I’ve been getting lots of questions about what pilates is. Usually, I go into a long winded explanation, but I feel like if it’s a lot to listen to, it’s gonna be killer to read! So I’ve pared down several commonly asked questions to answer all at once!
Is Pilates like yoga? The common thread between yoga and pilates is that they both work on flexibility. The difference is that pilates focuses on balancing strength WITH flexibility, correcting imbalances in the body, and strengthening the core muscles. Yoga’s main focus is on flexibility through poses.
How is pilates different than other exercises? Pilates focuses on specific control of muscle groups. Exercises are put together for a specific outcome. Pilates works to lengthen muscles while strengthening them for better support and mobility. You would be surprised at the imbalances and compensation patterns that we all have.
What is pilates good for? Pilates is pretty awesome for many things! I’ve had clients come in for pilates sessions to train during their offseason. Again, the goal is to correct imbalances and compensation patterns before training picks back up again. I have clients who come see me for back pain, hip pain, and better core stability. Many are surprised at how much pilates improves their posture and mobility as well.
How often should I do pilates? Generally speaking, 2-3 times a week will bring about quicker results; however, I do see clients once a week that report better core function and mobility. In the end, it’s best to determine the amount of time that your schedule will allow.
Testimonial from Dr. Sarah Proctor:
“After having 4 children in seven years, my core strength was less than ideal. In August, I started doing Pilates once a week with Jennifer, and I am so glad I did! It surprised me how hard it was! After several months of consistent work, I’ve been able to see a lot of improvement in my core, and it has been fun to see it overlap into my B-Fit workouts! With better core strength, my form is better, and I’m able to do more. I also had lower back pain for the last two years that is now gone!”