Pilates is a Practice...and a way of life!

March 7, 2016


Why Pilates is A Practice...and a way of life!


In the world of Pilates, we definitely consider Pilates to be a practice.  By that, we mean that, as with anything you do with any sort of frequency, "the more you do it, the better you get at it!" As trainers, we are constantly looking to improve your form (and ours), and for you as the client, we look for you to have "aha" moments where you suddenly realize exactly how a particular exercise is supposed to feel in your body. In the beginning, just learning the correct movement is all we can ask! The rest of it starts falling into place over time...and with PRACTICE! 


As you continue to progress in your "practice," you will start putting little pieces of the puzzle together to get your body to perform the movement as one solid unit (from the core out to your extremeties).  You will figure out how to get the most out of every exercise and how to find a "two-way stretch"  or opposition in each exercise -- the ultimate goal of Pilates!


How Often Should I do Pilates?

We get asked this all the time! There are many different variables and many different answers!


In his book, "Return to Life through Contrology," Pilates writes, "If you will faithfully perform your Contrology [Pilates] exercises regularly only four times a week for just three months, you will find your body development approaching the ideal, accompanied by renewed mental vigor and spiritual enhancement."


Joe Pilates also said "at least 10 minutes a day."  What we can take from that if we do nothing else, we should be doing some type of mindful movement at least 10 minutes a day.  And, as our bodies were not designed to sit for long periods of time (especially at a desk), we should move as much as possible.  At least get up and walk around a bit every hour if you sit a lot!


Our basic guidelines for frequency of your Pilates workouts:


  • If you are new to Pilates and have never done it before? - Just getting started is all we can ask! Once a week is one more time than you were doing last week, and that is AWESOME! Pilates is considered a "practice," however, so you will want to "up" the frequency of your workouts once you get more comfortable with it to get the most out of your workouts!


  • If you are that client who really likes to mix up their workouts, from running, to yoga to pilates to weight training, then one or two Pilates workouts a week is a nice supplement to your other workouts.


  • Now, if your only workout is Pilates, and you want to get the absolute most out of your workouts and your body, we recommend 2 - 4 times a week.  Obviously, if you do 4 times a week, you will see a bigger difference in your body faster than if you do just twice a week.  The key to great results is commitment!

Again, however, the more you do Pilates correctly (every movement executed with mindful intent), the better you will get at it and the more deeply you will feel the exercises!  So, if we get a vote on how often you do Pilates, we are always going to say 2-4 times a week!





In a true private session, your trainer is always going to mix up your workout depending on what your needs are.  But if you are attending classes, be sure to mix it up!  Do Reformer one day, Tower the next, and then mix in a mat or chair workout here and there!  Joe Pilates absolutely designed his system and apparatus to be mixed and matched depending on what your needs are!



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