What exactly 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 is functional, working several muscle groups simultaneously through smooth, continuous motion, with a particular concentration on strengthening and stabilizing muscles of the core (the transversus abdominals (TVA), multifidi, pelvic floor and diaphragm). The focus is on quality of movement rather than quantity, so you will leave your class feeling 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.
Can anyone do Pilates? - Pilates is beneficial for people of all ages, fitness levels and body conditions. The method is like a bridge between physical fitness and physical therapy, and can be adapted, modified and customized for individual needs. Some advanced moves and sequences will challenge the most elite athlete and yet others are manageable for even the frailest physique.
What is the difference between Pilates Mat and Pilates Reformer classes? - Both Pilates Mat and Reformer classes follow the same Five Basic Principles of Pilates (breath, pelvic placement, rib cage placement, scapulae placement and neck placement). In Pilates Mat, the main resistance is the weight of your own body and supporting that weight while performing a wide variety of exercises. Resistance can be increased by adding body small props such as toning balls or bands. When working with the Reformer you will work against the weight of springs for resistance and stability. The Reformer is most beneficial with clients that might experience chronic back pain or have other physical limitations. If a client is physically capable of doing both mat classes and the Reformer it is recommended that both systems are used for maximum results.
How often do I need to do Pilates to see results? - We recommend Pilates be practiced 2-3 times per week in order to see results.
When will I notice results? - A famous quote by Joseph Pilates states: “In 10 classes you will feel the difference, In 20 classes you will see the difference, and in 30 classes you will have a whole new body.” It is also important to maintain a proper diet and engage in other activities that work your heart and lungs. You don’t need to go elsewhere though - our HIIT, TRX and Total Barre classes fill that void.
If I am new to the studio, do I have to complete a first time introduction session prior to taking a Pilates class? - No, but we strongly encourage it. The introduction session allows a new client to work one on one with the instructor and discuss their goals and needs. If a client has injuries or chronic pain it is important to understand modifications and the fundamental principles of the method before joining a class.
Do I need an appointment to attend classes or can I drop in? - A client needs to make an appointment for all Private sessions and Reformer classes (preferably 24 hours before class time) due to limited space. Matwork, barre, TRX and HIIT classes are drop in but it is strongly suggested that clients sign up for these classes to ensure their spot. You can use our online scheduler to sign up for classes in real time.
What should I wear to Pilates and Barre classes? - Both Pilates and Barre classes are performed either in socks or bare feet. Clients should wear comfortable clothing that isn’t too baggy. This allows the instructor to see your alignment and better correct your form.
What should I wear to HIIT classes? - While it is acceptable to come in bare feet, it is strongly recommended that running shoes are worn to protect the feet as well as provide support to the lower leg. As the exercise surface is laminate flooring, wearing shoes will also prevent slipping and ultimately protect you from injury.
How long are the classes? - Classes are 55 minutes in length with the exception of the HIIT and Express classes which are 25 minutes in length.