I WANT TO START PILATES BUT I AM SCARED THAT I MIGHT HURT MYSELF. WHAT DO I DO?

MANY PEOPLE MAKE THE MISTAKE OF LEARNING PILATES FROM A DVD OR A BOOK. INVESTING IN A FEW PRIVATE CLASSES WITH A QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR CAN SAVE YOU FROM ACHES, PAINS AND A SMALL FORTUNE OF PHYSIOTHERAPISTS FEES. NEVER ATTEMPT EXERCISES ON YOUR OWN WHEN YOU HAVENT LEARNED THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF PILATES AND HAVE NOT MASTERED PERFORMING THEM. PILATES CONSISTS OF AN INTRICATE SET OF EXERCISES PERFORMED IN A SEQUENCE SUITED TO THE INDIVIDUALS CAPABILITIES.

PRIVATE PILATES CLASSES ARE EXPENSIVE.

YES, IT CAN BECOME EXPENSIVE TO DO PRIVATE CLASSES ON A REGULAR BASIS BUT IF YOU INVEST IN DOING AT LEAST 8 TO 10 PRIVATE CLASSES TO ATTAIN A GOOD UNDERSTANDING OF THE CONCEPTS, YOU ARE WELL ON YOUR WAY TO BEING A STRONGER, HEALTHIER AND FITTER HUMAN BEING. YOU CAN THEN CONTINUE DOING YOUR PILATES IN A GROUP. IF YOU ARE NOT A “GROUPIE” THERE ARE SMALLER GROUP TRAINING CLASSES OF 2 TO 4 PERSONS AVAILABLE AS WELL.

IS PILATES CARDIO?

NO, PILATES IS NOT CARDIOVASCULAR EXERCISE. THE MOVEMENTS ARE DONE IN SUCH A CONTROLLED MANNER THAT YOUR HEARTRATE WILL NOT REACH A SUFFICIENT LEVEL TO BE REGARDED AS CARDIOVASCULAR WORK. HOWEVER, EXPERIENCED INSTRUCTORS CAN ADAPT EXERCISES TO ADD AEROBIC ELEMENTS TO YOUR PROGRAM PROVIDED YOU ARE INJURY FREE AND STRONG ENOUGH TO MANAGE CARDIOVASCULAR ORIENTATED EXERCISES.

AM I NOT TOO OLD TO START PILATES?

PILATES IS FOR ALL SHAPES AND SIZES. SOME OF MY MOST APPRECIATIVE CLIENTS ARE OLDER AND APPRECIATE THE WISDOM PILATES BRINGS TO THE FITNESS WORLD. PILATES PROVIDES FOR ALL THE CONCERNS AND RESTRICTIONS THAT AGING BRINGS. EXERCISES CAN BE ADAPTED TO SUITE EACH AND EVERY PERSONS NEED.

WHICH APPARATUS GUARANTEES THE BEST RESULTS?

PILATES EQUIPMENT ARE VERY INTERESTING LOOKING CONTRAPTIONS. EACH APPARATUS HAS ITS UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS AND CAN BE USED TO CUSTOMIZE A CLIENT`S WORK OUT. HOWEVER, WHEN PILATES IS DONE WELL NO APPARATUS IS NEEDED!! THE PRINCIPLES ALONE SHOULD BE YOUR GUIDELINE IN EACH AND EVERY MOVEMENT. NO PIECE OF EQUIPMENT IS SUPERIOR TO THE NEXT.

 WHAT DO I WEAR TO PILATES?

WELL FITTED FITNESS GEAR LIKE LEGGINGS AND SPORTS TOPS ARE USUALLY THE MOST COMFORTABLE TO WEAR. LOOSE, HANGING GARMENTS ARE NOT SAFE AND CAN GET CAUGHT IN THE APPARATUS. STUDIOS HAVE DIFFERENT POLICIES REGARDING FOOTWEAR BUT WEARING NON-SLIPPERY SOCKS OR BARE FEET ARE USUALLY THE NORM. CONFIRM WITH THE STUDIO WHICH YOU ATTEND CLASSES AT.

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