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Frequently Asked Questions about Pilates

Frequently Asked Questions about Pilates

Below are some of the more frequently asked questions we receive from individuals who are interested in starting Pilates. Please feel free to contact Walsh Pilates with any questions you may have.
Q:WHAT AGE GROUP IS PILATES FOR?
Pilates can be beneficial for virtually all ages, fitness levels and body conditions. The method is like a bridge between physical fitness and physical therapy, and can be adapted, modified and customized for individual needs. Some advanced moves and sequences seem to demand youthful energy yet others are manageable for even the frailest physique. It’s more about fitness condition than age. One’s chronological number doesn’t necessarily limit one’s movement capabilities – sometimes a 75 year old can perform contortions on the Cadillac while a 20 year old struggles with a simple roll up.

Q:WHAT’S BETTER, MAT OR EQUIPMENT PILATES EXERCISES?
It’s not a matter of one being better than another. The fundamental Pilates workout can be performed on a mat alone, and great results can be achieved through beginner, intermediate and advanced moves. However, the various equipment pieces such as the Reformer, Cadillac and Chair incorporate light spring resistance that works like concentric and eccentric muscle contractions to safely sculpt, tone and stretch the muscles. The Arc Barrels and Ladder provide support that allows you to safely manipulate your body to stretch and engage muscles otherwise challenging to isolate. Smaller equipment pieces such resistance bands, Pilates circles and exercise balls also provide an element of variety and focus to a Pilates regimen.A complete and satisfying workout can involve exercises on the mat alone or can be combined with various pieces of specially designed Pilates equipment. Each session can offer variety so that no two workouts are alike.

Q:HOW DO I GET STARTED ON A PILATES EXERCISE PROGRAM?
To get started at Walsh Pilates in Baton Rouge, call or email us and we will work with you to figure out what is needed for your specific needs and goals. Our Certified instructors will work with you to figure out if private, duet, or group classes are the best fit.

Q:HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DO PILATES?
Try to work out 2-3 times a week, taking a day off in between sessions to rest or enjoy some kind of cardiovascular activity (walking, bicycling, swimming). This kind of regular, consistent practice will help you make the mind-body connection and integrate the various principles. You should start seeing and feeling results in about 10 to 15 sessions.

Q:WHY ARE PERSONAL TRAINING SESSIONS WITH A PILATES INSTRUCTOR SO EXPENSIVE?
Pilates instructors are highly trained professionals who have invested hundreds of hours studying the technique. They learn over 500 exercises for both the mat and equipment. They learn the philosophy and theory behind each movement, spend considerable time observing and mastering proper form and sequences, and apprentice to fine tune their teaching skills prior to taking a rigorous written and practical exam. They learn more than just a series of moves, they learn how to assess their students’ posture, how to adapt exercises for various body conditions, and how to customize the optimum Pilates program for each individual. This kind of specialized training, combined with the expenses of furnishing a fully equipped studio, commands a $60 to $80 per hour price range.

Q:CAN I GET AN EFFECTIVE WORKOUT WITH PILATES VIDEOS AND BOOKS?
Absolutely. There are hundreds of titles of Pilates exercise videos, DVDs and books on the market that are a good companion to learning and practicing this method of exercise. Through books you will get a good understanding of the philosophy behind the method and can practice some moves through their descriptions and step-by-step pictures. Through videos and DVDs you will be able to see each movement executed correctly plus hear explanations and verbal cues to help you try each exercise yourself. Giaim, Stott Pilates and Winsor Pilates have produced quality series of Pilates videos that you can try at home.That being said, personal instruction with a Walsh Pilates instructor is the best way to ensure you are using correct form and technique. Many exercises engage deep muscles difficult to isolate and subtle body adjustments can make the difference between effective and ineffective exercise. The utilization of all of the equipment typically only found in studios is imperative to gaining the complete benefits of practicing Pilates.

Q:HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO OBTAIN PILATES CERTIFICATION?
It varies depending on the institution. All of our instructors at Walsh Pilates in Baton Rouge have extensive training with programs that require 500-800 hours of training. All of our instructors also attend continuing education and conferences annually.

Q:WILL I LOSE WEIGHT THROUGH PILATES EXERCISES?
In essence, Pilates exercise is not a cardiovascular workout and burning calories is not it’s main focus. However, in conjunction with a sensible diet and some cardio work such as brisk walking, bicycling, aerobics or swimming, Pilates can factor into a weight loss program. Pilates exercises help strengthen, sculpt and tone the body while building long, lean muscles. Whether the number on the scale goes down or not, you will look and feel better through continued Pilates practice.

Q:CAN I DO PILATES IF I’M PREGNANT?
Every woman has a unique pregnancy and this decision should be left to your doctor. Walsh Pilates instructors have experience with training women throughout pregnancy. If you are new to Pilates, it is not recommended to start during pregnancy. Any new fitness program is discouraged during pregnancy. However, if you have practiced Pilates in the past, we can tailor a program specific to your needs. There are many benefits to practicing Pilates while pregnant such as relief of back pain and strong core muscles that aid in delivery.To be safe during pregnancy, only practice Pilates under the guidance of a professional certified instructor who has been trained to teach women in this condition.

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