I attend a Pilates class, following the advice of a friend, at Freeston Business
& Enterprise College, Normanton, on a Wednesday evening. I have now attended for several
I went along with no pre-conceived expectations, as I knew very little about Pilates except that
it was supposed to be gentle exercises which would hopefully help improve back and neck aches
probably caused by playing football, jogging and the stresses of work.
The class I attend is held in a very relaxed atmosphere and is attended by both male and females
of all ages and levels of fitness.
The exercises taught vary each week and each is designed to target different areas of the body.
As expected some exercises are easier to master than others, but once understood and done correctly
I have found that they have greatly helped improve my back and neck problems, as well as
having the added advantage of toning certain areas of my body. Each exercise taught also has a
varying degree of difficulty and you are encouraged to stay within the limits that you feel
comfortable, until your confidence and skill levels improve sufficiently to move on to the next
Mel teaches the class each week and she demonstrates each exercise in a very clear and
understandable way, as well as explaining the benefits and mechanics of each exercise. She is very
knowledgeable, professional, extremely approachable and helps with any problems or questions you
I would greatly recommend anyone to give Pilates a try as it has helped with back and neck
problems I’ve had, also helped improve sleep and I believe it also complements other sports I
enjoy such football, badminton and jogging, as some exercises and stretches taught are good
warm-ups and help improve performance.
-- Neil Grayton, Civil Servant
I had a knee replacement 8 years ago and have had various courses of physio to help with
rehabilitation since then. I have had lots of difficulties with using my new knee that physio has
never seemed to cure and I really had trouble with simple tasks such as climbing up and down