Q: What kind of results can I expect to see from Pilates?
You can expect to see an increase in strength, flexibility, balance, mobility and body awareness as well as a decrease in back pain or other general aches and pains.
Q: Is Pilates the same thing as Yoga?
Both Yoga and Pilates are considered mind-body type exercises, they both have a specific breathing technique and incorporate long, smooth movements that encourage the mind-body connection. However, they are different in the way that Yoga requires moving from one static posture to the next whereas Pilates flows through a series of dynamic movements. The goal with Pilates exercise is to strengthen the postural muscles or 'core' while achieving optimal functional fitness. As well, beyond the Mat work, Pilates offers a whole other realm of exercises offered by the Pilates apparatus.
Q: How long do I have to practice Pilates before I see the results?
The average person taking 2-3 classes per week will probably see results within 10-12 classes. This may vary depending on things like how many classes a person takes each week, if they are taking private or group classes and whether they have any existing injuries to work around.
Q: Can I do Pilates if I have a bad back?
As with any other type of exercise you should always consult with your physician before starting a new exercise program. However, a Pilates workout is gentle and controlled with no sudden jarring actions, and there is no impact at all, so it is easy on your joints. A qualified and experienced instructor will be able to modify the exercises to accommodate your limitations and yet still challenge you safely within your range.
Q: Will I get the same results from a mat workout as with a Reformer or equipment workout?
Mat workouts are convenient as they can be practiced anywhere and are very beneficial for strengthening the core. Adding light equipment and the larger resistance equipment such as the Reformer will place more emphasis on your outer limbs and add variety and intensity to your Pilates programming.
Q: Will Pilates help me to lose weight?
Pilates is not an aerobic exercise, which along with a balanced diet is necessary for burning calories or to lose weight. Pilates will help to strengthen, build and tone muscle mass which will help to increase your metabolic rate, so you will firm and tone your muscles, however, Pilates on its own will not make you lose weight. Your exercise programming should also include some sort of aerobic cardiovascular activity such as power walking, Barre, Zumba or HIIT classes.
Q: What do I wear?
Studio 1 Pilates is fully equipped and has everything that you will need to take a class. You will need to be able to move freely, so we recommend clothing that is comfortable enough to move in, but not too bulky so that you can see your postural alignment and feel the muscles you are trying to work with. There is a private bathroom and shower available for changing.
Q: Do I need shoes?
No shoes are necessary as Pilates is it is a no impact activity. For hygienic purposes, we ask you to wear grip socks in class which helps you to grip the surfaces you are working on, and allows you to move more freely in class. Don’t worry if you come without, we have socks for sale here starting at $20.00.