Q: Do I have to be young or in good shape?
A: Pilates can be beneficial for virtually all ages, fitness levels and body conditions. The method is like a bridge between physical fitness and physical therapy, and can be adapted, modified and customized for individual needs. There is a Pilates program for every body at every age.
Q: What’s better, mat or equipment Pilates exercises?
A:It’s not a matter of one being better than another. The fundamental Pilates workout can be performed on a Pilates mat alone, and great results can be achieved through beginner, intermediate and advanced moves. However, the various equipment pieces such as the Reformer, Cadillac and Stability Chair incorporate light spring resistance that works like concentric and eccentric muscle contractions to safely sculpt, tone, and stretch the muscles. Smaller Pilates equipment pieces such resistance bands, Pilates circles and exercise balls also provide an element of variety and focus to a Pilates regimen. Each session can offer variety so that no two workouts are alike.
Q: How often should I do Pilates?
A: Ideally we recommend Pilates 2-3 times a week, taking a day off in between sessions to rest or enjoy some kind of cardiovascular activity (walking, bicycling, swimming). This kind of regular, consistent practice will help you make the mind-body connection and integrate the various Pilates principles into your day to day activities. You should start seeing and feeling results in about 10 to15 sessions.
Q: Will I lose weight through Pilates exercises?
A: Pilates exercise is not a cardiovascular workout and burning calories is not its main focus. However, in conjunction with a sensible diet and some cardio work such as brisk walking, bicycling, aerobics or swimming, Pilates can factor into a weight loss program. Pilates exercises help strengthen, sculpt and tone the body while building long, lean muscles. Whether the number on the scale goes down or not, you will look and feel better through continued Pilates practice.
Q: What should I wear to my session?
A: Wear comfortable workout attire that you will be able to move freely in. We have a room where you can change, so you can bring your things with you and get ready here.