Q: What does Pilates involve?
A: Pilates classes involve a combination of stretching, endurance, strength-training and core-strengthening for a period of an hour.
Q: What muscle groups can be targeted?
A: Pilates primarily focuses on core strengthening, but is an entire body toner that works for multiple muscle groups.
Q: Can anyone do Pilates?
A: Yes. Pilates classes are tailored to suit the specific needs of each individual client. Pilates classes benefit a wide range of persons, from seasoned athletes to pensioners.
Q: How often should I do Pilates?
A: You will achieve optimal results with two sessions or more per week The body learns best with a regular and gradually paced program. Once a week is not ineffective but the progress is slower.
Q: Will I lose weight through Pilates?
A: Together with a good eating program Pilates can be a positive addition to your overall weight loss program.
Q: How long will I have to do the workout before I see results?
A: The average active person doing 2-3 classes per week should see some results within 10-12 classes. This will vary depending on each individual and other factors such as the number of classes a person takes each week, whether they are private or group classes, whether they participate in other physical activities, and whether they have any existing injuries.
Q: What should I wear to a Pilates class?
A: Comfortable stretch clothing, that is not too baggy and that does not restrict movement. No shoes are worn, one can wear socks or exercise barefoot.
Q: Can I do Pilates if I have an injury?
A: Yes! Pilates aids rehabilitation of an injury. One mistake made by people to whom Pilates has been recommended is to try to learn Pilates from a book or video. If you have an injury, you need to work with a certified instructor who can help you modify exercises and make sure that you are doing the exercises correctly. When done properly, Pilates exercises develop core strength which is key to relieving muscle strain and assisting in rehabilitation.
Q: I have a bad back. Will I be able to do pilates?
A: Although you should always consult your physician before starting any fitness routine, a pilates workout is gentle and controlled with no sudden jarring actions. It is, therefore, more important that you work with a qualified instructor to ensure that you are doing the movements correctly. An experienced instructor will be able to modify the exercises to accommodate your limitations, continually challenge you within your range and monitor your improvements. If you commit yourself to a consistent workout schedule you will certainly feel results
Q: If I’m doing Pilates, should I still do my regular workout?
A: PILATES exercise is a musculoskeletal conditioning program. In combination with some kind of cardiovascular exercise (walking, running, aerobics, aqua fitness etc.), it’s all you need. People who reach advanced levels, can elevate their heart rate with STOTT PILATES ™ Power Paced workouts.
Q: How is STOTT PILATES ™ exercise different to weight training or other resistance exercise?
A: Pilates is three-dimensional (i.e. exercises can be performed using all movement planes). Spring resistance more closely resembles muscular contraction emphasis on concentric/eccentric contraction for injury prevention. STOTT PILATES ™ exercise is customizable for special needs. The exercise emphasis is placed on rebalancing muscles around the joints. Pilates corrects over-training and muscle imbalance that leads to injury. It emphasizes balancing strength with the flexibility (for injury prevention and more efficient movement). STOTT PILATES ™ exercise leads to an improvement in posture and body awareness
Q: Will I get the same results with a mat workout as with a reformer or equipment workout?
A: Mat-based workouts are very convenient and can be done anywhere. However, a mat workout will provide no added resistance. A reformer workout, on the other hand, will add resistance to your routine and can correct muscular imbalances better than a matwork routine would