What is Pilates?

Pilates was developed by the late Joseph Hubertus Pilates. Born in Germany 1880, his ideas were ahead of his time. He believed physical and mental health are closely interconnected. A complete coordination of mind, body and spirit.

I am healthy and fit, why should I add Pilates to my workout program?

Running and cycling provides us with aerobic fitness, weight training provides us with strength, dancing and aerobics provide us with coordination and swimming provides us with challenging non weight-bearing exercise.

To ensure correct execution of all of these and develop correct alignment and skill of acquisition, one needs to specifically exercise the deeper intrinsic group of muscles.

This helps to create a rounded exercise program and reduce the chance of injury, which may occur during ballistic forms of exercise.

What is the difference between using Reformer apparatus and just doing Matwork?

The apparatus allows for modification of exercise through the changing of springs and altering equipment setup. Due to the intricacies of the exercise, equipment sessions are often performed in small groups or in an individual setting where detailed corrections and adaptations to movement patterns are made. Programs may be prescribed to the individual’s needs and goals.

Matwork only requires a mat and at times small props, and is therefore more easily accessible. The focus is on movement of the body against gravity, and with increased complexity in choreography and continuity of exercise, this format can prove to be quite challenging when done correctly.

What to wear?

Wear comfortable clothing – neither too loose nor too tight.
Clean socks.
A small hand towel is recommended.
Water bottle.
Hair tied back.
Avoid dangling jewelry of any sort and;
Avoid wearing sharp jewelry as this may damage the equipment upholstery.

How quickly will I see results from my Pilates training?

As Joseph Pilates himself famously said, “you will feel a change after 10 sessions, you will see a change after 20 sessions and you will have a new body after 30 sessions”. We encourage participants to follow his lead: for further benefits, preventative care and to achieve the satisfaction and challenge of newfound skill.

What are the benefits of Pilates training?

The development of core control, correct joint alignment, flexibility, postural strength, form and endurance as well as coordination and skill. Beneath the surface, we gain improved breathing and therefore oxygenation of the cells, improved circulation, and digestion and lymphatic drainage.

How many days a week should I do Pilates?

If adding Pilates to an existing exercise program, 1 to 2 times a week is satisfactory. If Pilates is the only exercise you are doing, then 2 to 3 times a week is recommended.

Contact us today at citybeachpilates@gmail.com or 0402 930 036 for more information!