|1. What Is Pilates?
Pilates is a "functional" method of exercise. In your daily life, you bend, twist, reach, overly extend, lose your balance, and catch yourself falling. Pilates helps you learn to do these habitual things with ease, strength, and greater awareness. Pilates works on building a stronger and better functioning body as a whole, rather than isolating muscles individually.
The Pilates method first builds a strong core and then uses the core strength to help balance the rest of your body for improved stability and agility. In Pilates, we aim to lengthen tight muscles and strengthen weak muscles to align the spine and bring the body into a better and more harmonious balance. Conclusively, it creates equilibrium to keep the body able to move and perform at its optimal best. With all this hard work also comes a beautifully leaner and more toned individual.
2. What Are the Benefits of Pilates?
- Longer, Leaner Muscles
- Greater Range of Motion
- Heightened Body Awareness
- Improved Posture
- Balanced Strength & Flexibility
- Complement for Other Exercises
- Managed Stress
- Stronger, More Stable Joints
- A Strengthened Core
- Greater Back & Limb Support
- Injury Prevention
- Enhanced Sports Performance
- Improved Circulation
- Greater Coordination
3. How Long until I See Results?
You will feel the results before you see them. How long it takes to see the results depends on your physical fitness before Pilates, the amount of time you devote per week, and whether you use private or group sessions. Other factors include whether or not you have injuries and if you participate in any other physical activity outside of your Pilates session. If you're taking private Pilates sessions 2 to 3 times per week, you will see results within the first 2 to 3 weeks and feel the difference within the first 3 sessions.
4. How Many Times a Week Should I Do Pilates?
For best results, Pilates should be done at least 2 to 3 times per week. One time per week is only enough for maintenance.
5. Is It Better to Start with Classes or Private Sessions?
If affordable, it's best to start with private sessions to get your instructor's full attention. Everyone's body is different and you may need more understanding of certain principles than others in a class setting. Private classes are also recommended so that you start off with the proper understanding of Pilates and that you're using the right form before you go into a group setting.
6. Do Men Do Pilates?
Yes. Many men do Pilates and its popularity is growing among the male population. Today, men in the field of health care and professional athletes are the biggest advocates of Pilates. Just ask your own doctor, physical therapist, or chiropractor.
7. Can I Do Pilates While I Am Pregnant?
Every pregnancy is different, so it's required that you consult with your physician to find out what is right for your body during your pregnancy. There are some exercises that are fine for some pregnant woman, but not for others. If your physician gives you the OK, moderate Pilates can actually be beneficial for a pregnant woman.
Pilates exercises strengthen the deep pelvic floor muscles, which is beneficial to having a quick and easy labor and recovery. It's important to remember pregnant women's bodies go through many changes over the course of a pregnancy, and exercise must be modified to be safe during these changes.
The amazing thing about Pilates is that a qualified instructor can create a safe, modified workout to suit anyone's ability and limitations. Make sure you inform your instructor of exactly what your physician's recommendations are for you, and be sure to drink lots of water and avoid overexerting yourself.
8. Are Mat or Equipment Sessions More Effective?
Mat and equipment sessions are equally effective. The difference between the two is that mat exercises can be done anywhere anytime, but there is only moderate added resistance. On the equipment, you have added resistance from the spring tension and the machines are better for correcting muscle imbalances in the body. The equipment was initially designed to help the individual perform the mat exercise more proficiently.
9. What Is the Difference between Pilates and Yoga?
In yoga, you move from one static pose to another without repetitions. In Pilates, the exercises are more methodical, dynamic, and anatomically safe for joints. Pilates and yoga are often thought to be similar because both methods require the mind-body connection, focus on breathing, and produce long, lean musculature without adding bulk.
10. Is Pilates Difficult?
Everyone can do Pilates. There are different levels of Pilates ranging from beginner to advanced. Certain Pilates exercises are more challenging for some people than others. An advanced client may find an exercise difficult that a beginner eases through because of their different body types. The great thing about Pilates is that you can always move at your own pace-there modifications and pacing for every level and body type.
