QUESTIONS?

2. What is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of over 500 controlled exercises that engage the mind and condition the total body. It is a balanced blend of strength and flexibility training that improves posture, reduces stress and creates long, lean muscles without bulking up. Pilates works several muscle groups simultaneously through smooth, continuous motion, with a particular concentration on strengthening and stabilizing the core (the abdomen, back and pelvic girdle region, sometimes referred to as the "powerhouse"). 

The focus is on quality of movement rather than quantity, which makes one feel invigorated rather than exhausted after a session. Pilates takes a balanced approach so that no muscle group is overworked and the body works as an efficient, holistic system in sport and daily activity. Pilates exercises can be performed on a mat or on specialized equipment such as a Pilates Reformer, Pilates Cadillac and Wunda Chair.

3. How will I benefit?

With regular committed Pilates workouts you can expect to: 

  • Improve strength, flexibility and balance

  • Tone and build long, lean muscles without bulk

  • Challenge deep abdominal muscles to support the core

  • Engage the mind and enhance body awareness

  • Condition efficient patterns of movement making the body less prone to injury

  • Reduce stress, relieve tension, boost energy through deep stretching

  • Restore postural alignment

  • Create a stronger, more flexible spine

  • Promote recovery from strain or injury

  • Increase joint range of motion

  • Improve circulation

  • Heighten neuromuscular coordination

  • Offer relief from back pain and joint stress

  • Correct over-training of muscle groups which can lead to stress and injury

  • Enhance mobility, agility and stamina

  • Compliment sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity

  • Improve the way your body looks and feels

3. How will I benefit?

With regular committed Pilates workouts you can expect to: 

  • Improve strength, flexibility and balance

  • Tone and build long, lean muscles without bulk

  • Challenge deep abdominal muscles to support the core

  • Engage the mind and enhance body awareness

  • Condition efficient patterns of movement making the body less prone to injury

  • Reduce stress, relieve tension, boost energy through deep stretching

  • Restore postural alignment

  • Create a stronger, more flexible spine

  • Promote recovery from strain or injury

  • Increase joint range of motion

  • Improve circulation

  • Heighten neuromuscular coordination

  • Offer relief from back pain and joint stress

  • Correct over-training of muscle groups which can lead to stress and injury

  • Enhance mobility, agility and stamina

  • Compliment sports training and develop functional fitness for daily life activity

  • Improve the way your body looks and feels

4. What should I wear?

Wear comfortable workout clothes that we can see your body in. Make sure your clothes move with you.  No need to wear shoes or socks; this allows for us to see your feet and for you to feel your feet.

5. What if I have back issues or chronic pain?

Pilates can be modified for special populations. We have highly trained instructors who have studied several rehabilitation and manual therapy techniques that, when used in conjunction with the Pilates method, will help alleviate chronic back pain or even acute situations. We also have instructors who specialize in pre and post natal care. 

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6. Will I lose weight doing Pilates?

In essence, Pilates exercise is not a cardiovascular workout and burning calories is not it's 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 tend to look and feel better through continued Pilates practice.

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