Pilates is so hot right now! Seriously, it is one of the fastest growing forms of exercise in the U.S. So what is it all about and should you book your first class or private lesson today?
We sat down with expert Pilates instructor Denise Hurd of Pilates 360 to learn more about this popular exercise routine.
What is Pilates?
Pilates was first developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates as an exercise routine to strengthen the body and mind. The Pilates method has six principles at its core:
Although these six principles are at the foundation of Pilates, how they are incorporated into a routine can vary greatly. Denise believes that Pilates is the perfect exercise for practically everyone because of the adaptability of the movements. She notes, “we shoot for the goal of the exercise and make modifications where necessary, depending on the level and ability of each individual.”
Benefits of Pilates
Being so adaptable, Pilates can have a number of different benefits – depending on your personal fitness and health goals. Some of the key target areas include:
- Increased flexibility
- Muscular strength and endurance
- Core strength
- Improved balance and coordination
- Spinal and pelvic alignment
- Injury prevention
- Breath control
We asked Denise to tell us specifically how Pilates could benefit endurance athletes (runners, triathletes, cyclists). She notes, “Pilates is a great cross-training exercise to stretch, lengthen and strengthen muscles as well as for targeting any imbalances that could lead to injury. And because it is a full-body focused exercise that emphasizes quality over quantity, no muscle group is under or over-trained.” Sounds to us like something everyone needs to incorporate into their weekly routine!
What to Expect
Starting something new is often nerve-racking. We asked Denise to give us a quick run-down of what first-timers can expect.
Mat or Equipment: Pilates is either done on a mat on the floor or with specifically designed equipment. Many of the local Austin Pilates studios offer both options and you may want to try both before you decide on your favorite approach!
Learn First: Because Pilates requires an understanding of the foundation principles and many of the movements will be new to first-time students, you will probably want to start with a beginner-class or private instruction.
How Often: Best results are often seen with 2-3 classes per week. But, depending on your goals, Pilates once-a-week could be just what you need!
Find Your Pilates Fit: Just as with all fitness programs, not all Pilates instructors or studios are created equal. Here are 5 things to consider when finding your Pilates fit:
(1) Instructor certifications
(3) Types of classes offered: Privates, Duets, Small Group
(4) Mat or Equipment/Reformer
(5) Payment options: per class fee or monthly membership
Sample Beginner Pilates Workout
Want a better sense of what you’d be getting into? Check out this series of beginner Pilates exercises on About.com: http://pilates.about.com/od/pilatesmat/tp/BeginnerExercises.htm
To get an even better sense of what people are saying about Pilates and it’s benefits, we asked Denise to compile a few testimonials from her own Pilates clients. Here’s what they had to say:
Pilates 360 has a friendly atmosphere and all levels of classes from advanced equipment to the fundamental floor workouts are excellent. I’ve tried many different workouts but only pilates has kept me strong, flexible and toned throughout my 50s – I am hooked! Denise Hurd, my advanced instructor, brings humor and challenge to every workout. Thank you Pilates 360! –Rosalind
Suffering after a back surgery I got introduced to Pilates and Denise, which changed my life. Just after a few month I’m out again running and enjoying activity. Denise always had the passion, the patience and the tenacity to get me well in short time. I feel better now and will never give it up. – Dagmar K.
Denise came highly recommended to me from a well-known Pilates instructor in Tennessee, and I’ve been working with her for a month now. I am a runner, but I have a hard time committing to other types of exercise that help balance my workouts. Pilates has given me the strength and balance that I don’t get from running. It has helped build my core strength, and an unexpected benefit has been the great workout it’s given my upper body. I leave my sessions with Denise feeling like I’ve had a serious workout, and I look forward to getting stronger with each visit. -Kelly L
Learn more about expert Pilates instructor Denise Hurd and Pilates 360
Perk alert! MyFitCard holders get 3 private pilates sessions for $150 at Pilates 360! Must present MyFitCard at time of purchase and must be new to Pilates 360. MyFitCard gives you deals and discounts, like this, at fitness businesses all over town. Get your MyFitCard today!
MyFitList brings together the latest information on hundreds of local fitness businesses in Austin. We’re your resource for inspiration and information for getting and staying fit. Search hundreds of Austin fitness groups and services like running, triathlon, bootcamps, yoga studios, gyms and more all in one place! Check us out at www.myfitlist.com
|Print article||This entry was posted by admin on February 24, 2012 at 2:52 pm, and is filed under Fitness Businesses, Pilates. Follow any responses to this post through RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback from your own site.|
No comments yet.
No trackbacks yet.
about 5 months ago - No comments
There are many great ways to get and stay fit in Austin. From boot camps to yoga studios to personal trainers, there really is something out there for everyone. The trick is finding the right match for you. It can be frustrating jumping from one activity to another, feeling like you’re not making any progress. More >
about 2 years ago - No comments
By Chrissie Jarrell and Natalie Yerkovich
Austin Woman Magazine August 2012
The habits we learn as children shape our feelings toward fitness and wellness in to our adult lives. As a loved one in a child’s life, we have an amazing opportunity to encourage kids to default to a healthy lifestyle. Your influence through activity More >
about 2 years ago - No comments
Make your core sizzle with this Pilates Abs Series from Mauro Pilates. It’s a quick and effective way to improve core strength, stability and help that 6-pack along. Enjoy!
Modifications and Notes:
1. Single Leg Stretch: 10 reps. Exhale every time you extend your leg. Extra Neck Support: Hold hands behind head or lay head on floor.
2. Lower More >
about 3 years ago - No comments
MyFitList brings together information about hundreds of fitness businesses across Austin, making it easy for you to find the perfect fitness match!
We wanted to welcome and highlight the latest businesses to join the MyFitList Community. Be sure to check out them out – you might find exactly what you’ve been looking for!
5 Fitness Training and Yoga: More >
about 3 years ago - 4 comments
Our goal at MyFitList is to make it easy for you to find your ideal fitness group and then give you all the information you need to get out there. An important thing to know when trying new class or type of activity is exactly what you should wear to be comfortable and move freely.
This More >
about 3 years ago - No comments
Our Fit Business of the week is Mauro Pilates Body. From Pilates, to Barrework, to training on the water, Mauro Pilates Body offers something for everyone!
How long have you been in business: 1 year
Where are you located: in Westlake– 5000 Bee Caves Rd, Ste. 204. I also offer in-home sessions, teach weekly classes at Bettysport, More >
about 4 years ago - 1 comment
Have you ever wondered what the differences are between Pilates and Yoga? The movements seem to be similar and they often both take place on a mat in a studio, but these two activities are quite different! Guest blogger and Founder of Mauro Pilates Body, Liana Mauro, joins MyFitList to explain the benefits and differences between Pilates and More >