Sleek Physique is a total body workout incorporating movements based on the Pilates method, weight training, dance and yoga. Classes are designed to methodically train each muscle group to exhaustion followed by intervals of deep stretching. Each class consists of five high intensity, no impact segments driven by upbeat playlists:
A good warm up is a key component to an effective and safe workout. A proper warm up consists of elevating the heart rate and activating the muscle groups that will be challenged.
Upper body work:
The upper body work focuses on not only on the arms (biceps and triceps), but also on the upper back, chest and shoulders. The Sleek Physique method incorporates body weight exercises such as planks, push ups and tricep dips, traditional weight training exercises such as bicep curls and shoulder presses, Pilates style arm work with light weights and a challenging unweighted arm series with a dance inspired feel.
The majority of leg work is done at the barre for balance and targets the front of the legs (the quadriceps), the back of the legs (hamstrings), the inner thighs (adductors) and the hips (abductors). Slow and precise movement in demi point is combined with traditional lunges and squats. The inclusion of traditional barre work keeps the heart rate up and the sequences at a challenging pace.
The glute work is performed both at the barre and on the mat. Various positions and exercises will help strengthen the muscles of the hips, rear and the back of the legs. Strengthening these muscles will not only reshape the body but will also help prevent common injuries.
While the entire class is core focused, the last segment consists of targeted, Pilates style abdominal work. Precise form coupled with stabilization of the spine and pelvis creates long, lean muscles through the torso and a strong core.
“After studying a variety of methods over the past 10 years, including Pilates and Lotte Berk, I created a format that incorporates the principles of Pilates, strength training and yoga. Classical barre work, elements of dance, and great music keep the energy up. There is no “miracle method” but these exercises helped me get my body back after two pregnancies in which I gained 55+ pounds. I try to create a fun and motivating atmosphere to go along with the science behind the method.”
-Kim Wallis, Director of Group Fitness/Private Pilates and certified Pilates instructor and personal trainer