Beginners to Intermediate Transition Classes

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Why Come?

We know that the idea of stepping up a level can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be – and we’re here to help. We’ve created this Transition class specially to help Beginners move to Intermediate-level exercises and progressions, but at a gentler pace for those who may not be sure if they are ready.

Is it right for me?

These classes are for anyone who’s been taking Beginners classes for a while and is thinking about stepping up to Intermediates, but may be a little nervous about the transition or unsure if they are ready.

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What will it be like?

Slower paced than a normal Intermediate class, this transition class will build from the moves and techniques you’re already comfortable with to introduce more challenging progressions. Your trainer will also take more time on the cues and the setup whilst offering additional tips, support and hands on correction if you need it.

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Results & Benefits

You’ll learn how familiar exercises are transformed into an Intermediate progression and you’ll get to grips with some of the new and more challenging exercises you’ll encounter. You’ll start to build confidence around new progressions and continue to see improvements in core strength, endurance and tone. And last but by no means least, you’ll become more confident in what your body is capable of and will be more comfortable challenging yourself further at an Intermediate level.

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  • Am I ready to move to Intermediate?

    Before doing an Intermediate Class, you must have done at least one Beginners Class. This is to make sure you’re comfortable with the equipment, techniques and some of the basic Pilates moves that underpin the Ten programme, before you start pushing yourself harder. (It’s not unusual even for people who’ve done Pilates before to discover that their technique on the Reformer is not as good as they thought it was.) You can then move up to Intermediate Classes as soon as you think you’re ready. Generally speaking, you’re ready to move up if you have a solid understanding of the basic moves and how to execute them correctly, are taking the harder progressions in the Class without having to take a break or reset too often, and feel like you could still push yourself a bit harder. There’s no shame in doing a few more Beginners sessions to make sure your technique is up to scratch - you‘ll need it in Intermediates! If you want a slightly gentler introduction to Intermediate Classes, try one of our Beginners-to-Intermediate progression Classes. If in doubt, we’d always recommend asking your Instructor if they think you’re ready.

  • How many Beginners Classes should I do before moving up to Intermediate Classes?

    There’s no simple answer to this question. It completely depends on the individual. Some people are ready to move up a level after just a couple of Classes, and for others it can be 20 or more. It can depend on a number of factors, including fitness levels, injuries, and how often you train. You can always ask one of our trainers and they will be able to let you know if you are ready.

  • What’s the difference between Beginners and Intermediate?

    Intermediate Classes are designed to push the body a little harder and increase your strength and endurance, so the biggest differences are in the pace and intensity of the Class. Participants are expected to know the fundamentals, so we can increase the complexity and intensity of the movements and add additional loads, with weights and different spring selections. You’ll get through more exercises per Class than in a Beginners - the movements are harder, there are fewer rests and the transitions between exercises are faster.

  • What skills do I need to move to Intermediate?

    You should be comfortable with the Reformer, all the basic moves and how to execute them correctly, before moving to Intermediate. You should be able to complete Beginners Class without having to stop or reset too often, and still feel like you have a bit left in the tank.

  • How much harder is Intermediate than Beginners?

    It’s definitely a step up. The exercises are more challenging and will challenge your strength, balance and stamina more than a Beginners Class. You’ll get through more exercises per Class and spend less time on setups. However, don’t worry if you find yourself struggling a bit - it is a workout after all - and your instructor can offer regressions if you’re having trouble with a particular exercise.

  • Are the exercises different to Beginners?

    Some are. You’ll definitely encounter some new exercises, but you’ll also find that others are familiar - but with adaptations and progressions to spring tension and/or complexity that will push you harder.

  • What happens if I can't do some of the movements?

    We set the level to match the strongest person in the room. This absolutely does not mean that you’re expected to keep up with them. Maintaining form and technique is really important, especially when you’re fatiguing, so you are welcome always take breaks and reset when you need to and work at a pace that you can manage. The trainer will also help you get set up properly for any exercises you haven’t done before.

  • Is my balance good enough?

    Don’t worry too much about that. We have poles to help keep you stable you if you need them.

  • I have an injury, will this be an issue?

    That depends on the injury, but as long as it’s not too significant, and your overall strength and mobility elsewhere is not affected, we should be able to accommodate it. If in doubt, ask your Physio or your instructor.