Derbyshire Pilates

Strengthen your body and improve your fitness with Pilates led by a friendly, experienced and qualified instructor.

Pilates is a great way to improve your movement as it focuses on building strength, improving balance, posture and increasing flexibility. Not only is Pilates a great way to stay active, but this popular exercise can be used for rehabilitation after injury.


Our friendly Pilates instructor, Sarah Gilbertson, runs regular sessions in and around the Hope Valley and Chesterfield areas. She offers mixed level matwork and intermediate level matwork classes, as well as private and semi-private lessons for those wanting to practice Pilates 1:1.



Pilates Classes Near You 

We offer Pilates classes in three locations, Eyam, Bamford and Walton, at a mix of different fitness levels. We offer mixed level Pilates classes suitable for beginners, those returning to Pilates after a break, up to Intermediate level.   Private and semi-private lessons are also available upon request.


If you are unsure on which class might suit you best, please get in touch and we will be happy to advise. Use the button below to book your class.

Pilates FAQs

Who is Your Pilates Instructor?

Your instructor, Sarah, originally trained in Modern Pilates which was developed by Physiotherapists and Pilates Practitioners to bring a clinical and contemporary approach to the original Joseph Pilates exercises. 


Sarah has continued her Pilates training, constantly learning and evolving as a teacher and practitioner.  Most recently she has completed courses in Neuro Pilates, HealthyHIT™ Pilates Levels 1&2 (APPI) and Pilates for Kids and Teens (APPI).  Her Pilates expertise has been further complemented by the study and practice of Therapeutic Yoga and Mindful Movement,  which give her a unique approach when it comes to helping people to enjoy better quality movement. Find out more about Sarah on our about page.

What are the Benefits of Pilates?

Practicing Pilates on a regular basis comes with a number of benefits for people of all mobility levels, including:


  • Improved ‘core’ strength (our ‘core’ includes many of our back muscles, abs, diaphragm and pelvic floor amongst other muscles which all work together to help with postural support and movement)

  • It promotes mindfulness and increases awareness of your body

  • Your posture will improve with strengthened muscles and more alignment through the body and joints

  • It prevents injury and sometimes may reduce pain in your back or hips

  • Sports performance can be enhanced with strengthened and lengthened muscles 

  • Social Pilates classes can boost your mood and do wonders for your mental health!

What is the Difference Between Yoga and Pilates?

Pilates and yoga do share the same objectives which are to improve strength, increase flexibility and posture, they differ in how those targets are reached.


Yoga uses still movements to engage the muscles, without the use of much equipment. Pilates on the other hand, is a constant flow of movements to keep the muscles actively engaged throughout the whole session. Pilates may also incorporate equipment such as resistance bands, Pilates rings or a foam roller.

What Muscles Does Pilates Target?

Pilates is a gentle, low-impact exercise that mainly targets your core muscles, which includes your abdominals, pelvic floor and back. Not only does this exercise help to strengthen muscles but you’ll also benefit from increased flexibility, posture and stimulation of the spine.

What Should I Bring to a Pilates Class?

All you need is a mat, comfortable clothing and some water.  All other equipment is provided.  We work either in bare feet or ‘grip’ socks if you have them. Comfortable clothing is anything that allows you to move freely in without any belts that may cause discomfort when lying down.

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