Pilates FAQs

Q: What will happen at my first session?

You’ll arrive at my Lakewood home studio and I’ll introduce you to the PIlates Reformer. We’ll talk about.... We'll talk about your body, your goals, and devise a plan-of-attack. I will take you through a full-body workout that will stretch, strengthen, and lengthen your body.

Q: Isn’t Pilates a girl thing?
A: Well, Joseph Pilates was a guy so I’m leaning towards no. A greater percentage of my clients are women; HOWEVER, men brave enough to give it a shot report that Pilates adds a crucial component to their fitness routine. Because some men focus solely on weight-lifting, they build bulk without flexibility which could cause serious injury. Pilates is a great remedy- stretching, lengthening, and strengthening muscles…plus men tend to find the core work in Pilates a real challenge.

Q: What skill/fitness level do I need to have to do Pilates?

A: This is one of the things I love most about Pilates. There are beginner, intermediate, and advanced modifications for every exercise. If you have never set foot in a gym, we’ll first get you connected to your body by learning the fundamentals. If you’re pretty athletic, but not very coordinated, we’ll work to getting the body moving as one. And if you’re a fitness guru, there are countless variations to challenge and tone the whole body. There are always ways to dig deeper and push further: this can be achieved through pacing as well.

Q: I have an injury or chronic pain. Can Pilates help?

A: Yes! After working with countless men and women with lower back pain, neck pain, range-of-motion restrictions, and various other specific medical diagnoses, I have witnessed in my clients great progress and reduced levels of pain (see testimonials). I have worked alongside physical therapists and chiropractors who literally prescribe Pilates as a method of rehabilitation for their clients. Workouts can be specifically tailored toward your physical needs. You can get stronger, more flexible, and work your way out of your pain.

Q: Who is a good candidate for Pilates?

A: Anyone who has a desire to invest in his/her long-term health, who seeks a better mind-body connection, and wants to get into fantastic shape.

Q: How long will it take to see a change in my body?
A: Your body needs a chance to get the hang of things and put the movement into its muscle memory; however, many clients report feeling taller and more connected to their core after the first session. Most clients also start to see physical improvements after 2-3 sessions.

Q: How many times a week do I need to train for the best results?
A: I recommend 2-3 Pilates sessions per week along with 1-2 cardio workouts, depending on your fitness goals.

Q: What’s the difference between private, semi-private, & group sessions?
A: In a private session, you work one-on-one with me either at the studio or at your home. We discuss your body, any injuries or pain, as well as any personal goals. Then, I create workouts specifically designed for you. In a semi-private, you and a friend, at a comparable skill/fitness level, are led through a challenging, all-body workout. Finally, in a group session I give both beginner and advanced modifications. This is usually a mat class and is an inexpensive way to add an extra workout to your week.

Q: How can I learn more about Pilates?
A: There is a fantastic new magazine called Pilates Style. You can check out their website at www.pilatesstyle.com. I also recommend Brooke Siler’s book The Pilates Body and Mari Winsor’s The Pilates Powerhouse. Both are available at www.barnesandnoble.com.

... ................................................................................................................................... Nicole Stewart, 2006.....