1. What is Pilates?
Pilates is a “functional” method of exercise. In your daily life you bend, twist, reach, overly extend, loose your balance and catch yourself from falling on a daily basis. Pilates helps you learn how to do these everyday/habitual things with ease, strength and a greater awareness.
Pilates works on building a stronger and better functioning body as a whole, rather than isolating muscles individually. The Pilates method works on first building a strong core and then uses the core’s strength to help balance out the rest of the body in a way to improve the stability and agility of the human body’s functional daily performance. 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 a certain equilibrium to keep the body able to move and perform at it’s optimal best.
With all this hard work also comes a beautifully leaner and more toned individual as an added bonus.
2. What are the benefits of Pilates?
Longer, leaner muscles; Greater range of motion; Heightens body awareness; Improves posture; Stronger and more stable joints; A strengthened core; Greater back and limb support; Injury prevention; Balances strength and flexibility; Complements other methods of exercise; Helps manage stress; Enhances performance in sports; Suitable for everyone; Improves 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 results depends on your physical fitness pre-Pilates, the amount of Pilates classes you take per week and whether they are private classes or group classes, whether or not you have any injuries, and if you participated in any other physical activity outside of Pilates class. If you are taking Pilates classes 2-3 times a week you will see results within the first 2-3 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 2-3 times a week. One time a week is only enough for maintenance.
5. Is it better to start off with classes or privates?
If affordable it’s better to start off with privates so that you get your instructors full attention. Everyone’s body is different and you may need more help understanding certain principles of Pilates than another person in class. At least three privates are recommended to get you started off with a proper understanding of Pilates and to make sure you are using the right form before you enter classes. If privates are not financially available to you then start with a beginner class.
6. Do men do Pilates?
Yes. Many men do Pilates and its popularity is increasingly growing among the male population. It used to be hard to get men into the Pilates studio, but once they started feeling the results, they never left. Today, professional men in the field of health care are the biggest advocates of Pilates, just ask your own doctor or chiropractor.
7. Can I do Pilates while I’m pregnant?
Every pregnancy is different so it is required that you consult your physician first to find out what is right for your body during your pregnancy. There are some exercises that are fine for some pregnant women, but not for others. If your physician gives you the ok, moderate Pilates can actually be very beneficial for a pregnant woman. Pilates exercises strengthens the deep pelvic floor muscles, which is very beneficial to having a quick and easy labor and recovery. It is important to remember that a pregnant woman’s body goes through many changes during the course of pregnancy and exercises 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 on 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 classes more effective?
Mat and equipment classes are equally effective. The difference between the two is that mat exercises can be done anywhere at 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 exercises more proficiently. You will get the best results by doing a combination of mat and equipment classes.
9. What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
In yoga you move from one static pose to the next without repetitions, while in Pilates the exercises are more methodical, anatomically safe for the joints in the body, and dynamic. Pilates and yoga are often thought to be similar because both methods of exercise require the mind-body connection, focus on breath and produce long, lean musculature without adding bulk.
10. Is Pilates difficult?
Everyone can do Pilates. There are different levels of Pilates: beginner-advanced. Certain Pilates exercises are more challenging for some people than they are for 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 are 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 experienced instructor, Pilates can tremendously help your back. By strengthening you 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; however, a qualified instructor can make sure that you are doing the exercises correctly and 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 of cardiovascular exercise and a reduced caloric intake. The best forms of exercise to pair together for weight loss are resistance training (such as Pilates) and cardiovascular exercise (such as rebounding).
13. Why should I do Pilates over any other form of resistance training?
- Pilates is something you can do forever without causing wear and tear in your joints.
- Pilates improves your posture, body awareness, and coordination.
- The spring resistance used on Pilates machines closely imitates the muscle contractions of the human body.
- Pilates brings the body to a greater state of equilibrium by working towards balancing strength with flexibility and correcting the muscular imbalances in the body that lead to injuries.
- Anyone can do Pilates regardless of their age or level of physical fitness.
14. What is Stott Pilates?
A contemporary, anatomically based approach to Joseph Pilates' original exercise method that was developed by Moira Merrithew, with input from sports medicine professionals.
The Stott Pilates method was designed with the unique ability to adapt and modify Pilates exercises to fit to any individual’s body needs. Stott Pilates is a more evolved approach to Pilates and delivers a safe and effective workout by incorporating modern biomechanical and spinal rehabilitation principles.
15. What is the difference between Stott Pilates and other Pilates methods?
Stott Pilates applies modern exercise principles into the original Pilates method created by Joseph Pilates. Stott Pilates exercises balance the muscles around the joints, place more emphasis on scapular stability, and aim to restore the natural curves of the spine rather than promoting a flat back like the original approach to Pilates. There are also more warm- up exercises and modifications in the Stott Pilates method, which allows for a safer and more effective workout.
16. How old/young do I have to be to do Pilates?
You are never too old to do Pilates! We allow children of 12 years old and up in our regular classes. However, we will be offering kids classes for ages 4-11.
17. Will I become taller from doing Pilates?
Pilates helps you to strengthen your deep abdominals, which support the rest of your body, and emphasizes posture with exercises designed to stretch your spine and strengthen your postural muscles. Holding yourself up tall with good posture becomes effortless once these groups of muscles have been strengthened and stretched which causes you to appear and actually measure taller.
18. Should I do any other exercise routine in addition to my Pilates?
Pilates and some form of cardiovascular activity is all you need. However, Pilates complements all other forms of exercise, sports, and movement. If you need to include some cardiovascular activity to your exercise regime try out our rebounding classes where you get the benefits of core strengthening and cardiovascular activity in one!
19. 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.
20. What do I wear to do Pilates?
You can wear anything that you are comfortable working out in, Short shorts are not recommended. Fitted workout wear is best so that your instructor can see your abdominal engagement and spinal articulation. Pilates is done either barefoot or in socks. Please refrain from wearing clothing with zippers, jewelry, perfumes and lotions while working out.
21. 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 have been effective. Sometimes people who are very 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 to really get proper engagement to feel muscle soreness post-workout. If you have a concern speak with your instructor, they are more than willing to help you achieve all 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 even realized you had!
22. Can I do Pilates two days in a row?
You can do Pilates everyday. Just try to avoid overworking a sore muscle.
23. Why are Pilates classes expensive?
Quality Pilates equipment and instruction is not as easy to find as a personal trainer at your local gym. Quality instructors teach Pilates classes at quality studios. The instructors at The Pilates Room are all certified with the most qualified education. These instructors are experts who have gone through intense training and education to help you achieve your most functional body possible. Our instructors work hard to help you fix and maintain your most important instrument, your body. We pay our instructors well for their hard work, patience, and extensive knowledge and skill that it takes to be a great Pilates instructor.