What should I wear to class?
You should wear clothing that you can move in easily and feel comfortable wearing. Most people wear leggings or yoga pants with a tank top or t-shirt. If you would like to wear shorts, we recommend that you wear close fitting bike shorts.
Which class should I sign up for?
If you are unsure of the class level that is best for you, please contact us. If we are not able to determine your class level after a brief conversation, we can arrange for an evaluation session where your best placement can be determined. Appropriate placement is important for your safety, as well as, for your ability to successfully reach your goals.
How many times per week should I do Pilates?
As with any exercise, consistency is key. To get the best and most noticeable results from your Pilates practice, we recommend practicing your Pilates exercises at least three times per week. Because Pilates does not focus on specific muscle groups, there is no need to alternate workout days, therefor, Pilates can be practiced every day if you wish.
I am recovering from an injury, can I still do Pilates?
Most likely yes, but it depends on what is going on in your body. Pilates is primarily non-weight bearing and every exercise can be modified to accommodate the needs and limitation of each person. It is best to consult with your doctor and your instructor so that an appropriate program can be created to meet your specific needs and goals.
Does Pilates only strengthen the abdominal muscles?
Pilates is a whole-body exercise system. Where other forms of exercise focus on individual, large muscle groups, Pilates works every muscle of the body simultaneously, including the deeper support muscles, in order to create balance and deep strength within the body.
Is Pilates just for women?
No. Pilates was created by Joseph Pilates, a boxer, gymnast and overall fitness expert. He originally used the work to rehabilitate those injured in the war and as a physical fitness regimen mainly for men. Once Mr. Pilates brought his work to the US, Pilates quickly gained recognition within the dance community as both a great workout and rehabilitation for injuries sustained from the repetitive movement of dance. It was at this time that both men and women took an interest in Pilates.
How is Pilates different from Yoga?
Pilates and Yoga compliment each other well, but they are not the same. Yoga is a ancient system that has many forms, some therapeutic and some athletic. Yoga focuses on maintaining and deepening postures while incorporating meditation and other spiritual pursuits. Pilates was developed in the early 1900’s by Joseph Pilates. With its six guiding principles of Balance, Flow of Movement, Precision, Concentration, Centering and Control, it is a system of exercise intended to focus the mind to work the whole body simultaneously in pursuit of better posture, alignment and balance.
Why should I do Pilates/Is Pilates for me?
Pilates is mainly performed lying down or seated making it accessible to most people. The equipment provides both challenge and support. The exercises are easily modified for those with injuries or other limitations, but can also be a solid workout for those who have a high level of fitness. As a matter of fact, Pilates is an excellent system for cross training. It balances the musculature and can lessen the risk of injury due to the repetitive motions of our other activities.