Discover your body: Try Pilates at the Pad

If you’re someone who loves their health, you’ve probably tried many different forms of fitness in many different places. But ask yourself: how much do you actually know about your body? Are you working the small muscles as much as you are working the big muscle groups? Do you know the correct way to engage your core? Which are your core muscles anyway? We know all the features of the phone that we carry around all day, but how much do you actually know about your body that you spend your whole entire life in? We’re not expecting you to go back to school and learn biology. We are proposing that you learn about your body in the most fun and exciting way possible – through Pilates!


Pilates is a movement form inspired by martial arts, yoga, weight lifting and gymnastics. It takes the best parts of all these forms of movement and to ensure that after you finish a Pialtes class, your body feels longer, stronger, taller and moves more efficiently. The routine works on your core strength and enables the right posture, muscle stretch, bone strength, and core strength. Your way of living will be transformed by Pilates.

The PAD is the only studio to offer the Fletcher Pilates technique in the region. What is unique about Fletcher Pilates is the Fletcher breath technique, which is called the Percussive Breath. The Percussive Breath flushes the body with oxygen and heals it. Ron Fletcher, the inventor of the Fletcher Pilates method trained himself and his clients to use the full capacity of their lungs. The breathing techniques taught at The PAD change posture, oxygenate your body, relieve muscle tension and stress and drive movement.

Improving your fitness is not always just about bulking up. It is about realizing your inner strength and pushing your body to its full potential. Pilates can open up your body strength and flexibility beyond your imagination.

Pilates is a recommended activity for people undergoing rehabilitation. The posture correction and muscle activation exercises change the way you function securing you from further muscle-related injuries.

Pilates can be customized as per your body type.

Pilates vs Gym

At the gym, you work on your large muscle groups – your quads, hamstrings, biceps, triceps, lats. But what about your smaller muscles that support your bigger muscles? Your serratus anterior, your lower traps, your QL, all your glutes (not just the glute max), the muscles around your ankles and your fingers? At The PAD, we ensure that the small muscles are firing correctly so that you prevent any possible injury while you work the bigger muscles at the gym!

Did you also know, that a muscle that is over-trained, usually becomes short and stiff. A stiff muscle is not able to perform its function to the best of its ability, and this may sometimes be a cause for injury! At The PAD, we ensure that every exercise includes stretching as well as strengthening – so that you are able to utilize all your muscles correctly!

Embracing the principles of Pilates can be life-changing and make you better at other forms of workouts at the gym.


Yasmin Karachiwala

Yasmin KarachiwalaThe PAD brings celebrity master instructor Yasmin Karachiwala’s mantra to the UAE. She is responsible for popularizing Pilates in India, as she was the first BASI certified Pilates instructor in India. She teaches Bollywood celebrities such as Katrina Kaif, Deepika Padukone and Alia Bhatt, and is largely responsible for their dedication towards fitness.

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Why do Pilates and Dance?

Here are two short videos - one explains how the world feels about Pilates today and the second explains the History of Pilates, where it came from, and the importance and relevance of it in today’s day and age.

While Pilates targets and effects every single muscle in the body, it does not provide you with a cardiovascular workout. That’s where dance comes in! Our dance classes through the week are a fun mix of high intensity choreography which will get your blood pumping and leave you with a well-rounded, full-body workout.