This course has concessions available

Flex And Strengthen – Online

Want to build up or maintain your strength and flexibility? Using breath, core exercises, yoga poses and stretching we will work on flexibility, and building muscle tone to stretch and strengthen your body. Taught in a friendly and fun environment why not come and give it a try? This course is on-line.

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Who is this course for

Gently challenging exercises suitable for beginners or people in generally ok health .

Students will build strength, flexibility, alignment, breathing and posture and will improve and maintain general fitness. If you have specific injuries or health problems please get advice from a medical practitioner before enrolling.

You will need to be able to follow verbal instructions, observe and copy physical movements and use spatial awareness within a group. Students should have a good level of fitness to do this course. if in doubt, please seek medical advice before enrolling on the course.

What does this course cover

The class starts with gentle movement to warm up the joints & stretch out the limbs. This increases flexibility and helps avoids injury. We then build up to a series of postures focusing on the core muscles to build up core strength.

We cover exercises that are carried out standing, seated, kneeling and lying down (on our backs or front). Where helpful, appropriate alternatives to poses are offered.

What will it be like

The course will be run online using Zoom for the live class sessions and either the Moodle page for the course or some other system for the distribution of the electronic resources for the session sitting alongside this. Although there will be some adjustments that need to be made for the online version of this course, we will aim to keep the experience as close as possible to that of a face to face course taught in the Centre.

The teacher demonstrates exercises as well as giving instructions and verbal cues. Props are available and advice offered to assist and support alignment. Progress will be monitored visually and verbal feedback will given throughout the course.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course will be run on Zoom, please make sure you have installed it in advance of your first class on your computer or mobile device. You can sign up for free here:

You will need a microphone (it's fine to use whatever is built into your device) and camera, so we can see you via video. You may also want to use headphones during the session.

You can participate in class sessions through the use of a computer, laptop, tablet or other similar internet enabled device. Please note that if you only have access to a smartphone, you will be able to attend the class sessions and participate in them but you will find it more difficult to benefit from the full range of materials and activities involved in the course if this is your only means of connection.

Make sure you have a small space to work in during the session and that as far as possible that you can keep this space quiet and clear of interruption so that you can concentrate on what is happening in the class.

Students should wear loose comfortable clothing and should avoid eating a heavy meal before class. You will need Pilates/yoga mats.Pilates mats are thicker if you need extra padding for kneeling postures.

By signing up to the course you are consenting to being on camera. The content of the lesson may occasionally be recorded by the tutor for internal education and training purposes but any such recordings will not be made available to anyone outside of the Mary Ward Centre organisation without us asking you again for further permission to do so.

Exercising at least 2/3 times a week will be beneficial to your progress.

What this course could lead to

Continue on this course or Pilates, Yoga, or the other Strength and Fitness courses. Tutor can also advise.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’