WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates is a mind-body based approach to fitness developed by Joseph Hubertus Pilates in the early 1900s. It requires mental focus to guide your body through the graceful movements of Pilates exercises. Pilates lengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups, and strengthens the entire body without adding bulky muscle mass. By consistently practicing Pilates, you will build a stronger core, increase body awareness, and achieve better posture, which will help create healthy movement patterns in your daily activities. The Pilates Method offers health benefits to men and women of all ages and fitness levels.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PILATES ON THE MAT COMPARED TO THE REFORMER?
Practicing Pilates exercises on a mat requires you to use your body weight as resistance, and your core muscles must work harder to perform the exercises correctly. Practicing Pilates exercises on the Reformer allows your body to be supported by several components of the Reformer: a moving carriage, a foot bar, straps connected to ropes, and shoulder rests. These components both support and dynamically challenge your core muscles, and the Reformer uses springs to provide low impact resistance training.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO SEE RESULTS FROM PILATES? HOW MANY TIMES A WEEK SHOULD I DO PILATES?
One of Joseph Pilates’ famous quotes is “In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see the difference, and in 30 you will have a whole new body.” To achieve results from the Pilates Method, it’s important to remember that consistency is the key to success. When beginning your Pilates routine, we recommend following a set schedule of at least 30 completed sessions to see noticeable changes in your body. We recommend a minimum of 2-4 sessions per week to feel and see the changes in your body.
WHAT ARE BARRE CLASSES?
Barre is a high-energy workout that blends aspects of Pilates, dance, cardio, and strength training. The vibe of a barre class is intense and fun, with upbeat music and challenging exercises performed at a ballet barre. A barre workout incorporates hand weights to strengthen the upper body and floorwork exercises to build abdominal strength. Barre classes increase flexibility, strength, endurance, and dynamic stability while focusing on proper biomechanics of movement.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR ME TO SEE RESULTS FROM BARRE CLASSES? HOW MANY TIMES A WEEK SHOULD I DO BARRE?
Typically you will begin to see results in 3-4 weeks, if you practice Barre 2-4 times a week on a consistent basis. When beginning Barre classes, it is important to commit to a set number of classes per week in order to see results within a month.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO CLASS?
Wear exercise clothes that are comfortable and do not restrict movement so you can move though a full range of motion. Ideally wear form fitting clothes that will allow the instructor to see your form and alignment. Slip resistant socks are highly recommended for Barre and Pilates classes, however they are not a requirement. These socks should only be used for Pilates and Barre classes. Shoes are not permitted in sessions.
WHAT IF I HAVE AN INJURY OR CONDITION?
If you have an injury, medical condition, have had surgery, or are on medications, please make sure you tell your instructor and have clearance from your medical doctor and, if applicable, your Physical Therapist in order to participate in exercise sessions.
Keep in mind that Pilates Instructors are not Physical Therapists: Pilates Instructors are Movement Specialists who work with clients to achieve proper alignment and posture by teaching them safe and effective movement patterns. If you have an injury, private sessions may be more beneficial for you, as your instructor can tailor and modify the sessions to suit your specific needs.
CAN I DO PILATES AND OR BARRE CLASSES IF I AM PREGNANT?
Yes, as long as you have been doing Pilates and/or Barre workouts before you became pregnant. It is not advised to start a new workout routine once pregnant. Pilates and Barre helps to keep you strong while pregnant, it helps with delivery, and also makes getting back in shape easier once you have had your baby. Make sure your doctor has cleared you to participate in Pilates and or Barre and that you feel comfortable exercising while pregnant. As you get closer to your due date, certain modifications will be made to accommodate the changes in your body.
HOW LONG ARE THE SESSIONS?
We offer 25-minute private sessions as well as 55-minute private sessions. All group sessions are 50-55 minutes. Please arrive 5 minutes early, if it is your first session, to fill out the necessary paperwork.