Haven on the Lake’s New Pilates Class Will Make You Jump for Joy
By Tracy Dye
Want a reason to jump for joy? You can now get in shape while lying down.
The new Jump for Joy Level 1 Pilates class at Haven on the Lake utilizes a top-of-the-line Reformer and jumping board to create a horizontal jumping machine. The class offers many benefits:
- Build lean muscle
- Increase flexibility, strength and tone
- Improve posture
- Burn calories
- Prevent injury
- Improve athletic performance
How does it work?
The springs on the reformer paired with the jump board allow for support and control. The springs can also be adjusted according to your exercise goal: heavier spring tension works the legs, while lighter spring tension causes the abs to work harder to maintain support.
You can jumpstart your workout without stressing — and potentially injuring — your joints through high-impact movements. Gravity is taken out of the equation to mimic the feeling of jumping on the moon, making for an out of this world exercise experience.
It’s a HIIT
While jumping is a focal point of the class, other pilates exercises are interspersed throughout the session. This high-intensity interval training (HIIT) allows for recovery times and variety, which allows participants to work different muscle groups while also avoiding overexertion.
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, HIIT training offers many benefits, including better cardiovascular health, reduced risk of hypertension and weight loss among others.
Improved athletic performance
For athletes, getting sidelined by injury can be a physical and emotional pain. Pilates can be instrumental in preventing injury and even improving your overall performance.
“[Jump for Joy] helps athletes because it’s going to help you jump higher and run faster,” said Susan Bisson, the mind body instructor who teaches Jump for Joy at Haven. “We make sure your knees are in correct alignment, along with your hips and ankles — that way you can’t hurt yourself.”
By strengthening the core and properly aligning the body, the skills gained in Pilates complement other exercises.
Although Jump for Joy is a low-impact class that can be considered safe for most individuals and levels of fitness, it is important to practice caution with any exercise.
“If you’re having acute problems with your knees or ankles, I would talk to a doctor first,” Bisson said.
Jump for Joy is offered Sundays at 11:45am. Click here for more information or call Haven at 410-715-3020.