For some reason, Pilates is often seen as a class you should “avoid if you don’t know what you’re doing” – but we couldn’t disagree with this more. Sure, the first time you enter one of our Pilates studios, it can be intimidating. There are reformers – which you may not have ever seen before – and exercises that we guarantee you’ve never heard of before (I mean…what IS “The Hundred”?!?)
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…
What exactly is Pilates?
Pilates is a low-impact exercise that looks to strengthen muscles while improving postural alignment and flexibility. It tends to target the core, although the exercises work other areas of the body as well. You can do Pilates with or without equipment, but regardless, you should expect the moves to involve slow, precise movements and breath control. Typical Pilates workouts are 45 minutes to an hour in length and can be completed as group classes or private sessions, but more on those later.
“You are only as young as your spine is flexible.”
Who should practice Pilates?
Simply put, everyone should be including Pilates exercises into their daily routines! Pilates is diverse in what it can deliver. It is the perfect fit for post-physiotherapy rehabilitation training, as it resets bio-mechanical movement patterns, balances muscles, and improves posture. But it can also offer a truly challenging workout and new movement experience for those who are already strong and fit, and want to go deeper in their bodies. And, although I resist the stereotype that Pilates is just stretching, I do have clients who come in for the incredible stretch our equipment can offer that is hard to duplicate elsewhere.
More specifically, those who can benefit from Pilates, include:
- Someone who is injured and is using Pilates to recover pain-free movement
- Expectant mothers who use Pilates to prepare their body and pelvic floor for birth
- New moms who use Pilates to tone and reshape their bodies post-birth
- Athletes who want to ensure they maintain muscle balance to prevent injuries and improve their performance
- Everyday gym goers who want to strengthen their muscles and improve their alignment and flexibility
Still not sure if Pilates is right for you. Maybe you’re still stuck believing that Pilates is just for “moms,” but boy are you wrong…
Pilates’ popularity with professional athletes…
As I already mentioned, a lot of professional athletes have started to use Pilates training as a next step following physiotherapy after they’ve injured themselves. What they find is that they feel stronger and have more power when Pilates becomes a regular part of their routine. In the long-term, regular Pilates practice ensures that the athlete’s muscles are balanced in their length and strength, meaning fewer injuries and a longer career.
How can you get started?
Alright. So, you’ve decided that you want to take the plunge and enter the Pilates studio. Now what?
Adelaide Club Members can take a complimentary demo class to get a taste of Pilates mat and reformer exercises. If you’ve never done Pilates before, this is the best place to start if you enjoy training in a group setting. If you’d be more comfortable in a private setting, we can also set that up! In those private sessions, you’ll still learn all of the Pilates basics, but the sessions will be tailored to meet your specific goals. As you gain experience and become more confident on the mat and reformer, then you can join our group classes.
Learn more about Pilates at the Adelaide: Tracy Frohlick
Toronto Athletic Club Members can take our Intro to Pilates Reformer series, which is designed for absolute beginners, to get a feeling for the equipment, Pilates movements, and more. These classes are the perfect way to introduce you to Pilates in a fun group setting. If you’re more comfortable in a private setting, we also have private sessions that can be arranged with our instructors! These private sessions will teach the basics, but will be tailored to meet your specific goals. As your experience and confidence grows, you can join our Reformer series!
Learn more about Pilates at the TAC: Stephanie Schreiber