Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why do Reformer Pilates? - Reformer Pilates will help improve and maintain overall Physical fitness - leading to greater strength, flexibility and balance, which in turn improve posture, movement and mental health. Using a Reformer to perform specific, individualized movements will give you a balanced full body workout.
  2. How many times a week should I do Reformer Pilates? - We recommend that People do 2-3 sessions a week to really work on leaning out the body, it's great for building the smaller core muscles and also stretching out the longer muscles in the body
  3. How much is the membership fee? - We don't charge the membership fee. Pay as you go, per workout. Each class is customized for you.
  4. What services are offered? - Pilate Reformer Workouts ; Privates or Small group Classes. Personal Training one-on-one or small group training. Nutritional Counseling.
  5. What type of Nutritional Counseling do you offer? - Manuela encourages clients to eat whole foods and outside the "Box", there is no push to purchase Supplements. Healthy diet should be paired with the Pilates method to optimize results.
  6. Will I lose weight doing Pilates? -  Pilates can certainly be used for weight loss and to help maintain a healthy physique. At the same time, remember that Pilates works best for toning muscles, aligning the spine, and improving overall health and fitness.
  7. Is Pilates for beginners? - Yes, Pilates is a great exercise for beginners. While many professional dancers, athletes, and already-fit people do Pilates, it's a common misconception that this fitness method is only for the pros. In fact, the Pilates origin is one of helping novices in particular.

Pilates for beginners: Explore the core

Pilates may sound intimidating, but it's an accessible way to build strength in your core muscles for better posture, balance and flexibility.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Pilates isn't just for fitness fanatics. It's actually an accessible way to build strength in your core muscles for better posture, balance and flexibility. If you're considering a Pilates class for beginners, here's what you need to know before you head to the gym.

What exactly is Pilates?
Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance. Pilates is named for its creator, Joseph Pilates, who developed the exercises in the 1920s.

A Pilates routine generally includes exercises that promote core strength and stability, muscle control, and endurance, including exercises that stress proper posture and movement patterns and balanced flexibility and strength. It can also be helpful in training for sports or in physical rehabilitation.

Can beginners do Pilates?
It's a common misconception that Pilates is only for serious athletes or professional dancers. While these groups first adopted Pilates, they aren't the only ones who can benefit from this approach to strength training.

Another common misperception is that Pilates requires specialized equipment. Maybe you've seen a Pilates apparatus — called a Reformer — that looks like a bed frame with a sliding carriage and adjustable springs, or perhaps you've seen a type of trapeze table. But don't let those machines intimidate you.

The reality is that many Pilates exercises can be done on the floor with just a mat.

What are the benefits of Pilates?
By practicing Pilates regularly, you can achieve a number of health benefits, including:

Improved core strength and stability
Improved posture and balance
Improved flexibility
Prevention and treatment of back pain

Is Pilates for everyone?
If you're older, haven't exercised for some time or have health problems, it's a good idea to check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program. Pilates is no exception. Similarly, women who are pregnant should check with their health care providers before starting Pilates or other exercise programs.

Pilates can be adapted to provide a gentle strength training and stability program, or it can be modified to give a seasoned athlete a challenging workout. If you're just starting out, it's a good idea to go slow at first and gradually increase the intensity of your workout.

Let your instructor know if you have any conditions or previous injuries so he or she can assist you in modifying movements. Because it's essential to maintain the correct form to get the most benefit — and to avoid injuries — beginners should start out under the supervision of an experienced Pilates instructor.

At least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity a week, or a combination of moderate and vigorous activity, spread out during the course of a week
Strength training exercises for all major muscle groups at least two times a week
Pilates can be a good strength training workout, but it isn't aerobic exercise. You'll also need to include aerobic exercises, such as brisk walking, running, biking or swimming.


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