New to Pilates
What to Expect
If you have never been to Pilates class before, it may be a bit intimidating to see all the equipment. But it is as easy as learning how to use weights at the gym. You can perform a vast range of exercises and Pilates moves on the Reformers and Towers, using the springs to provide guidance and resistance throughout your workout. Our group classes tend to be a bit more of a work out while using the classic Pilates principals. The classes tone and firm up the entire body, with special emphasis on the core. The springs can be adjusted to different resistance levels to whatever is right for you. We want you to walk away with an energized wow feeling.
Pilates doesn’t stress your body in the ways that lifting weights or other workout methods may, this is why everyone can do it. Your bones will strengthen, muscles will tone and firm, and you will look fit. But, most of all, as you work out and begin to feel better physically, we hope you will also begin to feel better mentally. You’ll stand taller, move with grace and most importantly, feel great.
What to Wear
Wear comfortable workout clothes that you feel ok sweating in. You’ll be laying down some of the time (yes, laying down and working out!) with your hands or legs in the air so make sure your clothes move with you. You don’t have to wear shoes or socks – though you can wear socks if it is more comfortable for you. Bare feet give you better grip for some of the exercises.
If you are brand new to using Pilates machines, we require that you take a Mighty Basics class or a Private session before jumping in to other classes. This helps you get a hang of our style and familiarize yourself with our equipment. We think a combination of a few Private sessions and a couple of Mighty Basics is ideal and your practice will benefit in the long run.
Pilates is a form of body conditioning originally created by Joseph H. Pilates in the early 1920’s. He interned in a camp on the Isle of Man after WWI where he practiced his physical fitness program and developed apparatus to aid in the rehab of the disabled and sick. He used bed springs to create the first Reformer. After the War, he moved to New York City and opened a studio, located near the New York City Ballet. His method consists of over 500 exercises on the equipment he designed. As the man himself put it over 70 years ago, “In 10 sessions you’ll feel the difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see the difference, and in 30 sessions you’ll have a different body.”
One of the best things about Pilates is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, fitness buffs, yogis, and women rebounding from pregnancy.