Commonly Asked Questions

What will my first Pilates session be like?

You will have an induction with your instructor to discuss your health & exercise history and to set your workout goals. Your first customised workout will then happen. Pilates is a thorough workout and not just simply a 'stretch class'- it is fun, focused and has a lot of dynamic movement. Afterwards you should feel great and more energised while standing taller than ever before!

What is the difference between Mat work and the Apparatus?

Pilates is a system of exercises. The apparatus and mat - they work together as one system to support each other for ultimate results. You will see better results by doing both. What can take years to correct on the mat alone can be addressed more directly and successfully using the entire Pilates system. The entire Pilates system includes - The Reformer, Cadillac, High Chair, Wunda Chair, Spine Corrector, Large Barrel, Pedi-O-Pull and many others - all created by Joseph Pilates. These Pilates apparatus were developed to add resistance to the movements with the use of springs. These springs mimic closely a muscular contraction. Apparatus helps to target specific weaknesses and body issues of different body types. Different parts of the kit will help balance out the body by targeting weaker or less flexible parts of the body. When working on the mat, you use your own body weight and gravity as resistance. Practicing mat work will help you to learn about your body.

How do I know if I'm progressing?

You are able to do things you were never able to do before.

You should begin to see and feel results and benefits in your body in a matter of a few sessions. The series of exercises is adapted to your strength and intensifies as your body conditioning improves. As your level of strength and control progresses- so does your level of training. Like with anything worth learning, it takes some time to 'get it' so consistency is important. We suggest at least 5 consistent sessions. By 10 sessions you should be able to start noticing and feeling changes in your body. Over time you should notice your progress by seeing increased strength and flexibility among other things. The aim of your sessions are progress and results. It is unlike any other workout, it's Pilates!

What to wear and bring to the session?

Bring yourself and a smile! We provide all the equipment. We provide water and a sweat towel. Comfortable gym attire is suggested, with no zippers, something not excessively baggy where we can see your neck and your ankles. Please wear a pair of clean socks, as no shoes are needed.

Will I get individual attention?

At The Pilates Studio Dublin we are all about you! Some studios offer a huge class schedule. We do Private sessions and small groups (typically 3 to 5 people) classes to preserve traditional high quality methods of teaching. We believe that the individual attention assists our clients in achieving their goals quicker and safer while constantly progressing. Such sessions allow us to tailor the classes around your needs with appropriate levels of difficulty. Pilates focus is on form, alignment and accuracy. In group classes you get to put into practice what you have learned during Private Instruction. Privates will also give you better knowledge into what you need to focus on within a class.

Who can do Pilates?

With the assistance of a comprehensively certified teacher, anyone can do Pilates! We have worked with people from all walks of life from ages 10 to 100 and with all different physical issues. When working with a teacher either one-on-one or in a small group setting, your own personal needs and physical attributes are taken into consideration when developing a workout.

How many times a week should I do Pilates?

Pilates can be practiced every day. Joseph Pilates recommended doing Pilates 3 times a week, so do we. If you are very active, then 1-2  Pilates sessions a week will enhance what you are already doing. Every person has different issues or limitations. Doing something, even once a week, is better than doing nothing at all!

Will I shape up and lose weight with Pilates?

 Eating a healthy diet, reasonable portions, making lifestyle changes, seeking professional help when you need it and of course, exercise, are just a few of the components of successful weight loss. If Pilates is part of the above, then it is a yes! Pilates will change the shape of your body – your posture will become better, and so you will appear taller and tighter around the midsection and shapelier around your bottom and hips. It is not uncommon for clients to drop a dress size, even if their weight is the same on a scale. If you want to lose pounds, you must also address your diet and lifestyle choices seeking professional help when you need it.

Is Pilates an aerobic exercise?

 Pilates is a way of strength and conditioning, that incorporates some cardio vascular exercise. While not typically categorized as cardiovascular exercise, Pilates can surely up your heart rate. When a certain proficiency is achieved, and the trainee can move through the exercise sequences continuously, it will raise your heartbeat and show you muscles you didn’t know you had.

Why is it called "mind-body" exercise?

Joseph Pilates believed “strong mind, strong body.” The brain and the body must work together to achieve strength, balance and health. A great deal of concentration, control and focus is needed for following Pilates techniques & instructions. You will learn that constructive application of techniques paired with mind focus gives great results. Pilates will engage and improve your perseverance and concentration for the life outside the studio too. Besides, it's much more fun and engaging when you put your mind to it!

Is Pilates just for girls?

Joseph Pilates, the creator, was a cigar smoking beer drinking boxer gymnast male! The exercises are invigorating for anyone. Men and women both need to work on the balance of strength and flexibility to support other activities and healthy body.

Will it work for me? Will I be able for it?

It works for everyone, especially if you are open to learning. You will improve with every session. The intensity and exercises are incredibly adaptable.

So, is it like Yoga?

Yoga is a spiritually based movement practice that uses breathing, meditation, chanting, stretching and careful control of the body by focusing the mind to achieve enlightenment. The more popular types of yoga use the technique of moving slowly into a pose and holding the pose while taking slow deep breathes.

Pilates is a secular movement practice (meaning it has no religious affiliation). Pilates uses the ideas of stability and mobility to teach practitioners how to prevent injuries even when they are doing very complex actions (like ballet or surfing) and the focus is fitness. Pilates is dynamic - we rarely hold positions, we constantly move through exercises.

Can I do Pilates if I am pregnant?

The ACOG (American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists) & RCOG (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, UK ) have set guidelines for exercise and pregnancy. The rule of thumb is not to start a new exercise routine when you are pregnant. If you were doing Pilates with us before you became pregnant, than you can certainly continue so long as you and your physician feel there are no other complicating factors in your pregnancy. Your routine will change as you progress and one of our certified teachers will be able to tell you which exercises are not recommended in each trimester. Our pregnant clients appreciate Pilates stretching and breathing and it keeps them strong for when baby arrives! We can help you create a girdle of support by building stronger core, back and hips for easier pregnancy and faster recovery after delivery.

Can I do Pilates when I am injured?

Absolutely! Remember Pilates started with rehabilitating injured soldiers - Joseph attached springs to hospital beds to give people who were bedridden movement to increase their circulation. Even though Pilates offers much more then just rehabilitation, we can help you recover faster and more safely while keeping up your fitness levels. It is important to remember that our teachers have extensive knowledge of injuries, but we are no doctors or physiotherapists. Please always consult your physician first.

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