What is Pilates?

Pilates is an exercise system focusing on the body’s stabilizing muscles including the transverse abdominal, internal/external obliques, spinal erectors, inner thighs, glutes, serratus anterior, rhomboids, rear delts, and lats.

What are the benefits to Pilates?

In addition to making you stronger and more flexible, Pilates can improve posture, increase body awareness, and prevent injury.

What’s the difference between Pilates and yoga?

Pilates is an exercise regimen developed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900’s through the 1960’s. It focuses on fluid and dynamic movement. Yoga is a centuries old spiritual practice created in India. Poses are held for a few breathes or longer and in its purest form should be a moving meditation.

How much weight will I lose?

While some people do experience weight loss with Pilates that is not its purpose. Pilates is strength and flexibility training focused on detailed movements and using the body’s smaller, stabilizer muscles. In order to lose weight a caloric deficit is needed.

If weight loss is your goal, I can help develop an individualized program involving Pilates, other activities you participate in, and most importantly a nutrition game plan. To lose weight you must dial in your nutrition, that is 80% of the work. Don’t panic, it doesn’t have to be hard, you just need to be aware.

What equipment do I need to do Pilates?

There are various types of Pilates apparatus that are beneficial. My studio is fully-equipped and has equipment you may not see at some of the Pilates chains. Eventually with experience it is possible to maintain your Pilates fitness with simply a mat at home and occasional visits to a professional.

Are there any “prerequisites” to doing Pilates?

There are no pre-requisites for taking Pilates privates or duets with someone at the same level. If you have any major, medical issues a doctor’s signed approval may be requested.

What if I have a bad back? (or knee, hip, shoulder, etc.)

Joseph Pilates developed his first pieces of apparatus while working as a nurse in a veteran’s hospital during WWI. Many of the soldiers were bed-ridden but Pilates believed they should still get some movement and work their muscles.

The Pilates Method has often been used as rehabilitative exercise either prior to or after surgery. That is why many doctors, orthopedic surgeons, chiropractors, and other healthcare professionals recommend it.

Please be aware that with such issues privates are encouraged. Modifications will always be given that fit your needs and if necessary exercises will be eliminated either permanently or temporarily.

What is the difference between mat Pilates and Pilates using a reformer?

Pilates matwork is just you and the mat. The resistance is your body. The Pilates reformer uses springs for resistance. The same exercise, ie The Hundred, will feel different on these two pieces of apparatus. Sometimes an exercise is more challenging on the mat because you’re fighting your own body weight; but sometimes it is harder on the reformer because it is a moving apparatus.

Are there advantages and/or better results with mat Pilates vs. Pilates reformer?

I believe both the mat and the reformer are important as are all the other pieces of this Method. Joseph Pilates developed the various apparatus to work in unison with one another, drawing from one’s strengths and/or weaknesses to balance the body.

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