FAQ

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Why Come to a Pilates Studio?


Pilates studios pride themselves on smaller class sizes, and defined class levels. This enables instructors to assist participants with the subtleties of the exercises. Defined class levels helps participants to select the most appropriate workout for their fitness levels and orthopedic health.

A well trained instructor utilizes the following 6 principles:

  1. Breathing – With every movement, there is a conscious effort to maintain flow of breath
  2. Centering – We strive to be focused and mindful about being present
  3. Control – All movements are deliberately executed
  4. Concentration – Helps us improve our learning skills
  5. Precision – We focus on the quality and not quantity of each exercise
  6. Flow – Continuous movement and smooth transitioning from one exercise to the next
Why Should I Take A Private Session?

Pilates is unlike any other form of exercise, especially in its demands on the deep abdominal muscles, and other stabilizers of the spine. Even those who are fit are often surprised at the initial effort it takes to perform Pilates exercises with precision. Results are dependent on the individual’s kinestic awareness and efficient application of that awareness to movement. While the instructor in a group format will make every effort to provide individual attention to each class participant, privates or semi-privates afford our instructors the opportunity to address the individual needs of the client to better maximize their potential. Classes flow smoothly and are more effective when participants are prepared prior to joining a group.

What Should I Wear?

It is helpful for our instructors if you wear comfortable yet form-fitting exercise clothes. It enables the instructor to visually see that you are performing the exercises with the proper alignment. Please don’t wear loose or “short” shorts as many of the exercises are done with your legs open and elevated. Participants generally exercise with bare feet, or with pilates/yoga socks.

How Many Times Per Week Should I Do Pilates?

Pilates can be quite effective over time even if you only can do one session a week. Clients vary their schedules to include mat and apparatus two to three times a week. . However, TTBF recommends applying your Pilates knowledge to other activities for a well rounded program.

How Quickly Will I See Results?

Joseph Pilates said “you’ll feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 and have a whole new body in 30 sessions.” Most of our clients have found this to be true and many start seeing results right away. Perhaps more important, our clients feel better which keeps them coming back for more. Pilates helps to relieve chronic back pain, knee and joint pain.

What Is The Difference Between Pilates Mat and Equipment Sessions?

Mat work is just one component of the whole system of exercises that Pilates offers. When you do Pilates on the Mat, you must support your body weight with gravity as resistance through the movements. Mat work is a great way to begin Pilates when apparatus is not available. It is also portable for those individuals who travel frequently or prefer the privacy of their own home. Small apparatus can be used in mat Pilates such as balls, rollers, rings, and bands.

When you work out on equipment such as the Reformer, your movements and the weight of your body are supported by the carriage as well as by a system of springs varying in resistance. The specially designed springs help tailor the degree of difficulty. The equipment can simplify Pilates concepts for beginners as well as provide unique challenges as you become stronger and more flexible allowing for a greater array of movements and positions.

What Is A Reformer?

The Reformer is the main piece of equipment used in Pilates exercise. The Reformer glides forward & backward on rollers and uses springs for resistance, along with other attachments, for a wide variety of exercises and positions (i.e. lying down, kneeling, seated & standing.)

Will I Get The Same Results With A Mat As With A Reformer/Equipment Workout?

Mat-based and equipment exercises are both effective. There are some exercises that are much more demanding in mat because of the lack of support that equipment may provide. In equipment work there are many exercises that are not possible with mat because of resistance options. Equipment work can enable a participant to understand an exercise that mat work doesn’t allow due to lack of support. However we can also create more challenges to exercises with the addition of optional resistance levels. This is the art of being a Pilates instructor.

Will Pilates Help My Back Pain?

If you have pain, TTBF will require written approval from your medical professional prior to beginning your program. We are proud to have many referrals in the medical community to refer you to if necessary. A Pilates workout is gentle and controlled with no sudden jarring actions. Pilates focus on abdominal strength, flexibility, and posture lending itself well to those with back pain. However, these principles can be difficult to learn in a group setting, especially for those who may require specific modifications to avoid re-injury or aggravation of symptoms. We recommend that all clients with a history of back pain, especially if it is ongoing, take a private session before participating in the mat class. This allows us to evaluate your abilities and make recommendations to improve the safety of each exercise. Back pain can be a mystery. Sometimes it is a lack of strength and flexibility. Other instance may require medical attention. The probability that most of us over 30 have some loss of disc integrity is high. We are happy to assist you in finding the right formula.

What Is The Difference Between Pilates And Weight Training?

Pilates focuses on movements of the limbs as secondary to stabilizing the spine, shoulder girdle, and pelvic girdle. Pilates also focuses on the balance of muscles on both sides of the body. Joseph Pilates was often quoted saying “We are only as young as our spine and all that supports it are strong and supple.” Pilates also focuses on active range of motion. In the Pilates system, focus is placed on increasing one’s flexibility with strength. Great flexibility doesn’t necessarily mean we have strength in that particular position. Being inflexible can be a sign of an imbalance of strength in the muscles surrounding the joint which can restrict motion. The ultimate goal is to have improved range of motion in our joints with control in that position hence the original name of the Pilates method “Contrology”.

How Does Pilates Compare to Yoga?

In some respects, Pilates conditioning is like yoga, particularly styles of yoga where a series of movements flow together. Both are considered mind-body type methods of movement; both emphasize deep breathing and smooth, long movements that encourage your muscles to relax and lengthen. There a few differences. The yoga practice may suggest a slightly different use of the nostrils verses mouth breathing. Pilates suggest inhaling through the nostrils and exhaling through the mouth. In Pilates the breath moves East West where in Yoga the suggestion maybe to extend the abdomen outward and inward. The Pilates practice emphasizes much more abdominal specific exercises, as well as exercises where the emphasis is on the abdomen maintaining control as the limbs are moving. The focus is on dynamic flexibility vs. static flexibility. There are times where participants may find some static stretches being utilize in a pilates class during cool down or in between exercises.

What If I Am Overweight?

Pilates is a wonderful program for those who are starting or already engaged in a weight loss program. Learning how to utilize our core helps to maintain orthopedic integrity in all of our physical activities. Pilates is not only a system of exercises, but a series of principles to help us be more effective and mindful about our movements. Pilates is also very gentle on the joints.

Do Men Benefit From Pilates?

Pilates was created by a man and was later adapted for women! Men generally have less flexibility than women. Pilate’s helps to increase flexibility and strengthen the core. Pilates male clientele is fast growing. Many participants are CEO’s and athletes recovering from injuries or over training exercise habits. Pilates helps both men and women retrain and balance the body for optimum performance. According to USA Today, male athletes are using Pilates to increase performance.

Do I Need To Be Fit To Start Pilates?

Pilates offers something for people at any fitness level. The classes are organized into beginner, intermediate, and advanced workouts that our instructors can tailor to any individual. At TTBF we maintain small group classes to provide a non – intimidating environment for our clients.