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December 2021 – January 2022 – Mens Pilates Classes in South Dublin, Dublin 18 Sandyford

Men Only Pilates, Core Strength Flexibility Clases – with Martin

1. Increase Core Strength

2. Improve Mobility & Flexibility

3. Prevent Injuries & Back Issues

Join my last two Thursday 6.30pm-7.30pm in December 2021 – Men Only Pilates Classes in Sandyford Community Centre, Dublin 18, D18.

1. Thursday 9th December 2021 – 6.30pm-7.30pm
2. Thursday 16th December 2021 – 6.30pm-7.30pm

Trial or Drop-Ins, Pay-As-You-Go (for €15) Classes are possible.

If you join – one or both Thursday classes – in December 2021 you automatically secure your place for the Thursday 6.30pm Classes in January 2022.
First preference will be given to current class participants – for all other classes.

The January classes 2022 will either start during the week of Monday 3rd January or Monday January 11th 2022.
I will check possible starting dates with the venue managers in the next few days.

Simply register your interest via below form and I aim to contact you within 24-48 hours (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm, or contact, call Martin via the “Contact-Us” page.

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August 2020 – Pilates Classes Up-Date (Classes in South Dublin & Live-Online)

Below an update concerning my future weekly Pilates & Core Strength, Fitness Class timetable, how it will look like from early September 2020 onwards. Fingers crossed, Covid-19 numbers here in Dublin/Ireland stay low or will drop further so that we can go ahead with the?e local classes. 

I will offer a mix of (1) Online-Live-Virtual Classes and (2) local In-Person Classes in various local Community, Parish and Sport Centers in the South Dublin area (Dundrum, Rathfarnham, Sandyford, Leopardstown, Belarmine, Dublin 14, Dublin 16 and Dublin 18). 

Class Sizes are currently (1) Live-Virtual-Online Classes – 8-11 participants maximum, (2) Local In-Person Classes 8-10 participants maximum.

Fitnecise Pilates Equipment Fitness Classes Courses in South Dublin Rathfarnham Nutgrove close to Dundrum Churchtown Terenure Leopardstown Sandyford

(1) Men Only Pilates & Core Strength Classes
(2) Mid Morning Mixed Gender Pilates Classes
(3) Active Seniors & Over 60s Pilates, Mobility and Flexibility Classes
(4) Golfers Pilates, Core Strength & Mobility, Flexibility Classes
(5) Live-Streaming of Local In-Person Classes (free trial classes, volunteers needed !!! )
(6) Class fees/prices

Classes are 60min in duration, with 15-30min in between classes if classes are taught back to back. 

Class participants who attended local In-Person classes before Covid-19 have first preference to re-join local In-Person classes. 

Local In-Person class participants will have to (1) sign and acknowledge our Covid-19 consent-form and (2) familiarise themselves with our ” Covid-19 Health & Safety Guidelines / Policy.”, see http://www.pilatesdublin.ie/covid19/ .  

You will be able to transfer class credits paid for online-classes to local In-Person classes once we restarted local In-Person classes. 

Pilates Fitness Classes and Courses in South Dublin Rathfarnham Nutgrove close to Dundrum Chruchtown Terenure Leopardstown Sandyford

(1) Men Only Pilates & Core Strength Classes
(1.1) Tuesday 6-7pm Live-Online Men’s Pilates Classes (on-going)

(1.2) Tuesday 8-9pm In-Person Men’s Pilates Classes (Taney Parish Centre Dundrum, Dublin 14, Dublin 16) starts 8th September 2020. 

(1.3) Wednesday 6.30-7.30pm Men’s Pilates Classes – already started – a new 7-week block will start 9th September 2020 (Belarmine Community Centre, Dublin 18, in Sandyford, beside the Leopardstown Industrial Estate). 

(1.4) *NEW* Thursday 6-7pm Men’s Pilates Classes – start 27th August or 3rd September 2020 (Belarmine Community Centre, Dublin 18, in Sandyford, beside the Leopardstown Industrial Estate). 

