Dynamic and fast-paced, Pilates’ Allegro Reformer classes allow participants to work on their own apparatus, guided through a series of exercises which target the muscle groups known as the “Powerhouse” (this includes the abs, glutes, thighs and back muscles).
Participants develop improved balance, coordination, flexibility and muscle tone with Pilates. The spring resistance of the Allegro allows participants to challenge their strength and stability in a safe and supportive environment.
Pilates is a form of low-impact exercise that aims to strengthen the muscles while improving posture and flexibility. For a long time, it’s had a reputation as the preferred exercise of models because it predominantly targets the core.
Whether you have the equipment to help you or not, you can expect slow and precise movements coupled with breath control. A strong core brought about by either contemporary or classical Pilates helps you move more freely, while also contributing to improved posture, flexibility, and mobility levels.
On the lookout for the perfect Pilates studio in Southside or Central Hong Kong? We take pride in our uniquely bespoke approach to creating and facilitating effective Pilates classes for students with any amount of experience or ability. It’s understandable to find the process of starting at a new studio daunting, but our caring and professional trainers are there to guide you through every step of your journey.
The search for the most suitable Pilates studio in HK for your body ends here. When you join up with us, you will be asked to undergo private assessment for our trainers to understand which areas to target and how to go about training you in a way that supports your precise personal needs. The result? A tailored exercise program for your body.
Knowing where to start your Pilates fitness journey can be overwhelming . Start with Flex’s Bespoke Pilates Assessment, the most effective way to understand the Pilates system, your body’s specific needs and appropriate class level, and efficiently plan your workout program. The Assessment starts with a Reformer workout, during which the Instructor will observe your body’s mechanics, followed by a short spin on the Mat. Based on his/her observations, the Instructor will finish the session on other apparatus with exercises tailored to to challenge and re-balance your body.
After the Assessment, the Instructor will design a bespoke workout plan designed to meet your fitness goals and address any key concerns you may have. He/She will also direct you to appropriate group classes to augment your training. Whether you plan to take private sessions or group lessons, a Private Pilates Assessment is your key entry point for achieving peak physical performance. Prepare to sweat, stretch, and learn about your body under the guidance of HK’s most experienced instructors in this valuable 60 mins session.
Put your body in the hands of a real fitness guru and watch transformation unfold in the way you move, look and FEEL about your body. A private Pilates session in our Classical Pilates studio will change and improve your approach to movement for life. In each session, our experienced, fully certified instructors will assess, challenge and move your body to a performance level you didn’t realise was your true capacity. Using Classical apparatus, following Joseph Pilates’ original system of Contrology, each bespoke session will push you to your peak physical potential. Personal Pilates also leapfrogs improved posture goals, post natal recovery and rehabilitation.
Suitable for all levels. Private Assessment, plus minimum 10 Private Pilates training sessions recommended.
Work your abs harder on the Spine Corrector, challenge your strength, balance and stability on the Combo Chair, and learn NEW exercises on the classic Reformer – Pilates Trios are a fantastic way to use more equipment at a price that doesn’t break the bank. Dynamic and fluid like an Allegro class, with more personal correction from the instructor.
A 6-week course designed to take complete beginners through all the key concepts of Pilates, enabling practitioners to efficiently and correctly practice in a group setting. The course introduces the apparatus, training on proper usage, and key principles of Pilates including: proper activation of the abdominals, effective breathing techniques, spinal mechanics and postural awareness. Suitable exercises will be taught in support of these introductory concepts, and individual attention will be given to each participant, to ensure they establish a proper Pilates foundation with correct technique. Offered 3 times per year.
Flow through a warmup of fundamental Allegro exercises, and learn more complex repertoire including the Stomach Massage series, Short Box series, Long Stretch series, and splits. These exercises build strength and stability, and promote increased flexibility and balance. The moderately paced flow keeps the workout moving, with enough dedicated time spent on teaching the new series. Suitable for those with a Pilates Allegro Foundation (i.e. have an understanding of The Hundred, prone series on box, basic Long Stretch series, basic mat work and various arms/legs in straps series).
