Pilates is an exercise system developed by Joseph Pilates in the 1920’s to help train muscles, increase flexibility and improve overall health. Pilates works by strengthening the deep postural muscles from the inside out.
Pilates focuses on engaging the mind with the body to create exercises that also involve the whole body. Pilates works several muscle groups simultaneously through smooth, continuous motion. Core strength and spinal alignment is emphasized by targeting the muscles of the spine, abdomen, pelvis, hips. It also helps to rebalance the body, increase flexibility, and relieve unwanted stress and tension.
The focus of Pilates is on quality of movement rather than quantity. Every exercise is performed with control and precision and attention to the breath, proper form and technique.
Pilates also takes a balanced approach so that no muscle group is overworked. The exercises are very safe, low impact and appropriate for every age and fitness level. You’ll feel invigorated rather than exhausted after a class.
Exercises can be performed on a mat and/or on specially designed equipment and includes exercises for every part of the body. We at TPS utilize the Mat Pilates Techniques.
The Open Mat Pilates Class is designed for everyone! We’ll teach you the fundamentals of the Pilates mat techniques, focusing on strengthening and stretching core muscles, upper and lower body conditioning, different breathing techniques and integrations of other body-mind techniques. Students work at their own level and capacity.
While our instructor will make every effort to provide individual attention to each student in class, privates or semi-private group training allows our instructor the chance to focus exclusively on your unique strengths and weaknesses to better maximize your results.
See 1-on-1 Personal Training for more details or call TPS at 617-387-5998 for rates and packages.
Personal training is offered to current TPS members, but those considering the gym are welcome to arrange a consultation with a coach any time.
Is Pilates right for me?
Pilates is right for everyone! Whether you are strong or weak, flexible or inflexible, Pilates is a great fitness program and the perfect supplement to other types of training. It’s also ideal for rehabilitation from injury and is often recommended by doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors as a tool to aid in improving ambulatory/movement issues.
What should I wear?
Participants should wear comfortable, easy to move-in clothes.
What are the benefits of Pilates?
There are many benefits to Pilates including:
Do I need to be fit to take Mat Pilates?
Mat Pilates offers something for people of all fitness levels! Pilates is unlike any other form of exercise, especially its demands on the abdominals, so even those who are fit are often surprised at the effort it takes to correctly perform the various Pilates moves. Our instructors are adept at modifying all the movements to accommodate everyone from beginner to advanced.
Can I lose weight with Pilates alone?
Pilates is an integral part of a well-balanced program. You should do Pilates with your usual strength training and cardiovascular conditioning workouts to see optimal results. Feel free to speak with any one of our trainers on designing the best training program for your needs.
What is the difference between Mat Pilates and Reformer Pilates?
Mat Pilates is primarily a series of floor exercises that use your own body weight and gravity as resistance. By supporting your own body weight, it makes Mat Pilates more difficult. Mat Pilates is also the more common form of Pilates and perfect for beginners. On the other hand, The Reformer incorporates light spring resistance that works like concentric and eccentric muscle contractions while the weight of your body is supported by a system of straps for the arms and legs and the smooth movement of the machine.
Why are there so few repetitions of each exercise?
Pilates exercises were designed to work the body with precision and effectiveness, making additional repetitions unnecessary. Exercises can be effectively performed with as little as 3, 5 or 10 repetitions.
What is the difference between Yoga and Pilates?
Although some moves in Pilates developed from certain Yoga postures, the focus in Yoga is on flexibility while the focus in Pilates is on strength (core strength). Pilates is a complicated system of effective but gentle, whole-body conditioning and corrective exercises. Pilates focuses on cultivating core strength in the body and lengthening the spine while Yoga aims to work the body equally and unite the body with mind and spirit.
In Yoga, you tend to move from one static position to another and fill your stomach with breath, whereas in Pilates the aim is to pull your stomach in, find your posture, and then challenge the body by moving limbs. Yoga is also a lifestyle, in addition to being an exercise. It is known as the path to both physical and mental well-being and it includes everything from physical postures and healthy diet to breathing, relaxation and meditation skills.
Pilates class is free with your membership (lessons are charged at personal training rates).