(2) Mid Morning Mixed Gender Pilates Classes
(2.1) Monday 10-11am Live-Online Pilates for all levels (on-going, most likely until the Golf Club, Club House reopens and we restart teaching the In-Person Classes in DLGC Dun Laoghaire Golf Club in Enniskerry).

(2.2) Wednesday 10-11am Live-Online Beginners to Intermediate Pilates classes (on-going, most likely until the Rathfarnham Parish Centre, the Old Court House reopens). 

(3) Active Seniors & Over 60s Pilates, Mobility and Flexibility Classes
(3.1) Thursday 10-11am Active Seniors & Over 60s Pilates (Taney Parish Centre Dundrum, Dublin 14, Dublin 16) starts 8th September 2020.

(3.2) Thursday 11.30am-12.30pm Active Seniors & Over 60s Pilates (this class is put on hold for the time being). 

(4) Golfers Pilates, Core Strength & Mobility, Flexibility Classes
(4.1) Tuesday 10-11am Live-Online Golfers Pilates (on-going, most likely until the Golf Club, Club House reopens and we restart teaching the In-Person Classes in DLGC Dun Laoghaire Golf Club in Enniskerry).

(4.2) Friday 10-11am Live-Online Golfers Pilates (on-going).

(5) Live-Streaming of Local In-Person Classes (free trial classes, volunteers needed !!! )
I will do a few trial runs of live-streaming, some of my local In-Person Classes, i.e. Men’s Pilates in Belarmine and Taney, to test the sound and audio quality with a few volunteers (FREE classes for them). These classes will be offered, in the future, at a discounted price, if the audio & video-quality work for online-class participants. 

(6) Class fees/prices
(6.1) Local In-Person Classes
(6.1.1) 7-consecutive-week block of classes €95
(6.1.2) Drop-In (if availability allows) €15

(6.2) Live-Online-Virtual-Classes with live-feedback (correction, motivation, suggestions of alternative moves).
(6.2.1) 4-Online Classes (Introduction Offer) €32
(6.2.2) 4-Online Classes (Post Introduction Offer) €50
(6.2.3) 8-Online Classes (Post Introduction Offer) €90
(6.2.4) 1-Online Class Drop-In / Pay-As-You-Go €13 

Survey Pilates Classes Courses Exercises in Dublin - North Soth West East Dublin and Dublin City Centre
Pilates Classes Courses Exercises in Dublin – North South West East Dublin and Dublin City Centre

Please contact me with any feedback, comments or question you might have via e-mail, an SMS/text or a phone call. 

Thank you
  Take Care & Stay Safe

Covid-19 Health & Safety Guidelines for In-Person *Pilates Classes Re-Starting July/August 2020*

We are restarting our In-Person Pilates and Fitness Classes early/mid July 2020.

During this unprecedented time, we and the local class venues aim to follow the Irish government and health authorities guidelines, in relation to Covid-19, as much as possible to ensure the safety and health of the venue employees, our instructors and our customers, the class participants.

This includes sticking to physical distancing guidelines, offering disinfecting hand gels or liquids in the class venues, regularly sanitising the class venues both before and after group classes or one-to-one coaching sessions. Feel free to wear a facemask when entered, leaving or during the group classes and to bring your own disinfecting gel or liquid.

(1) One the day or prior to the day of a group class:

If a class participant has experienced any of the following in the past 14 days, then we ask them **not to attend**:

  1. Temperature higher than 38 degrees
    AND / OR
  2. Symptoms of cough or shortness of breath
    AND one of
  3. Travel to another country of high transmission rate
  4. Been in contact with somebody experiencing respiratory symptoms in the past 14 days.

Individuals with an underlying health condition or individuals who have been cocooning should only attend group classes if the individual believes that the benefit of attending these group Pilates or fitness classes outweigh the risk of leaving home.

(2) On the day of the group class or one-to-one coaching session:

Class participants are asked to bring their own exercise mat, ideally a towel to remove possible sweat to reduce the possibility of transmission and to help speed up the disinfection process between group classes.
Class participants are asked to bring their own face mask, which they can wear during the class if they deem this to be relevant. If not, some community centre and parish centre may supply face masks.

