What is Pilates?

Pilates is simply……..
Strength and Flexibility with CONTROL

“Pilates” is the creators name, Joe H. Pilates, he named his method “Contrology” meaning the “science of Control”

Joe Pilates goal was to create a Method for health and fitness, an overall health system and not just an exercise, one should note that this was before physiotherapy and big gyms were around.

Pilates ideally should first be learned by attending one-on-one sessions with a qualified teacher (in the full Pilates Method). It is after all your body and for best results the devil is in the detail. And then you move on to group classes.

Pilates classes can be slow paced and as you get stronger and gain experience they can be extremely tough and fast paced. The benefits of Pilates can be appreciated by all.

Pilates is for everyBODY. “whatever you do, sit at a desk all day, play golf, attend the gym, rugby, pre/post surgery…..Pilates is suitable for you. I often describe Pilates as, the required strong roots to your health and fitness, just like an oak tree, you need strong roots” Sarah MacLachlann

Pilates is much more than just an exercise regime. It teaches you how to move and where to move your body from, for example have you ever done tummy crunches and suffered neck pain, with no or little improvement to your abs? Or are you a golfer who suffers from low back pain? In Pilates an experienced trainer will teach you how to move your body correctly. Once you move correctly you get those great abs and those workout results that you desire. You can also expect to reduce a lot of pain by now moving your body correctly – a double benefit. It is for the latter reason why the Pilates Method continues to be endorsed by physiotherapists, physical therapists, osteopaths, surgeons and GPs.

At Pilates Performance we first look at your joint movement and congruency, then we consider muscle imbalances, your programme is then designed around what your body requires, resulting in a tall lean posture, reduced physical and mental stress, defined abs, arms, legs etc. A true overall body workout.

Current Class Schedule Autumn 2023- Starts 18th September

Kilbeggan Pilates 

Can you imagine your body without pain? Imagine being stronger, fitter or being your ideal weight. You don’t need to imagine. At Kilbeggan Pilates, our Chartered Physiotherapist led instructor has unique approach to body movement and health. With our spacious and naturally lit studio and a highly proficient team imagination becomes reality.  Your body was designed to move.  Pilates Performance is designed to ensure it moves correctly.


Classes for Mat Pilates run in terms of  6 week blocks, depending on the calendar and are priced accordingly. Classes are held upstairs in the studio above the clinic. There are 4 primary types of Mat classes, Beginners, Pelvic Health, Antenatal and Advanced. There are Beginners and Advanced Reformer Pilates also. Reformer Pilates run weekly in clinic.

Fees can be paid up front, to receive a discount or on a week by week basis. Refunds are not available for any missed classes. Mat classes cost 15e PAYG (availablity subject to waitlists) and 12.50e for courses. Reformer classes are 20e.

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Pelvic Health Pilates 

There is no better example of our core under fire than pregnancy and beyond! If we look at the core’s individual components we can see how every aspect is placed under strain during pregnancy, and disrupted and sometimes injured during delivery.

We also run Mum and Baby Pilates classes which enable you to bring baby along to the class with you. 

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Antenatal Pilates 

A systematic review in 2012  summarised all research papers that studied physical exercise during Pregnancy and concluded that all pregnant women should be encouraged to participate in aerobic and strength training of moderate-intensity sessions at least three times a week for 30 min or more (Nascimento et al 2012). More specifically, Exercise is safe for mother and fetus and should be indicated to all pregnant women in the absence of absolute contra-indications.

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