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New To Pilates
Pilates for Beginners
If you are brand new to using Pilates machines or Pilates classes, we ask that you take a couple of private sessions or Mighty Basics classes before jumping into our other great equipment classes.
Pilates is the fastest-growing exercise regimen in the United States. In the US, participants have grown from 1.7 million in 2000 to 10.6 million in 2008 -- that is over 600% growth as Amercia realizes the benefits of pilates.
It seems like everyone is either doing Pilates, or interested in starting a Pilates exercise program. Indeed, one of the best things about the Pilates method is that it works so well for a wide range of people. Athletes and dancers love it, as do seniors, fitness buffs, women rebounding from pregnancy, and people who are at various stages of physical rehabilitation.
Pilates is a form of body conditioning originally created by Joseph H. Pilates in the early 1920's. He was interned in a camp on the Isle of Man after WWI broke out. While there he taught and practiced his physical fitness program and developed apparatus to aid in the rehab of the disabled and sick. After the War, he moved to New York City and opened a studio, located near the New York City Ballet. His method consists of over 500 exercises on the various pieces of apparatus he designed. The goal “the attainment and maintenance of a uniformly developed body…”
What to Expect
If you have never been to Pilates class before, it may be a bit intimidating to see all the equipment. But it is as easy as learning how to use weights at the gym. You can perform a vast range of exercises and pilates moves on the Reformers and Towers, using the springs to provide guidance and resistance throughout your workout. There are different types of Pilates: therapeutic, dancer and sporty. Our group classes tend to be a bit more sporty. The classes tone and firm up the entire body, with special emphasis on the core. The springs can be adjusted to different resistance levels to whatever is right for the user. We want you to walk away with an energized wow feeling.
Pilates does not stress the body in the ways that lifting weights or other workout methods may, this is why everyone can do it. Your bones will strengthen, muscles will tone and firm, and circulation will improve. But, most of all, as you work out and begin to feel better physically, we hope you will also begin to feel better mentally. You will stand taller, move effortlessly and most importantly, feel great.
What to Wear
Wear comfortable workout clothes that you feel ok sweating in. You’ll be laying down some of the time with your hands or legs in the air so make sure your clothes move with you. You don’t have to wear shoes or socks – though you can wear socks if it is more comfortable for you. However, your bare feet give you better grip for some of the exercises.