I have so many questions!
I have never done Pilates before, is it too late to start?
Pilates is a fantastic form of exercise that requires no previous experience. In fact, anyone can do it – a child, athlete, mother-to-be, weekend warrior, and grandma or grandpa! Joesph Pilates once said “You are only as old as your spine. If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it is completely flexible at 60, you are young!!!” So ask yourself -how young are you?
Will I lose weight with Pilates?
While Pilates was not designed to be a weight loss program, if you do Pilates consistently you will lose weight. Remember that weight loss relies on a combination of healthy habits – exercise AND mindful eating. Rather than relying on the scale, I recommend that my clients take body measurements of their upper arm, abdomen, waist, hips, and thigh to see how their body changes over sessions.
How many days a week should I do Pilates?
Pilates is a low impact exercise that could be performed EVERY day for optimal results. A combination of equipment and matwork performed 3-4x a week is “ideal”. “Ideal” is not always possible though, so at minimum I recommend 1-2x a week. This allows you to become familiar with the equipment and exercises, see improvement in your strength, and gain flexibility. Pilates is like learning a new language. The more we practice speaking it, the more fluent we become!
What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
Pilates and Yoga are like brothers from another mother. They share some similarities, but have a completely different family tree. Pilates, invented by one man name Joseph Pilates, is an exercise method performed on equipment and a mat. Springs are incorporate for strength training, and the moves are rarely held for longer than a few seconds. A comparable Yoga practice to Pilates would be Vinyasa flow. Check out this infographic for more details.