What are the benefits of Pilates?
With regular committed Pilates workouts you can expect to improve strength, flexibility and balance, build longer leaner muscles without bulk, build core strength and mobility, restore your postural alignment and increase range of motion.
How is Pilates different from weight training and other forms
Pilates strengthens AND stretches muscles (unlike weight training) and improves body posture and awareness. Pilates works the body as a whole, typically incorporating more muscles in one exercise than in weight training because it is three-dimensional—exercises can be performed using all move-
ment planes. Pilates is low to no-impact and very safe, working the body very symmetrically.
Who can do Pilates?
Pilates is beneficial for all ages, fitness levels and body conditions. The Pilates method can be adapted and modified for individual needs. Regular Pilates exercises will improve overall conditioning and health of anyone based on what the body needs.
How long until I see results?
Joseph Pilates said “you’ll feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 and have a whole new body in 30 sessions.” Most of my clients have found this to be true and many start seeing results right away. More importantly my clients feel better right away. Of course this depends on your level of involvement and consistency; with regular sessions you will see results faster.
How can beginners get the most benefit from Pilates?
Be consistent, especially in the beginning. Don’t just try it once. Commit yourself to a few sessions and do it in regular succession. Also, listen to your body and really concentrate to get a better workout. A one-on-one introductory session is required to address your particular needs and to help you obtain the best possible form for the exercises before joining a group session.
What is a reformer?
The Reformer is the main piece of apparatus used in Pilates exercise. The Reformer glides forward & backward on rollers and uses springs for resistance, along with other attachments, for a wide variety of exercises and positions (i.e. lying down, kneeling, seated & standing.)
Will I lose weight through Pilates exercises?
Pilates exercises are not a cardiovascular workout and burning calories is not it’s main focus, but when combined with a sensible diet and cardiovascular exercise, Pilates can factor into a weight loss program. Pilate’s exercises will help strengthen, sculpt and tone the body, incorporating a cardiovascular (calorie burning) exercise routine into your fitness regimen is an ideal combination with Pilates. This helps integrate a healthy and balanced approach to fitness and mind well-being.
What if I have physical limitations/disabilities?
We here at Balanced Energy Studios work with you, the client, to determine the best type of exercise to meet your individual goals while emphasizing safety and control. Pilates is a wonderful program that promotes posture, strength, teaches body awareness and improves balance. You will learn to activate and move your body safely utilizing your muscles rather than your joints and will be better able to engage in other physical fitness activities. And, Balanced Energy Studios works to create a warm and welcoming environment that is friendly and non-intimidating.
What should I wear?
We suggest comfortable yet form-fitting stretchy exercise clothes. This way we can make sure you are exercising using proper alignment. Loose fitting “short” shorts are not advised as many of the exercises are done with your legs open and elevated. Socks are required.
Do men benefit from Pilates?
Yes! Remember that Pilates was created by a man and was later adapted for women. Men generally have less flexibility than women, Pilates will help create flexibility, longer muscles enhancing agility as well as strengthening the core; helping the lower back. Pilates helps both men and women retrain and re-strengthen the body for optimum performance. A semi-private lesson is a good option for couples who wish to try Pilates together in a private atmosphere.