What is Pilates like at your studio?

At Pure Pilates, we teach Joe Pilates’ traditional technique.  We do not believe in straying from or enhancing the original work.  It is rich, complex, sophisticated and effective.  Pilates reformer and mat are the foundation of the Pilates Method and a focus of the work done in the studio.  

Is Pilates really a “workout”?

Pilates is a vigorous workout.  At an advanced level, Pilates is a cardio workout.  People with healthy, injury-free bodies can expect to work hard.  Unlike traditional workouts, when the lesson is over, you will feel refreshed with renewed energy instead of broken down and worn out.

Do men take Pilates?

Joseph Pilates developed Pilates for men and not women.  He drew from his background as a wrestler, boxer, diver and personal trainer.

What can I expect from my first lesson?

A new Pilates student should start with two private lessons, one fundamental reformer and one fundamental mat.  These lessons are intended to build a foundation for success by introducing exercises with an emphasis on breath, abdominal support and pelvic/spinal alignment.  Clients will begin to understand their body and gently explore correct movement.

Plan to arrive 10 minutes early to complete a client intake form and liability release.  We will also spend time discussing your goals and how we can achieve them through Pilates. 

What do I wear?

Wear clothing you are comfortable moving in (fitness clothing, t-shirts, shorts).  When wearing shorts, you may feel more comfortable with a spandex short underneath.  Shoes are not worn during the lesson - either bare feet or socks.

How many times a week should I do Pilates?

It is entirely up to you.  The more you practice Pilates, the more benefit you will see in your body and other activities in your life.  Joe Pilates encouraged his students in Pilates beyond private sessions with himself or Clara, his wife.  Students came to their NY studio, picked up thier personalized card with recommended exercieses and worked-out on thier own in a supervised environment.  He also designed the Wunda Chair to be used in homes so Pilates could be practiced daily.

Many people enjoy 1 private and 1 class per week - others prefer 2 duets a week - others just mat classes.  Intermediate and advanced level students enjoy "Open Studio", designed for personal, supervised workouts. There are many options to meet your physical and financial needs.

What should I look for in a Pilates instructor?

As Pilates has become more popular, the market has been flooded with teacher certification programs. Some programs are more rigorous than others.  It is important to ask about the instructor's training and certifications to know if they are teaching the original work.  Pilates Method Alliance (PMA) certification is always recommended.

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient practice, developed in India 5000 years ago, which emphasizes the integration of mind, body and spirit.  It is a Hindu art, an integral part of Hinduism, that is meant to help one achieve a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility. The physical exercise component, asana, is only one of the “eight limbs” of yoga.  There are many types of yoga, each involving movement though postures or poses, controlled breathing and meditation. The goal is to achieve divine enlightenment - the union of the human soul with the Ultimate Being (yoga-insight.com). 

Pilates is a method of exercise.  German born athlete, Joseph Pilates, developed his method 80 years ago.  Traditional Pilates seeks to improve our physical and mental abilities to build strength, increase flexibility and improve circulation - all for optimal living and performance.  Joeph Pilates was influenced by the Eastern practices of controlled breathing, controlled movements and concentration as well as the Western use of resistance training.