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What We Do

AERIAL | PILATES | YOGA

 

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Company


What We Do

AERIAL | PILATES | YOGA

 

LUFT offers a comprehensive workout experience merging the elegance of the
Aerial Arts, the core stability of Pilates, and the flexibility of Yoga into one studio.
All of the three fitness programs combined make up an exciting method that will
show you fast results in leaner muscles, increased flexibility and a strong core.

 

FIRST TIME AT THE STUDIO

We are excited to start working with you! If you are coming to LUFT for the first time please arrive 10 minutes early. You can use any
of the FUELhouse parking spots or use any street parking. Please don't park in any of the EVO parking spots unless you are here for
the 7am class.

 

TESTIMONIALS

“I’ve been seeing Viviane for Pilates for several months now and there’s a noticeable shift in my posture and how much stronger I feel. Whenever I complete a session, I feel taller and stronger and frequently have that “good soreness” the next day, knowing that there are parts of my body that were woken up. Having had 2 kids, my abs and core were definitely my weakest point but those areas have made a dramatic turnaround in the last several months. Viviane makes Pilates fun and she’s got a pleasant demeanor and a great way of explaining how things work. She’s also aware of my past injuries, ensuring that we don’t do anything to aggravate anything yet still strengthening areas surrounding them. I’m a true Pilates convert! Love it!” Michelle M. 

“I’ve been doing Pilates with Viviane for several months now, and I still look forward to each session. Viviane truly listens to your goals and challenges and creates a tailored workout that’s appropriate for your body. I deal with chronic neck problems and Viviane has been instrumental in improving how I feel on a daily basis. In general, I feel more toned and balanced since starting Pilates, and Viviane is a blast to work out with! She’s energetic, informed and completely approachable.” Kendall R. 

“Viviane has such a smooth style of teaching Pilates. As a beginner to Pilates I really appreciate her deep knowledge of Pilates methods as well as the muscle groups we’re working. I’m doing a series of core specific workouts and already feel stronger. I highly recommend private sessions, especially if you are a novice.” Kris P. 

“Viviane is one of the best Pilates personal trainers in Seattle! Viviane always brings an up beat personality and encouraging words to each session. She will push you to the limit with a smile and no matter how tough the exercise, you will thank her when you are done. She is extremely knowledgeable about the body and will not only whip you into shape but give you a lesson on anatomy. I would highly recommend Viviane to anyone new or expert in Pilates!” Dana K. 

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Aerial


Aerial

Aerial


Aerial

WHAT IS AERIAL? 

We call our private and semi-private sessions simply "Aerial" and our Aerial group classes "Aerial Fitness". However, you will find descriptions like Aerial Arts, Aerial Performance, Tissue, Fabric or Circus Arts at other studios. It is always referred to the work performed at varies heights up in the air where the aerialists wrap silk fabric around their bodies. 

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AERIAL SILK AND SLING?

Aerial Silks are two long pieces of fabric that hang from the ceiling and wrap around the aerialist's body. Experienced aerialists make the work seem easy but it is challenging! Trust that you will get stronger and more flexible as you train. The Aerial Sling, also known as Aerial Hammock, is a continuous piece of fabric that hangs from the ceiling in a U-shape, like a cocoon. You can work in suspension and create beautiful shapes and add small choreography.

WHAT KIND OF RESULTS CAN BE EXPECTED WHEN PARTICIPATING IN AERIAL BARRE AND AERIAL SKILLS?

Clients who regularly participate in 2-3 Aerial Barre or Skills classes per week can expect to see fast results in leaner, longer muscles, increased flexibility, stronger upper body/shoulders and core.

WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE ATTIRE FOR AN AERIAL CLASS?

·  Wear tight fitting stretchy pants that will cover the backs of your knees. Leggings or footless tights are a great option.
·  Wear a shirt that will cover your midriff without riding up and make sure your armpits are covered as well.
·  Don't wear a belt or any jewelry that could possibly catch or tear the fabric. No zippers or velcro.
·  If you have long hair we recommend that you pull it up so that it doesn't get tangled in the fabrics.
·  All aerial classes are practiced without shoes or socks.

HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER A PRIVATE OR Semi-private AERIAL CLASS?

Expect to be sore after class. Hands, fingers, forearms, back, and abs usually feel sore for up to 3 days. If soreness lasts longer than 5 days, take a break and speak with your doctor. In general, new clients who are in good shape can take several Aerial classes/week without any issues other than soreness. Remember that any Aerial work is a unique fitness program as it introduces the body to suspension. In order to become stronger we recommend to take LUFT's regular Pilates classes.

IS IT OK TO EAT BEFORE AN AERIAL WORKOUT?

We recommend to not eat anything for at least 1 hour prior to your class. Being upside down on a full stomach is uncomfortable and not recommended. However, bring lots of water and a protein bar or banana as you may quickly run out of steam when working on the silks! 

WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM AGE LIMIT?

