SUPilates is a unique, dynamic and fun workout on the water. No wonder it's been gaining popularity around the world.
SUPilates is performed on a paddleboard while floating on water. The boards used are stand-up paddleboards, similar to surfboards, but larger in length and width. They are usually anchored for the duration of the class. Performing Pilates on water challenges our balance, which adds intensity to every movement, and results in stronger core as well as improved body alignment. Additional benefits include enhanced co-ordination, balance and physical awareness. The classes simply inspire a general sense of well-being. It's also a great alternative to usual Pilates matwork classes offered in studios and gyms. Practicing outdoors gives you a whole new experience, being exposed to the elements and adjusting to the movement of the board on water.
Previous experience of SUP or Pilates is an advantage, but not a must. Even complete beginners of both can take part in this new form of Pilates.
In 2018, we are pleased to offer weekly SUPilates classes at our Brentford Lock base. Our season starts in May and is likely to finish in September. Please check the online bookings calendar for details. We can organise private sessions at both Brentford Lock and Paddington Basin.
SUPilates can be practiced wearing your usual exercise clothing:
- Wear light synthetic fabrics that dry quickly and provide protection from the sun.
- Avoid cotton as it remains wet and cold, particularly if there's a breeze.
- Footware: water/surf shoes that provide a grip, protection and are made from light synthetic fabric. Avoid flip-flops, as they provide little stability and protection. It's likely you'd lose them in the water.
Spring and autumn
- A mixture of layered synthetic clothing to suit the weather conditions.
For winter, wetsuit or drysuit is highly recommended. We very rarely offer SUPilates sessions during the coldest of winter months.
Please email us for more information and to book your session.
Read Elizabeth Finney's article on SUPilates: Fun ways to keep fit on the Thames.