IS PILATES A “GIRL’S” EXCERCISE?
This is the biggest misconception of Pilates and it could not be farther from the truth. In fact, Pilates was created by a man (Joseph Pilates) and was originally used as an exercise program for European soldiers in World War I! The goal of Pilates is to strengthen the core so that the rest of the body can be as strong as possible. After all, a tree with big, strong limbs cannot be supported without a trunk! (We’re talking to you, Mr. Weightlifter). Pilates works to correct posture, and to strengthen small stabilizing muscles so they can support all of the large muscle groups in the body.
IS PILATES THE SAME THING AS YOGA?
NO. They are totally different. The only similarity is that there is an element of a “mind-body connection” in Pilates, but it is more for the purpose of concentration and performing the exercises correctly, where as the “mind-body connection” in yoga is often used for spiritual reasons such as meditation. Pilates is a strength-training method that also promotes flexibility and correct posture.
HOW MANY TIMES PER WEEK SHOULD I TAKE PILATES?
In order for you to get the greatest benefit from Pilates, we recommend 2-3 sessions per week depending on how much your schedule will allow. A general rule to follow is: In 10 sessions you will FEEL a difference. In 20 sessions you will SEE a difference. In 30 sessions you will have a NEW body. -Joseph Pilates
CAN I DO PILATES IF I AM PREGNANT?
It may surprise you to know that Pilates is one of the most suitable exercises during pregnancy. Pilates works by strengthening the core of the body (dubbed the ‘girdle of strength’ by Joseph Pilates), where the abdominal muscles work in synergy with the small of the back and the pelvic floor.
The Pilates method strengthens and tones these postural muscles that are used to carry the baby, help delivery and get you back in shape after the birth. They can help to make your labor easier and recover your figure! Strengthening the back and improving posture makes it easier to carry your baby with less risk of injury. The exercises are a non-sweat, relaxing workout that you can do whether you’re one or 31 weeks pregnant.
Pilates can also be beneficial to your baby. Pilates is a gentle exercise that will encourage extra oxygen and nutrients to flow to your unborn child, and the breathing techniques learned can contribute to a smoother delivery. Pilates is also well known for focusing the mind, so using it as a way to take time for yourself, away from your busy life, to help you relax, reduce your stress and ultimately benefit your bump!