Frequently Asked Questions
What is Pilates?
Developed in the 1920's, Pilates is a system of exercise that targets the deep muscles of the abdomen and spine to strengthen your body from the inside out.
It is highly effective in helping to tone muscles and achieve a longer, leaner look without creating bulk. Instead of only targeting the "vanity muscles" that you see when looking in the mirror, Pilates exercises also strengthen the postural muscles--the internal, stabilizing muscles of the body--to improve posture, balance, and core strength. This is achieved through a unique series of vigorous physical exercises that help to correct muscilar imbalances in order to improve posture, coordination, balance, strength, and flexibility, while increasing breathing capacity and organ function.
What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
Although commonly viewed as similar methods of exercise, Pilates and yoga are different disciplines. While in the same family, these modalities are better described as cousins rather than siblings. Although they are related, the relationship is distant.
I prefer an intense cardio workout to burn calories. How can I benefit from Pilates?
By focusing attention on one core strength, proper alignment, balanced muscle development, and full body fitness, Pilates creates a strong foundation for any kind of movement and is the perfect choice for cross training. Both athletes and fitness enthusiasts can reap the benefits of incorporating Pilates into their fitness program:
building stamina (run faster, swim longer)
increasing strength & flexibility (jump higher, hit a ball farther)
improving posture (smoother golf swing)
improving balance and coordiation
If you have any other questions or concerns about how you can benefit from Pilates, please don't hesitate to contact us.