How Often Should I do Pilates?
Twice a week is excellent but once is good. Like any form of exercise, consistency is key, so even committing to a weekly lesson will offer tremendous benefit. You will be happy at how you look and feel after just a few weeks. Some home practice is also recommended, as long as you feel confident. I may also give you some homework!
Is there an age limit to doing Pilates?
Quite simply – no
Is Pilates only for women?
Of course not! It was originally developed by a man, Joseph Pilates, and is now used by many male athletes as part of their training routine. In men, Pilates will help stretch the muscles and correct posture, working the deep core and muscles groups commonly overlooked by men who prefer to pump iron.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothes that you can move freely in, BUT, fairly close fitting so that I can see what your body is doing underneath. Socks or bare feet.
What should I bring?
Just yourself and water if you want it. I provide mats and small equipment.
Can I do Pilates when pregnant?
Of course! Moderate exercise is recommended throughout a normal, healthy pregnancy. Pilates exercises can be adapted to each stage of pregnancy and you can rest and relax as often as you feel you need to. Exercising whilst pregnant will help you to combat weight gain, acute back ache, water retention and bad circulation and will physically prepared you for labour and birth. It will also help you to regain your body shape more effectively and more quickly after birth.
When can I start after giving birth?
You can start exercising after your 6 week check with your doctor if you have had a normal delivery without complications, a few weeks longer than that if you have had a Caesarian section. Postnatal Pilates will strengthen and tone your body from the inside out. Remember you are 9 months pregnant and your body needs 9 months to recover, so Pilates or any exercise with a trained postnatal teacher is very important.