Frequently Asked Questions
What's the best way to get started at the Studio?
Clients with no previous Pilates experience will benefit from starting with at least one private session. This will give you a jumpstart to understanding the terminology and exercises, as well as familiarizing yourself with the equipment and props. It’s an opportunity to assess any special needs or concerns you might have, to assist you with your personal fitness goals.
That being said, some people prefer to go straight to group classes. Class sizes are intentionally small enabling individualized attention. Exercises can be modified to address any specific needs or problem areas for multiple students so you’re ensured a safe and effective workout. Just be aware that you will need some extra patience until you start to catch on.
How often should I do Pilates?
A minimum of twice per week is recommended for best results. However, even if you can only come once a week you will still see benefits, albeit at a slower pace. Consistency is key!
General Conditioning vs. Rehabilitation
Group classes are for general conditioning and are not intended for clients with active or acute injuries. If you have an injury you are concerned about it , it’s best to start with private sessions and join group classes once your injury is stable and you have learned how to safely modify exercises.
What is the difference between the group Mat and Equipment Classes?
Mat classes tend to leverage your body weight against gravity for resistance . Many unique props are untilized which adds variety to the sessions. Mat classes are slightly larger (maximum 7 participants) and are a great and more economic way to receive the benefits of Pilates.
Equipment classes utilize the larger, highly versatile spring resistance equipment which will give you more support and tends to place more emphasis on your limbs adding variety and intensity to your program. Classes are also smaller than Mat (Generally, no more than 5 participants) allowing for more individual attention.
Still can’t decide? No problem. You can purchase a Combo Package and come to both! Once a week Mat and once a week Equipment.
What is a Reformer?
The Reformer is the main piece of equipment used in Pilates Studios. The Reformer glides forward & backward on rollers and uses springs for resistance, along with other attachments, for a wide variety of exercises and positions (i.e. lying down, seated and standing.)
What are the benefits of this type of equipment?
We use only state of the art, Stott Pilates equipment at the studio. This equipment is highly versatile. It facilitates hundreds of exercise variations, is no-impact (and therefore easy on the joints), allows for modifications for those with injuries or conditions, allows for three-dimensional movement and conditioning, and is suitable for a wide variety of clients (from rehab to pro athlete). It also facilitates balanced strength and flexibility, provides eccentric and concentric muscle contraction (resistance on the in and out moves), total musculo-skeletal conditioning (muscles and postural alignment), and facilitates core conditioning and peripheral mobility.
Why are springs used for resistance instead of weights?
By using springs for resistance, the equipment provides gradual resistance as your muscles contract, which ensures the muscles are being worked properly. There is greater resistance at the muscle's strongest point of contraction and less resistance on the initiation and completion of the contraction so there is less stress on tendons and ligaments.
What type of health benefits can I expect?
· Strengthened core, abdominals, shoulders, hips, and spine
· A balanced, toned body with long, lean muscles
· Decreased stress
· Less pain and stiffness
· A healthy, supple spine that absorbs shock
· Kinder, more gentle conditioning that gets results without pain
· Improved mental outlook and increased motivation
· Better balance and coordination
· Protection from injury
If I’m doing Pilates, should I still do other types of exercise?
Pilates is a musculo-skeletal conditiniong program. It’s ideal in combination with some kind of cardiovascular exercise like walking, running, cycling or swimming and is great compliment to most sports activities. The Jump Interval classes at the studio are a great way to incorporate some cardio into your fitness regime.
Can I lose weight doing Pilates?
Pilates can be a positive addition to your overall weight loss program. As you increase your Mean Muscle Mass your metabolism will speed up. This means that you will continue burning calories faster even after your workout. In addition, since Pilates helps to tone, realign and reshape your body, many people see a decrease in dress size even without weight loss on the scale.
Is Pilates safe to do during Pregnancy?
No two women's bodies are the same, and this is especially true during pregnancy, therefore it is important to consult your physician and get permsission to exercise during pregnancy.
In most cases, Pilates is safe and very benefitial during pregnancy. With an emphasis on stabilizing the joints, Pilates will help to rebalance the body, lessen the aches and pains of pregnancy, prepare for a stronger body during delivery, and a quicker recovery after birth.
Pre and Post Natal clients can join a regularly scheduled group class or benefit from a more specifically designed private class for their particular needs.
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