(3) In the class venue (community centre, parish centre, sports hall, etc):

Class times between classes have been spread out so that no two groups of class participants should meet during changeover time.
This additional time allows the venue staff to disinfect all relevant surfaces in the class venue.

Hand and arm washing are done by the instructor before and after each class.
Hand sanitiser gel is also available for class participants usage in the venue.
If possible please avoid using the toilet facilities in the clinic, unless urgent.

We accept the following forms of payment: Credit/Debit card on the website, Online Bank Transfer and cash.

Men Only Pilates *New January 2020* Class in Belarmine Community Centre, Belarmine Plaza, Sandyford start Wed 8th January 2020

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A *new Only Men Pilates class* starts Wednesday 8th January 2020, this will be my fourth Men Only Pilates class per week in the greater South Dublin area. All classes are taught by a male instructor (qualified in 2003, fully insured ).
The class is suitable for all levels, Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced Pilates level, as I will demonstrate two or three different versions of the same exercise. Each participant chooses then the right version for himself, depending on any back, neck, shoulder issues etc..
One-to-One Pilates and Personal Training are also available.

[1} Class venue: Belarmine Community Centre, Belarmine Plaza, Sandyford, Dublin 18, near Stepaside, Kilternan, Leopardstown, Cabinteely and Foxrock.
[2] Time: 6.30pm-7.30pm
[3] Course start: Wednesday 8th January 2020
[4] Course duration: 7-weeks,
[5] Course fee:
€95 (7-weeks) – Drop-In fee: €15
[6] please print, fill out the following Health Screening Form and
___ bring it along to your first class.
Find more * Mens Pilates & Core Strength *, Flexibility, Mobility classes and further details here:
Men Only Pilates Belarmine Sandyford Aiken Village near Stepaside Dublin 18 D18

New 2017 Pilates & Fitness classes start dates … in South Dublin

A quick note to let you know that I’m restarting my 2017 Pilates, Exercises and Fitness Classes during the week of Monday 9th January 2017.

You might also check out the information about a *new* Nutrition & Health Coaching course that I’m starting on the 20th January 2017, see timetable I plan to update the rest of the website with exact details in the next three to four dates.

Yours in Health and Fitness,
.. Martin

Video 9 – 3 *Posture Foam Roller Exercises, Back Spine Stretch, Shoulder Mobility, Chest Stretch

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In this Posture Video you are going to learn  three Posture Improvement Exercises >>> with a Foam Roller <<< that
(1) Stretch your Back and Spine out, (2) Mobilize and Loosen your shoulder area, (3) Stretch your chest out to prevent rounded shoulders.
Keep your core muscles, your TVA (Transverse Abdominis) slightly engaged throughout to make these exercises safer for your lower back. Always consult a GP / physician before starting a new exercises regime, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time on a regular basis.

(1) Foam Roller – Side Sway to Right & Left
( massages the area between your shoulder blades, stretches your chest out )
Lie flat on your foam roller, your feet are flat on the ground, your knees are bend. Make sure your mid and lower back stay reasonable close to the foam roller. Avoid overarching your lower back, lumbar spine, as this would put pressure on your back. Ensure that the back of your head is well supported, avoid dropping the head over the edge of the roller, as this would overstretch your neck.
Then simply sway one to two inches from side to side, to massage your mid back and either side of the spine. Most class participants find this exercise very relaxing. This will also help you to prevent rounded shoulders, bad posture, as your pectoral muscles, your chest gets stretched out as well. 
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(2) Foam Roller – Full Body stretch – Back Stretch and Shoulder Mobility
( focuses on stretching your whole spine and back, increasing shoulder mobility, includes a chest stretch )
This a very simple yet effective exercise. Start in the same position as in exercise number one, then stretch and lengthen your legs away on the Pilates mat. It might be slightly challenging to keep your balance, which will activate your general core muscles a small bit. Aim to keep your mid and especially your lower back, reasonable close to the foam roller, avoid overarching your lower back. Reach with your hands towards the wall behind you, stretch as far as possible through your fingers away to increase the back and spine stretch. This will work on mobility of your shoulder area and stretches your chest out, preventing rounded shoulders >>> Posture Work ! 🙂
Hold for around 10 long, deep breaths and aim to lengthen further away each time you exhale.

