Our POWMAK studio is dedicated to all things Pilates. We offer classical mat Pilates, Pilates on reformer machines and we’ve also created a high intensity workout for those looking for the cardio edge but with the support and expertise of the principles of Pilates. All of our classes and sessions are teacher-led and are fixed at small group sizes to ensure that we can observe and adjust everyone’s movement.
Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise which focusses on core strength, flexibility and postural alignment. The exercise was developed in the 1920s by Joseph Pilates, hence the name. The exercises are either done on floor mats or on the reformer machine as well as other smaller pieces of equipment. The reformer machine uses springs as resistance which can be adjusted to support a weaker body or to push a stronger one. The range of exercises and extensive training for Pilates teachers means that anyone can do Pilates and get toned, flexible and strong.
Pilates is a very accessible form of exercise and at POWMAK we pride ourselves on the quality and expertise of our teachers which allows us to support anyone in exercise. Whether you’re just starting a fitness journey, recovering from an injury or competing in your favourite sport, we can help you to get the best from your body.
Pilates (pronounced “pih-LAH-tees”) was created by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s. Originally he referred to it as ‘Contrology’ and it was only after his death in 1967 that the practice become known as ‘Pilates’. Joseph believed that by focusing on controlled movement through mind-body awareness, a better connection would be established with your body and the more benefits you’d gain from your workouts. He said: ‘Through Contrology you first purposefully acquire complete control of your own body and then through the proper repetition of it’s exercise you gradually. Joseph Pilates was born in Germany in 1883 to Greek parents and was by all accounts a sickly child. He contracted rheumatic fever and rickets and also suffered from chronic asthma. Read more…
Do something amazing for your body and mind. There are three easy options to get started with us. We recommend that you start with an assessment but if you’re a seasoned ‘Pilatista’ then dive right in and book your first sessions.
We are now offering pre- and post-natal Pilates classes with our specialist teacher, Nicky. Keep strong and supple during pregnancy, prepare your body for birth and also get back into exercise when your little one arrives.
Learn to be a Pilates teacher at the POWMAK Teacher Training Academy. We offer flexible courses and workshops that cater to a range of people. Whether you have been in fitness for years or are hoping for a career change, we can help you.
Go to our Academy page to find out more and request a brochure.
Over the 7 years that we’ve been established, we have helped so many people get back to fitness or journey into a new career. Here are just a few of the great stories from our lovely POWMAKers.
Since doing 2-3 classes a week my body shape has changed considerably, I now have toned arms, legs, tummy and especially, great flexibility which is very important as you get older.
My son Jatin had a knee operation and I took him to several physios and chiropractors because he was badly losing muscle on his thigh. I realised there was only one person that could get through to Jatin and make him realise the importance of strengthening the muscles around the joints and making him do his exercises. That person was Sam from POWMAK. Very quickly my son was walking without crutches and was finally able to come on holiday with the family.
I have found doing Pilates has made me more flexible, my joints are much stronger and over the past 5 years I have even started running and gradually built up to 10k runs. I have less flare ups and I am able to enjoy doing activities I had struggled with previously.
I used to play a lot of rugby and recently switched to the vets team. In a particularly difficult match I dislocated my shoulder. The team at POWMAK were able to provide a fantastic environment in which I could rehab my shoulder and yet still work hard on my abs, legs and cardio. Thank you team POWMAK, I can now work really hard in POWMIX and can touch my toes!
When I first came to POWMAK I was in a lot of pain – it hurt to drive and work, even walk and sleep. I have gradually strengthened my muscles and Pilates keeps me pain free. My posture has improved and I feel much stronger and more toned too which is great!
I no longer have significant back pain. I’m conscious that I’m stronger and fitter than I was. For example if I’m on my feet for a long time I can cope with that better. I’m also more relaxed in my shoulders and neck and I think I hold myself with a broader chest. I’m also more aware of posture and balance generally and can identify where any weaknesses are as I exercise.
I just felt the need to type a quick ‘Thank you’ message to you and all of your teachers! I am absolutely loving the classes and I cannot believe that after such a short time I am finally practically pain free! For the first time in nearly two years, I was able to dance when teaching last night – Heaven! I wish I had joined earlier! Thank you!!!!
I spend a lot of time at my desk, I find it hard to find time to keep fit and healthy, as a result, suffer from back pain. POWMAK literally transformed my life, low impact training has made me fitter, healthier, and more flexible. My core has improved massively, with it a total reduction in back pain that I was previously suffering with. Thanks, Sammy, and the team.
My wife sent me to POWMAK after a hip replacement operation four years ago. The teachers have been patient and motivational. I never thought it was possible for me to get to a point of being this strong and active much less enjoying my twice weekly visits to the studio. And the best thing of all? My wife and daughter are happy!
I had to leave POWMAK as I was moving out of the area and there is nothing like POWMAK anywhere else. While I was away I put on weight and the first thing I did when I got back was rejoin POWMAK and I have lost 2st in 1 month. They really have a full body fitness and health approach. It’s like having a variety of personal trainers for a fraction of the price.
I started with Sam when she was in the small studio at home. I was very weak and hypermobile. I had great difficulty moving with strength and my joints were unstable. First I tried yoga then realised that Pilates actually builds the deep stabilising muscles around the joints. My body has completely changed. I now feel strong and confident and I’m able to push myself in POWMIX without fear of injury or joint damage.
Do something amazing for your body and mind! There are three easy options to get started with us. We recommend that you start with an assessment but if you’re a seasoned ‘Pilatista’ then dive right in and book your first sessions.