Who can do Pilates?
Pilates is beneficial for men and women of virtually all ages, fitness levels and body conditions. Pilates training can be viewed as a cross between physical fitness and physical therapy, which can be adapted and customised for individual needs.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Regular Pilates training can
- Create a stronger and more flexible spine
- Restore postural alignment
- Unburden joints and relieve joint stress
- Alleviate back-pain
- Reduce stress and relieve tension
- Develop muscular strength uniformly
- Tone and build long, lean muscles without building bulk
- Improve ease and economy of movement
- Condition efficient movement patterns making the body less prone to injury
- Enhance flexibility, mobility and endurance
- Heighten neuromuscular coordination
- Complement existing sports training and develop functional fitness for daily activities
- Counteract the micro-damage of sedentary roles
How often should I do Pilates?
The rate at which you progress will depend on the amount of time you put into your training in and out of the studio. For optimum results we recommend 2-3 times a week. Consistency is the key to change and getting real results.
Is private or group tuition better?
The individual client’s needs and physiological circumstances will ultimately determine whether group or private tuition is more suitable. As a general rule group classes are unsuitable if a client has injuries or restrictions. Moreover, a client in a group setting takes on more responsibility for the quality of their movement execution as compared with a private session, where the instructor dedicates their entire attention and can make tailored and individual corrections at all times. Private tuition is recommended if you have special needs or enjoy the individual focus.
How do I find a qualified Pilates Instructor?
A comprehensively trained Pilates instructor has undergone a very demanding path into teacher training and certification. Certifications are awarded through reputable training programs and professional institutions. The formal training should take approximately 600-hours of hands-on apprenticing, observation, practice, lectures and teaching both with an assistant and solo. Written, practical and oral examinations are required for teacher trainees to fully demonstrate their knowledge and application of all aspects of the Pilates Method. A comprehensive teacher has been trained for all levels on all pieces of Pilates equipment (equipment and mat). They should be skilled in handling clients with specific injuries or body conditions that warrant a modified approach. Moreover they must maintain their certification status by completing continuing education requirements.
Here are some further guidelines to consider in selecting a Pilates Instructor:
- What is the instructor’s training background?
- Which training program did the instructor complete and how many hours were spent completing it?
- Is the instructor proficient in teaching other related movement disciplines?
- How long has the instructor been teaching Pilates?
- Can the instructor handle special needs – clients with injuries, restrictions or in rehabilitation?
- Is the instructor confident and knowledgeable as well as responsive to your needs?
Can men do Pilates Training?
The benefits of Pilates are not gender biased. The Pilates Method was developed by a man, Joseph Pilates, who was a gymnast, a boxer and a military trainer in his early years. Men have played a vital role in maintaining and shaping the Pilates work. Whilst in the mainstream the trend has shown female practitioners outnumber the male practitioners, there is nothing about Pilates that makes it more for women than for men. Moreover, this trend is gradually changing as well-known male sports figures inspire more men to explore Pilates Training for themselves.
Will I lose weight with Pilates training?
Pilates exercise is not a cardiovascular workout. However, in conjunction with an appropriate diet and some form of cardio work such as walking, bicycling, jogging or swimming, Pilates can well factor into a weight loss program.
I´d like to begin Pilates training but I have a condition…
Should you have a pre-existing medical condition, are pregnant, have recently undergone surgery or are in therapy; we suggest consulting your medical practitioner as a general precaution before undertaking this form of exercise. Once you’ve been given approval, we are happy to establish a program specific to your needs based on your personal health and physical history.
What should I wear?
You should wear clothing that is comfortable for you to work out in. Close –fitted attire that is designed to stretch and breathe will allow for full-range of movement without restriction.
What is classical Pilates?
The word classical refers to Pilates being taught in its original form with enhancements that reflect the advancement of scientific understanding of the human body. Other techniques of Pilates teach in a manner that reflects the training schools or individual’s own interpretation. The information below illustrates the key differences that help to distinguish between the two categories.
|Classical Pilates||Contemporary Pilates|
|Teaches Pilates exercises as a movement system that is connected to a specific purpose||Teaches Pilates exercises that are not necessarily interrelated and independent in nature|
|There is a systematic sequential order of exercises||Lacks specific order and may well vary from one class to the next|
|Exercises are linked by transitions so that they flow from one to the other||Exercises are often taught as separate movements|
|There is a focus on flow which over time develops endurance and stamina||There is not often a flow in the class|
|Exercises are taught with a unique and dynamic rhythm||Exercises tend to be broken down into parts and lack rhythm and dynamic|
|Requires no music or background sound||There is often music played|
|Classes are conducted with few participants at a time or in private / semi-private sessions||Class sizes are large|
|Teachers have begun as students of the classical Pilates method themselves or have undertaken training in the classical method prior to commencing a teacher training program. The number of training and educational hours is at least 600 within a time-frame of 1-1.5 years.||Teachers have not necessarily had Pilates experience prior to their teaching program. Their teaching program is completed in one or two weekends or their training and educational hours are very limited.|
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