What can Pilates do to your body?
As a whole body workout, Pilates has a great many benefits. Here is a quick bullet point list of some of the major benefits offered by this popular fitness program.
- • Heightens the mind/body connection
- • Improves posture and co-ordination
- • Improves flexibility
- • Strengthens core
- • Enhances mobility of the spine & flexion
- • Some exercises may be done at home provided the participant has a good understanding of the exercises and has shown that they can execute them safely on their own.
How often do I need to do Pilates to see results?
Scheduling classes for twice or three times a week is recommended to see rapid results. However, as not everyone has time for that then having a session once a week combined with exercises you can do yourself at home will also produce the results you are looking for (though not as quickly).
Will Pilates make me lose weight?
As Pilates has much of its origins in ballet and other disciplines which are meant to tone and sculpt the body, classic Pilates does not have a primary focus on weight loss. That is why 1 on 1 offers cardio Pilates that is designed for weight loss. If losing weight is your primary goal then just mention this to Mia so that she can design a personalized routine to target your concerns and achieve your goals.
Do you bring all the equipment?
For classes where 1 on 1 Pilates comes to you, we bring the equipment such as balls, mats, resistance bands, free weights, Pilates ring etc. 1 on 1 Pilates does have a reformer but regrettably its size does not make it easily transportable. If you would like to incorporate a reformer into your fitness sessions then it will be required that the session be done in the studio instead of your home.
What should I wear for Pilates?
Generally, wear clothing that is form fitting but not restrictive, such as workout shorts, yoga pants, T-shirts or tank tops. The workout will require you to stretch so the clothes must be non-restrictive and your instructor needs to be able to check that your form is correct so it needs to be form fitting.
In terms of footwear, Pilates is generally done without shoes. However, if you have sensitive feet, low arches or surgery (for example) you can wear shoes which are appropriate to workout in.
I have a bad back. Can I do Pilates?
Yes. In most cases Pilates are very helpful on back pain as it strengthens the muscles in question as well as the surrounding ones. With 1 on 1 Pilates you receive a fitness program which focuses on your back related issues so that the exercises do not exacerbate the problem. However, it is important to note that there are some Pilates exercises which could further strain a damaged back. With large classes there is the possibility that instructor is unaware of your condition and asks the class to perform a move which is problematic for you. To avoid this it is best to have an instructor who can customize the sessions to help, not hurt, your back.