Bicester Pilates - Pilates Classes in Bicester



Pilates classes take place on Tuesday morning  at 09.30


Pilates works by strengthening, lengthening and toning muscles, as well as improving posture and balance and increasing flexibility.


"In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference, and in thirty you'll have a whole new body"  Joseph H Pilates


Pilates was first introduced almost a hundred years ago by Joseph H Pilates as a method of body conditioning and is still popular today.


During a pilates class we start with warm up exercises, before undertaking a carefully designed programme to work on key muscle groups - particularly the deeper stabilising muscles.  


Renowned for developing 'core' strength, pilates gradually helps you gain a more toned physique with improved posture.  Each class will be slightly different so you don't get bored, and will offer various levels making classes suitable for beginners and those with pilates experience.  Men and women are welcome.



New arrangements from 7 September

I hope to resume face to face classes from week commencing 7 September at The Clifton Centre, Ashdene Road, Bicester.  OX26 2BH.  It may also be possible to live stream the classes taking place at venues to give additional classes for you to choose from.


There will be four pricing options for face to face and online classes which are all 60 minutes long:

  • Freedom Pass: £49 for 4 consecutive weeks – includes 2 face to faces classes a week and as many online classes as you wish - yoga, qigong and pilates. 
  • 4  class Pass: £30 for 1 face to face class a week.  You are welcome to swap to an online class  anytime you need to - yoga, qigong and pilates.  There are no ‘carry overs’ for missed classes
  • Pay as you go  face to face classes: £9.  Subject to availability.
  • Pay as you go online classes: £7


Booking your Place

All face to face classes must be pre-booked.  This is because due to social distancing, places are extremely limited and for track and trace I need to have a 100% accurate record of attendance and also avoids the need to handle cash.  If you have not booked, you will not be admitted.



Class booking terms and conditions:

Health questionnaire to be completed prior to commencing first class.  If you elect to pay the 'consecutive weeks' rate to benefit from the reduced price, all classes must be taken within that term - no carry overs.  All face to face clases must be pre-booked.  Freedom Pass is non transferrable and runs for 4 weeks from date of issue.


Elaine is a fully qualified, experienced and insured pilates instructor.  I have a Level 3 Diploma in teaching Mat Pilates.  


Read the article published in the Bicester Advertiser about pilates.

Pilates classes in BIcester


What's the difference between pilates and yoga?


Yoga is a mind, body, spirit - holistic class.

Pilates is an exercise class with the focus on precision and alignment, and core, whilst working with good breathing technique 



Your teacher - Elaine Whittaker

I have attended pilates classes myself for many years - and always enjoyed them. Already qualified as a yoga teacher, I decided to undertake further training in how to teach pilates and and in 2013 gained my Level 3 qualification.  Subsequently I have attended further teacher training workshops to continue to develop my teaching skills.

Key Principles of Mat Pilates

The basic fundamentals of pilates are :



Lateral, or thoracic breathing - which involves breathing into the lower back and lateral (side) area of ribs.  This helps keep abdominals engaged and can reduce tension on the neck and shoulders.



A focus on technique, ensuring the right muscles are used at the right time to create the desired movement.



Awareness of body position, active and inactive muscles and breath.  To ensure movements are performed correctly.



Keeping the core engaged and making this the point from which movement flows outwards from.



Giving careful attention to joint and limb alignment at the beginning of, throughout, and at the end of each movement to ensure movements are performed effectively.



All movements are performed smoothly and slowly without force or jerking.



Did you know .....

....that there are 34 original exercises in the pilates programmes originally designed by Joesph Pilates - these are performed with modifications and adaptation to make them suitable to all levels of practice.  Whether you are a complete beginner or have been doing pilates for years, you can enjoy pilates, working at a level to suit you.

Come along and try one of the pilates classes in Bicester.