What should I wear or bring?
Please wear comfortable exercise clothing. It is best to wear clothing that allows for freedom of movement, yet not too baggy that impairs the instructors ability to check your movement and form. Socks or bare feet are fine. Shoes are not allowed on the equipment and are too restrictive for the Mat Classes. We encourage all participants to bring their own water bottles. We do provide STOTT PILATES® mats for the mat based classes. However, for hygienic purposes, participants are invited to purchase their own mat at our studio to bring with them and also use at home for practice.
What types of classes do you offer?
Aspire Pilates Training Center offers mat and equipment based group classes as well as private and semi private sessions. All of our classes are taught by STOTT PILATES® Certified instructors. Our equipment includes the new V2 Max Plus ™ Reformers, and our mat classes involve all the Pilates props such as Foam Roller®, Flex Band®, Mini Flex Ball®, Arc Barrel®, Toning Balls®, BOSU™, Fitness Circle®, and Stability Ball®. We've got it all!
How do I get started in Pilates?
We require all-new participants to learn the essential Pilates repertoire through either private or semi private sessions, or participating in the Pilates Principles course. This will include a general physical assessment and goal planning as well as a postural analysis and introduce the participant to the Five Basic Principles™ of STOTT PILATES®. Building a strong foundation of the fundamental techniques of Pilates and related terms will allow the participant to add additional layers of intensity, balance, and athleticism with coordination and fluidity. It is truly to your benefit to learn how to do Pilates correctly. This comes from learning the “why” behind the “how” in incremental layers. Don't worry, you will still get an amazing workout, see valuable results, and learn important things about your body.
How often should I do Pilates?
This really depends on what you're goals are. The basis of mastery is consistency. We recommend at least twice a week; three times a week is optimal. The great thing about Pilates is that it can be done every day in different formats. The frequency and consistency of Pilates several times a week will help you learn the technique and rhythm faster and more effectively.
We like to refer to the 10-20-30 principle of Joseph Pilates. He stated that in 10 sessions you will notice a difference in your body. In 20 sessions you and others will notice valuable results. In 30 sessions, you will have a whole new body! Now, of course, that also depends on you and what other things you do to accompany Pilates—or to hinder it. We all know that no amount of Pilates will offset daily ice cream sundaes with all the toppings!
What are the benefits of Pilates?
Pilates benefits EVERY one at any age or fitness level. Some of those benefits include longer, leaner muscles, increased range of movement and increased flexibility. When strength and muscle tone are increased with accompanying increase of flexibility, the incidents of injury is decreased. Many people enjoy less joint and back pain and increased energy and stamina. For those with a foundational fitness level to the athlete, the addition of Pilates to their routine provides improved balance, coordination and circulation and improves performance in sports. The functional fitness of Pilates helps prevent overuse injuries commonly seen in athletes as well as weekend warriors.
Is Pilates exercise like Yoga?
In some ways, Pilates and Yoga are very similar. Both are considered mind body methods of movement and both emphasize deep breathing, and flowing movements. One major difference is that while Yoga generally involves moving from one static pose to another, Pilates flows through a series of movements with a different intent. Pilates also incorporates resistance equipment and props to help strengthen and lengthen muscles.
Will I get the same results
with a mat workout as with a Reformer or equipment workout?
Mat-based workouts are very convenient and can be done anywhere. Adding light equipment and the larger resistance equipment, such as the Reformer, will add emphasis on the out limbs and variety and intensity to each exercise. Mat exercises are intended to be foundational exercises that are then taken to the equipment. The combination of mat and Reformer complement and enhance one another and create a balanced exercise program. We encourage all participants to incorporate both elements in their schedule.
What is the difference between STOTT PILATES®
method and other Pilates techniques?
STOTT PILATES® incorporates modern exercise principles, including contemporary thinking about spinal rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. For example, some approaches may promote a flat back, whereas STOTT PILATES® exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints, placing more emphasis on scapular stabilization. As well, there are more preparatory exercises and modifications to cater to many different body types and abilities, making it applicable to everyday life.
How can Pilates be different than
weight training or other resistance exercises?
A big benefit is that Pilates is three dimensional (i.e. exercises can be performed using all movement planes) and thus Pilates ends up being more functional. The spring resistance more closely resembles muscular contractions emphasizing both types of contractions—concentric (or shortening) and eccentric (or lengthening). One on the major emphasizes of Pilates is rebalancing opposing muscle groups around the joints. Therefore, Pilates corrects over-training and muscle imbalances that lead to injury and postural problems. Pilates emphasizes balancing strength with flexibility for injury prevention and more efficient movement. Therefore, the exercises conducted in Pilates are transferable to everyday movements and activities. Additionally, Pilates exercise leads to an improvement in posture and body awareness creating an ease in movement and a decrease in discomfort.
What is a Reformer?
The Reformer is the main piece of equipment used in Pilates exercise. The Reformer glides forward and backward on rollers and uses springs for resistance along with other attachments, for a wide variety of exercises and positions. At Aspire Pilates Training Center, we feature the STOTT PILATES © V2 Max Plus™ Reformers* which have the added benefit of the vertical pulley system. This allows for change in the degree of pull as well as multiplies the number of additional variations to the exercises on the Reformer.
I am fit and strong already.
Why can't I just start in an advanced level Pilates Reformer class?
You can. Anyone can muscle through the exercises. However, all of our experience shows us that you are simply cheating yourself from the underlying benefits of Pilates. It is far more important to do an exercise correctly than it is to do it at all. Frankly, doing an exercise slower and more controlled will ultimately make the exercise more difficult and the results far more effective than powering through them. One of the major intents and purposes of Pilates is to slow down, feel the movement, and allow the body to respond to it. Your body will look amazing and your mind will be more relaxed! Therefore, at Aspire Pilates Training Center, we encourage you to invest in your body, invest in Pilates, and build the foundation that Pilates intends.