The pilates method of exercise was developed in the early 1900s by Joseph Pilates. For more than 80 years, this integrated flow of exercises has helped thousands of people balance, tone and strengthen the muscles of the body. Pilates exercises focus on developing the ‘core’ muscles of the abdominal wall. By strengthening the center of the body, better posture is achieved, and all muscle groups are simultaneously engaged. Each exercise is performed with concentration, control and precision. Whether you are a beginner or a professional athlete, this series of over 500 exercises performed on mats and different pieces of apparatus leaves one feeling refreshed and restored. Available to people of all fitness levels, pilates helps you look good and feel great about yourself!
Benefits of a consistent pilates routine:
• Improves postural alignment
• Creates a balanced, toned and lean body
• Enhanced Athletic performance
• Creates more stability and less injury
• Increases agility and flexibility
• Improves circulation
• Helps maintain a healthy bone density
• Increases energy level and confidence
A few well-designed movements, properly performed in a balanced sequence, are worth hours of doing sloppy calisthenics or forced contortion. — Joseph Pilates
Common Questions About Pilates
Is Pilates for everyone?
Yes; this low impact, highly intense workout is good for every body. We achieve tremendous results with clients who come to us very fit, somewhat fit, or soon to be fit. Since all sessions are done one on one or in supervised small groups, we tailor each session to meet your specific goals, objectives, and physical condition.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
With regular practice, Pilates will build a strong body, with long, lean muscles. It will improve your posture, stability, concentration, flexibility, efficiency of movement, and mobility. We focus on the development of your core muscles (the area of your body from your shoulders to the top of your thighs). When we achieve a strong and stable core, we can expand our focus to include all the major muscle groups in your body. Pilates can also help prevent injuries and assist in the rehabilitation of pre-existing injuries. When you finish your Pilates workout, you will feel taller and revitalized. The best part of Pilates is that it makes you feel good!
Will I lose weight with Pilates?
Yes, with consistent workouts in conjunction with a healthy dietary plan.
How often should I practice Pilates?
Completing two or three 55 minute Pilates workouts is most beneficial and will produce your desired results.
Is it beneficial to combine Pilates with the other forms of exercise offered in The Studio?
Yes. Each form of exercise that we offer is designed to help strengthen your core and other major muscle groups in your body. BarSculpt, TRX, Kettlebell workouts, and Piloxing also add a significant cardiovascular component to your workout. Yoga and Meditation can also help you with stress reduction and your ability to focus and achieve mental clarity. Many of our workout routines are now designed to include a variety of exercise forms. Participating in different exercise forms will also help you maintain your enthusiasm for the continuation of your exercise program over a longer period of time.
Who should (and does) practice Pilates?
Did you know that Daniel Craig uses Pilates to prepare for his role as James Bond? Yes, he does all of his own stunts in the Bond movies. Robert Downey, Jr. uses Pilates to into shape for his role as “Iron Man”. Many celebrities and professional athletes use Pilates as part of their standard workout routine. The list of notables includes Giselle Bundchen, Faith Hill, Angelina Jolie, Tiger Woods, Annika Sorenstam, Adam Scott, Lebron James, Jason Kidd, and Calvin Johnson, among many others.
“In 10 sessions you will feel the difference; in 20 sessions you will see the difference; and in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body.” Joseph Pilates