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For those wanting a greater challenge or for people looking to progress from Beginner Pilates, this will introduce more challenging and technical exercises for the Classical Mat repertoire.

What will you learn on this course?

The Intermediate mat will expand your Pilates understanding through exercises that will test your body awareness and your physical conditioning while improving your core stability, posture and correcting muscular imbalances. The classes will introduce and build on technical skills as well as challenging you through more athletic exercises at an increased pace.

Pilates, the workout choice for dancers, gymnasts and fitness enthusiasts, is a proven method that has the potential to transform your life through corrective movement. Pilates exercises are designed to give you strength, suppleness, grace and skill – which will be reflected in the way you walk, play and work.

Muscular imbalances or the way in which we move can lead to pain and injury. By targeting the deep abdominal and spinal muscles, Pilates aims to improve the overall core stability and posture and correct the muscle imbalances through exercise.

Pilates can make you look and feel better. It relieves stress and tension and promotes a feeling of well-being while expanding body awareness. You can expect to develop better posture and muscle tone.

These classes are delivered in a warm friendly way aimed at educating you about your bodies and gradually introducing new exercises as the course progresses.

Who is this course for?

This course is for adults aged 18+ years. It is suitable for people who are looking to challenge themselves with more demanding Pilates exercises. It is not necessary to have completed the Beginner mat although this would be an advantage. For those with no previous Pilates experience then a good level of health and fitness is advised as the Intermediate exercises are both physically and technically challenging.


The course may be accessible for people with disabilities. You must be able to lie down on a mat on your front and back. Students can be accompanied by their own carer or support worker. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific situation and needs.

If you suffer from a medical condition we recommend that you take advice from your doctor before doing any physical exercise. All students should inform the tutor of any ongoing health problems.

Do you need to bring anything?

Please bring water and wear comfortable clothes to move in preferably tight fitting so that the instructor can correct where appropriate. This class will be taken in bare feet.

You must bring your own Pilates mat and you may like to bring a small cushion or towel to act as a head support. The additional equipment listed below would also be very beneficial and allow you to get much more out of your Pilates workout.

  • Medium – Pilates Band for muscle toning and stretching approx. £3.99
  • 22cm diameter Soft Ball – inflatable Pilates ball approx. £3.99
  • Pilates Head Block – to raise the head in reclining postures for correct alignment approx. £2.49
  • All items are available from online retailers. Please contact us for more information.

Are there any additional costs?

  • A Pilates mat (approx. £15) along with any of the optional equipment listed above must be provided at your own expense.

Who teaches this course? 

 Sam McBride 

In 10 sessions you’ll FEEL the difference, in 20 you’ll SEE the difference, and in 30 you’ll have a NEW BODY - Joseph Pilates, Founder of Pilates

…and Sam’s classes have literally changed my life! After many years of serious back pain (morphine patches, surgery discussed etc.) I started these classes over 18 months ago. I have had no problems whatsoever since. I’m over 50 & over weight, I have to be honest and say I don’t practise every day, just attend a weekly class. My job means I’m sitting for most of the day (the worst thing for back issues) and I can’t believe the difference. I actually enjoy attending and love the feeling after walking out, feeling two inches taller! Cannot recommend these classes enough, just wish I’d started sooner. Try it, you won’t regret it! - Bev Cross

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