How Do I Start?
Your first visit will be an introductory session. The first half will consist of a consultation visit to discuss your health history and fitness goals. Please fill out our forms beforehand. You will be introduced to the Pilates system and the equipment. We get you moving in your first session. As we are getting to know each other and how your body moves, exercises will progress.
Is it Safe?
Pilates is a safe, low-impact form of exercise for most people. It is wonderful to use preventatively, post-injury, and during or after a pregnancy. As with many exercise programs however, there are risks of injury. If you have medical problems or recent surgery that restricts you from working out, you need to be cleared to participate.
What Should I Wear?
Wear comfortable fitted clothing that will allow you to move without being restricted. Pants or shorts should be well-fitted so they do not get caught in equipment. No shoes are required – you will wear grippy socks. Please remove dangly earrings and necklaces for safety.
Why use the equipment?
Joseph Pilates first developed traditional mat exercises. He then went on to design several different apparatuses. Equipment uses spring tensions to allow for assistance and resistance and straps for your hands and feet for certain exercises. All combined, there are hundreds of different exercises that make up Pilates. Equipment challenges and supports your body as you learn to move more efficiently while building strength and length. We use PEAK Pilates and Gratz equipment, leaders in Pilates equipment.
How long are sessions?
All sessions are 50-55 minutes long.
How often should I come?
People do Pilates anywhere from once a week to once a day. Pilates uses minimal repetitions to focus on quality and form. Pilates’ foundation is in your core abdominal muscles or “powerhouse” – these muscles can be worked daily without needing a rest day.
Even if you take just one session a week, you can easily incorporate a few minutes of Pilates every day. Your instructor may give you appropriate ‘homework’ to do at home.
What Can Pilates Do for Me?
- Improve posture
- Build core strength
- Add muscle without bulking up
- Increase flexibility
- Improve balance and coordination
- Develop neglected muscles
- Retrain faulty movement patterns
- Improve range of motion
- Develop a sense of body awareness
- Help prevent muscle and joint injury
- Prevent or Improve back pain
- Stand taller with confidence
- Stress relief
- Overall physical fitness
- Develop a centered self
- Create a mind-body connection
When Can I Expect to See Results?
Joseph Pilates is famous for saying, “In 10 sessions you will feel the difference; in 20 you will see the difference; and in 30 you will have a whole new body.” Many people do in fact feel a difference after 10 sessions. They may feel stronger, notice connections to muscles they didn’t have before, experience better posture, and even have less aches and pains.
Who Can Practice Pilates?
Pilates can be practiced by anyone. If you are not strong enough for certain exercises you will use a ‘building block’ exercise until you are able. If you are not able to perform an exercise, modifications will be used or the exercise will be omitted. All exercises can be customized for your needs while staying true to Joseph Pilates’s intention for that exercise.
I am Recovering from an Injury. Is Pilates Good For Me?
Yes! As long as you have been cleared from your medical provider for regular exercise, Pilates is excellent for rehab. Many people will graduate from physical therapy and start conditioning through Pilates. It can be a gentle form of exercise that is tailored to your needs. We can also work around an injury and get you a very effective workout without causing you pain.
Can I Lose Weight?
Yes! Pilates will help tone and lengthen your muscles. You may notice your waistline slims as your core strength improves. While beginning Pilates is typically not a cardio workout, you are continuously moving and may break a light sweat. Best weight loss results are tackled with dietary changes and the addition of low-impact cardio training. As your practice becomes more advanced, your sessions will become more aerobic as well.
Can I Do Pilates if I’m Overweight?
Yes! Pilates is a perfect place to start exercising and, of course, a wonderful addition to any ongoing fitness program. Pilates can be done by all body types.
I Have Back Problems. Can Pilates help?
One of the best things you can do for your back is to strengthen your core muscles. Not your six pack abs but your true ‘powerhouse’ muscles. These are deep muscles closest to your spine that include some of your abdominal, back and pelvic floor muscles. When these are all engaged and strong, you will take pressure off of your spinal discs. Pilates can help alleviate and prevent back pain.
Do I Need to Do Other Exercise?
Pilates is a full body workout. Depending on your level of fitness and skill, classes can very in intensity. The American Heart Association recommends a total of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity a week and moderate to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity at least 2 days per week for overall cardiovascular health. Pilates will definitely help you achieve this goal!
Many people will notice improvement in other fitness forms as well. Better precision, better control and better movement quality are some examples.