Our Aerial private and semi-private classes are for anyone aged 7 and over. Our regular Aerial Fitness classes are for clients aged 16 and older. Please contact the studio at info@luftseattle.com for Teenage Aerial classes.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF DOING An AERIAL WORKOUT?

General soreness and muscle tiredness are very common. Other, more serious risks can include:

·  Slipping or falling off the equipment
·  Rope burns and pinches
·  Scratches and bruises
·  Sprains and fractures
·  Injuries to head, neck and shoulders

WHO SHOULD NOT participate in any AERIAL WORKOUTs:

Anybody signing up for our Aerial classes needs to be in good health. Clients should be aware of their own physical limitations and/or consult a doctor before signing up. Here are a few notes of who is not a good Aerial candidate (please note that any of the below clients could be great Pilates or Yoga participants. Please contact the studio at info@luftseattle.com for more information):

·  Pregnancy
·  Recent cesarean birth
·  Glaucoma
·  Recent surgery (hands, wrists, shoulders, head, eyes, back, hips, etc.)
·  Heart disease
·  Stroke
·  Vertigo
·  Carpal tunnel syndrome
·  Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
·  Arthritis
·  Artificial hips

SAFETY IS OUR NUMBER ONE PRIORITY:

At LUFT your safety is our number one concern and we take it very seriously. All our Aerial teachers are experts in their field and trained to focus on safe teaching and spotting techniques. We maintain a regular inspection schedule to keep our equipment clean and performing properly. Our ceiling are 12 feet tall and our equipment hangs at 11 feet. Our silks support up to 1,000 pounds of weight.


SESSION DESCRIPTIONS:


PRIVATE AERIAL SESSIONS: 

Beginners start with basic wraps, climbs and poses close to the floor. More advanced students learn advanced poses, spins and inversions and eventually learn their own sequence and choreography. Different wraps, holds, and drops will get integrated as you learn more and become stronger. We encourage all Aerialist's to take regular LUFT Aerial Fitness, Pilates and Yoga classes to strengthen their body and become more conditioned for the work on the Silks. As your strength and confidence increases you'll be amazed at what you are capable of doing!

SEMI-PRIVATE AERIAL SESSIONS: 

This is the perfect workout to share with a friend and cut down on the overall expense. This dynamic session for two people incorporates basic wraps, climbs and poses close to the floor. We encourage all Aerialist's to take regular LUFT Aerial Fitness, Pilates and Yoga classes to strengthen their body and become more conditioned for the work on the Silks. 


GROUP CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:


AERIAL - BARRE:

This intense Aerial Barre class will improve your flexibility and balance as well as sculpt, tone and strengthen your entire body. We are fusing the principles of Aerial, Barre, Pilates and Yoga into one dynamic workout that will strengthen your core, lengthen your muscles and tone your body. You will practice at least 1-2 inversions on the Aerial Sling during this barre class.

• This class is open to all clients please make sure you are in good health and without any acute injuries before participating.

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Pilates


Pilates

Pilates


Pilates

WHAT MAKES PILATES UNIQUE?

Pilates is designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and to re-balance the muscles around the joints, placing emphasis on scapular stabilization. The focus of Pilates is on strengthening the core muscles, which builds overall strength, increases spinal and pelvic stability and improves balance and coordination. Pilates also effectively decreases back pain and other chronic joint or muscle issues. From athletes to seniors, elite fitness training to rehabilitation, Pilates is a safe and effective workout. 

WHAT IS STOTT PILATES?

STOTT Pilates incorporates modern exercise principles, including contemporary thinking about spinal rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. As opposed to some exercise methods that promote a flat back, STOTT Pilates exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and re-balance the muscles around the joints, placing emphasis on scapular stabilization.

IS PILATES LIKE YOGA? 

Both Yoga and Pilates encourage the mind-body connection and incorporate deep breathing and smooth, long movements. They also both rely heavily on using your own body weight to gain strength and balance, though Pilates incorporates resistance equipment as well when appropriate. While they offer many similar benefits, Yoga and Pilates differ in their pace and focus. Pilates flows through a series of dynamic exercises that are anatomically based and emphasize conscious muscle control and precise movements. Overall, Pilates is an effective conditioning program that enhances deep core strength, coordination and muscle control. From the strong core developed in Pilates, posture, agility and overall fitness are also improved. Many people find that Yoga and Pilates are complementary workouts and choose to do both. 

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A MAT WORKOUT AND A REFORMER WORKOUT? 

Mat-based workouts are very convenient and can be done anywhere. In mat work, the main resistance is the weight of the body against gravity. Adding light equipment and the larger resistance equipment, such as the Pilates reformer, will place more emphasis on the outer limbs and add variety and intensity to any Pilates’ program. On the reformer, the varied weight of several springs helps mitigate the effects of gravity. The springs can be used to increase or decrease the challenge of work or even to work a completely different set of muscles. 

WHAT KIND OF RESULTS CAN BE EXPECTED WHEN PRACTICING PILATES? 

