Pilates Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Pilates different from other exercise?
Pilates focuses on the deepest internal muscles that connect to the spine (your "core" abdominal muscles as well as those in your back), so I like to think of it as strengthening the body's foundation. That strong foundation allows you to move better with less risk for injury, whether you're running a marathon or lifting groceries out of your car.
Another difference is that Pilates emphasizes quality over quantity when it comes to movement. No 100 crunches or five-minute planks here! Instead, I help you find the best alignment and activate the right muscles in each exercise. Just the tiniest movement, done with control, has huge effects.
I have arthritis, scoliosis, back pain, a knee replacement, etc. Can I still do Pilates?
Understanding that every body is unique, generally the answer is "Yes," with some considerations. Pilates is a non-impact workout, so it is gentle on joints. It's also endlessly adaptable, so it's very easy to avoid certain exercises or body positions while still getting an effective total-body workout. That said, if you're undergoing medical care or have had recent surgery, I'll want your doctor to okay an exercise program. I ask clients to be honest about their health and medical issues, so we can work together safely.
I've never done Pilates before. How do I start?
Don’t worry. You don't have to have any previous Pilates experience. The new-student package is a great opportunity to "play" on the equipment and experience the incredible variety of exercises you can do, while I get to know you and your goals. You can purchase your package and schedule your first workout online.
How many times a week should I do Pilates?
We can talk about what’s best for you. If your schedule allows, twice a week is a great place to start when you’re new to Pilates and if you’re trying to manage pain or recover from an injury. No matter how many times a week you do Pilates, the most important thing is to maintain a consistent practice, so you continue to build upon your work and feel the difference in your body.