Pilates is a method of body conditioning developed by Joseph Pilates more than 70 years ago. It is comprised of over 500 exercises, performed as a mat-based workout or using special resistance equipment.
The central concept of Pilates training is strengthening the so-called “Powerhouse” or core of the body – the deep abdominal muscles, buttock muscles and the muscles around the spine. A training program based on Pilates will stabilize the pelvis and shoulder girdle, stretching and strengthening the entire body with movement initiating from “the center”.
Traditional methods of training and developing the body produce short, bulky muscles – precisely the type of musculature most prone to injury. Pilates elongates the spine, increasing the elasticity of muscles and the flexibility of joints. This balance between strength and flexibility drastically reduces the potential for injury.
Pilates emphasizes flowing movements that require using multiple muscle groups simultaneously. Controlled breathing & concentration are essential, making Pilates truly a workout for the body and mind.
What will my first Pilates equipment session be like?
You will first be asked to fill out a client intake form that asks you various questions concerning your health, exercise history, and reasons for seeking us out. Your instructor will then go over the information and get an idea of your goals.
Will I get individual attention?
At JoyMoves, we are all about the individual! Some studios offer a huge class schedule. At JoyMoves, we do Privates sessions and small group (typically 4 to 5 people) classes. We believe that the individual attention assists our clients in achieving their goals quicker and safer. Private and duet equipment sessions allow us to tailor your session around your needs with appropriate levels of difficulty. Pilates focus is on form, alignment, and accuracy. There is no better way to get all of that than with a private or duet session.
Who can do Pilates?
With the assistance of a qualified instructor, nearly anyone can do Pilates! We have worked with people from all walks of life from age 14 to age 90 and with all different physical issues. When working with a qualified instructor either one-on-one or in a small group setting, your own personal needs and physical attributes are taken into consideration when developing a program design.
How many times a week should I do Pilates?
If Pilates is the only form of exercise you are doing, than 2-4 times a week is great. If you are very active and exercise 4-5 times a week, than one Pilates session a week will enhance what you are already doing. Every person has different issues or limitations in terms of money and time. Doing something, even once a week, is better than doing nothing at all!
Will I tone up and lose weight with Pilates?
Pilates is a great addition to any weight loss regimen. Pilates can help to tone and strengthen your body, but as with any exercise routine, it is not the only answer. Eating a healthy diet, watching portion sizes, making lifestyle changes, seeking professional help when you need it and of course, exercise, are just a few of the components of a successful weight loss regimen.
Is Pilates an aerobic exercise?
Cardiovascular, or “aerobic,” exercise is any exercise that increases your heart rate and works your lungs. While not typically categorized as cardiovascular exercise, Pilates can up your heart rate. When a certain proficiency is achieved, and the client can move through the exercise sequences continuously, it can raise your heart rate for sure!
Why is it called “mind-body” exercise?
Joseph Pilates believed “strong mind, strong body.” The brain and the body must work together to achieve strength, balance and health. Pilates is not an exercise that you can zone out on. Concentration, focus and control are a necessary part of your workout. Besides, it’s much more fun and engaging to get your mind involved with what you are doing!
Will I bulk up doing Pilates?
No! Pilates is known for creating long lean muscles and a balanced strength.
Do men do Pilates?
Absolutely! Joseph Pilates was a man! The exercises are invigorating for anyone.
What is the difference between Mat-work and the Equipment?
Joseph Pilates developed exercises for the mat to strengthen your core, or as he called it, your powerhouse. When working on the mat, you use your own body weight and gravity as resistance. The basic strength you develop here is essential for all machine work. The Pilates machines were developed to add resistance to the movements with the use of springs. These springs mimic closely a muscular contraction. The Reformer, the Cadillac (or trapeze table), the Foot Chair, the Ladder Barrel, the Pedi-pull and other small equipment make up the machines that Joseph Pilates developed. All are great ways to build your strength, balance, flexibility, body awareness and control.
Can I do Pilates if I am pregnant?
The ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists) has set guidelines for exercise and pregnancy. The rule of thumb is not to start a new exercise routine when you are pregnant. If you were doing Pilates before you became pregnant, than you can certainly continue so long as you and your physician feel there are no other complicating factors in your pregnancy. Your routine may change a bit as you progress and one of our certified instructors will to tell you which exercises are not recommended in each trimester. Our pregnant clients appreciate Pilates stretching and breathing and it keeps them strong for when baby arrives!
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