Exercise and Fitness Classes

Each week there are NORMALLY three quite different classes open to all, providing enjoyable ways to keep fit in Coronation Hall.

Sadly, as a result of the Coronavirus crisis, none are happening just now.
HOWEVER, when the weather improves we hope to run Tai Chi and Dance Fit outside, within ‘Social Distancing’ guidelines (subject to relevant advice at the time). We all still need to keep fit, as the PM reminds us!

Pilates – Tuesdays 10-11am

Joanna Laurence runs a Beginners Class in Pilates in Coronation Hall every Tuesday morning, from 10 to 11.

For those who don’t know about pilates, it is described by Joanna as

 ‘a mind body conditioning exercise programme that targets the deep postural muscles of the abdomen and spine to improve central core stability and posture. A stable central core is essential for maintaining correct postures, good control and balance of the whole body. Long term this can prevent injury and pressure on our joints’.

As well as being a qualified pilates teacher, Joanna is also a qualified physiotherapist who describes her classes as ‘pilates taught by a physiotherapist’.

To find out more about Joanna, look at her website www.joannalaurencepilates.co.uk, which includes testimonials from some who attend her classes – such as this one;

‘Jo’s sessions are well planned and perfectly delivered, they are always great fun, interesting and challenging. Being a trained Physio Jo is able to “tweak” the sessions to suit the individual and despite various joint and back problems, thanks to the pilates, I am able to continue with my very active lifestyle. Highly recommended!!’.

Classes are £8 a session.

Joanna currently runs classes in Walberton and Barnham that are over-subscribed and she is starting her Slindon class partly to clear her waiting list, so pre-booking is essential.Telephone 07788 717 246 or email  info@joannalaurencepilates.co.uk

Tai Chi – Wednesdays 12-1

On Wednesday mornings from 12 til 1, Heike Brewster runs a class in Tai Chi.

The NHS describe Tai Chi as follows – “it combines deep breathing and relaxation with flowing movements. Originally developed as a martial art in 13th-century China, tai chi is now practised around the world as a health-promoting exercise”.

Studies have shown that it can help people to reduce stress, improve posture, balance and general mobility, and increase muscle strength in the legs.

Heike’s class is well attended and she runs a ‘taster’ session for those who would like to try it out. The classes are £10 for a one-off taster with a significant discount if you sign up for a term.

Regular attender Lynn Collin says “it really helps with balance – and the fact that Heike was a physiotherapist is very helpful too. I like the gossip as well”.

Men are welcome at the class (Heike’s husband David also attends as a tutor).

If you would to attend, contact Heike on 07763 474397 or turn up just before 12 on a Wednesday morning.

Dance Fit – Thursdays 7.30pm

Slindon resident Kate Thorne runs a fun dance fitness class each Thursday evening at 7.30

She describes it as an alternative to a regular Aerobics or Zumba class. The class is informal and friendly and participants can work at their own pace.  Over time the classes will improve co-ordination and movements and sequences will become familiar.

All abilities and ages are welcome, including men! and Kate has a loyal band of attendees.

Maggie from Top Road goes to the class regularly and says “I love it! One hour a week I am a teenager again in a Dancefit class. Catchy music, groovy moves for all ages, just relaxed, no stress and a chance to catch up with the other Dancefitters. P.s And Kate always makes us smile! And move of course”.

Drop-in class £6 per session

If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact Kate –

Kate Thorne 07940199092, 01243 814568 Email: katet080@googlemail.com