(3) Shoulder Mobilizing with a Foam Roller
( focuses on shoulder mobility, posture improvement, a small chest stretch and a bit mid-back strength )
Another simple exercise to loosen and mobilize your shoulder area and improve your posture. Start in the same position as in exercise number one. Reach with your fingers towards the ceiling, let your palms face towards each other, straighten your arms nearly completely, keep your neck long and relaxed. Draw your shoulders down your back, away from your earlobes.
Breath in as you aim to lift / round your shoulder as much as possible off or away from the foam roller towards the ceiling, stretch your fingers as high as possible up towards the ceiling, while keeping the back of your head on the foam-roller. Breath out as you draw your shoulders back toward the ground, it is a bit like wrapping your shoulder blades around the foam roller, aim to keep your arms straight as you do this. Breath in as you restart. Repeat 10 times.
Same as above, just crisscross your arms in front of your chest to intensify the movement..
Let me know how you get on and e-mail or facebook me your questions, comments or feedback.
Thank you
_ Martin

Video 5 – Pilates & Core Strength Combo 3x – Roll-Up – Side-Bend – Swimming / Super-Man/Woman

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In this Pilates Video you are going to learn three Pilates & Core Strength Exercise, that tone and strengthen your whole midsection or midriff.
Keep your core muscles, your TVA (Transverse Abdominis) slightly engaged throughout.

(1) Pilates Roll-Up
>> Focuses on straight abdominal muscles, your rectus abdominis)
This variation is for those who’s mid and lower back is ok, avoid if you have any lower or mid back issues. Aim to control the movement, slowly easy vertebrae by vertebrae onto the mat and  roll the back in the same way off the mat. Stretch the whole body out in between. Avoid any jerky or rushed moves, especially as you roll up.
(2) Pilates Side-Bend >> Focuses on toning and strengthening your waist, your sides or love-handles
This exercise is not for somebody with neck or shoulder issues. Place your elbow below your shoulder,  choose your leg and knee variation. Breath out as you lift your hip, breath in to lower your hip. Control the movement, slow it down a good bit to intensity the exercise.  You will ultimately benefit more from the exercise if you do it slower, plus you increase your body awareness as well.
(3) Pilates Swimming or Super-Man/Woman >> Focuses on mid & lower back strength, includes a small bit of a stretch for the whole back as well.
This exercise is generally very good for strengthening your lower back and simultaneously stretches your whole back, neck and spine out, if done correctly. Pay attention to keeping your chin tucked in, your neck long, stretch through one pair of limbs away as you breath out, breath in when switching over.
(1) Do a brief warm-up of 5-8min including some rotational moves for your neck, back, shoulders and your lower back or do some cardio exercises for 5-8min e.g. brisk walking.
(2) Do each exercise up to 10 times, assuming your back, neck, shoulders etc. agree with the movement and there is no pain. Do three sets of each exercise.
(3) Be aware how easy or challenging it is to roll-up or to lift the hip up (compare right and left for the Pilates Side-Bend – class participants often experience differences, as one side might be stronger than the other).
(4) I suggest to keep an exercise and activity diary, which will allow you recognize progress. Make a note of
(4.1) when you exercise time/date/duration,
(4.2) how many reps / sets you do,
(4.3) how the exercises are getting easier over time. Come up with a rating system.
I use a scale from 1 to 10 ( 1 = very very easy; 10 = extremely hard, nearly impossible).
Let me know how you get on and if you have any questions.

