Does Pilates Help with Weight Loss? And Other Questions | Core Fusion Pilates FAQ Provides the Answers
What is Pilates?
Combining innovative mat and machine exercises, Pilates works your entire body to promote proper structural alignment while you focus on moving and breathing. By focusing on your core – abdomen, obliques, lower back, inner and outer thigh – Pilates helps you develop strength, flexibility, endurance, coordination, and balance. Also, because it relies on mind-body awareness, it revs up your mental clarity and improves your ability to focus.
Why Pilates? How Does it Differ from Other Exercises?
Pilates emphasizes correct form, not a set number of reps, which gives you all the benefits of high-impact exercises without aches and pains. Because it’s completely non-impact, it greatly reduces the risk for injury, making it ideal for physical therapy and a more sustainable exercise for any age group or any fitness level.
What Are the Benefits of Pilates?
While the extent of benefits differs for everyone, our clients have all gone on to feel better and live life with more enthusiasm. Some have made major recoveries from serious physical injuries, such as knee replacements, when other treatment options failed. At minimum, you should experience pain relief and tone up your body. Other benefits you may experience include:
- Enriched quality of movement
- Enhanced bone mineral density
- Improved mental clarity
- Injury risk reduction and prevention
- Ease of pain related to chronic conditions like osteoporosis and arthritis
- Accelerated rehabilitation following a stroke or major surgery
Will Pilates Help My Cardiovascular Endurance?
As you become more familiar with Pilates exercises, they take on a more aerobic nature. At first, everything might seem to move slowly as you learn the exercises. However, as you start to master the movements, you’ll get faster, thus gaining more cardiovascular benefit. Some classes also incorporate boosting exercises to increase your heart rate.
How Often Should I Attend Pilates Class?
Although frequency depends on your personal fitness goals, most people benefit from two or three days a week. Chat with our experienced instructors to create an ideal program to help you take your fitness to the next level.
How Long Are Pilates Classes?
We offer 50-minute classes to adapt to your time availability. We’ll also help you create your own custom fitness plan to keep you on track, even when your hectic work schedule gets in the way.
Does Pilates Help with Back Pain?
Very often Pilates does yield back pain relief, but we recognize that back pain can stem from many causes. To help you understand the root of your pain, we have a relationship with two skilled doctors at Premier Chiropractic that will work with you to make a rehabilitation plan.
Does Pilates Help with Weight Loss?
Losing weight is attributed to burning more calories than you consume, building good muscle tone, and nourishing your mind, body, and spirit. Pilates provides these benefits and more, contributing to overall health and trimming your waistline. So the answer is yes, if you are ready to work toward a healthy, holistic lifestyle.
What Is the Difference Between Contemporary Pilates and Classical Pilates? Which do you teach?
Contemporary Pilates is an updated version of Classical Pilates based on research in physical therapy and biomechanics. Classical Pilates adheres as closely as possible to Joseph Pilates’ original work. The original exercises are performed, in the same sequence. The pelvis is positioned in a “posterior tilt”, meaning the lower spine is completely pressed onto the floor. In Contemporary Pilates, some of the original exercises are performed, along with new exercises and variations. In the “neutral pelvis” position, there is some space between the lower spine and the floor. We teach mostly Contemporary Pilates, with all our exercises rooted in Joseph Pilates original work.