How often should I attend Classes?

Pilates can be practiced daily.  Time constraints and financial obligations are the usual determining factors as to how many classes an individual is able to attend in a week.  It is recommended you attend a minimum of two classes per week.

How long will it take for me to notice results?

By attending classes twice a week, you will notice results in approximately ten weeks. Like any form of exercise you will need to stick to it and be consistent.  It is no good doing two lessons and coming back in three months time for another two lessons. You will not achieve results like this!  It is important to know that in the beginning there is a lot of teaching to be done and therefore it can appear quite slow with little flow.  This changes, so please don’t give up!  Be patient and enjoy the journey, the wait is most certainly worth it.

What to wear

Please wear clothes that allow you to move freely, but that are fairly tight fitting, so as the Instructor is able to see the movement of your spine, ribcage and pelvis.  You can wear socks, but you do not wear shoes when doing Pilates.

What to bring

At Pilates with a View we supply all you need.  So please only bring yourself along in your appropriate clothing.

Why are Pilates classes more expensive than other Fitness Classes

Unlike a lot of other group fitness classes, STOTT PILATES® group classes are kept small.  This is to allow the Instructor to be able to give each client a high level of attention.  The Instructor will provide corrections and modifications to exercises to help each individual perform the exercises to the best of their ability.  You get what you pay for.  A highly qualified Instructor will cost you a bit more.  Not all Instructors are trained to the same level.

Is Pilates like Yoga?

In some respects Pilates is like Yoga.  Both are considered mind-body methods of movement; both emphasize deep breathing and smooth, long movements that encourage the mind-body connection.  The difference is that while Yoga requires moving from one static posture to the next, Pilates flows through a series of movements that are more dynamic, systematic and anatomically based incorporating resistance equipment.  The goal with STOTT PILATES exercise is to strengthen the postural muscles while achieving optimal functional fitness.

Can Anyone do Pilates?

No form of exercise is appropriate for everyone, but STOTT PILATES exercise is appropriate for most people.  As with any exercise method, you should always consult with a medical expert before beginning an exercise regime.  A modified program may be recommended if you have any physical limitations.  Everyone from serious fitness enthusiasts, to rehab patients, elite athletes, and prenatal clients will see a difference.

Will I be able to do Pilates if I have a bad back?

Although you should always consult your physician before starting any fitness routine, a Pilates workout is gentle and controlled with no sudden jarring actions.  It is important, however, that you work with your Instructor to ensure that you are doing the movements correctly.  Your instructor may also need to get feedback from the medical professional/s you may be seeing to ensure they put together a programme suited to your needs.  An experienced instructor will be able to modify the exercises to accommodate your limitations, continually challenge you within your ability, and monitor your improvements.  If you commit yourself to a consistent workout schedule you will certainly feel results.

Should Pilates replace my regular workout?

STOTT PILATES is a musculo-skeletal conditioning programme.  It’s ideal in combination with some kind of cardiovascular exercise (walking, running, cycling, aerobics, swimming etc.), and a great compliment to your weight training programme or athletic training.

Can Pilates help me lose weight?

Pilates can be a positive addition to your overall weight-loss programme.  Weight loss occurs when the number of calories consumed is less than the number of calories expended.  The most successful and healthy way to achieve weight loss is an exercise plan that includes an aerobic component coupled with a strength-training component, such as STOTT PILATES exercise, and following a balanced diet.  Combining Pilates with aerobic exercise also offers additional benefits: greater mind-body connection, improved posture, flexibility and functionality.

Can Pilates be aerobic?

To achieve an aerobic or cardiovascular benefit you have to sustain a duration of 20-60 minutes of continuous exercise (i.e. run, swim, bike) elevating the heart rate to a prescribed level.  A typical Pilates class does not challenge the cardiovascular system enough to elevate the heart rate to the prescribed level.  The muscle toning and strengthening benefits of Pilates are the perfect compliment to such fat-burning activities as power walking, running, swimming or cycling.  Essentially, the body awareness and improved self-image you attain with Pilates will probably do more to help win the battle of the bulge than crash dieting and obsessive exercising will.

Is it true athletes do Pilates?

Despite its slow, careful movements, Pilates is not for wimps!  Pro athletes like NHL player Eddie Belfour, NBA star Kobe Bryant, and tennis pro Martina Navratilova benefit from using STOTT PILATES equipment and instruction.  The STOTT PILATES method places importance on core stability and rebalancing the muscles making them work more efficiently.  This helps prevent injury and improves athletic ability.

Can I practise Pilates at home?

For a long time, Pilates was taught one-on-one, almost exclusively.  Today the options are greater; you can work with an Instructor, Personal Trainer, attend group classes or even work at home.  STOTT PILATES has the world’s largest library of Pilates DVD’s with more than 170 award-winning titles.  The collection offers workout options for every skill and ability, from beginners to instructors.  Find their complete line of DVDs at www.merrithew.com.