prepare you for the journey ahead. The classes are safe but you will always feel as though you are working and we use props such as resistance band, weights and Pilates rings to ensure diversity throughout.

Information, tips and education will be integrated throughout each class and any concerns or queries you may have will be addressed by the physiotherapist. Classes are small to ensure you are safely carrying out all exercises.

If you have any questions before you sign up please feel free to email our physiotherapist

Important information; 

  • We will require a letter from your GP stating that you are fit and healthy to exercise and that there is no medical reason that prevents you from participating in the Pre-natal Pilates course.
  • You should only sign up if you are post week 12 of your pregnancy.
  • No prior Pilates experience is necessary.
  • Pre-natal Pilates is not advised for multiple births e.g. – twins/triplets.
  • Please bring your own gym ball, water and a towel (we have spare gym balls if necessary).

Course Rates

  • €100 Mardyke Arena UCC Members/UCC Staff/UCC Students 
  • €120 Non-Members

*50% reduction on 3 Week Courses

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