Chair Based Exercise

Janet and I have been teaching Chair Based Exercise for 9 years and we are really passionate about it.

Just because you aren’t too steady on your feet, let alone happy to run or jump, doesn’t mean that you can’t exercise and it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t exercise.

Chair Based Pilates Classes in Leeds

We all need to move more – and move differently – and move better!

Chair Based Exercise is one solution

How might I benefit from Chair Based Exercise?

Well, you will:

  • have the opportunity to get stiff achy joints working a bit more freely – in the hands, feet, shoulders for instance
  • get your whole body moving in time to the music
  • get your spine moving a bit more freely
  • have the chance to gently work on some strength work for your legs and arms
  • challenge your brain to lean new patterns of movement, a bit of choreography
  • work on improving the stamina and function of the pelvic floor

And if that’s not enough, simply spend an hour or so socialising, listening to music of yest-a-year

A short clip of a group in Leeds doing chair based movement to music. We're not perfect but who cares! We're moving and that's what matters.....

Do you have a group of Older Adults that might like to do Chair Based Exercise?

Janet and I can both deliver sessions in Retirement Flats, Sheltered Housing, Care Homes and for Day Centres/Lunch Clubs. If you work in a setting like this or you and a group of friends are interested, please do get in touch.

Leeds Chair based exercise

Chair Based Pilates

For too long, the benefits of Pilates have only been available to people who could access and use the studio equipment like the Reformer, or who could get down and work on a mat. However, we can begin to address this by teaching Pilates in the chair.

Alison can teach Chair Based Pilates, blended with a little mainstream chair based strength training and movement to music. (We aim to include Glen, a hint of rat pack, Dusty or Elvis. All requests considered!).

Read my blog post about Chair Based Pilates called Chair Based Exercise – There’s More to it than Meets the Floor.

If you are interested in Chair Based Pilates for a group that you work with, please do get in touch.

Current Classes

  • The Manor Retirement Apartments, Leeds 8

    10 Ladywood Road
    Leeds LS8 2QF

    Small friendly class.
    Entirely chair based.

    Every Monday from 2.15pm to 3.15pm

    Phone 0775 166 2158 for more details.

  • MAZZ Community Centre, Leeds 17

    311 Stonegate Road
    Leeds LS17 6AZ

    There are two classes, held in conjunction with the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board.

    Every Monday from 10.30 – 11.30am.
    Gentle exercise class, mostly standing up.

    Every Wednesday from 10.30am – 12 midday.
    Largely a chair based exercise class.

    Please contact us on 0775 166 2158 for further details or contact the Ziff Centre direct on 0113 268 4211

  • St. Mary’s Church Garforth, Leeds 25

    St Mary’s Church Hall
    Church Lane
    Garforth LS25 1NR

    This class is hosted by Net Garforth.

    Every Thursday from 10.30 – 12 midday

    Mixed level class – partially chair based, partially standing.
    It’s a friendly group, always happy to welcome newcomers and the session includes a break and a cuppa!

    Please contact us on 0775 166 2158 for further details or contact NET Garforth direct on 0113 2874 784

  • Janet is very nice to work with and I feel so much better when I have been to a class but sluggish if I miss one.

    Elizabeth Baker, LS17

  • I enjoy every part of the session. Our teacher is professional, caring and talented and the classes have opened up a whole new world for me. I am much fitter and more active than I have been in years.

    Maggie, LS17