RedBird Pilates Mat

Contemporary Pilates Curriculum that follows the unique RedBird Track System for all levels | taught by Lee Vallely
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Andrea Campetella

leslie morris

Redbird Pilates Mat Level I

Next best thing to being in the RedBird studio. Clear instructions and demonstrations. I appreciate the instructors' careful attention to safety and precision in the pursuit of building strength and range of movement.

Ellen Stader

Such a thoughtful approach

RedBird classes in the classroom are so valuable because of the deeply informed and detailed instructions the teachers give each student as needed. I wondered if they would find a way to translate that attention to detail in an online class wh...

Andrea Campetella

leslie morris

Next best thing to being in the RedBird studio. Clear instructions and demonstrations. I appreciate the instructors' careful attention to safety and precision in the pursuit of building strength and range of movement.

Ellen Stader

RedBird classes in the classroom are so valuable because of the deeply informed and detailed instructions the teachers give each student as needed. I wondered if they would find a way to translate that attention to detail in an online class wh...

Lee  Vallely
Lee Vallely
Founder, Owner & Co-Director

About the Instructor

Lee Vallely has dedicated her life to movement and wellness. After an eight-year career as a professional ballet and modern dancer in New York and San Francisco, and 20 years as a teacher and consultant in the health and wellness industry, Vallely saw a need for a higher level of education and a commitment to the precision of movement.

In 2007 she moved from teaching Pilates for other clubs, and developing and managing large corporate fitness programs in Austin and around the country, to teaching small-group training programs. RedBird Pilates & Fitness has grown every year since then, necessitating four moves to progressively larger studios.

Lee and her team of teachers—all handpicked from RedBird’s intensive 450-hour teacher training program—provide high-touch, technically oriented classes using a definitive methodology that emphasizes precision movement and proper body alignment.

Earlier in her career, Lee was the national director of corporate sales for Gold's Gym International. She designed and built the chain’s first corporate sales division and managed their national sales team. Prior to Gold's Gym, she was an owner of eight Austin-based World Gym locations, where she won Best Corporate Fitness Program for five consecutive years. Lee spent her early years in the fitness industry as senior fitness director for the YMCA of Austin. Lee is a BASI and PMA-certified Pilates teacher, a certified trainer through the American Council on Exercise and an accredited fitness specialist with the national YMCA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama in Birmingham with a specialization in dance.

Quality, well-organized Pilates training from industry experts in your own home.

Redbird Pilates Mat is the heart of the RB method. This series begins with fundamental mat which teaches proper alignment, neuromuscular reeducation, appropriate movement strategies and innervation of the deep core through a high-touch, highly educational teaching style. This mindful, deep execution of movement is where lasting change begins.

RedBird is a contemporary, science-based approach to Pilates that merges the classic exercises and new core work in innovative sequencing to ensures client improve posture and alignment, improve athletic performance, prevent injury and achieve new fitness goals. RB Pilates uses the the RedBird Movement Sequencing Track System to ensure that clients work through all movement planes and ranges of motion, for balanced strength, flexibility and a full-body workout.

In this series you will:

  • Learn important alignment and postural principles
  • Start to recognize and neutralize undesired movement patterns your body has adopted
  • Learn contemporary Pilates exercises from fundamental to Intermediate II curriculum
  • Experience private workouts with Lee Vallely, RB founder, as well as real RB studio classes
  • Develop skills to improve athletic performance, prevent injury and preserve the longevity of movement abilities


FAQs

What is Pilates? Pilates is a physical fitness system developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. It principally aims to balance the body, improve mobility, teach controlled fluid movement and bring focus to the breath and alignment. It is famous for strengthening the "core" or "powerhouse" but is actually a system that trains the whole body in a rythmical, dynamic way through precise, intentional movements.

What is unique about RedBird Pilates? RedBird is contemporary Pilates practice - meaning we do not adhere strictly to the teachings of Joseph Pilates, but structure our classes more on current movement science and body mechanics research. In traditional Pilates, there is a great deal of forward flexion of the spine. At RedBird, we focus more on the posterior chain to counterbalance faulty movement and postural patterns frequently found in contemporary times.

How is this course structured? RB Pilates begins with fundamental classes to teach you important alignment and body mechanic principles key to achieving desired results. The series progress through intermediate classes into advanced Pilates work. All RedBird programs are developed using out proprietary RB Track System which ensures that your body is moved through all planes and ranges of movement for balanced strength and muscular development.

Do I need equipment? In addition to a Pilates mat, you will need a theraband, Pilates ring and small soft ball. If you do not have this equipment you can easily do the work without it. These tools are assists in creating variety and helping students to achieve the intensions of the exercises and correct muscle innervation. If you have them, great! If not you can proceed without.

What if I have already done Pilates before? RedBird is a contemporary, science-based methodology. Our Pilates programming while honoring the spirit and memory of Joe Pilates is not classic - rather it is constantly evolving with research. We strongly suggest all new students start at the fundamental level to gain a deep understanding of the method, innervate important postural and stability muscles and develop a deep understanding of the RB approach and technique.

What if I have never done Pilates? Great! We are thrilled to introduce you to this wonderful mind-body practice. Start at the fundamental level and also be sure to watch the RB educational videos for a deeper understanding of body mechanics posture and proper muscular innervation.

Are there any contraindications from taking this series?
While we aim to show many modifications in our work, there are a few conditions that would limit movement abilities in such a way that this would not be the most beneficial program. If you have osteoporosis and have been told not to do forward flexion of the spine, this is not the best program for you - check out HIIT and Body Engineering. If you are pregnant and cannot lie down on the mat on your back or belly, this is not the right time to start this program (though we hope to have pre-natal soon!). If you have any serious medical condition check with your doctor before beginning an exercise program, and if you have acute injury - wait to start.

Course Contents

31 Videos

Course Curriculum

RedBird Pilates Mat Introduction Video
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