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what is pilates?

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An innovative system of mind-body exercise evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates. Pilates dramatically transforms the way your body looks, feels and performs. It builds strength without excess bulk, creating a sleek, toned body with slender thighs and a toned abdomen. It teaches body awareness, good posture and easy, graceful movement. Pilates improves flexibility, agility and economy of motion. It can even help alleviate back pain. Professional dancers have known the benefits of Pilates for decades. Top athletes use it for strength, flexibility, and injury prevention. Hollywood celebrities and supermodels use it to maintain beautiful physiques.

Pilates is an excellent way to rehabilitate injuries and conditions including; back pain, all kinds of disc dysfunction, neck issues, knee injuries, knee instability and pain, hip injuries, hip replacements, ankle instability, frozen shoulder, shoulder impingement, rotator cuff issues, scolosis, kyphosis, lordosis, SI joint problems, RSI, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and more!

 

what are the benefits of pilates?

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• Builds strength without "bulking up" - gain long, lean muscles and flexibility

• Develops a strong core - toned abdominals and a strong back

• Creates an evenly conditioned body

• Learn efficient patterns of motion

• Increased bone density

• Improves posture and spinal alignment

• Injury prevention and rehabilitation

faqs

How many times a week do I need to come to see results? To see the fastest results we recommend attending classes/sessions 2-3 times per week. Within a month you will feel taller and leaner, have increased body awareness, increased tone in problem areas, and a general increase in energy.
How long are your sessions? All of our classes and sessions are 55 minutes long.
it's my first time doing Pilates. What should I wear/bring? Wear form fitting, comfortable clothing so that the instructor can see your alignment and make corrections when necessary. You do not wear shoes for our Pilates privates, duets, equipment and mat classes. Shoes are required for our HeartCore and ClubCore classes. Mats are provided for all mat classes.
What is the difference between a pilates equipment and mat session? The main difference is that a mat class offers no added resistance to the workout. In a private, duet, or group equipment class the added resistance from the springs will increase muscle mass and correct muscular imbalances more efficiently than on the mat.
Does Pilates help with weight loss? Pilates will help you lose inches however good nutrition and a cardiovascular program are necessary to lose pounds. We offer a variety of cardio based classes(HeartCore and ClubCore) to help you achieve that goal.
Why should I come take classes at your studio when it is way cheaper to join a gym? Good question! Classes at a gym are typically packed, the instruction is not customized to the individual, and there is no system for charting your progress. We know all of our students by name, our classes are small, and we offer customized instruction.
I took a Pilates class at a gym and it really hurt my back and neck. Was I doing something wrong? Yes! Pilates should not hurt in that way.  Pilates needs to be taught one-on-one or in small groups so students can learn how to engage the right muscle groups and work with proper alignment. This bodily re-education will change the way you look and the way you live in your body.
Can I do Pilates during pregnancy? Yes! Pilates is safe do to during pregnancy because it is gentle on the joints, builds the deep abdominals and pelvic floor, and prevents low back pain. All of our instructors are trained in pre and post natal protocols.
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