Q: I have a back or other joint pain. Will I be able to do Pilates?
A: You should always consult your physician, chiropractor or physiotherapist before starting any fitness routine. Pilates is often recommended by health professionals as the workout is gentle, easily modifiable and controlled with no sudden jarring actions. A well designed Pilates Post-Rehabilitation program assists in developing pelvic, spinal and shoulder girdle stability as well as joint mobility. There is an emphasis on developing core strength and restoring optimal range of motion. It is important that you work with a certified instructor who has additional training in Therapeutic Pilates to ensure that you are doing the movements correctly and making the appropriate modifications to the exercises based on your situation. Therapeutic Pilates does not replace treatment provided by your physician, chiropractor or Physiotherapist but rather compliments it. A suitable program will be developed in accordance with the guidelines of your health care provider.
Q: What should I wear?
A: It is best to do Pilates in comfortable clothing that doesn’t restrict movement in any way. Most clients wear T-Shirts and leggings/workout pants. Footwear is not required.
Q: What is Pilates?
A: Developed in the 1920’s by legendary physical trainer Joseph H. Pilates. The Pilates Method is an exercise system which focuses on increasing flexibility and strength to build more defined, longer, leaner muscles. The Pilates Method consists of over 500 specific exercises and can be done on a mat or using specialized equipment such as a Reformer, Cadillac, Chair or Barrels. The method is designed to develop the body with balance. Each exercise emphasizes precision of movement, concentration, proper form and control.
Q: Why are Group classes at a studio more costly than at a gym?
A: Pilates instructors are highly trained professionals who have invested a considerable amount of time and money in their training. They learn over 500 exercises for both the mat and Pilates equipment, spending hundreds of hours studying the technique. They learn the philosophy and theory behind each movement, spend a significant amount of time observing and mastering proper form and sequences, and apprentice to fine tune their teaching skills prior to taking a rigorous written and practical exam. They learn more than just a series of movements, they learn how to assess their students’ posture, how to adapt exercises for various conditions, and how to customize an optimal Pilates program for each individual. This kind of specialized training, combined with the expenses of furnishing a fully equipped studio, and smaller group settings which allow for more individualized attention warrants a higher price per class than a big box gym.
Q: What’s the difference between Private Training and taking classes?
A: Working one on one with a certified, experienced Pilates instructor can dramatically improve your results! Private Pilates training takes into account your individual fitness goals and objectives as well as individual strengths and weaknesses. After a Postural Analysis and Movement Screen (which helps to identify any muscular imbalances), an individualized program is developed to meet your specific needs and goals. Because Pilates is about the precision and quality of movement, one on one attention ensures that you are doing the movements correctly and getting the most out of each and every exercise. We recommend, if this is your first time taking Pilates or you are working with an injury, that you begin with private sessions to ensure both safety and success. One-to-one sessions are suitable for anyone wanting individualized attention or with specific training needs. Private sessions are essential for those with injuries. Privates are also a great way to start if you are planning on attending group sessions to ensure that you understand the Principles of Pilates, the basic concepts of the work and that you are performing the exercises correctly. Making an appointment for a private session is done based on your schedule and instructor availability.
Q: How often should I do Pilates?
A: We recommend committing to your Pilates program 2-4 times per week. This kind of regular practice and commitment to your program will help you reach your fitness goals and ensure you see the results you’re looking for. While some results may vary depending on the individual and certain variables you should start seeing and feeling results in about 10 to 15 sessions. Adding cardiovascular activity (walking, bicycling, swimming…) to your regular Pilates workouts makes for an optimal fitness program that addresses all fitness components.
Q: Will I get the same results with a Mat workout as with a Reformer/Equipment workout?
A: Mat-based workouts focus on the development of the deep core stabilizers without the use of resistance, although small props such as Fitness Circles, Flex Bands, Stability Balls or Pilates Mini Balls may be added to increase workout intensity. A workout done with Pilates equipment (Reformers, Cadillacs, Chairs and Barrels) also works the deep core stabilizers in addition to a variety of other muscle groups with added spring resistance. Working with equipment provides a greater variety of exercises and therefore lends itself to correcting muscular imbalances and more focused work.
Q: Why choose a Private Pilates Studio over doing Pilates at a gym?
A: Training at a health club or gym can be intimidating, loud, competitive and distracting. A private studio allows you to relax in a non-intimidating, tranquil client-centred environment where the focus is on you and your workout. This setting allows for effective, private communication between you and your trainer so that you get the most out of the time you devote to your training. At Ross Pilates and Conditioning we specialize in Pilates. Our instructors have completed 100’s of hours of training to become fully certified Pilates instructors so you can rest assured you’re in good hands.
Q: What are the benefits of Pilates?
- Improves strength, flexibility and balance
- Tones and builds long, lean muscles without bulk
- Strengthens deep abdominal and back muscles enhancing stability of the spine and pelvis
- Develops flatter, more toned abdominals
- Engages the mind and enhances body awareness
- Conditions efficient patterns of movement reducing the risk of injury
- Reduces stress, relieves tension, boosts energy
- Restores postural alignment
- Creates a stronger, more flexible spine
- Promotes recovery from strain or injury
- Increases joint range of motion
- Improves circulation
- Heightens neuromuscular coordination
- Provides relief from back pain and joint stress
- Corrects over-training of muscle groups which can lead to stress and injury
- Enhances mobility, agility and stamina
- Compliments sports training and develops functional fitness for activities of daily living
- Improves the way your body looks and feels