Here are some frequently asked questions to help you overcome the first-time jitters.
What makes this Pilates experience different from the class I took at the gym or the DVD I do at home?
The Pilates method of training is based on the idea that you are strengthening the body in alignment while doing very precise movements. Often the alignment IS the exercise. It’s difficult to learn the technique without a skilled instructor to help you align your body and give you feedback. Just doing the choreography of the exercises without using the proper muscle groups will not produce the results intended by the Pilates method. The individual instruction you receive at Soul Body Works will be tailored to your body to create uniform balance, strength and flexibility.
Who does Pilates?
This unique full-body exercise system is an integral part of conditioning for many actors, dancers, athletes, and health-conscious people worldwide. People of all ages and fitness levels, from the professional athlete to the morning walker can work effectively at their own pace. This method is especially appealing to those who have trouble getting started and feel uncomfortable with exercise.
How often should I do Pilates?
We recommend incorporating your Pilates practice into your regular fitness routine. To get the most benefit from your Pilates practice, consistency is key. You will see and feel results whether you are practicing two or more times a week or daily as long as you are consistent. Your instructor can help you determine what combination of classes, open studio, home practice, and private sessions might work best for your fitness goals, schedule, and budget.
What can Pilates do for me?
This could be a very long list, but here’s the short version:
Greater muscle tone and bone mass
Improved athletic performance
Less incidence of injury
Better posture and core strength
Greater energy and stamina
Lower stress levels and increased sense of well-being
Fewer headaches and less incidence of back pain
Sharper mental focus
What should I bring to class?
Wear comfortable yet form-fitting exercise clothing such as T-shirts, tank tops, shorts, and workout pants. Avoid zippers, as they damage the equipment. Ditto with lotions and perfume. You’ll need grip socks, which are available for purchase. Please refrain from chewing gum during class.