Class Descriptions – Joy of Pilates
2130 Grant Street Bellingham - 360.224.1433

Class Descriptions

**To participate in a Reformer class at JOP you must first have a one-time Private Orientation. Contact the Studio to schedule your Private** 

At Joy of Pilates, we are dedicated to helping clients achieve their fitness goals. We offer a variety of classes for all fitness levels, and our small class sizes allow instructors to focus on your personal needs and goals. Our classes change, so please go to our online scheduler or our website calendar for current classes and schedules.

We exclusively use STOTT and BBU Pilates equipment, originally designed by Joseph Pilates himself, to ensure that our work is being done as it was intended. We believe strongly in upholding the highest quality standards for our industry. All Joy instructors have completed intensive Pilates training programs that require a minimum of 100 hours of apprenticeship and 60 hours of classroom education in addition to years of teaching experience. Joy Reformer instructors are passionate about teaching and helping their students build lifelong fitness habits.

Reformer Class Descriptions

Mindful Reformer: This flexion-free class is ideal for beginners, individuals managing some physical limitations, and those who prefer to move at an unhurried pace in a safety-minded setting. The focus is on form, alignment, strengthening and stretching, while helping you to master the foundational Pilates Reformer exercises. Modifications are offered for many of the exercises, allowing you to choose the most appropriate version for yourself.  

Mindful+ Reformer: This class ideal for strong beginners and others who prefer a flexion-free class. Participants should be able to confidently navigate the strengths and limitations of their body. The class focuses on strength, balance, alignment and stretching, and moves at a medium pace. The exercises are easily modified for some physical limitations.

Fundamental Reformer: This more structured class would be based around principals, basic exercises, learning how to master and then move into the next level. Students could stay or move to the appropriate class afterwards. Perfect for clients new to Reformer or those wanting guidance to “bridge” into the next level class.

Essential Reformer: This medium-paced class is a great next step after mastering the Mindful and Mindful + Reformer classes. The focus is on alignment, full-body strengthening, flexibility and balance. Participants should well acquainted with the Reformer and confident in their ability to learn new exercises and listen to their body’s needs. While this class does include spinal flexion, many of the exercises can be modified to exclude it. Excellent cross training for all your favorite activities!

Essential+ Reformer: This briskly paced class delivers a full-body workout by building on the exercised learned and mastered in Mindful and Essential Reformer classes. Expect to learn new exercises and variations to challenge you and deepen your Pilates practice. Particular emphasis is placed on core strength, and many of the exercises involve coordinated movements. Great cross training for daily life, sports, and other forms of fitness.

Intermediate Reformer: This moderate to fast paced class incorporates quick transitions and will introduce you to more advanced exercises and use of the Reformer. Increased repetitions, complex coordination, balance, and resistance create a dynamic challenge that will elevate your Pilates practice. Excellent cross-training for athletes!

Intermediate+ Reformer: Moving at a quick, flowing pace, this class challenges the body and mind by incorporating more advanced exercises and creative use of the Reformer. Increased repetitions, complex coordination, balance, and resistance create a dynamic challenge that will elevate your Pilates practice. Participants should be confident in their form and also comfortable with occasional Pilates Jumpboard exercises. This class is excellent cross-training for athletes!

Advanced Reformer: This is our most challenging class, allowing participants to further deepen their practice and master more demanding exercises. A flowing workout, this is an ideal setting for those who have mastered Pilates form, alignment, and the Intermediate Reformer repertoire. Excellent cross-training for athletes who want a alignment-focused, challenging workout.

TRX Class Descriptions

BOSU/TRX Fusion: Join us for a super fun class combining Bosu exercises and Pilates/TRX strengthening. There will be some great cardio intervals to get your heart pumping. And wonderful Pilates and TRX strengthening to keep you super fit. Come have fun and get workout in!

TRX/Pilates Fusion!: This fantastic TRX class will give you a full body upper and lower body workout with tons of core!  TRX is excellent cross training for your activities and overall strengthening. Whether beginning a fitness journey or pushing towards your summit, TRX Training helps you to move better, feel better, and live better. The last 10 minutes of class will be centered on stretching and releasing your muscles for a whole body experience.

TRX & Tabata Challenge!: This challenging class will alternate between Tabata and TRX. Tabata training is a style of high-intensity interval training with 20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest. TRX uses your body-weight to gain strength and heart health! Through Suspension Training and body-weight exercise you can turn your body into a core strengthening, fat burning, better balanced, more flexible healthy living machine! This is an advanced class, so be ready to work, sweat and get FIT. Start your day with a high-intensity workout!

* Please consult with studio before joining TRX classes. Indoor shoes recommended.