Intermediate to Advanced Transition Workshop

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Why Come?

This upbeat and energising session is perfect for strong Intermediate level clients looking to progress to Advanced level. Bridging the gap between Intermediate and Advanced, this workshop will move at a gentler pace than our standard Advanced classes, allowing you to try more challenging progressions and hone your techniques whilst receiving additional support from your trainer.

Is it right for me?

If you’re comfortable attending Intermediate classes and regularly take the harder progressions when they’re offered, this is definitely the session for you. It’s ideal for Intermediate clients keen to try the extra challenge that our Advanced Classes offer, but unsure about what to expect or looking to spend a bit more time getting used to the new setups and techniques. It’s also a great reintroduction for Advanced clients coming back after some time off.

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What will it be like?

Although the session is scheduled and can be booked as a class, it will feel more like a workshop in approach. So it will be little slower-paced and more explanatory than a regular Advanced Class (though you’ll still challenge yourself and raise a sweat) and we'll break down the exercises to make sure you’re safe and comfortable performing them. We’ll also focus on optimal form and technique, along with an introduction to some new advanced level exercises, and next-level progressions of familiar routines.

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Results & Benefits

Expect a challenging workout which raises a sweat, shows you what to expect at an Advanced level class and builds confidence in your ability to attend and enjoy Ten’s most challenging classes.

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  • Am I ready to move to Advanced Classes?

    There are three ways to decide. First, at the start of your next Intermediate Class ask your instructor to keep an eye on you during the class and let you know afterwards if they think you’re ready for our Advanced Pilates Classes. Second, come to one of our Intermediate -to-Advanced progression Classes. And thirdly, self-assess. If you are familiar and comfortable with all the setups for your Intermediate exercises, take all the harder progressions through an Intermediate Class, but still have a little bit left to give, you’re probably ready for an Advanced Pilates workout!

  • What skills do I need to move to Advanced Classes?

    You should have a solid understanding of all the Intermediate moves and how to execute them correctly before moving on to Advanced Pilates exercises and Classes. You should also be able to manage most, if not all, of the harder progressions in your Intermediate Classes.

  • How much harder is Advanced than Intermediate?

    It’s definitely a jump up in pace, technique, complexity and intensity, designed to challenge your strength, control and endurance. Our Advanced Pilates Classes are faster paced and there are no breaks (you’re expected to judge your own efforts and pause/reset as necessary). The exercises are more complex, include more compound elements (involving multiple muscle groups at the same time) and overall, more challenging. Expect a mix of familiar exercises, made more difficult with harder progressions and more challenging spring settings, and some new exercises which will challenge balance, technique, strength and stamina (or all four) more than the exercises you’ve previously been doing.

  • Are the Advanced Reformer Pilates exercises different to Intermediate?

    Some are. There will definitely be Advanced Pilates exercises that you haven’t seen before, but many of the exercises will be similar (but harder) or will be based on exercises you’ve seen before in Intermediate or Beginners Classes. Spring tensions can make a big difference to the exercises as well, so we change those to increase the load and intensity of the flows in our Advanced Pilates Classes. The exercises themselves will vary from Class to Class, but the level of intensity and challenge should be similar.

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

    In our Advanced Pilates workouts, 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 can 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.

  • How long does it take to move to up to Advanced Pilates Classes?

    There’s no easy answer to this. It’s all dependent on the individual and their fitness levels, experience, goals and injury history. You must have done at least one Beginners Class before you can attend an Intermediate or Advanced class. And before trying your first Advanced Pilates workout, we strongly recommend that you’ve become comfortable with the Intermediate-level exercises and can take the harder progressions. As a rule of thumb, once you feel like you are taking all the harder progressions in a class, or feel a progress plateau, that is usually the sign to move up.

  • Is Advanced still recommended for rehabilitation purposes?

    That depends completely depends on what and how bad your injury is. Advanced Classes are an unapologetically challenging workout. Exercises can still be modified to take account of areas of weakness or injury, but not as easily as they can in Beginners or Intermediate Classes. Generally speaking, Beginners is usually the go-to Class if you are dealing with injuries, especially if you are still doing rehab for them, as it is a slower pace and intensity levels are lower. We would always recommend asking your Physiotherapist which level you should be working at.