What is the best way to get started in the Pilates method?
There are many ways you can get started. You can either join a class in your local area, book private lessons, or you may purchase our video to practice Pilates in the privacy of your own home.
How do I find an instructor or studio in my local area?
Please visit our join a class page to view locations and timetables. Remember you can always book a private lesson or organise a group of friends to join you in private sessions.
Why should I practice the Pilates method?
The Pilates method of exercise offers a non-stress approach to better posture and stronger, leaner muscles. It compliments aerobic exercises and can be used to help you recover after injury or simply to maintain good health and fitness.
What kind of benefits can I expect from practicing Pilates?
The low-impact technique is designed to improve posture and strengthen and lengthen muscles without adding bulk. The emphasis on breathing leaves clients feeling revitalized, rather than exhausted.
How often a week should I practice the Pilates Method?
For optimal effectiveness, it is recommended to train two to three times per week depending on your goals and level of fitness, especially if not participating in any other forms of exercise.
What should I wear to a Pilates class?
Comfortable close-fitting clothes are best, because your instructor will want to make sure your body is moving with precision. No footwear is required. We recommend that you bring your own towel and exercise mat, as well as a bottle of water.
Can I cross-train with Pilates?
Absolutely! Pilates is ideal for cross-training purposes, as it will help create a better understanding of posture and how this relates to all forms of exercise. In addition, it will help to correct postural faults that can develop through repetitive forms of exercise.
Can I lose weight with Pilates?
It is suggested that prospective clients undertake nutritional advice from a qualified practitioner prior to commencing Pilates. At its advanced level, Pilates does provide an aerobic/cardiovascular workout to help lose weight.
Can I use Pilates for general fitness training?
Yes, because when Pilates is practiced on a regular basis, it encompasses all aspects of fitness, such as strength, flexibility, coordination, cardiovascular, motor skills and relaxation.
Is it safe to practice Pilates when pregnant?
It is recommended that you consult your doctor before embarking on any exercise program. Prospective clients should seek a Pilates instructor with ante natal /post natal qualifications. Open communication and feedback is extremely important between every pregnant client and her instructor.
Does the Pilates fitness program help to reduce the hips and thighs?
Definitely! Designed to work the body as a whole you will not only see benefits in the hips and thighs but also in the rest of the body.
I am 50 years of age, do you think the Pilates program will be too strenuous for me?
Absolutely not! Pilates caters for everyone from beginners to advanced and is suitable for all age groups. As with any exercise program, start on the beginner level, progressing slowly to more advanced levels. Listen to your body. It won’t happen overnight, but results will happen.
How different is Pilates from Yoga?
Although similar to Yoga exercise, Pilates requires you to set a posture and then challenge the torso by moving the limbs, whereas yoga will move from one static posture to another with no repetitions.
Does Pilates concentrate on breathing?
All Pilates exercises are taught with a breath sequence, but it isn’t the main emphasis of the technique.
Does Pilates help you become more flexible?
Yes! Pilates will strengthen and stretch your body at the same time, slowly building-up a range of movement as you become more advanced.
What prerequisites do I need to become a Pilates instructor?
Prerequisites for Mat Level 1 certification are a current first aid certificate, anatomy background through either college or university or Fitness Leader and it is highly recommended that you have a minimum of 100 hours of personal participation in Pilates prior to course commencement date to assist you in passing the practical assessment.
We recommend Polestar Pilates Australia, Pilates International and APMA training. Kimberley Garlick is an Educator for Polestar Pilates.