We love our seniors and we equally love to give them a great class that not only challenges them but also delivers a huge sense of accomplishment. When it comes to fitness for seniors there are many movement challenges to address, from decreased flexibility to more limiting issues such as Osteoporosis or joint replacement. Such a wide range of physical limitations can keep a Pilates instructor on their toes and often requires a bit of creativity! The use of the reformer plus integrating small props in senior Pilates classes can be very useful in creating a fun, challenging, and successful experience for each individual!
A Safe Environment for Exercising
Many older adults have a great fear of falling or have actually fallen and injured themselves. This fear can be extremely disabling so there needs to be a sense of security, and having something to hang on to often is the place to start in pilates classes for seniors.
When working on balance through Pilates, we often have clients holding on to a wooden dowel or a foam roller. Clients that need a modified Pilates exercise can use the prop for stability and then work towards removing the assistance. Whatever level you are starting at in Pilates, we want you to have a positive experience and be successful in reaching whatever goals you have in our Pilates classes in Long Beach!
Promoting Good Posture
Conditions such as Osteoporosis and arthritis can have lasting effects on the alignment of the spine, which can result in poor posture. We’re all familiar with the common quote from mom growing up, “stand up straight!” Perhaps you used to practice walking around with a book on your head? For many seniors, this is not so simple.
In our Pilates classes for seniors, our Pilates instructors work on strengthening the body to promote good posture while working within the restrictions of your body. Many seniors no longer have the ability to “stand up straight,” but there are ways to balance the muscles of the body to better manage the stress placed on the muscles and joints. Our pilates classes in Long Beach will create balance in the body as no other exercise can accomplish!
Many seniors are concerned with the issue of brittle/fragile bones. Pilates classes for seniors are very low-impact but are an approved “weight-bearing” form of exercise, often recommended for seniors with Osteoporosis, to promote bone growth and strength. The use of the pilates reformer allows us to create a very controlled weight-bearing environment.
In a senior pilates class, guidance from the reformer will prevent misaligned joints from overuse or stress. Once you’re in good alignment after a few pilates classes for seniors, you can strengthen the muscles around the joints, providing a much safer environment for your bones and decreasing the risk of fractures or injury.
Getting Started with Senior Pilates Classes in Long Beach
At Five Starr Pilates & Fitness, we are firm believers that you should be able to perform any movement you’d like and do any activity that you desire, at ANY AGE. Never let anyone tell you that you’re “too old” to do something you’d like to do. Contrary to what the media might portray, you can begin your Pilates practice at any age. Pilates classes for seniors are one of our favorite and most popular Pilates methods out there.