How often should I do Pilates?
To gain maximum results it is recommended to do Pilates 2-3 times a week. As with any exercise routine, the more practice you can do, the better you will become. Consistency is the key.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in. It is best if the clothing is not too loose-fitting as this makes it difficult for the instructor to observe your body and enable corrections. Footwear is not required, however some people prefer to wear socks rather than have bare feet.
Are there different types of Pilates?
As with any exercise routine, innovations are always being made – for better or worse – including such things as combining yoga and Pilates: yogalates. However, Inner Strength Pilates offers Pilates in a more classical form. Exercises are done at a measured pace focusing on technique and form.
Matwork – Mat Pilates is offered in groups of up to a maximum of 5 participants. It is a series of exercises performed mostly on the floor using your own body weight for resistance. Some matwork classes incorporate small apparatus such as fitballs, therabands, light weights and magic circles.
Equipment Pilates – At Inner Strength Pilates, we offer a large range of equipment work. Reformer work is the only equipment work offered in a ‘group class’ environment. All other equipment is utilised as required for specific needs of clients.
What if my schedule won’t allow me to do more than one class a week?
Practicing Pilates only once a week is not ideal, however the benefits will still be gained. It should be noted that progress will be slow and possibly frustrating which might cause you to lose faith in the system. Remember at Inner Strength Pilates private and semi-private lessons are offered outside of regular class times.
Can’t I just get the same abdominal strength from doing situps?
Pilates is not just about abdominal curls, but is a series of movements used to strengthen and correct postural faults throughout the entire body. Pilates focuses on strengthening the deepest abdominal muscles to support the body more fully, rather than focusing on only the ‘superficial’ layer of abdominal muscles (the six-pack).
What is the difference between yoga and Pilates?
Joseph Pilates took a lot of inspiration from Eastern forms of exercise whilst developing his method of exercise. With so many forms of yoga and combination classes now being taught, the differences are becoming slightly blurred. However, essentially Pilates is based on dynamic exercises to connect mind and body, rather than holding static poses and quiet breathing to do the same.
How do I know if my instructor is properly qualified? How do I know if they are any good?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions: about their background, their training, their teaching methods etc. They should be willing to talk to you about any concerns you have. A good instructor should be constantly checking participants, including in a group class situation, to assess alignment and position etc. Finding an instructor who specialises only in Pilates will give you the maximum results from your Pilates experience – qualifications in other areas such as physiotherapy do not guarantee you an expert Pilates instructor. Ideally, your Pilates instructor should be a current member of one of the two recognised Pilates organisations within Australia: Pilates Alliance Australasia (PAA) or Australian Pilates Method Alliance (APMA).
I’m overweight, can I still do Pilates?
Absolutely! Anyone can benefit from regular Pilates classes, although weight loss cannot be guaranteed, you will find that your muscles strengthen and become more toned. Additionally, as your posture improves so will your strength, self-confidence and general well-being.
I suffer from uterine prolapse/bladder leakage. Will Pilates help me?
The cause of uterine prolapse is when the pelvic floor muscles and connective tissue weaken and allow the uterus to slide or fall from its usual position. Because Pilates focuses on pelvic floor connection – drawing the pelvic floor muscles upwards not pressing down to connect – Pilates exercises can definitely be of benefit. However it would be recommended that you:
- get the go ahead from your consulting physician or physiotherapist
- advise the instructor of your condition and discuss any concerns prior to taking the first class
- start with one-on-one sessions to allow the instructor to focus on the appropriate exercises for your condition.
What do I need to bring?
Really just a towel. You might like to bring a water bottle, and socks if you get cold feet. Sticky socks must be worn for all equipment work.
Can I claim Inner Strength Pilates classes/sessions through my health fund?
Several health funds recognise Angela as a service provider for Pilates. Please call on 0418 718 790 to discuss whether you are eligible for health fund rebates.
Why would I come to Inner Strength Pilates instead of just taking a Pilates class at the gym or other Pilates fitness-based studio?
Inner Strength Pilates classes are small – only 5 participants maximum. Unlike the bigger group classes the service is completely personalised, and there will never be an occasion where classes are taught via electronic means. In such an intimate setting Angela can constantly monitor all class participants and easily progress or regress exercises to individualise the work to account for injuries and conditions as necessary. The Inner Strength Pilates clientele includes several local physiotherapists, doctors and chiropractors. There is also a large network of Redlands’ physiotherapists, doctors, chiropractors and remedial massage therapists referring their patients to Inner Strength Pilates for rehabilitation. Inner Strength Pilates has been involved with Work Cover on several occasions to provide rehabilitation for work-based injuries.