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Absolutely!! The great thing about Pilates is the movements can be done by almost anyone. There are many modifications that can be taught for each movement to accommodate all levels of practice. The only exception to this is if your Doctor has ordered you not to participate in physical activity.
I would recommend if it is your first time trying Pilates to attend the Free Demo class (see Online Schedule for availability) or to start with the Fundamentals of Pilates class.
Because Pilates may be new for several people, I have decided to have a weekly (based upon need and instructor availability) FREE PILATES DEMO class. You will need to register for this class online. This class is limited to 3 students, so pre-registration is required.
In this class we will do a studio tour and brief policy review. Then we will discuss the Pilates Principles focusing specifically on breathing, core activation and spine articulation. We will go through a short set of Mat exercises. Then we will transition to the Pilates Equipment. We will go through all the pieces of equipment that we have in the Studio, i.e. Reformer, Tower, EXO chair and Combo Chair. If time allows we will then transition to the Barre and do a brief introduction to the movements of a Barre class. After attending this Free Demo class a student should feel more prepared to attend a Mat class or schedule a private or duet equipment session.
Develop a strong inner core, toned abdominals and a strong back.
Develop better balance and stability.
Improve flexibility and stamina.
Improve posture and spine alignment
Improve sore back and neck (if practiced consistently)
Builds strength and develop long, lean muscles.
Learn how to breath properly while moving.
Creates an evenly conditioned body.
Learn efficient patterns of movement.
Injury prevention and rehabilitation.
Good question! At Plank Pilates Studio we are passionate about Pilates and mindful movement. This is our specialty and we want to share it with others. We will not only lead a class, but we will instruct and guide our students to ensure proper movement and Pilates practice. We will get to know you, your needs, and your fitness goals. We will help you become the best you! Most of all, we welcome everyone at every level. We will not make you feel uncomfortable if you are new to Pilates.
We strive to make every student feel comfortable in class whether it is your first class or your 50th class. If we don’t happen to see you as you walk in please let the instructor know this is your first class so we can meet you and get to know your Pilates goals.
On your first visit there will be a small amount of paperwork to complete, so please arrive 10-15 minutes early. We have 2 restrooms available in the common areas if you need to change clothes. There are cubbies inside the studio to put your personal items during class. Please leave your shoes on the shoe rack in the common area outside the studio. We recommend you let the instructor know it is your first time at Plank and make sure to verbally tell the instructor if you have any injuries that we need to be aware of. Once class is ready to start, grab a mat and get ready for a great 50 minutes! After class each student is responsible for cleaning their mat (towels and cleaner are provided) and any props used during the class. Please put away your mat before you leave and then go out and enjoy the rest of your day!
The info on the new client form is a necessity in order to ensure we are providing you with the best and safest Pilates workout for your current level of fitness and functioning. The information you provide on the new client form will be kept strictly confidential and will only be used by instructors to become familiar with a new client prior to a class or equipment session.
Because we only have a shared common area, we recommend bringing any personal items into the studio with you. We will provide cubbies for your personal items.
Both Pilates mat and Barre classes are 50 minutes (except for Sunrise Barre which is 45 minutes). Private and Duet Equipment sessions are 55 minutes.
YES…but you must have your physician’s approval. Many people start their Pilates journey as a recovery method from an injury. By nature, Pilates is a slow, carefully controlled form of building strength and flexibility. Because of this, if practiced safely and consistently it is a great choice for the injured body. Pilates can help relieve pain and rebuild an injured body!
Yes..but once again you must have your physician’s approval. Pilates is a great workout regime during pregnancy because it is low impact, gentle on the joints, strengthens the inner core, deep abdominals, and pelvic floor, and can help to prevent low back pain. Some modifications are necessary during pregnancy so it is essential to ensure your instructor is aware that you are expecting.
Well, then you were not doing it correctly … and that is not your fault! Pilates is truly an art and it takes guidance and instruction in order to do it correctly. At Plank we give strong cues and ensure our students are feeling energy in the right places. We walk around and help guide you to perform the movements appropriately. We will not single you out or make you feel uncomfortable, but you will get a good workout because you deserve it, and because that is what you are paying for!
Pilates should not hurt! Pilates is challenging, but it is not painful. If you are feeling pain during your workout you must notify your instructor and they can help guide you through the movement or provide modification suggestions so you receive the maximum benefit without pain.