pilates at BoCo

Pilates classes at Boco offer two distinctive styles:

try pilates for yourself: pilates classes in Surbiton, Surrey


call us now to book a pilates class

To book your first class from our class timetable, call:

   Surbiton Reception on 0208 399 3930

   or e-mail bookings@boco-uk.com


Pilates - historical background

"In order to achieve happiness, it is imperative to gain mastery of your body. If at the age of 30 you are stiff and out of shape, you are old. If at 60 you are supple and strong then you are young." - Joseph Hubertus Pilates

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by German-born Joseph Pilates following his own experiences in rehabilitation, and influenced by yoga and Tai Chi. Pilates follows methodical principles based on a well-constructed philosophical, anatomical and theoretical foundation. Instead of performing many repetitions of each exercise, Pilates preferred fewer, more precise movements, requiring control and form.

straightening you out

Joseph Pilates Like yoga, Pilates emphasizes proper alignment, centering, concentration, control, precision, breathing, and flowing movement (the Pilates Principles) that result in increased flexibility, strength, muscle tone, body awareness, energy, and improved mental concentration. He specified more than 500 specific exercises. The most frequent form, called "matwork," involves a series of calisthenic motions using the practitioner's own body weight for resistance. He also designed five pieces of exercise equipment. The two components are often taught separately now, although his intention was to combine both matwork and equipment exercises.

Pilates is not designed to be a complete physical fitness discipline. In its more original forms, it does not supply effective cardiovascular training. Pilates largely avoids high impact, high power output, and heavy muscular and skeletal loading, and is less effective than other training methods at building muscle mass.

Some doctors have suggested that medical advice be sought by those who have, or who have risk factors for, conditions such as osteogenesis imperfecta, Osteomalacia, osteoporosis, and Paget's disease, before choosing Pilates over other strength exercises.

yoga without the fluff?

Graceful Pilates Although there are many similarities between the bodily aspects of yoga and Pilates practice, Pilates is not simply 'yoga without the fluff.' Several exercises / postures are different. There is some repetitive work. In all forms, the emphasis is on supporting and strengthening the core muscles, enabling the rest of the body to move freely. Pilates exercises teach awareness of breath and alignment of the spine, and strengthen the deep torso muscles, which are important to help alleviate and prevent back pain. Pilates exercises are performed fluidly, with grace of motion (control) emphasized over speed. There are no static, isolated movements.



pilates in Surrey


between classes

You can put your Pilates principles to good use between classes. See exercises


Who can do pilates?
Everyone. You start from where you are, and do what you can. At BoCo we will take into account your condition, advise you what level of class to take, and we can customise practice for you. With our small class size, our teachers will be able to adapt your instruction within a class according to your needs and capabilities. Individual classes can also be arranged to suit you absolutely.

Isn't pilates only for young and fit people?
No - pilates is for all ages - our members range in age from their teens to their 70s and 80s. No matter how old or how fit you are, you can increase the strength and flexibility of your body.

What to wear?
See the yoga page.

Would I be better off doing pilates or yoga?
That depends on your condition and your aims in fitness, health and well-being. Some people find they take more readily to one discipline than the other. Give them both a try and see what works best for you. We can advise - call Khatun on 07947 750623.

what equipment do I need?
None apart from your clothing. We provide mats, blocks, belts and all other equipment that may be needed for particular exercises.

Can I do pilates if I have an injury or back pain?
Yes. Both yoga and pilates can be helpful in recovering from injury or easing a chronic condition such as back pain. Be sure to speak to your teacher, so that she can allow for your condition. Don't expect miracles, but care and persistence usually produce results. We believe in a holistic approach to your health, and work closely with medical practitioners and therapists where necessary.

Can I do pilates if I am pregnant or have just had a baby?

Yes - pilates can be very beneficial. See benefits of pre and post natal classes

Will there be pressure to keep up with the experts in the class?
Not at all. Pilates is not competitive - you work at your own pace. Speak to the teacher if you are new to pilates, and she will make sure you don't try to do too much.

Do I have to start my classes at the beginning of a term?
No - you can join at any time, and work at your own pace.

Joseph Pilates' Cadillac apparatus is not the torture machine it looks!Will I have to be strapped in to some infernal machine like this?
No. If you are really bad we may arrange for you to be put in one elsewhere ...! We focus on matwork and use some simple equipment that we provide.



yoga and pilates in Surbiton and Kingston

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