Inside Out Pilates, ltd.

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are the benefits of Pilates?

How is Pilates different from other forms of exercise?

How long will it take for me to see or feel any results?

Will I lose weight?

I am a physically fit person, why should I begin with the modified techniques?

Why all the emphasis on breathing and why does it matter how I’m breathing?

Is working on Pilates machines better than the mat exercises?

What is the Reformer?

What can I benefit from a private Pilates session?

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

Is Pilates only about having a flatter abs?

How does Pilates help with sports or dancing?

Was Pilates designed for dancers?

What do I wear to a pilates class and should I bring anything with me?

What if I have a medical issue or injury?

 

What are the benefits of Pilates?

There are entire books written on the benefits of Pilates, but to mention just a few: 
obtaining long, lean muscles, correcting muscle imbalances, reducing or eliminating pain, injury prevention, increased endurance, gained strength and flexibility, creating a mind-body connection, improved posture and balance, increased energy, ease of daily activities, greatly improves performance in any sport or dance.

 

How is Pilates different from other forms of exercise?

Other forms of exercise such as weight lifting focus on individual body parts.  Pilates is unique in that it is a safe exercise that works the entire body, training our body parts to work together, systematically exercising all the muscle groups, the weak as well as the strong. In addition, in many forms of exercise, we try to “get through it” and will listen to ipods or even watch TV to get our mind anywhere else than what we are doing!  In Pilates, there is complete focus on what are bodies are doing and the exercises must be done with control and precision. 

 

How long will it take for me to see or feel any results?

After just one class!  By becoming aware of your posture, stander taller on your feet, pulling in your abdominals and dropping your shoulders, immediately you will look and feel better.  To obtain this without thinking about it, gain muscle tone, correct muscle imbalance and possibly reduce or eliminate pain will take three to six months of regular practice.

 

Will I lose weight?

Although Pilates will burn some calories and will tone your muscles, it will not burn enough calories to shed excess pounds.  A cardio program 3-4 times a week, such as walking, jogging, swimming or dancing and a suitable nutritional program is needed to lose weight and maintain a healthy heart.

 

 

I am a physically fit person, why should I begin with the modified techniques?

It is extremely important to begin Pilates with the modified versions. You will obtain much faster results in the long run by going slowly in the beginning.  Although you may look physically fit, lift weights, run 5 miles a day and do 1,000 sit ups daily, you are probably only working your larger mobilizing muscles (arms, legs, outer abdominals).  Pilates works from the inside out and begins by strengthening and lengthening our smaller, deeper muscles (stabilizing muscles) that we commonly do not exercise. These muscles have more endurance, help with posture, balance, and injury prevention.  It is by strengthening these muscles first in Pilates that trains our bodies to correctly assist the mobilizing muscles.

 photo of modifications to the "Hundreds" exercise

 

Why all the emphasis on breathing and why does it matter how I’m breathing?

Correct, controlled breathing in Pilates is one of the main Principles in Pilates.  It oxygenates our cells, giving us energy and helps us to focus and concentrate. In addition, to strengthen the abdominals, they must be contracted.  This means abdominal breathing is not possible to maintain correct muscle recruitment.  Instead we use thoracic lateral breathing, breathing into the lower back sides of our ribs. 

 

 

Is working on Pilates machines better than the mat exercises?

Because mat work is the foundation of the Pilates system, professional instructors will stress the need to master the mat before moving on to any Pilates machine.  On the mat, you must use your own body to support your weight through the movements.  This is more difficult than using the pilates reformer because on the reformer your weight is mostly carried by the spring supported carriage and resistance straps for the arms and legs.  If you can master the mat exercises prior to using the machines, you will have gained exceptional physical and mental skill of the pilates principles that will be of great benefit to using the machines.

What is the Reformer?
The reformer's basic components include a frame, headrest, foot bar and a sliding platform with attached springs that glides back and forth on rollers. An assortment of adjustable accessories--springs, cables, bars and pulleys--is used to create resistance and allow the body to perform a number of exercises while standing, sitting or lying down. Leather straps, or ropes, facilitate correct positioning of arms and legs, and an adjustable headrest helps to insure stability and proper breathing patterns. The standard studio reformer is elevated on four legs.

Studies conducted by Michele Olson, PhD, confirmed that regular use of the Pilates reformer results in "significant improvements" in flexibility, strength and muscular endurance.

The basic purpose of all Pilates workouts is to develop the body's core strength--the powerhouse--through focus on the breath and mindful movements of the body.
Once the basics of proper breathing and focused movement are mastered, the reformer helps to increase core strength and improve flexibility, while encouraging the smooth flow of movement that is necessary to maintain correct form and alignment of the body.

 

What can I benefit from a private Pilates session?

In a private class, you have the teacher’s complete attention.  Not only will you learn correct technique but individual posture needs, muscle imbalances and injuries can be addressed.  You will receive a posture assessment after the first visit and future private classes will be tailored just for you.

 

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

While there is a mind-body connection in both Pilates and Yoga, they are actually much different and there are great benefits in both. In Yoga, emphasis is placed more on meditation and relaxation techniques and believed to help the functions of the internal organs. The stretches are held for a period of time at the end range of joint motion and muscle strength.  Pilates is a continuous flow of precise movements that begin at a small range of motion and progresses to the end range.

 

Is Pilates only about having a flatter abs?

Not at all, although that is one of the many benefits.  The focus of Pilates is indeed our “core” or “powerhouse” (the entire area, front & back, between the lower ribs and pubic bone), but the entire body is working in all the exercises.  You will have an entirely new body with regular practice.

 

 

How does Pilates help with sports?

By gaining strength, flexibility, balance, abdominal control, correcting muscle imbalances, improving posture, increasing endurance, rehabilitating existing injuries and preventing future ones, improving focus and awareness with the mind-body connection, improving coordination.

 

 

Was Pilates designed for dancers?

Although Joseph Pilates began his teaching methods during World War I to help rehabilitate injured soldiers, he was an immediate success among the dancing community when he opened his New York studio.  Dancers quickly discovered the countless benefits of his teachings and the perfect partnership of dance and Pilates.  The Pilates Principles …Breath, Flow, Precision, Control, Concentration & Centering are essential to dancers.  Compared to other forms of strength training, Pilates is the exercise choice among dancers because it improves and restores dancer’s muscles and movements adding strength and agility without injury.

 

What do I wear to a pilates class and should I bring anything with me?

Form fitting clothes is recommended over too loose clothing so your instructor can better see that you are using proper form to avoid injury and to also to avoid unwanted exposure in various positions.  For good hygiene, some type of foot covering such as socks or flip flops is recommended for use inside the studio but bare feet or Toesox® are recommended for the exercises.  Toesox® are special socks used in pilates which separate the toes and have grip on the bottom (ask for details).

You may bring your own pilates/yoga mat or you may use one of ours.  We have thicker mats available that are cleaned after each use. 

Stay hydrated...drink water before, during and after exercising.  Please, no open containers on floor.  Bottled water is available free to our clients or you may bring your own.

 

What if I have a medical issue or injury?

No exercise program should be started without prior approval from your doctor.  Please inform your instructor of any issues or injuries that you may have.  We will help guide you and may have you modify or abstain from certain movements, however, we are not physicians and all exercises are at your own risk.  Although there may some normal discomfort while strengthening and stretching muscles, there should absolutely be no sudden or severe pain.  Stop the exercise immediately and inform your instructor if you feel any pain.  Please use your own best judgment while performing the exercises.