Ilkley Pilates

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What should I wear?

Comfortable clothes that you can move freely in.  Jogging bottoms, leggings and t-shirts are great. If you wear shorts, fitted or slightly longer ones are best.  No footwear is required. Socks are optional – if you choose to wear them then toe socks are best!.

Do I need to bring any equipment?

No.  All equipment, such as mats and blocks, are provided by Ilkley Pilates. (However, you can, of course, bring your own mat and a small hand towel to put on the blocks if you prefer.)

Do I have to be fit to do Pilates?

No.  Pilates is suitable for people of all levels of fitness, including those being rehabilitated from injury or illness, or post operative. Pilates is a low impact method of exercise that can gently raise the fitness levels of someone with poor mobility, aches and pains or an injury, and equally challenge someone very fit.  However, as with any exercise programme it’s advisable to seek advice from your GP, physiotherapist or other health professional if you have any health concerns, such as a health condition or an injury.

Am I too old for Pilates?

No.  The really great thing about Pilates is that it can be adapted and modified for the individual so is suitable for people of all ages and abilities.  Classes can cater for people from 16 to 106!

Can men do Pilates?

A definite, Yes!  Pilates was originally designed by a man for men.  Men are increasingly taking up Pilates as a means of complimenting their sport or helping alleviate the symptoms of muscle pain or joint ache.

Can I injure myself doing Pilates?

Pilates is a gentle, low impact method of exercise. Injuries are uncommon. However, it’s important that you find a qualified teacher and a class suitable to your level.  If you don’t exercise already or you’re recovering from injury, it’s advisable to check with your GP, a health professional and the Pilates teacher before starting a class.

 What is this “core” thing I hear so much about? 

The ‘core’ does not simply mean the abdominals, and cannot be strengthened by doing lots of crunches!  Instead, the core is made up of deep muscles in the torso which are vital for maintaining good posture and balance, especially during movement.  If these muscles are weak then other muscles compensate leading to injuries, imbalances and those niggling aches and pains.  Pilates concentrates on muscles around the shoulders, back, abdomen, hips, buttocks, and pelvic floor to help create a strong and flexible body.

When can I expect to see results?

Pilates may initially seem very simple or even minimal – perhaps involving just the lifting of an arm or the sliding of a leg away from the body.  However, it is important to lay good foundations to ensure that the body is moving correctly and without risk of injury.  Once the basics have been mastered the practice of Pilates develops so that those who persist see more benefits, such as a flexible and pain-free back.  However, even those who have only attended a couple of classes with Ilkley Pilates mention that they feel they are walking taller with their shoulders gently drawn down into their back pockets!

Can Pilates help me lose weight?

Whilst Pilates on its own is not an effective activity for losing weight, it can support weight loss and give a more toned and streamlined appearance. If you want to lose weight you should combine Pilates with a healthy diet and some aerobic activity, such as swimming, walking or cycling.

Does Ilkley Pilates provide mat or Reformer classes?

Ilkley Pilates provides mat classes but uses small pieces of equipment such as resistance bands, foam rollers and Pilates balls.

What’s the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

Both Pilates and Yoga focus on developing strength, balance, flexibility, posture and good breathing technique.  Yoga has a spiritual side that Pilates does not. The main components of yoga are postures and breathing.  Pilates also uses breathing, but its exercises focus on movement.  If time permits, there is no reason not to practice both.



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