Pilates

We provide small group Pilates classes, taught by expert teachers, who will give you plenty of individual attention and who will improve your practice, at the right pace for you.

We offer a wide range of Pilates classes so we will have a class that is right for you. Pilates provides you with a whole body workout loved by sports stars and celebs. Pilates builds core strength and improves your posture through a series of low repetition, low impact stretching and conditioning exercises. Pilates goes far beyond your core muscles providing you with a complete body workout. You feel muscles working that you didn't even know that you had!

"After a Pilates class at the Hummingbird Centre you emerge feeling refreshed, both mentally and physically, and ready to face the world again. Always worth it."

Janice, Chelmsford

Book Pilates
Now

Please look at our class schedule for details of all our classes and book yourself in and pay online with our easy to use online booking system.

Please register via Book Online or alternatively, feel free to pop in, say hello and sign up in the studio. We look forward to meeting you.

Our Pilates classes are small groups and use a range of small equipment such as gym balls, magic circles, foam rollers, resistance bands, weighted balls and mini balls, to add different dimensions to your practice, increasing the challenge and keeping our classes varied and interesting and unlike those of the mainstream gyms. We pride ourselves on being a specialist studio and have a wide variety of classes and instructors to ensure that we have a class that is right for you, whether you’re new to Pilates or are looking to update your practice with a specialist teacher.

We offer:

  • Beginners classes
  • Intermediate classes
  • Advanced Pilates classes
  • Gentle classes
  • One-to -one and two-to-one sessions
  • Reformer one to ones
  • Reformer courses
  • Absolute beginners workshops (find out more under workshops)

At Hummingbird we have a variety of flexible membership options so you’ll be able to find a package that is perfectly suited to you. We have an introductory special offer of 30 days unlimited Pilates and yoga for £45! We hope that you’ll take advantage of this offer, as it gives you the chance to experience all the benefits of coming to Hummingbird on a regular basis. It also enables you to find the classes and teachers work best for you. Our clients tell us that this has been the perfect introduction to our studios and has helped them to choose the best membership option for them, helping them to get the most out of being a member.

Our system enables you to book and manage your classes online. You’re not tied to a regular class or time slot, as we realize that people need different things on different days and the ability to book their classes around their busy lives. We also know that even with the best intentions, a day doesn’t always go to plan, that’s why we give you up to two hours before each class to cancel, without loosing your payment. Also, well contact you if a late space becomes available for a class that you covert. We’re passionate about the benefits of Pilates so have tried to make it as easy as possible for you to come and enjoy them.

Key benefits of Pilates:

  • Improves core stability, general muscle strength and flexibility
  • Improves posture and optimises muscle balance
  • Toned body shape
  • Leaner physique
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Prevents injuries/ aids rehabilitation
  • Reduces back pain
  • Helps to prevent ante and post natal lumbopelvic problems
  • Promotes Relaxation
  • Relieves stress

Pilates builds core strength and improves your posture through a series of low repetition, low impact stretching and conditioning exercises. However, Pilates goes far beyond your core muscles of the back, abdomen and pelvis; providing you with a complete body workout. You feel muscles working that you didn't even know that you had!

Pilates is a complete exercise method that was developed by Joseph Pilates and has been developed further to benefit those with back pain. Pilates tones your muscles without adding bulk, increasing your flexibility and agility and at the same time toning your stomach and thigh muscles. It helps you to develop an awareness of how your body works, helping your mind and body to work in harmony.

Pilates is based on eight key principles:

  • Relaxation
  • Alignment
  • Control
  • Precision
  • Routine
  • Breathing
  • Centring
  • Flowing Movement

Reformer Pilates

The reformer is the most famous piece of Pilates equipment. Reformer Pilates does exactly what it says: reforms the body! The reformer ramps up the effectiveness of your exercise regime by adding resistance to your Pilates workout. It provides resistance in all planes of motion to work your core muscles, arms and legs. The amount of resistance used is gradually progressed to safely increase the difficulty of the exercises.

Benefits of using the Reformer:

  • Challenging, toning Pilates workout
  • Increased strength
  • Increased stamina
  • Improved flexibility
  • Improved fitness
  • Improved posture and body awareness
  • Injury prevention/ rehabilitation
  • Enhanced athletic performance
  • Reduced muscle tension and improved muscle balance
  • Stress relief

Reformer Pilates provides you with the ultimate Pilates workout! We are sure that you'll reap the benefits of using this piece of equipment like we have!

Using a reformer is great fun and the combinations of exercises are practically limitless. The reformer is brillant and can enjoyed by pretty much everyone from those who are looking for an effective workout to those with specific issues or injures. We use it with clients who struggle to get on and off a mat and need very gentle strenghtening into progressively more functional and challanging positions. We also use it with elite athletes, who need sport specific programmes either as part of an injury rehabilitation programme or for sport specific strengthening to keep them at the top of their game. The reformer is recommended by many doctors, physios, osteopathys and chiropracters for its role in rehabilitation and injury prevention.

Sarah Walsh or Reformer Expert says “The reformer is large enough to accommodate full-range of motion, which increases flexibility while building strength. The pushing and pulling action of the legs or arms against the resistance of the springs, carriage, and body weight, build up strength in the muscles and bones. The reformer is set-up for eccentric muscle contraction, which is the key to achieving strong, lean muscles, without bulk. The Pilates reformer machine caters for all ages and ability levels and provides you with an amazing Pilates workout!”


Private Reformer Pilates sessions

We thoroughly recommend private Reformer Pilates sessions, as they give you the best that our studios have to offer, expert one-to-one tuition on our full size, state of the art reformer. During a one-to-one session your Pilates workout will be tailored to suit your individual requirements and goals. You’ll receive a detailed movement analysis, evaluation of movement potential, comprehensive instruction to suit your learning style, hands on correction if and when desired and a session designed to be perfect for you. We recommend a minimum of 4 one-to-one sessions and offer highly discounted packages, when you block book and pay for 4 sessions in advance. We feel that this enables you to get a true flavour for the reformer and gives you the chance to start feeling the difference.


Reformer Pilates Courses

If you’d like to have a go on the reformer but can’t stretch to one-to-one sessions then our small group Pilates reformer courses are the next best thing. Our small group courses are extreemly popular, enabling you to enjoy all of the benefits of using a reformer in a group of just 4 people. We keep the numbers low so that the course can be tailered to your individual needs, as much as possibe. We’re able to give you plently of individual attention to ensure that the exercises are perfomed correctly and that you’re able to achieve your goals. Theses courses will provide you with the perfect level of challenge and will fast track your Pilates workouts, while being social and fun.

We offer Beginners, Beyond Beginners and Cardio Pilates Reformer Courses. If you’re not sure exactly which course would be best for you please drop us an email at [email protected] and we’ll get Sarah our reformer course teacher to reply to your email or give you a ring to help you to decide which course would work best for you.

Click here to book your Reformer Course

Book Reformer
Pilates Session Now