What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on strengthening the core. The Pilates techniques that we use in these classes are mat-based and suitable for beginners through to more advanced participants. Although Pilates is considered a more gentle form of exercise in comparison to something like a HIIT workout, it is still challenging, and can be adapted further, even for those who exercise regularly.
Why is Pilates a good form of exercise?
Pilates focuses on building a strong core, stablising and mobilising your joints and increasing your flexibility, balance and co-ordination. In turn, this will improve your posture and alignment, increase your range of movement, give you a strong foundation upon which to build and help you to become stronger and more agile.
Will I lose weight/get slimmer?
Yes, Pilates can help you to lose weight and to create a leaner body but as with all exercise, diet will play a big part in this, which is why we have included our healthy eating programme.
Does it burn calories?
Yes, not only does it burn calories, it builds strength helping you to improve your body composition.
How many calories will I burn?
This depends on a number of factors including age, weight, height and activity levels. Pilates will not burn as many calories as a fast-paced HIIT class, BUT it will help to build lean mass and a stronger core which is integral to maximising your exercise programme.
I already go to the gym, why should I consider Pilates?
Pilates has a lot to offer, even for those who regularly work out. If you are predominately doing cardio in the gym (lots of treadmill and bike) then Pilates can really help you focus on adding strength training and maintaining your muscle mass. If you are already hitting the weights, Pilates will challenge your core in ways that the weights can’t (seriously, try it). Building strength in your core is only going to add value to your weights sessions, perfect your form and make those isolation and compound exercises even more effective
Can it help me get stronger?
Yes, Pilates uses many body weight techniques which help to increase your lean body mass (muscle).
How can it help my posture?
Pilates focuses on correcting alignment and posture. This is integral to our skeletal and muscular health. Incorrect posture and alignment can literally change our body shape, causing it to become inefficient, stressing the joints and causing pain and contracting and lengthening muscles leading to aches and pains. Not only that, an incorrect posture makes out stomachs protrude and our bottoms stick out!
Can it help with stress?
Yes, Pilates, although challenging helps us to stay in the moment leading us to focus our minds and put complete concentration into each of our movements. This coupled with the physical exercise and the release of endorphins will help the stresses of the day melt away. It will also help you to sleep better and increase your energy.
Can it improve my health?
Yes, as a form of challenging exercise, Pilates has the following health benefits:
Increase cardiovascular health
Increase immune fuction
Develop lean mass
Burn body fat
Improve agility, strength, balance and co-ordination
How quickly can I expect to see results?
“In 10 sessions you will feel better, in 20 you will look better, and in 30 you will have a whole new body.” – Joseph Pilates
This of course, depends on how regularly you exercise. If you practice 2-3 times per week (it doesn’t necessarily mean coming to class – please feel encouraged to do homework!) then you should start to see some excellent changes in 10-12 weeks. If you come once per week, you will still achieve, just at a slower rate.
Again, diet plays a part here too – couple your sessions with a good eating plan and your results will be quicker.