Pilates Q&A

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a form of exercise that focuses on strengthening your core muscles, and then challenges those muscles to stay strong and active during different movements. It also helps with overall body strength, correcting posture, improving flexibility, and preventing injury.

Should I start with a reformer class or private session?

Although not required, we highly recommend trying a private session first so you can get comfortable with how to best use the reformer for your body. In a private session you’ll also learn the basic principles of Pilates that are necessary to do the exercises properly, and thus get the very most out of your group class.

What should I bring to my first session/class?

Try to come in a few minutes early to fill out a little paperwork and say hello to your instructor. Wear comfortable clothes that you can easily move and stretch in and bring a water bottle. We don’t require socks but you’re more than welcome to wear them!

I’m pregnant, is it safe for me to do Pilates?

Private Pilates sessions are an excellent way to stay in shape during your pregnancy! Modifications and props are used to give you the best bang for your buck all while keeping the needs of your changing body in mind from trimester to trimester. We do not recommend group classes during this time.

What’s the difference between a mat and reformer class?

Mat Pilates is done on a mat using no equipment except for props like balls or circles to enhance the exercises. Reformers are machines that add resistance to your workout via different spring tensions that are applied to the carriage. The spring resistance creates new ways to challenge your muscles and your ability to stabilize from your core.

What’s the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

The biggest difference between Pilates and Yoga is that Pilates does not incorporate a meditative or spiritual aspect to the movement. Pilates exercises don’t often require you to hold a pose for very long the way yoga does, depending on the type. Also Pilates uses different types of machines to engage the core in different challenging ways.

I have a back injury/knee pain/sciatica. Can I still do Pilates?

Yes! One of the best things about Pilates is that it truly lends itself to everyone’s needs with the help of modifications and props. It’s best to start with private sessions so you and your instructor can understand what exercises work best for your body.

Have other questions? Shoot us an email at info@sandpiperpilates.com