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What is Pilates?
Pilates is a system of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates (1883-1967) and originally called Contrology. The exercises are performed on a mat or on his specially designed equipment. The moves may appear simple but when performed with precision, control, and breath they can be quite difficult and intense.
What are the benefits of doing Pilates?
Pilates is known for working the body in a balanced way, developing a strong core, and promoting long and lean muscle development. It is also known for improving posture and flexibility.
I’m a beginner and have never done Pilates. Are these classes for me?
Absolutely! Just choose the Intro series of classes and progress appropriately for your body. Even if you have done lots of other types of exercise, it is recommended that you also take the Intro series classes as well to be sure you will get the most out of this awesome method.
How is Pilates different from other exercise programs?
In a Pilates class, whether on a mat or on the equipment, the focus is on working intensely with proper form, awareness, control, and breath. You will never do hundreds of repetitions of any moves which can set your body up for injury. Instead, you will work in a way that promotes longevity, strength, and health in your body as a whole. There will be fewer repetitions with optimal alignment, helping you to find the “burn” more efficiently. This way of working will begin to change how you approach other forms of exercise and movement in everyday life.
Why isn’t there music?
At her in-person studio Sabrina found having music turned down extremely low provided a nice but minimal background sound for most sessions. In Pilates, you will get better results with concentration on just the movements and how you’re performing them. In order to minimize distractions, either take the classes as they are or you may select your own music to your taste and turn it down very, very low so as not to distract you from what is most valuable about Pilates work. Then, at another time, Sabrina would highly recommend to enjoy your music at full volume with your own free dancing!
How many classes a week should I take a class to see results?
That will depend on what you are seeking. Often body aches and pains will begin to subside with only one to two Pilates classes per week as you begin to strengthen weak intrinsic core muscles and learn better body mechanics. If you desire more of a body shape transformation, 3-4 workout classes per week in addition to a couple of the self-care classes to encourage the body to return to a more restorative state will set you up for success. It will of course also be important to make overall healthier lifestyle choices as well.
How many Barre classes should I take per week?
Sabrina recommends one to two Pilates classes per week to give your body a great foundation and then supplementing with however many Barre classes you prefer, always paying attention to how your body feels.
If I have limitations due to injury or other current or past body history, will you give alternative options during class?
Sabrina has taught a wide variety of clients ranging from a cancer survivor returning immediately after aggressive treatment to top level dancers and athletes and everyone in between, so it is very natural for her to often suggest modifications throughout classes. It will still be of utmost importance for you to be aware of your own body’s signals and to make best judgements for your personal health and safety as well as obtaining your physician’s clearance to do an at-home exercise program. You can also check the list of Helpful Tutorials to see if we have a video that can address your particular concern and perhaps be of assistance. We all have our individual histories and it is vital that we honor that so we can enjoy the long-lasting ability to pursue a life of health and fitness!
Can I do Pilates while pregnant?
If you are pregnant, check with your doctor. It would be recommended that you seek out a program specifically designed for this very special time.
I have back pain. Are these classes good for me?
While Pilates has been very helpful for those suffering with back pain by improving body mechanics and increasing core stability and strength, you should always seek the advice of your physician. As with any class, you should stop if you feel any increase in pain.
What does my membership include?
24/7 access to the video library to use at your convenience. You will have access to all Pilates Mat, Pilates Apparatus, Barre Classes, Self-Care Classes and Helpful Tutorials.
How often will new classes be added?
Four to eight new classes will be added monthly.
How often will my credit card be billed?
After your one week free trial your card will be billed on the same day each month.
Can I cancel or suspend my membership at any time?
Yes. Simply go to the ‘My Account’ page, click on ‘Manage My Membership’ under Newest Classes and select ‘Cancel My Membership’. If you would like to return, log in, go to the same page and click ‘Renew My Membership’.