WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates (pronounced puh-lah-teez and not pie-lates) is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to stretch, strengthen, and balance the body. With systematic practice of specific exercises coupled with focused breathing patterns, Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavor, but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds.
WHO INVENTED PILATES?
The Pilates Method is named after its inventor, Joseph H. Pilates, a fitness and conditioning enthusiast born in Germany in 1883.
Having emigrated to the US in 1926, Joseph Pilates and his wife Clara taught in their New York City studio serving a small and devoted list of clients in relative obscurity. In recent decades however, the Pilates Method has been embraced by mainstream culture around the world, and the word “Pilates” is now a household name.
Pilates classes are most commonly delivered in three formats – group Mat classes, group Reformer classes, and private or small group studio classes where the client works on the full range of apparatus Pilates invented, such as the Reformer, Trapeze Table, Ladder Barrel, Wunda Chair or Spine Corrector.
In recent decades, Pilates has achieved recognition and embrace by mainstream culture; it has made its way to stardom having been adopted by top celebrities; Reformer classes are popular in gyms, studios and health centers; and Pilates Mat classes now offer another option for those seeking relaxation and the benefits of exercise. The word Pilates is no longer strange to most people, and the recognition is global. With systematic practice of specific exercises coupled with focused breathing patterns, Pilates has proven itself invaluable not only as a fitness endeavor, but also as an important adjunct to professional sports training and physical rehabilitation of all kinds.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
Our classes use Reformers, Wunda chairs and wall units to maximize flow, efficiency and safety in a class. We also mnseamlessly incorporate fusion modalities like Yoga, Barre, and fitness without losing the traditional Pilates repertoire.
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Create an account on our scheduling software by clicking book now button above and sign up as unpaid. Bring you Groupon with you to class and show your instructor and they will add it to your account.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE RESULTS FROM PILATES?
If you train Pilates on a regular and is committed to the workout, you can expect results after ten times. You should feel a difference both on your inside and outside.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PILATES AND YOGA?
The main difference between Yoga and Pilates is that Pilates can be done on specific Pilates machines apart from the mat. Aslo, Pilates is less of spirituality and has no chanting or OMing components in its workout. Pilates focus more on the stabalizing muscle groups and helps you obtain a good posture, while working in balance, endurance, breathing, stability and control.
WHAT IS A REFORMER?
The Reformer in Pilates is a piece of equipment or machine used to perform Pilates exercises similar to those made on the mat. Doing the exercises on a Reformer machine will challenge your body in different ways compared to, when doing Pilates on a mat. The Reformer is working against the gravity so doing the exercises on the Reformer gives you a sense of elongating. You also work with resistance similar to weights on the Reformer, so the exercises may seem a bit tuffer and may increase your cardio and muscle engagement compared to Pilates performed on the mat.
WHAT IS A WUNDA CHAIR IN PILATES
Chair is a piece of equipment that you use in Pilates in order to perform different exercises on. The most common machines and equipments in Pilates are Chair, Cadillac, Reformer and Barrel. They all look very different, but you can perform the same exercises on them. The fact that they are designed differently, will allow you to select the type of equipment best suited for your range of movement, and your goals with the workout. For instance, a Swan Dive exercise performed on the Chair compared to the Reformer, may be easier or harder for you depending on your body. You may find it easier to engage the target muscles better on the Chair compared to the Reformer, or feel that you challenge certain body parts more on the Chair compared to the Reformer or Barrel.
WHAT DO YOU WEAR TO PILATES?
You want to wear clothes that allow you to fully focus on your workout. Wear something tight with a slight hug feel around your body. Something that you do not need to drag into place, or that is falling over your head, when your are twisting and turning. Pilates can be practiced barefoot or in grip socks.
CAN YOU LOSE WEIGHT WITH EQUIPMENT PILATES CLASSES?
Pilates usually gives you long lean muscles. In order to loose weight there may be better form of high intentisity training such as running. However building muscles is also an important part in weight loss. As there are many factors playing a part in weight loss such as, food intake and overall psychological well being it is not fair to suggest soly one thing in order to loose weight in a holistic and sustainable way.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU GO TO PILATES?
How often you do Pilates depends on what your goal is with the Pilates training. Pilates can be done everyday but it is suggested to vary the intensity, length of the workout and type of Pilates exercice if doing it everyday. Doing it everyday or not, really depends on your goal with the workout and what else you are doing or not doing or if you have any injuries.