What should I do to get started in Pilates?
If you are brand new to pilates, the best way to get started is to schedule private lessons with an instructor to assess your individual fitness level, postural and flexibility issues, and any injuries or problem areas you have. As a new client, you can purchase an introductory package of 3 private one-hour lessons at a reduced price where you will learn the fundamentals of Pilates exercises and the utilization of the various equipment, such as the reformer, chair, and tower as well as floor exercises to develop your strength and flexibility. Operating the springs and resistance straps on the equipment is much different than gym-type machines and requires familiarity and practice to be safe.
Upon completion of the introductory lessons, you may decide to participate in small group equipment and/or mat classes, or you might feel that additional private lessons would be most beneficial.
If you prefer to begin your Pilates exercise routine only with mat exercises, you can also enroll in our Beginner Mat, or Open level mat classes that are offered at the studio. Eventually you will most likely want to progress into the equipment levels of the Pilates Systems.
Will I get individual attention?
At The Pilates Body, we are committed to the individual. While some studios offer a huge class schedule with double-digit participants, we prefer to focus on private/semi-private sessions and small group (typically 4 to 5 people) classes. The individual attention our clients receive enable them to achieve their goals quickly and safely. Our focus is always on form, alignment, and accuracy and small groups or private sessions are the only way to insure this.
Who can do Pilates?
With the assistance of a qualified instructor, nearly anyone can do Pilates. We have worked with people of all ages from children to the elderly and also those with various types of physical issues. As you begin working with our instructors, either one-on-one or in a small group setting, your own personal needs and physical attributes are taken into consideration when developing a program design. Many of our clients begin pilates to help heal an injury in conjunction with physical therapy and other medical treatments.
How many times a week should I do Pilates?
Pilates can be done everyday. In fact, Joe recommended it! Unlike other forms of exercise where there is a breakdown of muscle tissue that needs time to rebuild between workouts, Pilates can be done consecutively and daily if desired. A balance of mat and equipment work will bring results that will amaze you. Eventhough you could practice pilates daily, the real world enters into the picture and for some this is not realistic! A commitment to 2-3 sessions per week is recommended, but even once a week is a benefit.
Will I tone up and lose weight with Pilates?
Pilates is a great addition to any weight loss regimen. Pilates can help to tone and strengthen your body and will create long and lean muscle definition without adding bulk or causing injury. Building and developing muscle boosts metabolism which aids in weight loss.
Is Pilates an Aerobic exercise?
Cardiovascular, or “aerobic,” exercise is any exercise that increases your heart rate and works your lungs. While not typically categorized as cardiovascular exercise, pilates absolutely increases your heart rate. As you progress through increased levels of proficiency, the cardio component becomes even more engaging. You will increase lung capacity as well.
Why is it called "mind-body" exercise?
Joseph Pilates believed “strong mind, strong body.” The brain and the body must work together to achieve strength, balance and health. Pilates is not an exercise that you can zone out on. Concentration, focus and control are a necessary part of your workout.
Will I bulk up doing Pilates?
No! Pilates is known for creating long, lean muscles and a balanced strength.
Do men do Pilates? Competitive Athletes?
Absolutely. Some of the most committed followers of pilates exercise programs are men and competitive athletes. Not only are the exercises invigorating and challenging, serious athletes utilize pilates to improve and enhance their game. Of course this is true for men and women, adolescents and geriatrics! Our clients include golfers, tennis players, competitive dancers, hockey players, football players and the list goes on. Strengthening the core and spine are vital to improving everyone's game.
What is the difference between Mat and Equipment?
Joseph Pilates developed exercises for the mat to strengthen your core, or as he called it, your powerhouse. When working on the mat, you use your own body weight and gravity as resistance. The basic strength you develop here is essential for all machine work. The pilates machines were developed to add resistance to the movements with the use of springs and straps (pulleys). These springs mimic closely a muscular contraction. The reformer, the cadillac (or trapeze table), the chair, the ladder barrel, the pedi-pull and other small equipment make up the machines that Joseph Pilates developed. All are great ways to build your strength, balance, flexibility, body awareness and control. All of these are utilized at The Pilates Body.
Can I do Pilates if I am pregnant?
First and foremost, always check with your Physician. The ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists) has set guidelines for exercise and pregnancy. The rule of thumb is not to start a new exercise routine when you are pregnant. If you were doing pilates before you became pregnant, than you can certainly continue as long as you and your physician feel there are no other complicating factors in your pregnancy. Your routine may change a bit as you progress and one of our certified instructors will to tell you which exercises are not recommended in each trimester. Our pregnant clients appreciate pilates stretching and breathing and it keeps them strong for when baby arrives!