Choose your studio and instructor carefully. Like every other profession, it takes thousands of hours and years of training under qualified teachers to master Pilates well enough to become an instructor. Pilates instructors are highly trained professionals who have invested hundreds of hours studying the technique. They learn over 500 exercises for both the mat and Pilates equipment. They learn the philosophy and theory behind each movement, spend considerable time observing and mastering proper form and sequences, and apprentice to fine tune their teaching skills prior to taking a rigorous written and practical exam.
They learn more than just a series of moves, they learn how to assess their students' posture, how to adapt exercises for various body conditions, and how to customize the optimum Pilates program for each individual. This kind of specialized training, combined with the expenses of furnishing a fully equipped studio, commands a 65-$80 per hour price range.
Shy away from those who get their "certifications" over the internet or at weekend seminars without any further training.
Ideally your Pilates instructor should be certified through a comprehensive training program, one comprised of lectures, observation, practice, hands-on apprenticing plus a written and practical examination. This level of training is especially important if you are going to be working out on any of the specialized Pilates equipment – some courses only cover mat exercises while others educate trainers in the full range of apparatus. Find out if your trainer is educated in handling clients with specific injuries or body conditions that might warrant a modified approach. A professional Pilates instructor should stay current with the latest developments in exercise science, choreography, small prop usage and more through continuing education workshops. Any background or teaching experience in other movement disciplines such as dance, aerobics or yoga is also a plus. A professional instructor should make good use of visual, verbal and tactile cueing to ensure students are exercising with proper form and technique. Whether you are working out in a group setting or one-on-one personal training, make sure your Pilates instructor is confident,knowledgeable, responsive and personable so you can have a safe and effective experience.
Pilates is unlike any other form of exercise, especially in its demands on the abdominals. Even those who are fit are often surprised at the initial effort it takes to correctly perform Pilates moves. Results are dependent on the individual's ability to efficiently recruit and isolate/coordinate certain muscle groups with precise alignment. 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 chance to focus specifically on the student's unique strengths and weaknesses to better maximize their potential.
It is helpful for our instructors if you wear comfortable, yet form-fitting exercise clothes. That way we can make sure you are performing the execises in the proper alignment. Please do not wear loose or "short" shorts as many of the exercises are done with the legs opened and elevated. You may exercise in either your bare feet or socks.
For hygiene requirements, please bring a small towel and clean socks - you don't need gym shoes. Please do not where excessive perfume. And don't forget to bring water!
We encourage that you do Pilates on a regular basis, as clients who do it most frequently notice the results the fastest. We recommend doing Pilates two to three times a week. At the same time we recognize that your life is busy and that a one session a week is better than none. Many of our client mix classes and Privates for the opportunity to work on the other apparatus.
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 than that, is that our clients feel better which keeps them coming back for more. Pilates helps to relieve chronic back pain as well as joint and other musculoskeletal issues.
Mat work is just one component of the whole system of exercises that Power Pilates Plus offers. When you do Pilates on the Mat, you must support your body weight through the movements. Mat work is a great way to make sure you really understand your body and the principles of Pilates. 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 springs. 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.
Mat-based workouts are very convenient and they can be done anywhere. However, a mat workout will provide no added resistance. A Reformer workout will add resistance to your routine and can correct muscular imbalances better than a mat routine would.
Although you should always consult your physician before starting any fitness routine, a Pilates workout is gentle and controlled with no sudden jarring actions. By using and developing the strength of the deep abdominal muscles, the supportive spinal muscles, the muscles of the pelvic floor and the stabilizing muscles of the upper back and shoulder area, you will learn to correct your posture, reduce strain and stress and realign the body. Your back will get stronger and your pain will gradually reduce. However, these principles can be difficult to learn in a group setting, especially for those who may require specific modifications due to joint/soft tissue or alignment conditions, 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 participation ting in group classes.This allows us to evaluate your abilities and make recommendations to improve the safety of each exercise.
Pilates strengthens AND stretches muscles (unlike weight training) and improves body posture and awareness. Pilates typically incorporates more muscles in one exercise than in weight training because it is three-dimensional—exercises can be performed using all movement planes. Pilates' emphasis is on rebalancing muscles around the joints, and balancing strength with flexibility. It also focuses on concentric-eccentric contraction for injury prevention and corrects over-training and muscle imbalance that leads to injury.
In some respects, Pilates conditioning is like yoga. 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. The difference is that while yoga requires moving from one static posture to the next without repetitions, Pilates flows through a series of movements that are more dynamic, systematic and anatomically based. The goal with Pilates is to achieve optimal functional fitness.
Pilates is a wonderful program whether you are engaged in a weight loss program or not. You will learn to activate and move your body safely utilizing your muscles rather than your joints and will be better able to engage in other physical fitness activities. And, Power Pilates Plus works to create a warm and welcoming environment that can be far less intimidating than some gyms.
Remember: Pilates was created by a man and was later adapted for women! Men generally have less flexibility and a greater degree of upper body strength than women. Pilates helps to create longer muscles that are more agile, as well as strengthen the core and lower body. At Power Pilates Plus, our male clientele is fast growing. From CEO's and athletes to men recovering from injuries or punishing exercise habits, Pilates helps both men and women retrain and re-strengthen the body for optimum performance. According to USA Today, male athletes are using Pilates to increase performance. In fact countless celebrity devotees of Pilates, from Sting to Hugh Grant to Martin Amis, John Cleese, Ian McKellen, Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, pitcher Curt Schilling, golfer Tiger Woods, Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl offensive guard Ruben Brown, Jason Kidd, and many other male athletes and an ever-growing number of famous footballers, rugby players, cricketers and other professional athletes.
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.
Pilates can benefit everyone. There is a program that can be designed for nearly everyone at any age in any condition provided they have a doctor's approval to take part in a fitness program
Yes, most sports (like golf and tennis) involve the use of only one side of the body. In Pilates, you do the exercises for both sides of the body and as a result, it balances the body and will improve your abilities in all sports including your daily activities-- even if you just do house or yard work, it will make you move and flow more naturally. You can do Pilates alone or in combination with any other activity that you'd like.