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Pilates FAQs

Do I have to be flexible in order to do Pilates?

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The Pilates method caters to all individuals at every level, no matter their level of flexibility or strength. Instructors often modify exercises to suit the needs of clients based on their physical level.

I have back pain, will Pilates hurt my back?

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At Performance, our integrated model promotes injury prevention and corrective exercise. If you have back pain or any other injury, we can provide an assessment to make sure you are ok for class. The science behind Pilates supports that those with back pain actually benefit from the postural focus and breathing techniques that Pilates promotes.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

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Pilates has shown to improve flexibility and range of motion, increase body awareness, improve muscle tone and increase strength in all areas of the body. The gentle, spring-like action of the reformer allows for a low-impact workout, eliminating unwanted stress on joints.

What do I wear to a Pilates session?

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Be comfortable! We usually tell clients to wear what they would wear to a workout.

What is the difference between Mat Pilates and Pilates on a reformer?

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Mat classes incorporate body weight exercises while reformer beds use different weighted spring combinations to adjust the resistance (to make it harder or easier to move the carriage back and forth). But a lighter resistance doesn't necessarily mean it's easier. You can also do more exercises on a reformer compared to a mat and it gives you the option of performing exercises in lots of different body positions -- from your back, side, stomach and being seated -- and also on your feet or knees. Pilates on a reformer helps to target those smaller muscle groups, so you form long, lean and toned muscles.

Can Pilates help my posture?

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The Pilates method is widely recognized for it’s effectiveness in improving postural alignment. There are studies that show a healthy individual who did 1-hour mat sessions twice per week for 6 months significantly improved frontal alignment of the shoulders and sagittal alignment of the head and pelvis.

Can Pilates make my bones stronger?

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A 2015 study of 41 post-menopausal women found that those in the Pilates group significantly increased bone mineral density in the lumbar region, significantly decreased pain intensity and enjoyed a better quality of life (Angin, Erden & Can 2015)

Is Pilates recommended for high-performance athletes?

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Absolutely! Pilates exercises lead to greater core stability, which is imperative for optimal athletic performance, no matter the sport. Studies have shown that greater core stability leads to improvements in length and flexibility of the hamstrings, essential for speed.

How often should I do Pilates to see results?

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Everyone is different, so it depends on which frequency is right for you as well as what your goals are. It also depends on what other exercise-based activities you are doing. Our instructors find that if a client commits to twice a week for a 4-6 week period, you can start to see results as early as the first few weeks of sessions.

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