From 11 November 2022, Virgin Active will be rolling out three new specialist programmes across their Group Exercise Experiences, reinforcing their commitment to provide the highest quality in training, coaching, and class experience.
The first of their specialist programmes is the Reformer Pilates Programme, which will take the “traditional” Reformer Pilates up a notch, with the creation of three Reformer Pilates classes: Introduction, Align and Athletic. Music plays a big part in this Reformer Pilates programme, setting the energy and vibe for the class ahead.
Julian Bera, Country Director of Virgin Active Singapore says, “Besides amazing holistic fitness & wellness facilities, Virgin Active is passionate about delivering expertly crafted, quality programs. Reformer Pilates is one of the focuses of our Group Exercise Experience and we are excited to present what we think it can be. For those who are looking for something more “traditional”, try our Intro & Align classes. For those who are looking for a high energy experience, our Athletic class would be perfect. Imagine your high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout conducted on the Reformer bed, aiding your stretches and reach. Our Reformer Pilates classes are all about the vibe and energy you are looking to bring for the day.”
Three Levels of Difficulty
All-new Reformer Pilates classes offered are Reformer Introduction, Reformer Align and Reformer Athletic.
Reformer Introduction is for new beginners to get an introduction to the Reformer bed and foundational Reformer repertoire.
Reformer Align classes has the closest resemblance to a traditional Reformer class with strong, focused, and steady movements. Students will leave an Align class feeling centered, refreshed, and accomplished after a sequence of exercises that will awaken parts of their bodies and minds they did not know existed.
Reformer Athletic, on the other hand, will bring the high-energy cardio, strength, and musical experience of a HIIT and dance class, into the Reformer studio. It combines the principles of Reformer Pilates with the best elements of HIIT training, with a no holds barred, uplifted and fearless mindset. Not only will students receive the full benefits of a Reformer Pilates workout, such as untapped strength, balance, coordination and greater mobility and cardiovascular output, but they will also ignite an unstoppable, powerful and fearless set of capabilities. Reformer Athletic follows HIIT principles with bursts of work, followed by rest, all accompanied by expert coaching and pumping music.
All three levels of difficulty were very enjoyable, and it got tougher as we moved on. For someone who has almost zero experience with the reformer equipment, I actually enjoyed the Reformer Athletic most as I loved the intensity of the movements and the energy of the class, which got me sweaty, refreshed and satisfied. Although my legs felt sore and shaky afterwards, it was a sign of a good workout.
If you are looking to try Reformer Pilates, yet you feel intimidated by the equipment, the Reformer Introduction would be a good place to start with. It is key that you workout at your own pace and slowly work your strength up. The instructor will be moving around to check on everyone during the class, so you can be rest assured if you are unsure of your form. The studio at Tanjong Pagar is spacious and comfortable, with bright lighting and full-length mirrors to check yourself out and take after-workout selfies.
Do note that it is required to wear grip socks for Reformer Pilates, which can be purchased at Virgin Active’s counter.
Renée Rommeswinkel, Head of Reformer Pilates in Virgin Active Singapore, says “With the 3 new Reformer Pilates class types, we hope to attract a larger audience of participants. Introduction and Align are focused on mindfulness and recovery; while Athletic is for those who love a good sweat-fest, as well as the pace and energy of a HIIT class.”
Virgin Active’s brand-new Reformer Pilates Programme will roll-out across all its 6 clubs islandwide from 11 November 2022.
For information about the clubs around the world, visit www.virginactive.com.
About Virgin Active
Virgin Active’s first club opened in the UK in 1999 and is part of the Virgin Group, founded by Sir Richard Branson. Since then, it has grown to become one of the leading international global health club operators with 1 million members and close to 240 clubs spanning four continents and eight countries (South Africa, UK, Italy, Australia, Namibia, Botswana, Thailand, and Singapore). Virgin Active’s purpose is to inspire people to live an active life, by providing its members with leading expertise, superb innovation, and the best experience in club, outdoor and digitally with live streaming and on-demand classes.