FAQ

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We’re all on our own path, and Pilates can get us there with a little guidance. Sometimes one form of exercise can take us where we want to go, and yet, over time, become tedious due to its repetitive nature. Personally, I found that out with respect to typical gym workouts. From 18 to 35, I worked out in a gym and pretty much did the same workout constantly. I wanted to find something that kept my muscles strong and my body limber. Perhaps not finding the answer led me to create a workout that merged the best of both worlds. Athletic Pilates is perfect for anyone looking to increase or maintain their strength and muscular development.

Don’t confuse athletic Pilates with weightlifting, bodybuilding, or powerlifting. These forms of exercise place too much strain on the body. The athletic Pilates workout is designed to develop balanced muscles along with proper core control. You’ll discover you can use the Reformer in limitless ways to build strength while adhering to Pilates principles.

The answer is yes! Relying on only one form of exercise is a limited approach to fitness. I encourage everyone to get outside and walk. Walking is underrated as a healthy form of exercise. Google the benefits to walking and hopefully you’ll add it to your daily routine. I’m a big fan of discovering what makes you happy. Swimming, biking, hiking, or simply stretching can possibly have a helpful effect on your athletic Pilates classes. Get out and enjoy life. Incorporate as many different forms of exercises that positively influence your body and mind.

Classical Pilates adheres to the original repertoire as designed by Joseph Pilates. Each exercise is in a series and generally strict flow. Typically, modifications are not offered and each student is encouraged to develop control as they progress. The classes are taught the same each time, with each exercise always done in the same order.

Athletic Pilates focuses on building strength while emphasizing proper form rather than increasing load. Classical Pilates can be thought of as a form of exercise that focuses more on body awareness, control of each movement, and flow.

Athletic Pilates incorporates many of the original Pilates exercises, but they’re used as a foundation to provide flexibility and range of motion to support muscular development. Much of the athletic Pilates principles follow the classical approach, but with the added information of modern scientific research and proper biomechanics.

When I’m asked this question, I always tell my students to take the principles of movement they’ve learned in their athletic Pilates class with them to the gym and see how they can 100% apply those to other forms of exercise. Basically, human movement is the same whether you’re in a Pilates studio, a gym, or traveling and exercising in your hotel room. It’s up to you to keep the teaching concepts fresh in your mind so that you can learn to incorporate them when you’re not in class. Be proactive and discover how traveling doesn’t mean you can’t take your athletic Pilates with you.

I’m always telling my students that if I’m doing my job correctly, they should be able to walk out the door, get into their car, and go on with their day without falling back into unhealthy movement or poor posture habits. I tell them that the second they get home or to the office, they have to make the conscious effort to move the same way they do when they’re in class. I want each student to know that when they step over the threshold into the real world, it’s their responsibility to remember everything they’ve been taught and apply it to their day. If you, as a teacher, have instilled this in each student’s mind, it’s just that simple!

Your job as a teacher is to know every student’s injuries or limitations. It’s vital to understand what contraindications exist, how to apply variations to some exercises, and which to avoid altogether. I recommend studying and taking the Pilates Method Alliance test, which offers an overview of Pilates and contraindications. Remember that overstretching, hyperextension, and compression to injured joints must be avoided. For further information on safety practices and understanding contraindications, find a continuing education course to provide you with the knowledge.

Absolutely, but keep the tension manageable. Done properly and with guidance, athletic Pilates can help kids build strong and well-balanced muscles, setting a foundation for healthy movement they can take with them for their entire life. Kids enrolled in sports activities will find they’ll learn proper movement techniques that will increase physical performance.

Kids can start as early as seven or eight. However, each individual is unique and it’s always important to check with their parent or guardian to see if athletic Pilates is right for them. Additionally, it’s important to check with each child’s doctor to inquire if it’s okay to begin a strength training program. Again, knowing every student’s health status is paramount. Whether your student is a child or an adult, it’s your job to know what they’re capable of and what they need to avoid. With kids, always remember these important concepts: 1. Teach them to ask questions and to constantly check in with you on what they feel. 2. Make sure they have a proper warm-up and cool-down. 3. Keep it light. No need to stress out their developing body with heavy loads that can damage it.

As with any form of exercise that involves muscular development, every individual is unique. Learning your protein intake is extremely important. Remember to always space your protein intake throughout the day and to eat a well-balanced diet. Athletic Pilates causes you to expend more energy than traditional Pilates, and protein plays an important role in repairing and strengthening muscle tissue. While protein is crucial in building muscle mass, more isn’t always better. When determining your protein requirements, it’s best to consult a certified nutritionist to help you learn what’s necessary.


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