Private girls’ schools add Pilates to the mix

Filed under: Pilates News — Cathy on December 15, 2016

Private girls’ schools now prefer to offer modern exercise classes, including alternatives such as Pilates and Zumba.

The majority of girls’ schools now prefer to offer non-competitive forms of exercise, most notably, Pilates, aerobics and Zumba, putting more emphasis on them instead of traditional school sports.

According to a survey of sports directors, which was carried out by the Girls’ Schools Association (GSA), 59% think that general fitness activities, including Pilates classes in Pilates classes pilates classes Pilates classes, have equal status to the likes of lacrosse, rugby, netball and hockey.

The survey also hit back at suggestions that the UK’s Olympic teams are filled with private school alumni, stating that “it is something to be proud of.”

The GSA did, however, say that girls’ schools are particularly good at cultivating a love of sport due to the fact there are no boys around for pupils to impress.

GSA schools are well-known for their extremely competitive sports teams. However, they are now embracing alternative activities as Pilates classes, Zumba and aerobics appeal to girls who may not be interested in more competitive sports. As a result, this can potentially widen the pool of pupils who enjoy physical activity. They are also putting more emphasis on health and wellbeing.

In fact, as these alternative activities are so successful, the president of the GSA and headmistress of Headington School Oxford, Caroline Jordan, said that the girls at her school were lining up to take part in the new fitness classes and that just half a term after opening, her Saturday dance academy has a waiting list.

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