Pilates is a versatile and effective form of exercise
To support your personal evolution, your training will change to fit your growing needs. Each session is focused on you. We believe that personalized sessions produce the most effective results, and are confident you’ll see and feel the benefit of this approach!
“I love my Pilates teacher’s dedication to pushing us just past where we think we can take ourselves. She is knowledgeable about overall body movement, as well as the practice of Pilates. And she really tunes in to us – meeting us where we’re at, and customizing moves to suit personal injuries or limitations. All with a smile and sense of both humor and discipline.”
What you can expect from Pilates
• Flatter abdominal muscles
• Increased strength and flexibility; overall muscle toning
• Improved posture
• Prevention of injuries by increased core strength, stability, balance and coordination
• Improved circulation
• Increased stamina for athletics, daily tasks and even sex!
• Rehabilitation for knee, shoulder, low back pain and other injuries and/or strains
Who can do Pilates?
Almost everyone! Our clients are men and women who range in age from teenagers to seniors and who vary widely in their health and fitness levels. Pilates can be modified easily for just about anyone.
Can I learn and do Pilates on my own?
Yes, there are many good books and videos/DVDs available. However, these resources have one limitation in common — they can’t give you feedback about your form. We recommend getting started with 5 – 10 private sessions before practicing Pilates at home. Learning the fundamentals from a professional with immediate and knowledgeable feedback will allow you to experience more effective results with your home practice. Your instructor is also happy to give you exercises and things to focus on between sessions.
Will Pilates help me lose weight?
Pilates strengthens your muscles and does burn calories, but it is not aerobic. However, many clients report their shape changes as their posture improves and muscle tone increases; as a result they appear thinner.
Is Pilates challenging for Men too?
Of course! We have a Men’s Reformer Class on Thursday evenings that is specifically geared for men. Strengthening your core is an excellent way to reduce back pain and also cross-train for whatever sport you are doing. If your core is strong, any other movement is easier and if you balance is improved, your risk for injury is reduced.
Pilates and Pregnancy?
Pilates is one of the best ways to strengthen your abdominal muscles after having a baby. We currently offer one Pre/Post Natal group Reformer class. Since our classes are only 4 clients maximum, we can still make sure you have an effective and safe workout. It is generally recommend to wait 6 weeks to begin your Pilates practice. If you are pregnant, please consult your physician before beginning any new type of exercise program. We are happy to work with you after you’ve received the go ahead from your doctor.
We have designed a private room just for new moms. We welcome you and your new little one to experience the joy of being able to work out without the worry of childcare.
What is the difference between Apparatus work and Mat work?
In mat/floor work your main resistance is the weight of your own body against gravity. On the apparatus, the varied weight of several springs helps mitigate the effects of gravity. The springs can be used to increase or decrease the challenge of work or even to work a completely different set of muscles. There are basic, intermediate and advanced exercises in both modes of work.
At Studio Evolve we focus on apparatus work and small class sizes because we find it yields the most benefit to our clients. Our instructors use the mat when appropriate, and we keep our class sizes small to maintain focus on each of our client’s individual needs.
How is Pilates different from Yoga and other types of exercise?
The most unique principle of Pilates is its constant focus on deep core and pelvic floor stabilization through all the exercises. It is a “mindful” practice that requires awareness and concentration using the breath as a primary component to the work. Pilates is a sequence of exercises meant to flow in a particular way, yet easily modified if necessary. It is limitless in its scope, low impact and incredibly successful at creating dynamic results for all kinds of people and body types.