What is Pilates?
Pilates is a way of exercising which gently strengthens the body in an even way with particular emphasis on core strength and gentle mobility. It also helps improve posture and balance as well as relieving stress and tension. Pilates can complement training in other sports and dancers by developing whole body strength and flexibility and help reduce the risk of injury. Class exercises will be done using a mat in standing, sitting and lying positions sometimes using equipment like small balls and resistance bands. It is suitable for most fitness levels and can be adapted within class for different levels.
Why do pilates with Ros?
As an experienced physiotherapist I can bring a deeper understanding to pilates to help you understand how to activate the right muscles and work safely with your body. I am a qualified APPI (Australian Pilates Physio Institute) mathwork instructor and have done the APPI pilates for cyclists course. For more information on APPI please see:
I am passionate about empowering people to really understand what they're trying to achieve and to learn the right level to work at at any given time.
All Classes are currently running on Zoom - this means it is a live class via the internet in the comfort of your own home
Monday lunchtime 12-1
Wednesday Evening 5.45-6.45
Zoom pilates classes are currently running on a pay as you go basis for £9 a session. I still try to keep numbers around a maximum of 12 but I am being a little bit more flexible with this at the moment if needed. Please email for further information and a registration form and we can decide together whether you would benefit from a zoom 1:1 session and/or an introductory video on the pilates basics which can be found on the website under videos.
See Zoom Class information for further details under locations/zoom.
This is how it looks when I'm teaching on zoom
All classes at the hall currently on hold due to coronavirus - see zoom class information instead
12-1pm Mixed Ability Pilates in the large hall at Weeke Community Centre, Winchester, SO22 6HG. £10.00 a class - payable in half term blocks.
6-7 pm Mixed Ability Class in the small hall at Weeke Community Centre, Winchester, SO22 6HG. £10.00 a class - payable in half term blocks.
Classes are limited to 12 people to ensure a more tailored personal approach. They run term-time in around 6 week blocks with some optional extra holiday classes.You will be asked to sign a registration and consent form in a one to one session.
Initial one to one sessions
It is usual practise to have a one to one session with an instructor before joining a pilates class this allows us to get to know each other and get you started with the basics. I offer an initial 1:1 session at my home in Winchester for half an hour for £30 and this includes your first class for free.
What to wear and bring
You need to wear something comfortable and stretchy to exercise in - if it's reasonably fitted I can see your posture and positioning more easily so I can help you with it. On your feet it's best to wear socks with sticky bits on the bottom for grip. I will provide you with a mat if it's your taster session and always have a few extra if you forget. After your taster session I ask you to bring a mat to exercise on - the pilates mats which are usually 15mm thick are more comfortable than the thinner yoga mats.
This is the link for the ones I bought:
Please bring water and a large towel to use as a cushion. I will provide any other accessories like balls or theraband.
I sometimes bring my doodle dog Basil along to classes to sit in the corner so he isn't stuck at home alone (particularly on a Monday). Please let me know if you have any problems with this.