Matwork ClassAbout Pilates

If you’ve never taken a Pilates class we can teach you about the concepts you need to know to make your body strong and healthy.

The Pilates Method is a unique system of strengthening and stretching exercises developed by Joseph H. Pilates in the 1920's. Pilates fuses aspects of eastern and western exercise disciplines: from the east comes an emphasis on the mind-body connection and flexibility and from the west comes an emphasis on muscle tone, strength and endurance.

Pilates builds a strong, well-aligned body that moves with efficiency and ease. Exercises are performed on different types of apparatus with adjustable spring tensions to strengthen areas of weakness and balance the body. Props such as balls, foam rolls, rings and bands are also utilized.

Read about Joseph Pilates on Wikipedia »

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Common misconceptions about Pilates:

We’d like to dispel some of the myths regarding Pilates.

Myth: Pilates is just for women
Fact: Absolutely not. Pilates was created by a man for men and women. Pilates helps improve posture by strengthening muscles in a more functional manner than some of the regular gym machines. This approach to training benefits both men and women. As a matter of fact, many men would suffer from fewer injuries and benefit more from their fitness routines and weight training if they added a Pilates class to their weekly routine.

Myth: Pilates is just stretching
Fact:
Pilates does improve flexibility, but probably not how you think. True flexibility of a joint means the joint can go through its full range of motion. Full range of motion of a joint is accomplished by balancing the strength of the muscles surrounding a joint. Pilates teaches you to balance strength, and rarely utilizes static stretching poses. Pilates moves joints through challenging movements that force you to rely on stabilizing muscles to help control and then improve joint range of motion.

Myth: Pilates isn’t resistance training
Fact:
Pilates IS resistance training. Pilates equipment utilizes cable systems much like the free weight cable machines in the gym. The difference is that Pilates equipment uses springs instead of weight plates. Joseph Pilates was well ahead of his time when he chose to use springs for conditioning the body. Unlike a weight, the contraction and release of a spring works the same way your muscles do. The springs have the ability to provide resistance in one direction and assistance in the opposite direction. Springs very closely resemble the way the body's muscles move in real life, developing tension while simultaneously lengthening. Use of springs with exercise means no strain on the joint at the beginning of the range of motion and the benefit of a larger amount of resistance at the end of the range of motion.

Myth: I won’t be able to do Pilates unless I’m flexible
Fact:
Pilates is appropriate for men and women of all shapes and sizes. Pilates machines can assist you in finding a greater range of motion in all of your joints. Let's face it: flexiblility feels good. Pilates helps you to become stronger and more flexible at the same time. You don’t have to be able to bend your body into a pretzel to see and feel the positive changes in your body.

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