Pilates in Calgary FAQ

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1. What age group is Pilates for?

2. What the difference between Yoga and Pilates?

3. Will Pilates help me lose weight?

4. Why are private training sessions with a Pilates instructor so expensive? 

5. What should I wear?

6. Is Pilates just for women?

7. Is a Pilates equipment workout suitable for me if I am pregnant?

8. I have a bad back. Will I be able to do Pilates exercises?

9. How long until I see results using Pilates Equipment? 

10. How do I start? 

1. What age group is Pilates for?

Pilates can benefit all ages. The benefits of Pilates are vast and all ages and fitness levels can benefit. Depending on your needs and goals, we design your program to fit your unique body. A 70 year old woman with Osteoperosis can benefit greatly from the footwork on the Reformer, whereas a 25 year old triathlete can improve his overall performance by a challenging core workout on the Wunda Chair.

2. What the difference between Yoga and Pilates? 

There are a some major differences between Yoga and Pilates, the biggest one being the use of equipment. In Yoga, sometimes you may use some small props, but most of the time, it's just you and your mat. Many people believe that Pilates just involves the Matwork; as they have seen on exercise videos and at their local gym. Joseph Pilates designed apparatuses like Cadillacs (or the Trap Table), Reformers, Spine Correctors, and Ladder Barrels to name a few. Mr.Pilates created a whole repertoire of Pilates exercises for each apparatus.

3. Will Pilates help me lose weight?

Pilates will strengthen and tone your body significantly. Your body will appear longer, leaner and will be more sculpted and you gain lean muscle mass. As your posture changes, your confidence level will go up and you will start to hear from friends and family "What is different about you? You look amazing!" You will have abundant energy, regardless if you lose weight or not, the results of your commitment to Pilates will be evident.

4. Why are private training sessions with a Pilates instructor so expensive? 

Pilates teachers do more than show you some fun exercises. Investing hundreds of hours studying the Pilates Method, professional teachers learn over 500 exercises on the mat as well as all of the Pilates equipment. Each exercise they learn, the must not only master the exercise itself, but know the philosophy and theory behind each exercise. The must be able to adapt each exercise for each individual client. Professional teachers must undergo a written, practical and teaching exam. Good teachers spend years honing their teaching skills to be able to create a report of trust with each client while maintaining a professional relationship. A good teacher knows how to assess, customize and deliver specific programs for all conditions. Combined with this specialized training, combined with expensive Pilates equipment sets the overall price for a Pilates Private.

5. What should I wear? 

You should be comfortable. Nothing too baggy and nothing too tight. Hoodies or anything bulky make it difficult for your teacher to assess and cue your neck position. As well if your shirt is too baggy, it makes it challenging for your teacher to see how you are moving. Long shorts or tights are a good option. You should be able to see your ankles. Do not wear anything that has zippers, sharp buttons or beading that could puncture or damage the upholstery of the apparatus. Running shoes makes it difficult to work correctly through your feet and ankles. Barefoot or socks are best.

6. Is Pilates just for women? 

No! Joseph Pilates designed the work to move from the deep intrinsic core and not just work for the outer superficial layers. Men in particular benefit from this intrinsic core connection of pelvic floor, transversus abdominis, multifidus and diaphram. Being truly deeply strong is what Pilates is all about, and anyone can benefit from that. 

7. Is Pilates suitable for me if I am pregnant?

Definitely! Pilates is the perfect program for pre and post natal exercise. With your doctors consent, pelvic floor conditioning key to preparing for or recovering from child birth. As you progress through your pregnancy you can expect us to modify and change your Pilates program as your body changes. The Pilates principles - control, centering, concentration, breath, flow, and precision all support a mind/body experience that all moms to be can benefit from. 

8. I have a bad back. Will I be able to do Pilates exercises?

You should always consult your physician before starting any fitness routine. Once you have permission from your doctor, Your Pilates teacher will modify and choose controlled Pilates exercise specifically for you. Accommodating your limitations, your program will slowly develop as you get stronger.

9. When will I see results?

On average, practicing 2-3 times a week, you will start to notice changes after 12 classes or so. “In 10 sessions, you feel better, 20 sessions you look better, 30 sessions you have a completely new body.” - Joseph Pilates

10. How do I start? 

Simple! Call or email us to book in your Initial Pilates Visit. From there you and your teacher can discuss where to go from there. You may to choose group class, or Privates, or maybe a mixture of both. If you have any questions at all we are happy to answer them anytime. There is no time like the present!

In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference, and in 30 you’ll have a new body
— Joseph Pilates