Pilates is a holistic system of body conditioning with particular emphasis on core strength. It has roots in martial arts, boxing and yoga.
If practised correctly and regularly it builds strong, well aligned bodies and corrects the imbalances that gradually set in. It’s a method of exercise that everyone can get involved in irrespective of age, lifestyle and fitness levels.
The most commonly asked question!
Yoga is derived from an ancient spiritual practice and Pilates is a system of body conditioning. Both place emphasis on the connection of the mind and body and a holistic view of keeping healthy.
Many people practice both and, whilst very different, they both have many benefits.
YES! It’s a system of exercise that was devised by a man. Boxers were some of Joseph Pilates’ original students. Today it forms an integral part of elite sportsmen’s training, for example Gareth Bale and the All Blacks use Pilates to enhance their performance.
Men absolutely do Pilates!
Wear anything that’s comfortable to move in and close-fitting (we need to see how you move). For women it’s usually leggings and a sports top and for men it’s tracksuit bottoms or shorts and a T-shirt. Many people do the class in bare feet but you can also wear non-slip socks.
Keep in mind that doing equipment Pilates in normal socks can be difficult as you can feel like you’re “slipping” on the equipment.
Generally yes, Pilates is a great way to workout during pregnancy and take care of your body once your baby has arrived. It is important to appreciate that participation will depend on previous Pilates experience and where you are in your pregnancy journey.
All pregnant and post-natal clients will need to consult their doctor before enrolling for a session.
Pilates is incredibly helpful in managing back pain.
In 2009 the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence published medical guidelines recommending that people with non-specific low back pain should be encouraged to stay physically active.
Pilates is particularly effective because it strengthens the core and back muscles and increases flexibility.
A further benefit is that everything that we learn in a Pilates class can be taken out of the classroom into our everyday life. This is an essential part of what makes it so effective at combating back pain.
As many times as you like! There’s no such thing as too much Pilates.
An important factor will be your personal goals and what you hope to get out of Pilates. I usually recommend at least two sessions a week, especially at the start to really learn how Pilates feels in your body