Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is so special about Pilates?
Pilates is a truly effective workout that completely engages your body and your mind. It is low impact and emphasizes quality over quantity. Everyone can do Pilates—regardless of age or fitness level. Whatever your personal goals—whether you need to recover from an injury, correct an imbalance created from bad posture and/or repetitive motion, enhance your athletic routine, or tone and shape your body—Pilates is an efficient method for success. You’ll see results quickly as you learn a truly enjoyable form of exercise.
2. What should I wear to sessions?
Pilates is most often practiced in socks or bare feet. Wear close-fitting comfortable exercise clothes.
3. Do I need to bring anything to the session?
You may take small sips of water throughout the session so bring a bottle of water.
4. Can I eat or drink before session?
The core—or center of your body—is the basis for all Pilate exercises. You will use your abdominal muscles constantly. To avoid discomfort don’t eat the hour before your session. To concentrate and work effectively you need to be well nourished so don’t starve yourself. The same goes with water—slow down to sips the hour before class.
5. Are there instructional terms I should be familiar with?
There are many terms and verbal cues used in Pilates instruction—you’ll find them helpful throughout your practice. See Section III for a list of the most frequently used cues. You should always feel free to speak up and ask if a particular cue isn’t clear to you.
6. How often should I do Pilates?
"You will feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 sessions, and have a completely different body in 30 sessions."
The more time you spend working, the more improvements you’ll see. You can do Pilates every day.
7. How do I incorporate Pilates into my current fitness regime?
Pilates increases strength, flexibility and coordination—and as such is the perfect complement to any fitness or training regime. As noted above, try to fit in at least 2 instructed Pilates sessions into your weekly routine.
8. How can I practice at home?
Once you’ve learned a mat exercise, practice it at home. Start slowly, doing one or two exercises from each class to build your home routine. Be sure you feel comfortable and confident that you are in proper alignment and executed the movements with precision.