What is Pilates? Pilates is a full-body conditioning program developed by Joseph Pilates over a period of 40 years, begining in the 1920's. It is designed to strengthen the core musculature as it lengthens the body. This dual emphasis leads to a longer, leaner, more flexible, better toned and more evenly developed physique. A complete Pilates program involves both mat and equipment work. The Pilates equipment employs spring-based resistance to create muscular strength and tone without building bulk. The focus on breath and properly performed movements leads to improved posture and overall physical balance.
How long will it take me to notice changes in my body? Less time than you might think. In fact, Joseph Pilates claimed that "in ten sessions you'll feel the difference, in 20 you'll see the difference, and in 30 you'll have a new body." However, every body is different. Your dedication to a consistent practice will greatly determine how quickly you will notice positive changes in your body.
Will Pilates flatten and tone my mid-section? Absolutely! The focus on strengthening and lengthening core musculature inevitably results in flatter, firmer bellies.
Will I lose weight by doing Pilates? Pilates provides resistance and will help you burn calories. However Pilates is not considered aerobic until one masters the advanced work. If you are trying to lose weight, we recommend Pilates along with aerobic exercise (running, swimming, biking,etc.) - and diet prescribed by your nutritionist - to help burn calories and speed your metabolism.
Will I be more flexible doing Pilates? Yes. Yes. Yes. Improving flexibility is one of the principal benefits of a consistent Pilates regimen.
How does the Body Temple Pilates Studio design a program to fit my needs? Before your first session, you will complete an Intake Form to let us know about your specific body issues and fitness goals. We will work with you to structure an individual conditioning program based on your physical needs, goals and an in-depth Postural Assessment. We will recommend private sessions and group classes most beneficial to your needs. Our teachers can also advise you on the various bodywork options available and make recommendations to complement your physical conditioning program.
How many times a week should I be taking private sessions or group sessions? As in any physical conditioning program, to reap the full benefits, one should be practicing a minimum of 2-3 times/week. This includes private and semi-private sessions as well as group classes. All of the movement classes offered in our "Core Curriculum" can also be taken to fulfill your fitness needs. Again, we will be happy to help you design your personal conditioning program.
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