Here are some of the most frequently asked questions beginners may have about Pilates.

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How do I know if it's right for me?

This is of course a subjective question. Consulting with your doctor is advisable before beginning any exercise programme. You will find that Pilates can be done by any person at any age with any condition. The amount of exercise that you do and the level of intensity depends on your own state of health. Pilates should work with your body and not against it so pushing your body unduly is not recommended.

We can tailor programs to fit the needs of our clients and we have found that whether a client is training for an event or the client wants a post-natal program to get back in shape, Pilates can help and let’s face it all activities or jobs can put specific demands on our bodies.

Is Pilates for all ages?

Yes, Pilates is for all ages . You can perform Pilates exercises when you are a young man or woman or even if you are in your eighties.

How often should Pilates exercises be performed?

The frequency of Pilates exercises depends on the workout that you are performing already. As part of an overall fitness programme that includes a cardiovascular workout Pilates mat work should ideally be practiced 2-3 times a week on a regular basis for about one hour to see substantial changes and results.

Can you do Pilates while you are pregnant?

Pilates can be performed while you are pregnant or recovering from an illness or sports injury. Pilates can be performed at any time of your life, regardless of how little or how often you exercise. As with any exercise programme it is always advisable to consult with your doctor before beginning any exercise.

How far you push yourself with each exercise of course depends upon numerous factors such as your current health, you conditions (if any), the frequency of your exercise and your experience level. Pilates is not about stress and fatigue and pushing your body too far. Pilates is about working with wha you have naturally to your best benefit.

Does Pilates give you longer muscles?

Through continued practice Pilates will create longer and leaner muscles. Instead of trapping lactic acid in muscles, which weakens and debilitates them , which is often the case with many exercise programmes, Pilates encourages muscle elongation, elasticity and flexibility. Pilates is used by rehabilitation and physical therapists to heal sports injuries and joint pain by specifically loosening up muscles and repairing muscle tissue gently.

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Can Pilates give me a sculpted and toned body?

Yes, definitely! If you are willing to learn Pilates correctly and put the time in regularly to do your workouts, you will see over time a definite improvement in your body's overall health and wellness, resulting in a sculpted and toned body.

Does Pilates help with daily living?

Pilates is known to have direct benefits with daily life. Through Pilates you will gain a greater awareness of the subtlety in your body and the direct benefits of good posture, stronger back and thighs. You will feel a heightened sense of awareness about your body and more connection with your body naturally, as well as greater joy, less stress and more flexibility.

What should I wear?

For a Pilates workout you should wear comfortable and loose clothing such as shorts, workout pants or yoga or Pilates clothing, tank top, t-shirt or bra. When you are working with the Pilates equipment you will want to wear sneakers. On the floor on a mat you will be barefoot. Pilates workouts do not generally make you sweat a lot. However if you are prone to sweating a lot or if you get cold very easily, dress appropriately in a way using your best judgement so that you are comfortable and your clothes work with you instead of against you.

How long and how often should I work out?

Joseph Pilates himself recommended working out doing the Pilates mat work four times a week for fifteen to thirty minutes each time. Pilates mat work varies by instructor and class and personal choice, especially when incorporated with other elements such as yoga or as part of an integrated overall health workout that encompasses cardiovascular exercise. The important element of a Pilates work out is precision and control. Hence you must exercise your proper judgement to ascertain your own exercise time frame.