1. What is Pilates?
Pilates is a mind-body exercise system designed to efficiently strengthen the muscles of the abdomen, back, arms and legs while improving flexibility. It is effective and safe as a primary exercise regimen for clients of any age and level of fitness. This workout leaves one feeling refreshed, stretched and energized. The result of continued practice of the Pilates method is a toned body and a relaxed mind.
2. What is the difference between yoga and Pilates?
Both yoga and Pilates are holistic fitness methods strengthening both mind and body with an emphasis on breathing and controlled movement. The biggest difference between the two is that Pilates flows through movements and incorporates resistance, whereas yoga requires holding static positions and does not incorporate other equipment.
3. How do I know if Pilates will benefit me?
Pilates can benefit everybody, whether you’re 9 or 90! Pilates can be adapted for any individual, taking into account different body types, ages, and strengths.
Regular practitioners of Pilates will start to notice that they have a stronger core, with attractively defined abdominal muscles. Pilates can also strengthen and tone the arms, buttocks, and hips.
4. How often should I do Pilates?
Joseph Pilates recommended doing Pilates for 10 minutes every day. However, with our busy lives we know it’s hard to find time every single day. For most people, we recommend participating in Pilates classes at least twice a week. You should feel and see results after about 10 to 15 sessions. Pilates is very low impact and if practiced correctly, Pilates is safe to do everyday! Although it offers moderate resistance training, you can do Pilates training daily, without leaving a recovery period.
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