Looking for some background on Pilates? Have questions about Pilates practice and its benefits? Please browse through the information below to find answers to any of your questions relating to Pilates.
What is Pilates?
Pilates is defined as “the complete coordination of body, mind and spirit.” It is an approach to exercise developed to stretch, strengthen, tone, and align the body, while helping to relieve excess pressure and stress on the joints. Think of Pilates as a new language for your body that helps you move more efficiently. Once you have grasped the connection of the mind and body, you will improve alignment and skill through practice and expert coaching. Your body will also welcome and utilize the increased flow of oxygen for muscular nourishment and mental clarity.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
The desire for flat abs or long, lean muscles often draws people to Pilates, but there are many additional benefits. As you become more aware of how your body moves, you will feel refreshed both physically and mentally. Pilates will also improve your posture. As a total-body workout, Pilates can correct over-trained muscles and prevent injury while helping you develop improved core strength and increased range of motion and flexibility.
Who Started Pilates?
Pilates (“puh-LAH-tees”), was started by Joseph Pilates who was born in Germany in the year 1880. As a child, he suffered from Asthma, Rickets (underdevelopment in cartilage and new bone due to a vitamin D deficiency) and rheumatic fever. These ailments prompted him to constantly search for ways to improve his physique and endurance. Pilates studied anatomy, Eastern and Western forms of exercise including Yoga, wrestling and acrobatics. Exercise became a way of life and a means of managing his health.
In 1926, Joseph Pilates made the voyage to New York City. Along his way he met his wife Clara, a Nurse, and they opened the first Pilates studio next to a ballet school. Joseph and Clara built a business with a strong reputation of relieving pain and increasing flexibility and strength to dancers and athletes alike.
Will it help me lose weight?
Please read the following carefully — several times.
The key to losing weight is three fold. To lose weight you must consistently incorporate these three points into your regular routine:
- cardiovascular activity
- strength training
- Pilates falls under the “strength training” category and will help firm and tone up your muscles.
Firm muscles= Loss of inches.
Loss of inches = Smaller clothing size.
If your goal is weight loss, Pilates is a wonderful addition to your overall health program – but it isn’t intended to be your end-all-be-all exercise program. Our team constantly encourages you to review and reflect on the habits that brought you to a place where you are no longer happy with your appearance and what active steps you are taking to make positive changes to reach your new body goals.
How many times a week should I do Pilates?
Joseph said, “Within 10 sessions you will feel the difference in your body, within 20 sessions you will see the difference in your body, within 30 sessions everybody else will see the difference.” If you are a beginner, the ideal pace would be to do Pilates two or three times a week to start. Again, consistency is vital to your success.
Can I get results by only doing Pilates once a week?
Yes, absolutely! Of course we will want to know what you were doing the rest of the week to contribute to your overall fitness goal to see if once a week was truly in your best interest. Once a week will provide you with a foundation of Pilates and will leave your mind and body feeling re-energized. Once a week is good for people who are interested in a hard core day of abs or having a super stretch once a week. Once a week will by no means recondition your body, however over time, it will improve your flexibility and coordination.
Can I continue or start Pilates Pre/Post Pregnancy?
Yes…as long as prior to continuing or initiating any exercise program you have gained clearance from your medical practitioner. This is a very important time to build strength and awareness in your body. We work on pelvic floor musculature, awareness of developing postures due to your ever-changing body, body image and overall body strengthening to prepare you for carrying around your precious new baby.