11. Can I Do Pilates if I Have a Bad Back?
Be sure to consult your physician first, but done consistently with a certified and experience instructor, Pilates can tremendously help your back. By strengthening your core muscles, Pilates will help you achieve the support and strength your back needs. It would not be safe to attempt Pilates on your own; a qualified instructor can make sure that you are doing the exercises correctly. He or she has the knowledge to modify certain exercises to your body's specific needs and limitations.
12. Will Pilates Alone Help Me Lose Weight?
Pilates will help you lose weight with the addition to cardiovascular exercise and reduced caloric intake. The best form of exercises to pair together for weight loss are resistance training (such as Pilates) and cardiovascular exercise (such as Cardiolates or Zumba).
13. Why Should I Do Pilates over Any Other Form
of Resistance Training?
1. Pilates is something you can do forever without causing wear and tear in your joints.
2. Pilates improves your posture, body awareness, and coordination.
3. The spring resistance used on Pilates machines closely imitates the muscle contractions of the human body.
4. Pilates brings the body to a greater state of equilibrium by working toward balancing strength with flexibility and correcting the muscular imbalances in the body that lead to injuries.
5. Anyone can do Pilates regardless of age or level of physical fitness.
14. How Old/Young Do I Have to Be to Do Pilates?
You are never too old to do Pilates. We allow children ages 4 and up for private sessions and/or the "Mommy and Me" sessions.
15. Will I Become Taller from Doing Pilates?
Pilates helps you to strengthen your deep abdominals, which support the rest of your body and emphasize posture. Our exercises are designed to stretch your spine and strengthen your postural muscles, which help you hold yourself up tall with good posture effortlessly. Once these groups of muscles have been strengthened and stretched, you'll appear and actually seem taller.
16. Should I Do Any Other Exercise Routine
in Addition to Pilates?
Pilates and some form of cardiovascular activity is all your need. However, Pilates complements all other forms of exercise. If you need to include some cardiovascular activity to your exercise regimen, ask your instructor to include rebounding. Its benefits include core strengthening and cardiovascular activity in one!
17. Why Are Springs Used for Resistance
on Pilates Equipment?
As your muscles contract, the springs supply gradual resistance to make sure your muscles are working correctly in a way that does not cause as much stress on the muscle's tendons and ligaments.
18. What Do I Wear to Do Pilates?
You can wear anything that you are comfortable working out in, but short shorts are not recommended. Fitted workout attire is best so that your instructor can see your abdominal engagement and spinal articulation. Pilates is done either barefoot or in grip socks. Please refrain from wearing clothing with zippers, jewelry, perfumes, and lotions while working out.
19. Will I Be Sore after Pilates?
It depends on a number of factors. You don't have to be sore after your Pilates workout for it to be effective. Sometimes people who are physically fit do not feel sore after their workout because they are not necessarily using muscles that have never been used before, or they are not using their core to its deepest ability to initiate the movement.
Some beginners may take a few sessions too really get proper engagement to feel muscle soreness post-workout. If you have a concern, speak with your instructor. He or she is more than willing to help you achieve your goals and answer any of your questions. When you do experience soreness, it should not be anything that keeps you from your daily activities, but you will begin to become aware of muscles you have never used before or realized you had!
20. I heard Pilates can make sex better Is this true?
Practicing Pilates makes sex better for some obvious reasons. It makes you stronger and more flexible. It makes you feel more confident about your body by focusing on what it can do and not what it looks like, but it helps you have a smokin' body anyway. Let's be honest; for a woman, feeling hot yourself is as much of a turn on as thinking your partner is hot. Knowing your booty looks great in a pair of jeans goes a long way as an aphrodisiac. However, even a healthy dose of narcissism is not enough to fully explain why Pilates makes sex better for women and their partners.The real secret is that Pilates strengthens your pelvic floor, so while Pilates has a GREAT health benefit it also has an even greater sex benefit.
21. Why Are Pilates Sessions Expensive?
Quality Pilates instructors are not as easy to find as a personal trainer at your local gym. Quality instructors teach privately and/or at quality studios or with physical therapists/chiropractors. We are all certified with the most qualified education. We've gone through intense training and education to help you achieve the most functional body possible. Our hard work helps you fix and maintain your most important instrument-your body.