Pilates

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Mat

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

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

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.

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Sweat + Springboard

Sweat + Springboard

We use the instability of the springs not only to challenge our control but also to raise our heart rate in this high energy class.

Combining the precision of Pilates with the intensity of a cardio session, rest assured there will be low and high impact options given as well as the usual focus on alignment regardless of how fast we're going!

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Barre + Dance

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Barre

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 + Stretch

Barre + Stretch

After 45 mins of Barre to warm up the body so the stretching is most effective; you will work from top to bottom. Starting with the head, neck, shoulders and spine; going all the way to the deep hip flexors and hamstrings for splits.

Stretching will be passive; letting gravity do the work once the correct alignment is found. This will be combined with active stretching; especially for those of you who are more mobile; using arm strength to increase the depth of the stretch. After we get past the warm up stretches we hold the stretches from 30 sec - 3min each.

Johanna has based the class and stretches on the structure she followed for years as a dance student and later a professional dancer.

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Tap

Tap

We currently offer a regular Intermediate level Tap class. 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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Ballet

Ballet

This class is suitable for complete beginners as well as those who may have taken some ballet lessons in the past.

The purpose of the class is to introduce the fundamentals of classical ballet. We focus on posture and correct body alignment as well as musicality and the joy of movement, resulting in strength, flexibility and greater overall body awareness.

Each class follows a traditional ballet structure; starting at the barre and moving in to the centre of the studio for short movement combinations that include turns, jumps and travelling steps.

The tempo of the class is slow enough not to overwhelm, but will still push you to learn and progress over time. The session is taught to classical piano music using ballet vocabulary, however, each movement will be broken down so everyone grasps the meaning behind the French descriptions.

You should leave the class feeling energised, graceful and a little bit taller!

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Strength + Cardio

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TRX

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

Sweat + Strength

This class varies from week to week; combining equipment and bodyweight exercises to build up strength, increase the heart rate and get a sweat on!

The 'Low Impact' version will never include any jumping but will definitely still do all the above so certainly not an 'easier' option.

You'll do AMRAPs, EMOMs, Tabata, pyramid sets, ladders, supersets, tri-sets and much more in any one session with no 2 classes being the same!

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Sweat Box

Sweat Box

Using light hand weights and boxing inspired moves, this is a high intensity cardio class that will strengthen your legs, arms, core and importantly, your heart.

Expect low impact and high impact options suitable for all levels.

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Yoga

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Power

Power

A strong and intense workout with accessible postures that challenge the body in new ways. Power classes are inspired by traditional yoga, opening up typically tight areas like shoulders, hips and hamstrings. Expect a high energy session that will strengthen and tone as well as leave you feeling more flexible than ever before. Participants see sports performance improvement in other areas and pain reduction from the very first class.

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Vinyasa Flow

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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Yoga for Strength

Yoga for Strength

A strength + conditioning class that uses yoga poses and flows to keep you moving. Less spirituality, more functionality, this class is designed to complement your body weight training AND your yoga practise.

Classes will sometimes use the TRX straps to provide support in yoga poses as well as add a new element of ‘pull’ to your practice. This gives you access to movements previously not possible in your regular yoga class as well as a fluidity that is not often present in a traditional TRX session.

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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.