If you do not find answers to questions that bother you, write to me. I will be happy to answer and add new answers to the list below:
1. I am not flexible and pilates is about stretching.
Pilates is neither stretching nor yoga. This is a workout focused on muscular balance, restoring good posture and proper movement patterns.
2. Pilates is not for men.
The creator of the method was a man and developed it for men. And it was them who were his first clients. So nothing could be farther from the truth than this erroneous statement. Many outstanding pilates teachers in the world are men.
3. I run, dance, play tennis and ride a bike, why do I need more pilates?
As one of the first students of Mr. Pilates, Carol Trier, wrote in her book: “so that you could do all these things better.” Each sport entails repetitive movements, and thus overloads and injuries. Pilates aims to minimize the risk of these and teaches effective movements needed in a given sport.
4. Pilates is boring, because the exercise is done calmly, and I need to increase my heart rate.
Pilates has its rythm and pace, provided you master the technique first. There are no shortcuts in pilates. For the most part, this objection is expressed by people who for some reason cannot or do not want to concentrate fully on what they do, without realizing that it is the full focus on the workout that guarantees a wonderful mental and physical relaxation.
5. Can I lose weight practising Pilates?
Shedding unnecessary kilos is not the priority of this method, so if you wish to lose weight, I suggest you contact a nutrition specialist and a personal trainer dealing with this kind of workout. Pilates can sculpt and slim your figure if it is practiced intensively and often enough, however I would not count on it if you practice only once a week.
6. I recently gave birth, can I practice pilates?
Pilates is an excellent method of a body workout for both pregnant women and postpartum. It helps in preparation for delivery and a faster return to pre-pregnancy posture. It cares for weak and stretched abdominal muscles (also in the case of diastastis recti) and pelvic floor muscles. It teaches you how to breath correctly and how to engage the key deep stabilizing muscles. However, before you start classes, it is worth to wait until the end of the postpartum confinement (ie. 6 weeks or 3 months for CC) and, most of all, get clearance by your gynecologist.
7. Is pilates like physical therapy?
No, but it can work wonders when combined with it. Pilates primarily is about proper movement. In case of health problems or injuries, it is recommended that you get cleared with your physiotherapist or doctor before you start your workout.