Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of Pilates?
The benefits of practising Pilates regularly include:
- increased muscle tone and endurance
- enhanced athletic performance
- improved core strength and stability
- improved flexibility, balance and coordination
- improved postural alignment
It has become a reputable method for rehabilitation, relief from stress & back pain, injury prevention and sustainable exercise as part of a balanced lifestyle.
Who is Pilates suitable for?
Pilates is suitable for everyone able to move freely.
It is particularly beneficial for:
- prenatal and postnatal women as a safe and effective way to exercise during and after pregnancy
- athletes to enhance performance and muscle strength & endurance without injuries or overtraining
- those who have injuries, lower back/neck and other pains (rheumatoid arthritis/osteoporosis, etc) they wish to recover from with exercising safely (Pilates is low-impact)
What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
Pilates has no spiritual background or connection to mediation.
It is a mind-body (whole-body conditioning) exercise program using the breath like yoga, but it is mainly focused on increasing muscle tone & strength and core stability.
In Pilates, you will not hold poses, which may test your flexibility, rather you will do repetitions of exercises similarly when you are in the gym.
The dynamics and speed of the session are not based on the type of class (as sometimes in yoga such as yin yoga, vinyasa etc) but on the individual and their level of knowledge/practise.
Do I need any equipment to do Pilates?
No, you do not need anything except for a mat/towel to lay on. In Pilates, we mostly use body weight to condition the muscles, and we progress with that.
However, this also depends on you - your goals, your abilities and on what you want.
With some small equipment, we can make exercises easier, which will help you to learn patterns and progress faster; or make them more challenging if you are after that and want to increase your strength and muscle endurance.
Let me point it out though that depending on the brand, a piece of equipment's price ranges somewhere between £5-40. You are not going the spend tons if you do not want to/cannot.
If you'd like to get some small equipment I can always point you in the right direction.
In either case, you'll get a great full-body workout!
How does this work online?
I teach my group classes via Zoom as it is easy to manage and get organised with the app.
If you do not have Zoom it is super easy to download from https://zoom.us/download and install in a couple of minutes. There are a lot of videos also on youtube to help you with this process.
If you are having private sessions it really depends on what you prefer. If you like the idea of exercising at home, I can come to your home (subject to location).
Do I have to be flexible to do Pilates?
Absolutely NOT. It improves flexibility, but that does not mean you will not be able to do or enjoy Pilates if you are not flexible.
This is a huge misconception about Pilates, as it gets compared to yoga.
If you have any other questions, please feel free to email me.