Mind Body Programs
The Riverbrook Regional Y is proud to present its Mind Body Program. In addition to our mat Pilates classes, we now offer private and group Reformer and MVE Chair classes as well as specialty Yoga classes.
• These classes are not included in membership (except Meditation & Group Mat Class).
• There are additional fees to participate.
• Make-ups and/or credits cannot be given for absences.
• For more information please call Mary Ann Genuario or Fred Heibeck.
Why should we use Pilates equipment?
The fundamental Pilates workout can be performed on a Pilates mat alone, and great results can be achieved through beginner, intermediate and advanced moves. However, the various equipment pieces such as the Reformer, Tower and Chair incorporate light spring resistance that works like concentric and eccentric muscle contractions to safely sculpt tone and stretch the muscles. They provide support that allows you to safely manipulate your body to stretch and engage muscles otherwise challenging to isolate. Smaller Pilates equipment pieces such as circles and exercise balls also provide an element of variety and focus to a Pilates regimen. A complete and satisfying workout can involve exercises on the mat alone or can be combined with various pieces of specially designed Pilates equipment. Each session can offer variety so that no 2 workouts are alike.
A regular, consistent practice will help you make the mind-body connection and integrate the various Pilates principles. You should start seeing and feeling results in about 10 to15 sessions.
Our Pilates instructors are highly trained professionals who have invested hundreds of hours studying the technique. They have learned over 500 exercises for both the mat and Pilate’s equipment. They have learned the philosophy and theory behind each movement, spent considerable time observing and mastering proper form and sequences, and apprenticed to fine tune their teaching skills.
M.V.E Fitness Chair
This chair will work your entire upper and lower body through a series of exercises that will challenge your balance and strength. We offer private and group classes. For times and availability please check at the fitness center reception desk (x219). Limited space available. All sessions are five weeks in total.
Group Mat Class
This is a great place for beginners to start, and a fun, social way to continue Pilates practice. Ideally these classes have a manageable student-teacher ratio (10-15 students) so our instructor can monitor each individual’s form and progress. Classes should be leveled for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. Check the group fitness schedule for a full list of classes & times. Free with YMCA membership.
Join the growing number of people reaping the benefits of meditation. Reduce the stress and anxiety of everyday life by bringing in a sense of peace and calm to your day. You will be guided into a meditation to experience the relaxing and rejuvenating effects of deep peace on the mind and body. Please bring your own mat. Check the group fitness schedule for class & times. Free with YMCA membership.
Group Reformer Class
We offer group classes of 4 per class and private one-on-one trainings. You may also share a session “Duet” with a friend. Our group sessions are one or two days a week and each session is eight weeks in length. Please contact Mary Ann Genuario at 203-762-8384 x282
Note: Space is limited. Please check at the fitness center reception desk for class times and availability.
Private One-on-One Session
A personal training session is the most effective way to learn, practice and perfect your Pilates performance. Our instructor will devote undivided attention to your specific needs and develop a custom program for optimum results on either the mat, the reformer or the MVE fitness chair. All sessions are one hour in length.
Please contact Mary Ann Genuario for more information.