Pilates is designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and to re-balance the muscles around the joints, placing emphasis on scapular stabilization. By strengthening the core muscles, the pelvis and spine are also stabilized, leading to improved balance and coordination. As a low-impact exercise with rehabilitative qualities, Pilates also effectively decreases back pain and other chronic joint or muscle issues. Its customizable nature makes it suitable for therapeutic needs as well as elite athletic fitness training. Pilates does not cause big, bulky muscles, but develops a long, lean and toned figure. Other results include improved posture, increased strength, improved circulation and a balanced physical and mental sense of well-being. 

IS PILATES SAFE DURING AND AFTER PREGNANCY? 

Pilates is a safe and effective way to support the body during pregnancy, prepare it for labor and promote strength, vitality and fitness after pregnancy. The adaptable nature of Pilates also makes it well-suited for pre-and post-natal women as the program can be continually modified to meet the body’s changing needs.

WHAT IS THE APPROPRIATE ATTIRE FOR A PILATES CLASS? 

It is recommended to wear something non-restricting and comfortable to a Pilates’ session. Whether on the mat or using the reformer, a Pilates’workout involves moving in all directions and using all major muscle groups. No shoes are needed during a Pilates’ workout, and socks are optional depending on what is most comfortable. 

IS IT OK TO EAT BEFORE A PILATES WORKOUT? 

It is not recommended to eat a large meal before a Pilates’ workout. Because Pilates focuses on the core, eating too much prior to a session may cause discomfort or limit the ability to engage the abdominal muscles. Of course, every individual is different and everyone is encouraged to find the balance that works with their own body. 


SESSION DESCRIPTIONS:


Private Pilates SessionS:

Private sessions include a combination of Mat, Reformer, Cadillac and Stability Chair exercises that are customized depending on the individual’s needs and goals. To help create an appropriate workout routine, a free postural analysis will be conducted during the second private session. 

Semi-Private Pilates SessionS:

This is the perfect workout to share with a friend and cut down on the overall expense. This dynamic session for two people incorporates the Mat, Reformer, Cadillac and Stability Chair to provide an effective workout for both individuals. 


GROUP CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:
 

PILATES - FOUNDATION:

This supportive Pilates Foundation class will teach you the basics of Pilates while improving your flexibility and balance as well as sculpt, tone and strengthen your entire body. This is the perfect class if you are new to Pilates or are transitioning from private sessions to group classes. We will guide you through a solid Pilates flow that will challenge your mind and body yet leave you feeling taller, stronger and more balanced.

• This class is great for anyone new to Pilates or who would like to brush up on the basics please make sure you are in good health and without any acute injuries before participating.

PILATES - ALL LEVELS:

This invigorating Pilates All Levels class will improve your flexibility and balance as well as sculpt, tone and strengthen your entire body. This is a great class for anyone who wants to strengthen their core, create long and lean muscles while working with different props (stability ball, magic circle, flex band, weights) to create a more challenging workout.

• This class is for new or experienced clients please make sure you are in good health and without any acute injuries before participating.

PILATES - INTERMEDIATE:

This challenging Pilates Intermediate class will improve your flexibility and balance as well as sculpt, tone and strengthen your entire body. This class will strengthen your core, create long and lean muscles while working on intermediate Pilates exercises with increased repetitions and combinations to create a more advanced workout.

• This class is for experienced clients only please make sure you are in good health and without any acute injuries before participating.

PILATES - BARRE:

This addicting Pilates Barre class will improve your flexibility and balance as well as sculpt, tone and strengthen your entire body. We are fusing the best of Pilates and Barre into one dynamic workout that will strengthen your core, lengthen your muscles and tone your body. We will spend at least 20 minutes on the Ballet Barre and then incorporate the Pilates reformer to round out our workout to further sculpt your arms, legs, core and buttocks.

• This class is open to all clients please make sure you are in good health and without any acute injuries before participating.

PILATES - CARDIO JUMP:

This dynamic Cardio Jump class will elevate your heart rate, challenge your endurance as well as sculpt, tone and strengthen your entire body. We will jump for at least 20 minutes lying down using the jump board to strengthen the core and to create long and lean muscles. We also add basic to intermediate Pilates exercises with increased repetitions and combinations to create a more challenging workout.

• This class is for experienced clients only please make sure you are in good health and without any acute injuries before participating.

PILATES - PRE-NATAL AND POST-NATAL:

This relaxing Pilates Pre- and Post-Natal class will help you maintain and regain your flexibility and balance as well as sculpt, tone and strengthen your entire body during and after pregnancy. We are focusing on moving you safely during the months when your body changes and support you for when you are getting your body back into pre-baby shape. Pilates will strengthen and stretch specific muscle groups which are weakened and tight from the postural changes and stresses that occur during pregnancy. Pilates is also great for recovering from child birth and helps you to regain deep abdominal and pelvic floor strength to help support your lower back and the demands of taking care of a newborn (feeding, lifting, bending). This is a safe and supportive class for future and new Mom's to share their experiences and enjoy some great me-time.

• This class is for open to all pre-natal and post-natal clients please make sure your Dr. has cleared you to participate in Pilates classes.