SIX DEGREES is a movement studio in the heart of Uptown Minneapolis. They offer a variety of group classes—including Reformer and Mat Pilates, Barre and Slow Burn Barre, Six° Strength, yoga, TRX, Cardio Core, Core Boxing, and Asana Stretch—as well as private and semi-private sessions.
Studio: Six Degrees Uptown
Location: 3021 Holmes Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55408
Pilates: Pilates is the core of Six Degrees. The Pilates Method is a comprehensive movement program that speaks to everyone, helping clients develop and use proper alignment and stabilization, thus giving all bodies the gift of freedom within movement. It helps each person be at home in their unique body, inhabiting its complexity and grace. A strong core radiates, bringing strength to the whole self.
Mat Pilates: Mat Pilates uses your own body weight to bring out your inner strength. The practice, designed as physical therapy and once known as “controlology” focuses on freedom of movement built on a strong core. It is adaptable to students of every level of physical ability and each class is led by a certified Pilates instructor. Classes occasionally incorporate a variety of studio props to create an even stronger core connection.
The Class: This was my first experience taking a Pilates class of any kind. I have a Pilates DVD that I’ve done at home but I was excited to try a class and see how it differs. The first mat Pilates class I attended was on Sunday, where the studio does “Save Your Buck Sundays (SYBS)“, which is a part of their Pilates Teacher Training Program and the classes are offered at a discounted price.
The class was taught by Anne Becker, and she went through each movement and described what to do and showed us how to do it. There were 4 of us in class. Two were regulars and two were newbies (including me). I liked that the class moved slowly compared to barre where it’s so fast I had no idea what was going on. We went through a lot of different Pilates moves. There were some I had never done before such as the bicycle.
I went back again and took a regular mat Pilates class (not on Sunday) and it was taught by the same instructor as the Sunday class I took. This class was a bit bigger but still the same moves and I still loved the bicycle move but do not so much love the push-up series.
The instructor talked about the 6 Principles of Pilates – Centering, Control, Concentration, Precision, Breathing, and Flowing Movement.
What Else to Know: They provide thick mats for you. The mat has a strap on one end that you can lace your feet into for assistance with poses such as rolling up from laying flat. Very nice! You will want to bring a water bottle and a towel, if you like. You can do the class barefoot or wearing socks with grippers on the bottom.
Bottom Line: Pilates is a great workout that really focuses on concentration and maintaining a strong core. While the moves don’t always feel super hard while performing them, I definitely felt the burn afterwards and the following day. I think Pilates is a great form of exercise for anyone to include in their usual training program, including runners!
Check out Six Degrees Uptown if you are in the Minneapolis area!
***We were not compensated by Six Degrees in any way, all opinions are our own.