Can I do Pilates?
Of course you can! Young or old, there is no limit on learning Pilates. Indeed one of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, women rebounding from pregnancy, and people who are at various stages of physical fitness. It's suitable for everyone!
Is Pilates tiring/exhausting? Will I get worn-out quickly?
No. Pilates is a gentle form of exercise that won't leave you 'puffed out' and thus avoids placing stress on your heart and lungs. But just because Pilates doesn't conform to the 'no pain no gain' mentality of other exercise regimes, don't think that it isn't an excellent route to increased fitness.
Working at your own pace, you will build up your stamina, strength and flexibility; stretching, lengthening and strengthening muscles as you do so. And because Pilates exercises are performed with precision and control, the risk of injury is greatly reduced too.
Will I lose weight through Pilates exercises?
In essence, Pilates exercise is not a cardiovascular workout and burning calories is not it's main focus. However, in conjunction with a sensible diet and some cardio work such as brisk walking, cycling, aerobics or swimming, Pilates can factor into a weight loss program. Pilates exercises help strengthen, sculpt and tone the body while building long, lean muscles. Whether the number on the scale goes down or not, you will tend to look and feel better through continued Pilates practice.
What should I wear to a Pilates class?
You should wear comfortable, loose, easy-to-move in clothing that does not restrict movement - leggings, tracksuit, t-shirt etc. We do not wear shoes in Pilates (we usually do the class barefooted or in socks) so no specific footwear is necessary.
What should I bring along to a Pilates class?
All equipment will be provided to you at the class. However if you do own your own mat and would prefer to use it, please bring it along!
You also welcome to bring with you a towel/small cushion/blanket (we may use this is place under our head and neck for support during some moves)
How do I start?
Just turn up! There is no need to pre-book before coming to this class. I will have to ask you a few questions regarding your health and physical wellness before you start. I will need to know if you have any injuries or health problems that may effect your performance. This is so that I can deliver you a safe and effective class, that I can structure to suit your needs. Your safety and wellbeing are always number one priority.