Frequently Asked Questions
The Pilates Method is corrective exercise. This means our instructors put you into proper spinal alignment before you execute a physical movement. This is crucial to uniformly developing all the muscles of the body. Have you ever looked in the mirror and said “Why are my legs out of proportion to my upper body?” Well, it’s very possible that your current alignment doesn’t work your legs and thighs as much as we could get you to in Pilates. Additionally, we focus on posture (looking confident), breathing (so you can run a little longer next time), abdominal strength (because it’s bathing suit weather 9 of 12 months here), and flexibility (touching your toes).
Your first session will include a 10 minute introduction to the studio and goal setting with your instructor followed by 45 minutes of movement. On average, a private lesson is 55 minutes and mat classes are 45 minutes.
We recommend three times a week if this is your only form of exercise and your goals are large and have a specific time frame (like a wedding coming up). To continue to gain progress we recommend two times per week. Once a week will help you to maintain current alignment and flexibility if you are doing other physical activity. We can help you create a schedule you can commit too. For example: one private a week and two group classes.
Please wear formfitting attire you would typically wear to a gym or yoga class. For Men- long shorts and a t-shirt are perfect. For Women- Capri length pants are preferred and a form fitting t-shirt or tank top. You can work out with socks or bare feet. Please avoid attire with zippers as it tears our equipment. It is best to leave jewelry off as well.
Joseph Pilates had a famous quote “In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 sessions you will see a difference, and in 30 sessions you will feel like you have a completely new body.” This is based on clients who attend 3 times per week and are able to focus and concentrate on the exercises. We also recommend taking measurements. Inches will decrease before you see a difference on the scale.
Pilates is for every body. At our studio we have over 10 men who regularly attend Pilates. We have clients ranging in age from their 20’s up to their late 70’s. The greatest benefit of one on one Pilates is we look at YOU and YOUR NEEDS. We don’t just give the same thing and same corrections to everyone. We help all our clients do their best. The most often heard phrase in our studio after a client workout is “WOW! I feel so much better! Thank you!”
As long a doctor has cleared you to exercise, don’t worry. Our instructors are trained for over 600 hours minimum. We communicate with you to make sure you are not in pain. We can work around any injury until you are ready to strengthen it again.
Don’t worry! We recommend everyone start with 3 private sessions so we can meet you where you are in your fitness level. You aren’t being compared to anyone. Often, going slower helps you really feel your muscles more deeply and gives amazing results.
We use the best in the world-Gratz Equipment. It’s the Porsche of Pilates equipment. It is the original engineering and same company Joseph Pilates used. We guarantee it will give you faster results than any other brand out there.