If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. If it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.
Frequently Asked Questions
On The Pilates Practice
What is Pilates? Developed by Joseph Pilates in the early part of the 20th century, Pilates is a unique, full-body exercise system with exercises performed on a mat or on special equipment created by Joseph Pilates that emphasizes spring resistance. Joseph Pilates believed that the mind plays a vital role in body conditioning and designed the method around six guiding principles: breath, control, precision, centering, concentration and flow. Pilates focuses on strengthening the core of the body and creates flexibility in the arms, legs and supporting muscle groups. The method fortifies the mind-body connection and increases kinesthetic awareness.
What makes Pilates different? Pilates is an effective workout that completely engages your body and mind. It's low impact and emphasizes quality over quantity. Everyone can do Pilates, regardless of age or fitness level. Whatever your personal goals... whether you're recovering from an injury, correcting an imbalance created from bad posture or repetitive motion, seeking to enhance your athletic routine, or looking to tone and shape your body, Pilates is an efficient method for success.
How often should I do Pilates? Like in any practice, the more time you put in the more improvements you’ll see. You can do Pilates every day. At the very minimum, try to do Pilates two to four times per week. Consistent practice will help you master the exercises and principles. It will also support the mind-body connection that is an integral part of the Pilates method.
How do I incorporate Pilates into my current fitness regime? Pilates increases strength, flexibility and coordination, and as such it's the perfect complement to any fitness or training regime. As noted above, try to fit in at least two Pilates sessions into your weekly routine for optimal results.
On What To Expect
What should I wear to class? Think close-fitting, comfortable exercise clothes of lightweight cotton or breathable fabric. You’ll spend a lot of the session on your back, so wear a loose, comfortable ponytail or bun in your hair. We suggest you practice Pilates in grip socks, which can be purchased in the studio. If you choose to go barefoot, we ask that you use the provided baby wipes to wipe your feet. Please remove large or dangling jewelry and avoid clothing with zippers for safety and comfort (and to prevent damage to equipment!)
Do I need to bring anything with me to class? We provide water and towels. Please leave your water bottle with your personal items in the lobby area in the cubbies provided. The less you bring, the better.
Can I eat or drink before class? The core is the basis for all Pilate exercises; you will be primarily using your abdominal muscles. To avoid discomfort, slow down to small sips of water and avoid eating in the hour leading up to class.
Are there instructional terms I should be familiar with? There are many terms and verbal cues used in Pilates instruction—you’ll find them helpful throughout your practice. Check out this blog post for some common Pilates terms you might hear your instructor use in class. If there's anything you don't understand in class, please ask your instructor for explanation. They are there to help guide you!
What should I do when I arrive to class? When you arrive at 1455 E. Main Street, park in the parking lot or on the street if lot is full. We are located on the second floor, so make your way up the stairs. Enter the door that is straight ahead as it goes to our main lobby area. Please arrive about five minutes prior to your class start-time. Sign in on the iPad and put your personal items in the cubbies. Choose any reformer and let your instructor know if you have any injuries or concerns so they can help you make modifications if necessary. Most importantly, relax and have fun!
What if I experience pain or discomfort during class? Stop if you feel any sharp pain or straining in the neck or back. If something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Don’t be afraid to speak up—exercises can be modified to make them safe and effective for you, and your instructor is there to help you make any necessary adjustments.
Please note: If you are pregnant, injured or have a medical condition, please seek the counsel of your healthcare professional before doing Pilates.
Should I start with a private session? If you've never practiced Pilates, starting with a private session is the best way to familiarize yourself with the equipment and learn the fundamentals. After one or two private sessions, you'll feel confident going into group sessions. Contact us directly to book your one-on-one appointment.
Do you have any specials for new students? Yes! Check out our New Student Specials page for a list of our current specials for group classes and private sessions.