I had the chance to experience a different kind of Pilates class at Momentum Lab in Singapore.
Momentum Lab is a boutique Pilates-based functional training studio, which offers Gravity Pilates. Based on the principles of Pilates and functional training techniques, they have a mission to transform your body to its ideal level of fitness, flexibility and stability through effective exercises and evidence-based manual therapy.
I’m used to the Reformer and familiar with the usual Mat Pilates classes, but Gravity Pilates was something different, and we know that trying different forms of exercise is a benefit to the development of our body!
According to Jim, Momentum Lab’s owner, what’s unique about Gravity Pilates is how the class is run “on a Total Gym Gravity Training System (GTS),” which uses “an individual’s body weight as resistance, on an incline free rolling glide board connected to a dynamic pulley cable system.” What I liked about the class was the way it challenges your body in different ways and is tailored to the individual’s level of fitness.
Being the only newbie in class, I was feeling excited but nervous. Midway through pushing and pulling, I thought, “Wow I can really feel my quads burning”, and how different it felt to Pilates on a reformer.
“The challenges and the effectiveness of Pilates on a GTS is unique, and caters to clients who have been using reformers for a long time and have gotten too used to the exercises.” – Trainer at Momentum Lab
Being in a class filled exclusively with regulars highlights the popularity and results these people feel from the class. It uniquely engages the five main exercise components—muscular strength, endurance, cardio, flexibility and inch loss. Practitioners will be exposed to 22 levels of inclination, and the higher or lower incline will produce a different level of challenge, which facilitates the regression and progression of exercises.
I can tell you Gravity Pilates defies gravity by working your whole body for the entire hour by mainly using your body weight and the machine. The level of the inclination whilst working against the gravity of your own body weight creates the level of difficulty, and is more challenging than conventional Pilates. I left the class with every inch of my muscles feeling stronger and toned. It’s definitely a new favorite of mine!