It depends on your current fitness level. Our new students do just fine in the classes. The workout is intense but the routine is kept simple to make sure everyone is using good form. However, if you have chronic back pain, painful joints or a severe medical condition, it is recommended to take a private session first to assess your fitness level.
That depends on a lot of factors- what else do you do for exercise? What other activities do you participate in? How much time can you devote? There is no answer as everyone’s situations will be different. Doing a session once a week regularly will be better than a lot one week, and none the next. The Studio offers many possibilities for different types of sessions and classes. We also encourage and help clients to establish a home program.
The workout is designed to work your body to muscle fatigue at which point you need to rest. Depending on your fitness level and the intensity of your workout, you will need more or less time to recover. We would recommend 2 to 3 times a week to allow your body to properly recover and repair. Some students love the workout so much that they come 5 or 6 times a week. Listen to your body.
- Most importantly, bring a positive attitude. Leave all your worries behind. The class is for you. You need to be present minded when working out to maximize the benefits of the class.
- Bring a towel, as you will most likely sweat!
- Although we have a water fountain, students like to bring their own water.
- Wear loose, comfortable clothes that allow your muscles to stretch and your skin to “breathe”.
- Jewelry is NOT a good idea. Your necklace may catch in the spring’s system.
- No cell phones during classes (please be respectful of others).
Our focus is on helping you move so you feel good. Most people who start at our studio are coming because they want to feel better, not because they are already good at Pilates!
This question is answered with a summarization of the four stages of rehabilitition by Porterfield and DeRosa and the Polestar Pilates Rehabilitation Program
Pilates uses great progressions for rehabilitation of low back pain. At first a Pilates client will work to stabilize the movement of the back while strengthening other parts of the body. Often to take the pressure off of the back so that the inflammation can be relieved, a student will be laying supine (on the back) doing exercises that isolate the movement of the arms and legs to give the back a break.
After this step some gentle movement is introduced to the back muscles so that these myofascial configurations can begin to learn healthy and efficient movement. Then a client begins to challenge himself with proprioceptive challenges that trick the new movement patterns and create neural pathways that make them happen, and finally integrating the new movement patterns into daily life. This is a process that empowers the client to learn how to take care of the back!