A briskly paced class, Level II workouts flow through approx 15 Fundamental and Beginner warmup exercises in the first 10-15 minutes of class. The balance of class is spent introducing intermediate exercises in the Long Box series, Short Box series, Rowing, and Long Stretch series among others. Within each class, the instructor will focus on a specific series and go deep, to thoroughly work the Powerhouse, intensify concentration, control and balance. The class flows with no break, turning the session into a sweaty, moving meditation of muscular intensity. Flowing transitions will be introduced to keep up the pace. Suitable for those with an active practice, and familiarity with exercise terminology and sequencing. Must have mastery of all Foundation and most Beginner exercises.
Designed to suit a range of levels, Multilevel classes are open to those with basic Pilates knowledge, and more experienced practitioners. Modifications and progressions will be given to ensure everyone works to his or her ability, enabling more advanced students to get a real workout, while beginners practice safely and correctly.
Mix it up with a combo of mat and Allegro exercises. Students should have prior Pilates experience, as they will move between the mat and the Allegro equipment, performing challenging exercises to fast-paced choreography. This class is for those who like the core control work offered in mat class, coupled with the stabilization and strengthening found with Allegro. Be prepared to work up an internal heat.
Uniquely at Flex, this combination class uses the Allegro machine for a warmup sequence and ab series, then puts you to the test on the Combo Chair. The Combo Chair is excellent for challenging balance and stability, as it provides a smaller base of support against spring resistance. Excellent for functional movement training, rehabilitation and prenatal, the Combo Chair is one of the most versatile pieces of apparatus, and can be used to both challenge and assist exercises for different populations. Flex is pleased to offer this unique, hybrid class with a limited capacity of 6 participants.
Our bodies need TLC to balance intensity. Treat your body to this incredible class which focuses on opening all the joints of the body, muscle release and isometric holds. A massage and workout all at once, class sequences will focus on hip, shoulder and spine mobilization. Class starts with a warm-up to wake up the core, mobilize the spine, open the chest, and lengthen the waist. This class gives you all the stretches and mobilization you never have time for, without sacrificing your core workout. Perfect when coupled with our high-intensity classes.
Suitable for Beginners.
Your favorite Allegro classes continue with a fresh twist….
The perfect class to tone, strengthen and reshape your BLT, areas which can be difficult to keep strong and lifted. This class will incorporate targeted exercises at a brisk pace, with essential stretches, to build lean muscles without the bulk. Feel and see the results of Pilates exercises, which tone intrinsic and global muscles through both isometric and callisthenic based movements. Reap the benefits of your hard work FAST with this amazing class.
Multilevel. Class will be adapted to suit participants’ levels.
We know, we know – no matter what you do, it’s SO HARD to get that flat belly and sculpted waistline. Most popular workouts incorporate some abs, but not enough to really alter your physique. This class is a game changer. You will be pushed to your limits as you sculpt abs, whittle in your waist, and develop core oblique strength for better sports and everyday performance. The perfect top-up to your workout regime.
Multilevel. Class will be adapted to suit participants’ levels.
A non-stop HIIT blast on the Allegro machine, following a timed interval class format. Start with a relentless jump board sequence to increase your heart rate and work up a sweat. Then feel your whole body come alive, with sequences designed to work the abdominals, legs and glutes in multiple planes. Benefit from stronger muscles (including the heart!), joints and improved bone density. Not only will you feel the burn, you will also burn off unwanted calories by entering a thermogenic fat burn phase.
Multilevel. Not suitable for beginners. Minimum 15 prior BLT/Ab Blast classes. Due to class intensity, NO latecomers will be admitted.
A total body tone-up, fabulous for beginners and a great alignment-reminder for more experienced practitioners. Following the Classical sequence of Mat exercises, this class focuses on the essential principles of Pilates work, targeting the Powerhouse (abs, glutes, thighs). Mat work helps to develop improved posture and core control, which in turn allows practitioners to move effectively and efficiently. You’ll be surprised at how hard it is working with only a mat, but you’ll be delighted with the results!
Look after your body, mind and baby from the 1st to the 4th trimester with our Pre Natal Pilates Allegro class. After, start your postpartum recovery in an informative, inspiring and personalised Post Natal Pilates Allegro class. The classes will be headed by Flex’s senior Pilates instructor Nicole Serje.
Spend your Sundays with Maria! Each month will have a different focus: Master the Splits, Find your Full Wheel, Float Into Arm Balances, and many more!
After dancing professionally on stage for 15 years, Maria Merolla decided to follow her passion for fitness and trained as a Pilates and Yoga teacher in Asia and Europe in 2004.