What is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of physical conditioning created by German immigrant and fitness innovator Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. The method, which is based on five reigning principles: Centering, Control, Breath, Precision, and Flow of Movement, is based on the idea that before strengthening the peripheral parts of the body, one must strengthen their deepest abdominal muscles to develop a strong and stable core.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
- Improved alignment and posture
- Stronger and leaner muscles without bulk
- Abdominal muscles that draw in and up rather than protrude outward
- Better balance and coordination
- The Four S’s: Strength, Stamina, Stretch, and Stability
- More energy
- Less aches and pains
- Improved confidence
- Improved body awareness
How many times a week do I need to practice Pilates to see results?
It is recommended that Pilates is practiced at least two or three times a week for maximum results. If you are not able to commit to private sessions, small group mat and apparatus classes are recommended. We will assist you in designing a program that fits into your budget and schedule and will work with you to achieve your goals.
Can you do Pilates when you are pregnant?
Yes. When performed safely and correctly, Pilates exercises are ideal for pregnant women. Pilates strengthens the body’s pelvic floor muscles, aids in proper body alignment, and strengthens the deepest abdominal muscles. These deep abdominal muscles can be accessed during the pushing stage of labor and can ease childbirth. Our instructors have gone through extensive training in perinatal exercise and will ensure you will perform each exercise safely and effectively.
What makes the Pilates Project different than other Pilates programs?
At the Pilates Project we believe that Pilates is a challenging workout that should leave you feeling taller, leaner, stronger, invigorated, and pain-free. We have gone through extensive training in classical Pilates instruction and are skilled in designing a program that will help you meet your fitness goals. Students will utilize several different apparatus in each session as well as perform mat work. Because no two bodies are the same, we will address these differences by teaching and sometimes modifying the foundational Pilates exercises while incorporating specially chosen exercises that will address your particular needs and weaknesses.
Is Pilates just for women?
No! Joseph Pilates was a boxer who began developing the Pilates Method while training German police and military officers in self-defense. The recent growth in Pilates can be attributed in large part to its higher popularity among men. Pilates workouts can be tailored to increase performance in men’s sports such as golf, football, mixed martial arts and many others.