PILATES FAQ

Who can do Pilates?


Pilates is suitable for all fitness levels, body types and ages. That is the beauty of Pilates, it is an extremely flexible exercise system. Modifications to the exercises allow for a range of difficulty from beginner to super advanced. It is gentle on the joints, but can also be very challenging. Pilates is a workout!

Can men do Pilates?


Yes! Pilates was created by a man who used it to train army troops, interned prisoners, and men from all walks of life.  Many professional athletes include Pilates in their training regimen.  The benefits for men are increased overall strength, reduction of stress, increased flexibility, and preventing injuries.

 

How many times a week should I do Pilates?

The success of any exercise program is consistency. For optimal results, at least twice a week is recommended. With the variety of classes available there are many options to make it fun and affordable.

How do I start?

We recommend that you start with at least 3 private lessons. You will get complete individual attention in these sessions. This will introduce you to Pilates and allow your instructor to assess your needs and goals. You may also start with a friend or group of friends. Please see our Getting Started page for more detailed information.

What do I wear?

You should wear clothing that allows your body to move, but try to avoid baggy clothes that would make it difficult for the instructor to observe your body during the session. You can do Pilates in your bare feet or socks. No shoes in the studio please. We have cubbies at the front to place your shoes and belongings.

How soon will I see results?

This depends on a number of factors such as your current level of fitness, the frequency of your visits and level of body awareness. Most people sense immediate changes from their very first session. You will likely feel taller, more lifted, and aware of your posture. One of Joseph Pilates’ most famous quotes states, “You will feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 sessions, and have a whole new body in 30 sessions”.

Why is Pilates so expensive?

Our instructors are highly trained professionals who have invested hundreds of hours studying the technique. They learn the goal and philosophy for each movement, spend considerable time observing and mastering proper form and sequences, and apprentice to fine tune their teaching skills prior to taking a series of rigorous written and practical exams. They learn more than just a series of moves, they learn how to assess their students’ posture, how to adapt exercises for various body conditions, and how to customize an optimal session for each individual. This kind of specialized training is just the beginning. Excellence in teaching is developed through experience and continuing education through workshops and seminars. These training expenses combined with the expenses of furnishing a fully equipped studio with high quality equipment are the reasons for the cost.

Is it worth the money?

Yes, training in Pilates is a long-lasting investment in your health. In addition to being a great workout, you will be retraining your body to move more efficiently and gaining strength and flexibility you need as you get older.

The body awareness and good habits you develop with Pilates will carry over into your daily activities and stay with you long after your session.

What is the difference between mat and apparatus (equipment) sessions?

When most people think of Pilates, what comes to mind is exercises performed on a mat. Mat work is just one component of the whole system of exercises that Pilates offers. When you do Pilates on the Mat, you must support your body weight with gravity as resistance through the movements. Mat work is a great way to begin Pilates when apparatus is not available. It is also portable for those individuals who travel frequently or prefer the privacy of their own home. Small apparatus can be used in mat Pilates such as balls, rollers, rings, and bands.

When you work out on equipment such as the Reformer, your movements and the weight of your body are supported by the carriage as well as by a system of springs varying in resistance. The specially designed springs help tailor the degree of difficulty. The equipment can simplify Pilates concepts for beginners as well as provide unique challenges as you become stronger and more flexible allowing for a greater array of movements and positions.

Why not just take Pilates classes at the gym?

A Pilates instructor at a health club or gym is much less likely to have the advanced training of an instructor teaching for a studio. Plus, the classes are usually too large to get the individual attention you need to perform the exercises correctly.

When should I arrive for class?

Try to arrive 10-15 minutes early for your first lesson. There will be a short form to fill out and we will take a few minutes to discuss your medical history and goals. After the first lesson, 5-10 minutes prior to class is enough to get settled in before class.

Can I do Pilates if I am pregnant?

Pilates is great for the body during pregnancy for a woman who has been practicing Pilates. However, if you have never done Pilates prior to becoming pregnant, we advise that you wait until after the baby is born and you are cleared by your doctor for exercise. Then call us and we will help you get those abdominal muscles back into shape!

Will Pilates help me lose weight?

Simply put, weight loss occurs when you burn more calories than you take in and the more muscle tone you have the more calories you will burn. With dietary changes and Pilates as an addition to some cardiovascular exercise you will have increased the amount of calories your body is capable of burning. Pilates will definitely change the shape of your body. You will lose inches by toning muscle and you will stand taller, both of which make you appear thinner. As you progress and become a more advanced student, the exercises will flow from one to the next quickly and you will find your heart pumping.

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

Both Yoga and Pilates are considered mind-body exercise forms, meaning that you are focused and actively using your mind while performing the exercise. Yoga, for the most part, involves static poses, which are held while exploring your breathing, physical feelings and emotions. Pilates is about moving in ways that help strengthen your powerhouse, including your stabilizing muscles. Yoga emphasizes flexibility over building strength (although it enhances both), while Pilates emphasizes toning over flexibility (but, again, it enhances both). Yoga focuses on stress relief and has a spiritual aspect. Yoga’s teachings encourage us to be kind to all beings, including ourselves, and to search for balance in our lives and lifestyle. You won’t find any of this in a Pilates class, which only focuses on mental concentration, breathing and movement. Pilates keeps your body moving to give you a workout.