Pilates

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MOVE Fitness & Wellness specializes in Pilates, a mind-body exercise method that was created by Joseph Pilates more than 85 years ago. Pilates is suitable for all bodies at every stage of life and is a modifiable system of more than 500 exercises performed on a mat or using specialized equipment with spring based resistance, called The Cadillac, Reformer and Chair all designed by Joseph himself. MOVE works with a range of clients from elite athletes, people recovering from injuries, pre-or-post-natal women and those interested in building a conditioning program that is efficient, effective and safe.

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Our clients improve core strength, flexibility, posture, and release tension, all while toning the entire body. All of our trainers hold certifications or training in well known credentialing organizations and several are certified in STOTT PILATES®, a contemporary approach to the original method pioneered by Joseph Pilates. Developed by a team of physical therapists, sports medicine, and fitness professionals, STOTT PILATES® incorporates modern principles of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pilates

What is the STOTT Pilates Method?

STOTT PILATES is a contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. Co-founders Moira and Lindsay G. Merrithew, along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent over two decades refining the STOTT PILATES method of exercise and equipment. This resulted in the inclusion of modern principles of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation, making it one of the safest and effective methods available. This clear and detailed approach forms the basis for STOTT PILATES training and certification programs. It is used in rehab and pre-natal clients, athletes, celebrities and everyone in between.

Are there other qualified credentialing organizations for Pilates?

Yes, and we have trainers on staff who have been certified and trained by other organizations. We know that the work of Joseph Pilates has been brought up to date with modern knowledge of the body preserving much of his original brilliant repertoire by other certifying groups and we hire credentialed trainers who are knowledgeable, experienced and passionate about the system.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

  • Increased strength without unwanted bulk
  • Increased core strength, stability and peripheral mobility
  • Improved fitness levels which may help prevent injury
  • Greater ease of movement through a full range
  • Heightened body awareness and mindfulness of movement
  • Decreased impact on the joints
  • Added variety as a complement to other forms of exercise
  • Improved performance of specific sport skills (golf, skiing, hockey, etc.)
  • Enhanced balance, coordination and circulation

Is Pilates only focused on the core?

No. Pilates strengthens and lengthens the entire body; however, a focus of the exercise is to keep the core stable and strong. A key benefit of Pilates is that it focuses on individual postural issues and helps each person unravel their own unique muscular imbalances to create a healthy body.

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

Both Pilates and Yoga are mind-body practices that build long, lean muscles. There are some key differences though:

  • Yoga is rooted in a spiritual, meditative practice, and many contemporary yoga classes choose to bring the power of intention to the mat
  • While you won't be asked to connect with your chakras in Pilates, you will be learning about your muscle groups in detail. Pilates puts emphasis on using the deep abs and pelvic floor muscles while the limbs move three-dimensionally in space. While there are some aspects of yoga that are similar, there's far more of an anatomical approach to Pilates when compared with the yoga
  • Both yoga and Pilates classes use support props, like blocks or a strap, to ease into poses or to enhance or modify exercises

What is the difference between Pilates and GYROKINESIS?

Click here to learn about the key differences between Pilates and GYROKINESIS.

Will Pilates help me lose weight?

Pilates helps to create long, lean, fit bodies. There are many ways that doing Pilates supports weight loss, but it is also recommended that clients eat a healthy diet and incorporate some form of high-intensity interval or other cardiovascular training to boost metabolism. MOVE offers Wellness Coaching that can help you create a realistic plan and achieve your goals to be your best self in the world.

Do I wear shoes when I practice Pilates?

No. Pilates is done without shoes on. In fact, we recommend that you practice in bare feet to ensure you don’t slip on the floor or mats. If you wish to wear socks, we recommend that you wear socks with grippers on the bottom. You can purchase them in our boutique.

What is the difference between working out on the specialized equipment vs. working out on the mat?

Mat classes tend to focus on core work and require you to support the stabilization of your body. Pilates equipment gives you a frame to work within that is often more helpful than mat but can be more challenging when springs are added or taken away. Working on the equipment can also target and tone specific areas of your body very efficiently.

What does the Cadillac and Reformer look like and do for the body?

The Cadillac

The Cadillac offers an extensive range of exercises (more than 200, in fact) for everyone from post-rehab clients to athletes, providing the perfect place to practice multi-planar strength and flexibility movements. This versatile piece of equipment features a variety of spring lengths and tensions, as well as multiple spring attachment sites providing different levels of resistance to support or challenge the body. This allows arms and legs to be worked independently ensuring muscle balance in the upper and lower body as well as stability through the core.

The Reformer

The Reformer has a bed-like frame with a flat platform on it, called the carriage, which rolls back and forth on wheels within the frame. The carriage is attached to one end of the reformer by a set of springs. The springs provide choices of differing levels of resistance as the carriage is pushed or pulled along the frame.

Body weight and resistance of the springs are what make the carriage more or less difficult to move. Reformers parts are adjustable for differing body sizes and for differing levels of skill.

One of the best things about the reformer is its versatility. Exercises can be done lying down, sitting, standing, pulling the straps, pushing the footbar, perched on the footbar, perched on the shoulder blocks, with additional equipment, upside down, sideways and all kinds of variations thereof. In other words, the reformer can train many parts and dynamics of the body in so many different ways with just one relatively sleek piece of equipment.

What is involved in an initial private session? Is it just a consultation, or will I get a workout?

Your first private session at MOVE with involve a consultation and a great workout! You'll meet with one of our personal trainers or physical therapists, who will get to know you, your body, injuries (if any), goals and discuss a program to meet your needs. Typically, your trainer will offer you a few exercises that you can do at home to support your work in your session, tailored to your body’s needs.

How often should I practice Pilates each week?

Because we are working to support neuromuscular patterning, MOVE recommends practicing Pilates 3 times per week to see the most rapid change in your body. However, we recognize that time, finances and other barriers can prevent this. We’ll work with you to customize a plan that meet all of your needs.

How long do I need to practice Pilates to notice changes in my body?

Everyone responds differently to Pilates, but if you maintain a somewhat regular practice, you’ll see changes quickly. According to Joseph Pilates: “10 sessions - feel the difference, 20 sessions - see the difference, 30 sessions - have a new body.”

Will male clients benefit from Pilates?

Yes! Pilates is excellent for men, of all fitness levels. In fact, we have a class devoted to our favorite guys. Click here to learn more.

I am injured and/or pregnant. Is Pilates safe for me?

Yes, perfectly safe. Our trainers and physical therapists specialize in working with special populations, including those who are injured and/or pregnant to ensure optimal support. We’ll even coordinate with other therapists and physicians on your treatment team. Let us know what issues you are working with and we will help you schedule with a trainer that can support you on your fitness journey.