This is my first visit to a Pilates studio, what should I expect?
You will have a small amount of paperwork to fill out, so please arrive about 10 to 15 minutes early. If you are coming from work, we have rooms for you to change in. We have storage in the training rooms for your personal belongings. Please arrive in enough time to be prepared at the class start time. Latecomers to group formats such as Mat, CARDIOLATES®, and group equipment will not be admitted 5 minutes after the class start time, as it is disrupts concentration. If you arrive late for a private session, the you will forfeit the time you are late, as most instructors have a session immediately after yours.
What should I wear to work out in?
Wear something you are comfortable moving in, that will allow you to breathe, bend and stretch without constriction. However, do not wear anything too loose or bulky as it hinders the instructors' ability to visually analyze alignment, thus decreasing the effectiveness of your session or class. Mat and equipment classes can be performed in socks or with bare feet. CARDIOLATES® classes are best in bare feet or if you have foot, knee, hip or back problems, broken in gym shoes are also an option.
I have a Pilates video at home, why would I want to come to a studio to train?
You may learn choreography from a Pilates video, but it is not often that your learn proper technique. Working with an instructor will help you master the detail work of Pilates, which is what makes it most effective.
Am I too old/young for Pilates?
You are never too old to do Pilates. If you old enough to follow instructions, you can benefit from the method. Pilates can be adapted to meet anyone's physical needs and goals. "If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it's completely flexible at 60, you are young…the only real guide to your true age lies not in years, or how old you THINK you feel, but…by the degree of natural and normal flexibility enjoyed by your spine throughout life."-Joseph Pilates
When can I expect to see results?
Joseph Pilates himself said, "you'll feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 sessions, and have a completely new body in 30 sessions". It also depends on your committment and frequency. If you train once a week, and that is your only physical activity, it's going to take longer than if you train 2-3 times a week.
What is the difference between matwork and equipment?
Both provide a complete workout to strengthen and stretch the entire body. The matwork involves floor sitting, standing, kneeling or lying on your back, stomach, or side. Mat classes can incorporate small apparatus such as rings, mini-balls, thera-bands, and thera-balls. The equipment give you full body resistance training. The equipment can provide support or extra challenge to an exercise.What is better, mat or equipment Pilates exercies?
It depends on many factors. Phyical limitations, finances, your fitness goals, and timeframe all factor in when selecting your training program. We are more than happy to meet one on one with you to discuss the options and design the program that is right for you.
I have a medical condition, can Pilates help?
There are few medical conditions that are not helped or improved by Pilates exercise. Please make sure that your doctor has cleared you for Pilates exercise and remember to inform your instructor in your first session.
Can I do Pilates if I'm pregnant?
Certainly! Because of it's focus on core connection, pelvic control, and proper alignment, Pilates students have less complications when seen through their pregancy by an experienced instructor. It is also an excellent and expedient way to get your body back postpartum. Please make sure your doctor has cleared you for exercise.