6 over 8 week South Dublin Pilates – Special Offer – June, July, August 2016

Pilates South Dublin Summer 2016 Special Offer Rathfarnham Sandyford Dundrum Leopardstown Cabinteely Foxrock Dublin 16 Dublin 14 Dublin 18For the months of June, July and August 2016 we are going to run our “6 over 8 Pilates Class Summer Special” again. Meaning you can choose to pay for 6 classes and use them over an 8 week period. This allows you to book a class and at the same time have the flexibility that’s needed if you go on a two weeks holiday break. Terms and Conditions apply, see below.
This applies to the following fitness and exercise classes:
 1. Morning Pilates Classes 
 2. Over 60s Pilates & Fitness Classes
 3. Men Only Pilates / Core Strength Classes

Beginners are welcome
Small Classes, there is a maximum of 8-10 class participants
• Various Pilates equipment is provided (Pilates Rings, Balls, Foam Rollers,  Gym Sticks etc.).
Cost: €75 for 6 classes
Cost: €100 for 8 classes (book this if you can do 8 consecutive weeks)
• 13 Years teaching experience
Parking is free

• Find our Full Pilates, Fitness and Exercise Class Time Table for our
South Dublin Classes here, close to Dundrum, Leopardstown, Sandyford, Terenure, Rathmines, Rathgar, Churchtown, Bellarmine, Stepaside, Kiltiernan etc..
Yours in Fitness and Health
_ Martin
Terms and Conditions:
1. Your six-week class booking is valid for 8 consecutive weeks from
your first class onward.
2. A health screening form must be filled out before the start of the class,
find a link to the health screening form here (print and bring along to the first class please) www.PilatesDulbin.ie – Health Screening Form.

Mens Pilates, Men Only Pilates in South Dublin, Sandyford Aiken’s Village Belarmine Ticknock Stepaside Leopardstown D14 D16 D18

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View a Mens Pilates Sample Program below.

> A *new* set of Men Only Pilates classes start during the week of Monday 7th March 2016. << Mens Pilates classes for men, taught by a man. 
I generally mix up the Mens Pilates and Core Strength Classes ( in the various South Dublin based venues ) in different ways to keep the classes interesting and motivating. This will give you ideas what you can do at home or as part of your own exercise and fitness routines.
Some class participants do three or four variations of exercises at the end of their own workouts, runs, resistance or weight training, or after a game of golf or tennis, or they incorporate it into their club training at the end of a ruby, GAA, or soccer training session.
This includes the use of various fitness and exercise props e.g.
(1) Foam Rollers
(2) Pilates Rings
(3) Resistance Bands
(4) Smalls Balls
(5) occasionally Swiss Balls or sometimes called Gym Balls

Pilates Exercises can be combined in Duos, Trios, or just done as an ongoing sequence. There are various ways of teaching and incorporating these Pilates and Core Strength moves into your general daily or weekly workout routine and other exercise programs.

Knowing is not enough; we mus apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
                                                  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Pilates Sample Program for Men:
Exercises were picked in a way to maintain balance in the body, avoid overuse of one particular muscle group and therefore injuries. I see it over and over again that people work only on their abdominal, stomach muscles and neglect back strengthening and mobilizing exercises, which will ultimately lead to back trouble and possibly injuries.
(1) Warm-up: Various neck, shoulder, upper back, and spine mobilization, loosening and stretching exercises (these are generally good as most of us sit for hours in front of various screens and build up tension in the neck and shoulder area), sometimes a few simple body-weight moves e.g. squats, Pilates Push-ups, etc..
(2) Main Section:
These Core and Pilates exercises are generally done in sets of 10-12 moves.
(2.1) Shoulder Bridges
– to give the back and spine another good stretch before more core and abdominal exercises. This exercise is also good for glute activation.
(2.2) Single Legs Stretches – focus mainly on abdominal / core strength, rectus abdominis.
(2.3) Pilates Swimming or Superman – works on lower back strength and lengthens the back and spine at the same time, if done correctly, without putting pressure on the lumbar spine.
(2.4) Straight Arm Plank – mainly core / abdominal strength, plus a bit of upper body strength.
(2.5) Back extension – a mid and/or lower back strengthening exercise, depending on which version you do.
(2.6) Side Bends or Elbow Side Planks – another move to maintain balance in the body, it focuses mainly on the waist, the mid-riff also called obliques.  I generally recommend that you keep moving during this Pilates movement, to get more out of it.
(2.7) Roll-Up – an exercise that works on your straight abdominal muscles, a bit spine mobility/mobilization and adds in a very good hamstring/back of the leg stretch, all meaning is a great combination exercise (flexibility and mobility).
(2.8)  Check opening or Crocodile: a pure mobility and loosening exercise for your spine, mid and lower back. This exercise can stretch the neck muscles as well depending on how the exercise is done.
(3) Cool Down and Stretching:
We focus here on loosening and stretching the muscles we used during the Pilates and Core Strength exercises, of the main section. This will include a lot of back, neck, hip flexor and hamstring, etc. stretches.

