Pilates

We offer several types of Pilates - from high intensity to equipment based. The aim of each class is always the same; to learn how to move correctly + efficiently. Muscle imbalances result in injury or poor performance and are the result of our lifestyles and environment. This can be anything from sitting at a desk, pushing a buggy or pursuing a demanding sport. We know you need to execute these movements in every day life, and promise that by practicing correct movement patterns in class, you will gain greater control of your body. There is also the additional benefit of a mind/body connection brought about by regular practise.

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Mat

In each class you will be taken through an increasingly challenging series of Pilates exercises designed to build core strength. By targeting the deep architectural muscles of the body, posture will improve and an overall longer + leaner look achieved. Mat Pilates is suitable for everyone, with exercises being adapted to suit every level and any limitations.

Mat Pilates is often prescribed by GPs to those suffering injuries (particularly back issues) and is known for it’s rehabilitative qualities.

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HIP

High Intensity Power Pilates is the brainchild of Lisa Bradshaw. This involves more dynamic exercises than regular Mat, is faster paced and coordinates bigger ranges of movement. The aim is to get onto your feet, find your global muscles and challenge them. This will definitely make you sweat and is great for improving bone health and increasing your heart rate.

We recommend HIP™ as an additional class to your regular mat practice, complementing rather than replacing it. 

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Springboard

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Ante/Post Natal

Invented by Ellie Herman, the Springboard is a wall-mounted resistance machine that provides an invigorating full-body workout.

Springboard classes incorporate mat work, props, leg and arm springs, and more.

Clifford Studios is one of only 2 studios in London offering these classes and Jo trained privately with Ellie in Brooklyn, NYC in order to bring this innovative take on the Pilates method to Barnes.

Available from Jan 2018

In these small classes  - maximum 6 - we focus on preparing for or recovering the body from birth.  

The classes are inclusive and friendly, offering an opportunity for expectant + new parents to meet others at the same stage of pregnancy/parenthood.

Pilates helps ensure the body is in the best condition possible to cope with these changes. 

Please feel free to bring your little one along to postnatal classes!

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Tap

Our adult tap classes are open to all abilities – whether you went to classes as a child or have never danced in your life. We have 2 tap classes on offer; Beginners + Improvers. Though feel free to take both for the price of a 60 min class!

Coordination and technique are developed through short exercises and routines;  improved fitness and strength being a great bonus to learning a new skill.

We recommend buying a pass as each week steps are repeated and developed, along with sequences and dances learned; so it will be beneficial to attend regularly rather than dropping in and out.

Trial tap shoes available

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TRX

'TRX' means Total Resistance Exercise. It was created by the US Navy SEALs and requires the use of the TRX Suspension Trainer; a highly portable performance training tool that leverages gravity and the user’s body weight to complete hundreds of exercises.

These exercises develop strength, balance, flexibility and core stability simultaneously.

Until the studio opens, these classes are taking place outdoors at Vine Road Rec.

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Barre

This unique workout combines elements of Pilates, yoga, resistance training and Ballet, creating a highly effective regime performed on the mat and at a Ballet barre. 

Barre utilises the body’s own resistance in conjunction with weights and other small equipment. Small isometric contractions are integrated with an interval training approach that burns fat and improves cardiovascular fitness. Stretches are performed after each strength section of the class to ensure the muscles are re-lengthened; creating a body that is strong without the added bulk of other regimes.

This workout is suitable for everybody; various modifications are given throughout the class to cater for all. Each teacher brings a different approach to the Barre so don't expect the same class style from all!

Yoga

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Vinyasa Flow

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Yin

A slow-paced style of yoga with postures that are held for longer periods of time.

By holding the postures for prolonged periods of time the stretch is allowed to reach the myofascia of the body. This helps maintain healthy joints and releases fresh blood cells around the entire body, including the organs. Deeply relaxing and challenging at times.

Focussed on linking the breath with movement, balance, core strength and flexibility. Vinyasa Flow allows you to feel healthier and stronger as well as explore your own potential and take on new challenges in a positive way.

Time on your mat should be nurturing, fun and uplifting.