Will Pilates Help Me Lose Weight?

Speaking from personal experience and observation over the course of many years, I can say with some certainty that anyone who commits to Pilates workouts will create a trimmer appearance, and most will lose significant weight.

What Do I Wear to Do Pilates?

What to wear for a Pilates workout is very much up to you. Comfortable exercise clothing that lets you have full range of motion is fine. You don't need anything special. No shoes are required although you might want to wear socks.

Can I still practise Pilates if I'm pregnant?

If you are pregnant, it is advisable to wait until the second trimester before commencing Pilates if you are new to the technique. Pilates is an excellent exercise for pregnancy, with many benefits in most cases, but as some exercises require adaptation you are advised to commence with one or more one-to-one sessions before joining a class.

It is vital that you consult your doctor before embarking on any exercise routine if you are pregnant. Once you get clearance from them it is safe to practise Pilates, however is it important that you constantly communicate with your instructor throughout.

I have recently had a baby is Pilates suitable for me?

Absolutely, Pilates is perfect to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Pilates is also excellent for anyone recovering from a Hysterectomy operation.

What is the difference between Yoga and Pilates?

Although they are very similar the main difference is that in Yoga you tend to move from one static position to another, whereas in Pilates the aim is to obtain your posture and then challenge the body by moving limbs.

Will Pilates help my flexibility?

Most definitely!!! Pilates works on increasing your muscle strength in a controlled supported manner, unique to Pilates, and at the same time you are increasing your range of movement, and thus flexibility.

How fit do you need to be?

The beauty of the Pilates method is that it lends itself to all levels of physical fitness and to all ages. As classes are choreographed for each individual, the Pilates method can be tough enough for the strong and gentle for the weak.

Will Pilates give me a flat stomach?

It can help but only if you combine Pilates with a low fat diet and cardiovascular exercise.

Can Pilates help particular health problems?

The Pilates method can help the nervous system, easing migraine, tension headaches, depression, seasonal affective disorders, and the metabolism. Pilates promotes healthy cardiovascular, respiratory, and digestive systems. The muscular skeletal system can be helped by relieving problems such as lumbar/sacral disc problems, knee pain, and pressure on cartilage on joints. Through exercise, the urogenital system can be helped, aiding problems like stress incontinence. High blood pressure can also be reduced by regular controlled exercise.

I have Osteoporosis. Can I do Pilates?

Yes, because Pilates is a low impact exercise.

Should I do Pilates if I have a bad back?

After checking with your GP or Health Professional first. Pilates will help to strengthen and lengthen muscles around the spine.

What happens during a Pilates session?

Most of my classes are group matwork classes with a maximum of 12 people. The session is split into 3 distinct sections:

A warm up section to help mobilise your body and to focus your mind on the "Neutral Spine", core muscles and Pilates breathing (Lateral Thoracic breathing). More will be explained during the class. The class normally begins with a few gentle stretches to relax you and get you focused.

A main section comprising movements to strengthen your core, abdominal muscles and lumbar spine. Essentially you will be strengthening the muscles around the spine and abdomen to give good postural alignment. During the class the whole body is challenged through various movements leaving you lengthened, energised and yet relaxed.

A Cool Down section of relaxation and stretching to prevent injury and stiffness in your muscles.

I have tried Pilates but I don’t feel very much happening?

It takes time and practice for the brain to use muscles that have stopped working effectively due to injury, childbirth or surgery. Be patient you will see gains in your flexibility, posture and abdominal strength.