Live Classes - Pilates and Core Safe Fitness
Live classes run in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire with Joanna Diplock in person
These classes are kept small and core focused. Specialising in returning your body post birth back to full fitness (or during pregnancy to prepare you for labour and birth). Looking at common ailments like back pain and poor posture to more specialist work on rehabilitation for PGP/SPD, Diastasis Recti and Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
Classes are kept small to ensure that you have full attention and focus and babies are always welcome so that childcare is never an issue.
We do not expect any babies that come along to be quiet or sleep through the classes. Due to this there is an online Facebook group for all the courses to ensure that you can ask any questions outside of the classes you might've forgotten to ask during. This is also a great way to extend your connections and make friends with other local mums
The classes are gentle enough to begin from your GP sign off appointment but extremely effective also!
Which class is for me?
Mixed Ability Pilates
The Pilates method referred to as "Contrology"was a series of exercises designed by Joseph Pilates created to enhance flexibility and all over body strength. We use Mat-Based exercises to improve your posture, strength and flexibilty. All levels are welcome though we ask that any specific medical conditions such as pregnancy/spinal dysfunction or early postpartum are discussed prior to arrival. Beginners benefit from an initial 1:1 prior to joining classes but this isn't a requirement and you can join from either a course option or a drop in basis
Classes for 2020 to be announced soon
Post Natal Pilates
Activates and strengthens abdominal and pelvic floor muscles especially beneficial during pregnancy, post-pregnancy, and rehabilitation of back, pelvic and hip pain. Helps to develop a deeper understanding of your own body. Your body will begin to move more freely, enhancing your body's flexibility and balance. We will also use specific breathing techniques to ensure that you RESET your core system from pregnancy and birth and address any misfiring and excessive pressure that can create issues with the pelvic floor and the abdominals ability to work. Suitable from your GP sign off appointment. These classes are run on a course only basis
Friday 10:55am at Henlow Pavilion, SG16 6AP
NEW 8 Week Post Natal Pilates course starts 1st November. Classes for 2020 to be announced soon
Core Safe Fitness
Using those same specific core techniques in the Pilates classes but with bigger movements all driven through your core. Suitable from your first GP sign off appointment still these classes are designed to be gentle enough to reset your core systems back to full function, gently improve your strength in core and pelvic floor whilst increasing your heart-rate up and working on your fitness levels too - allowing you back to whatever exercise you did and loved beforehand. These classes are a live version of the online programmes. These classes are run on a course only basis
Classes for 2020 to be announced soon
Babies in classes?
We allow babies in all of our classes (with the exception of the mixed ability class which is adults only) as long as you'd like them to be there - as a mum I understand only too well how hard it is to find time for you to exercise and this part of the classes is designed to make that easier for you. Equally if you want some time out alone there is no obligation to have to bring your baby either. We never use the babies as part of the classes for both yours and their safety instead you just dip in and out whenever needed. We also provide all the equipment for the classes (you'll likely have enough to carry along with you!)
"I’ve just finished my second course with Jo and absolutely loved it. It gave me a true hour each week to feel like I was giving something back to my body post baby and of course to actually relax!!! Its definitely made me feel stronger (inside) again. Jo tailored the exercises by adding another level to allow you to get a little more from each exercise if you wanted which was brilliant when it came to my second course. And it was lovely to bring bubba along too. I will be back (with or without baby number 2!)
Thank you Jo x"
"I have just finished my second course of postnatal Pilates with Jo. The class has improved my strength and definitely helped the diastasis recti separation I had. My baby and I both enjoyed the class and I would recommend jo to anyone in need of rehab and to learn how to relax and in my case actually breathe! Super class, sign yourself up!"
"I did a few courses back to back throughout my maternity leave and looked forward to every Monday morning! Very helpful and informative when learning how to heal after birth/pregnancy. I found it gave me some 'me' time but a fantastic set up with the babies there too! Jo is lovely and always willing to help answer any questions and very focussed on making sure everyone is performing the exercises correctly and looking at everyone's individual issues."
"Have just finished the post natal course for this term and have loved it. Jo is a fantastic instructor and being able to bring babies along makes the class so much easier to get to. The exercises have dramatically reduced the amount of lower back and hip pain I've had since pregnancy and would I definitely recommend to anyone having any problems. Just a shame I can't continue next term, thanks Jo."
"I've been attending Jo's post natal pilates for the last 6 months, I would definitely recommend these classes for anyone looking to get back in shape after having a baby. Classes are relaxed and babies are welcome which is great, the little ones provide some fun entertainment! Jo encourages you to work at your own pace and gives you different options so you can work to the level you are most comfortable with. Having had a Caesarian I was unsure how to start exercising again but these classes gave me the foundation to start gentle exercise and I found myself getting stronger every week. Since having my baby I've managed to loose a stone in baby weight with a combination of pilates, exercise and diet, thank you Jo for being a big part of this"
"These classes are brilliant. I go to the post natal classes on a Monday and it is so nice to be able to do something during the week (with baby in tow) that is all about me. Jo is very knowledgeable and very encouraging. I always come away from sessions feeling better and stronger"