The 3rd of January and finally studios are back open so I took the opportunity to do a group reformer cardio jump class at my workplace, LIVe Pilates, which is in Perth, Australia. The class ran for 60 minutes and was taught by Tim, one of the many wonderful instructors we have working here.
As the name suggests, cardio jump classes are performed on the reformer with the jump board on for the whole class. Throughout the hour you alternate between jumping intervals to increase your heart rate and non jumping Pilates reformer exercises. It’s a great workout for your legs when you have the springs heavy, and your lower abs when you have them light, and of course it’s one of the few times in Pilates you will get the chance to work on your cardiorespiratory fitness.
One of my favourite things about taking classes by a variety of instructors is you always learn something new. Whether it is a completely new exercise, a different variation or modification, or a new cue it’s great to be able to continuously build on your knowledge and repertoire. Two variations I learnt today which I really enjoyed was jumping with one foot in front of the other in a semi lunge position and doing leg circles while jumping. The jumps with one foot in front made me focus on my lower alignment and gluts activation to make sure my leg didn`t internally rotate when I landed. The leg circles while in the air were a huge pelvic stability challenge as well as making sure you had the timing right to still land back on the jump board!