Pilates

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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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Springboard

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.

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High Intensity Power

HIP 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.

Dance

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Tap

We currently offer 2 tap levels; Intermediate + Experienced. For total beginners, please attend at least one of our 90 minute weekend workshops before joining the Intermediate class. Please click the button below to register your interest in a workshop.

The class is led by Ellis; an inspiring and professional teacher qualified to a high level with the ISTD.

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

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 for your first class!

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Street Fit

Set to the music of the 70s, 80s + 90s, this class starts with a dance inspired warm up to get all the joints ready. Street and club moves are then taught (catering to all levels) before putting them to music. Cardio intervals/dance breaks will also be thrown in to up tempo tracks; getting your heart rate up without you even realising you're exercising! A perfect Friday night release to put a smile on your face.

This class is taught by AJ whose focus as a teacher is on building confidence and self-esteem, supporting physical and mental health and ensuring an inclusive atmosphere.

Trainers should be worn for this class.

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Barre

Barre utilises the body’s own resistance in conjunction with weights and other small equipment. Exercises are performed at the barre and on the mat. Small isometric contractions are integrated with an interval training approach that burns fat and improves cardiovascular fitness.

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!

With Barre, we exercise through dance however with Tap, Ballet + Street Fit, we teach you how to dance; exercise being a welcome benefit.

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Barre Burn

Adding a heart-rate raising element into your Barre class; this 45 minute session intersperses 3 minute HIIT intervals with your usual Barre exercises.

Not only will you feel the familiar burn of those small repetitive movements; you'll get the added fire of global muscles being used with more high impact moves!

 

Strength + Cardio

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TRX

'TRX' stands for Total Resistance Exercise. It was created by the US Navy SEALs and requires the use of the TRX Suspension Trainer; a 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.

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Sweat + Strength

Using the TRX, this class alternates between strength based and cardio exercises - switching on and off the straps to keep you on your toes.

Sometimes the strength training will be on the mat and sometimes using the TRX; the same applies to the heart rate raising sections.

Trainers are worn for this class and all props + equipment provided.

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Sweat + Stretch

The aim of this class is to improve strength + flexibility.

Each session consists of a 5 minute warm up followed by 25 minutes of creative HIIT (Tabata + EMOM - every minute on the minute) combinations. We finish with a dance inspired 15 minute stretch set to music. Our bodies are so warm from the cardio section that stretching is highly effective at this time!

Trainers are worn for this class and all props + equipment provided.

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Sweat + Swing

In this class we swing, lift + press the kettlebells to increase the heart rate and build strength.

The shape and design of a kettlebell means that whilst using it your centre of gravity is constantly changing; increasing your stability and mobility simultaneously.

Popular with the Russian and US Special Forces, KB workouts are full body sessions; increasing muscle mass and burning fat, resulting in a leaner and firmer body.Our classes are limited to 8 to ensure the correct use of the kettlebell.

Trainers are worn for this class and all proprs + equipment provided.

Yoga

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Yin

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

By holding the postures the stretch is allowed to reach the myofascia of the body which helps maintain healthy joints and releases fresh blood cells around the entire body; including the organs.

Usually passive and seated, Yin leaves muscles relaxed as gravity and time deepen each stretch. This is a healing and releasing class that can be challenging at times, especially to those unused to slowing down.

Layers are recommended for this class such as socks and a jumper.

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Vinyasa Flow

Focussed on linking the breath with movement, balance, core strength and flexibility; this is a dynamic style of Yoga. Vinyasa Flow provides a moving meditation as well as a good workout and stretch.

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

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Family Flow

An opportunity for parents and children to do yoga together.

This is an all-inclusive monthly session with the aim of you having fun with your child/children. We will work through group exercises, partner work, make silly shapes and learn some breathing techniques. We will teach you ways to move together and hopefully give you tools you can take away and do together again, outside of the studio.

Come with an open mind and you will leave feeling energised and connected to your children. Children aged between 4 and 14 years old welcome. Please make sure you reserve a space for your child/children when booking as spaces are limited to 10.

Class Levels

Beginner
New to the exercise type or exercise in general. Expect a slower paced class with the opportunity to ask questions and check positions/execution.

Intermediate
Some prior experience of the exercise type and generally body aware. Expect to follow instructions to maintain the flow of the class.

Experienced
Prior experience of the exercise type and extremely body aware. Expect a fast paced class with more complex choreography and/or non stop action! 

Please ask if you would like help choosing a level. As a rule, we believe you get out of a class what you put in, regardless of level. A beginners class can be a great opportunity to focus on your posture or technique - it will never be too easy! We do expect you to read the class description and be aware of the level of class you are attending.