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Pilates Reformer ClassPilates is a method of exercise and physical movement designed to strengthen, stretch and balance the body without stressing the joints.

In addition to being a fun & efficient total-body workout, the benefits of Pilates include:

  • Fun and Efficient, Total-Body Workout
  • Improves Core Strength
  • Creates Muscular Strength without Bulk
  • Develops Long, Lean & Balanced Muscles
  • Improves Posture, Both Seated & Standing
  • Increases Energy
  • Increases Flexibility, Balance & Body Awareness
  • Improves Concentration, Lung Capacity & Circulation
  • Restores Efficient & Healthy Movement Patterns
  • Decreases Stress on Joints while Working Out
  • Adaptable to Many Fitness Levels & Needs

General FAQ

I use Pilates books DVD’s at home, why should I take lessons at a studio?

Books and videos can be good tools to help you remember what you’re doing. However, nothing can replace the eye of a qualified and experienced Pilates teacher to help you understand the exercises and find the right muscles to do each exercise correctly. Books and videos will show you the basics of the exercises, but won’t help you become aware of the ways you’re cheating, or help to identify your bad habits and assist you in correcting them. Also, not every exercise is for every person. Following exactly what’s on a video may be dangerous for your body. Just doing Matwork is only half of the system. You will miss out on half the benefits Pilates has to offer. Use of both the Pilates equipment and mat exercises is the ideal and best way to utilize the Pilates system.

A qualified Pilates teacher can help you:

  • Find the right muscles to get the most benefit from the exercises
  • Learn how to modify or tweak the exercises for your body to be in safest position
  • Identify which exercises are appropriate for your body and which exercises, if any, you should avoid
What formal training or certifications should I look for from an instructor?

Since there is no licensing for Pilates instructors, certification programs can range from one week-end to two year courses. At Reform & Ride, our instructors have or are working towards the highest certification available through organizations such as Peak Pilates®, Comprehensive Certified Instructor. Instructors are required to complete over 500 hours of workshops, observed teaching, anatomy training, workouts, testing and evaluations.

What is the difference between using the Pilates equipment and matwork?

The Pilates Matwork is actually the most difficult part of the method, because you have to do all the work to stabilize and support your body. The Pilates equipment place the body in a non-weight bearing position, taking stress and pressure off your joints while strengthening and stretching the body. Working with the Pilates equipment helps strengthen the body to better support and use the right muscles for doing Pilates Matwork. If you have injuries, medical concerns, or any doubts about your safe participation in “group” Pilates classes, it would be best to begin with individual training and use of the equipment to ensure your safe participation and help you get the most benefit possible from working out with the Pilates system. Ideally, all participants should do both Mat and equipment training during their Pilates workouts.

How do I get started with Pilates if I have never tried it before?
Our Pilates classes require experience.  Please contact us so we can recommend the appropriate Pilates level class. Beginners should start with Pilates 101. Most students are ready to join Pilates Level 1 class after taking the introductory package – PILATES 101.  Contact the studio at 972-576-7337 to schedule PILATES 101.
How often should I do Pilates to see results?

According to Joseph Pilates, “You will feel better in 10 sessions, look better in 20 sessions, and have a completely new body in 30 sessions.”

We recommend that you participate in at least 2 hours of Pilates a week.  Safe and consistent practice will maximize your results.

Pilates Principles

Pilates Principle #1: Concentration

Because Pilates focuses on the natural connection between your mind and body, it encourages intense concentration. At any point during the exercises, you should be intensely focused on how your body reacts to them.  According to Pilates, performing the exercises by rote memory dilutes their potency. Deep concentration helps your body and mind work in unison.

Pilates Principle #2:  Breathing

According to Joseph Pilates, proper breathing is crucial to long-lasting health. He claimed that blood circulation was closely linked to breathing. Specifically, deep inhalation and complete exhalation helped the blood’s circulation remove waste gases from your body. Further, he insisted that you could not achieve full inhalation without forcing the air from your body through focused exhalation. Like any exercise, breathing should be done with control and precision, helping you to hone your concentration while performing your entire routine.

Pilates Principle #3: Control

Consistent with the other principles, Pilates encourages absolute control when performing the exercises. Each breath and movement of your limbs should be devoid of sloppiness. Joseph Pilates believed that controlled muscle movement was the key to leveraging your muscles’ development. Rather than focusing on the number of times an exercise was performed, he felt it was more worthwhile to maintain the proper form through absolute muscular control.

Pilates Principle #4: Precision

The Pilates exercises encourage an economy of movement. There are few moves without a purpose. Because of this, the exercises should be performed with precision. The alignment of your body, the direction your limbs point and your breathing throughout influence the efficiency of your body.

Pilates Principle #5: Centering

Joseph Pilates relentlessly promoted the idea that your body’s energy and vitality sprung from what he called the “powerhouse.” This powerhouse included the lower back, the area under the lower ribs, the abdomen and the hips. Today, most people refer to this area as the core muscles. An important component of the Pilates system, developing core muscle strength is critical to moving with efficiency, energy and balance.

Pilates Principle #6: Flow

The last of the 6 guiding principles of Pilates, each exercise in the program should be done in a flowing movement. Doing so helps the body and mind tap into the energy emanating from the core (or “powerhouse”) and allows it to flow evenly throughout the body to the extremities. Flow is considered the cornerstone of Joseph Pilates’ idea that the body should move naturally with grace and balance.


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