Contact Martin with any questions you might have and or to book a class.

>> The *New* set of Mens Pilates and Core Conditioning Classes start: <<
[1] Tuesday 8th March 2016 6-7pm Sandyford Community Centre, Lambs Cross, Dublin 18, D18
[2] Tuesday 8th March 2016 8.15-9.15pm Taney Parish Centre, Dundrum, Dublin 14, D14, close to the LUAS Bridge.
[3] Wednesday 9th March 2016 6.30-7.30pm IrishFit Shop, Running.ie Shop, Sandyford Industrial Estate, 5min walk from the Stillorgan LUAS stop, a view minutes drive from Stillorgan Village.
Please contact Martin before paying online, to check class suitability and availability.
Class fees are €100 for 8 consecutive weeks (classes last for 1 hour), €14 Drop-in, Trial, or Pay-As-You-Go.

Pilates Classes in South Dublin *New Classes start early / mid *March 2016*

I’m going to start a new set of PIlates and other Fitness classes in South Dublin, in the Dublin 14, Dublin 16 and Dublin 18 area early, mid March 2016.

Do you want to
(1) Tone-Up
(2) Improve your Core Strength
(3) Boost your Energy
(4) Increase your Flexibility
(5) Prevent back issues and other injuries
(6) Up general Strength ?

A lot of us sit for hours in front of a computer or on a desk and rarely get up and take breaks. Even if we know a short stroll around the office, down to the canteen or even to a local park would be good for your back, give you a mental break, so you would come back refreshed and re-energized.

Pilates is great for loosening and strengthening your back, maintaining good posture and increasing core strength (abdominal and back). It will also help you to prevent or tackle various back, neck and other issues, as the majority of exercises are performed in a controlled and slow manner. This will allow you to increase awareness, you could even compare it with certain aspects of being mindful as you move.

Sports people also benefit from increased core strength to prevent injuries. All types of athletes and sporty individuals do Pilates and Core Work exercises. This included e.g. soccer player, rugby player, GAA player, people who play Golf etc. etc..

Individuals in their more mature years find Pilates beneficial as it helps them to (1) stay supple (2) maintain flexibility (3) keep their balance (4) increase and maintain mobility.

New March and April 2016 Classes start:
Pilates in south Dublin, Ireland, Rathfarnham, Dundrum, Sandyford, Churchtown, Ballinteer, Marley Park, Lambs Cross, Cabinteely - D14 D16 D18

[1] Tuesday 8th March 2016 – 6pm Men Only Pilates – Sandyford Community Centre, Dublin 18
[2] Tuesday 8th March 2016 – 8.15pm Men Only Pilates (Progression Level) Taney Parish Centre, Dublin 14
[3] Wednesday 9th March 2016 – 10am Over 60s Pilates & Fitness, St. Mary’s Parish Centre, Rathfarnham, off Willbrook Road, close to The Yeallow House Pub.
[4] Tuesday 15th March 2016 – 9.30am Toning & Conditioning Circuits, Foxrock Parish Center, Dublin 18
[5] Thursday 24th March 2016 – 10am Intermediate Pilates, Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club, beside Marley Park, Rathfarnham, close to Ballinteer, Churchtown, Dundrum, Dublin 14, Dublin 16
[6] Thursday 25th March 2016 – 11.15am Over 60s Pilates & Fitness Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club, beside Marley Park, Rathfarnham, close to Ballinteer, Churchtown, Dundrum, Dublin 14, Dublin 16
[7] Wednesday 6pm (ongoing) Mens Pilates – Sandyford Industrial Estate, close to the LUAS, Beacon Hotel and Hospital.

Contact Martin for Bookings or with any further questions you might have.