Because it's fun and a very different kind of workout than most others!
The emphasis is on precisely controlled movements, using your own body and simple resistance from springs. This builds core strength and isolates muscles in very specific ways. Many people who try it for the first time say, "Wow, I can feel muscles I never even knew I had!" Over time, this leads to a great feeling of overall wellness and inner strength, both literally and figuratively.
What's all that equipment? I did Pilates before and we just used a mat.
There are a few different methods to doing Pilates exercises. One way includes using specialized equipment, such as the reformer, to get very controlled movements and focus. Another way to apply the Pilates principles is to exercise on mats. Mat Pilates is often done in larger group classes.
At Definition Pilates, we feel that the specialized equipment and concentrated attention from an instructor lead to a much more enjoyable and impactful session. This also helps to keep things interesting and enables us to adapt challenges to the abilities and growth of each individual.
If you've never tried Pilates in this kind of environment, this is your opportunity! Remember, at Definition Pilates, the first session is always free as we want people to have a chance to try this wonderful exercise program.
I've never done Pilates before. How will I know if I like it?
The easiest way is to try! We love to introduce people to Pilates, which is why our first session is always free. If you find you don't enjoy it, then there's no obligation to continue. But we bet that you'll get as hooked on it as we are.
Why is this called Pilates?
The system was originally developed by Joseph Pilates around the time of the First World War. He was looking to create a system of physical exercise that would strengthen the whole body in a balanced way. His emphasis was on controlled movements. One of the early areas he found success was in working with war veterans, as the system could be very tailored to the individual's specific limitations.
It grew in popularity especially as it was adopted by dancers, who wanted to increase their strength and endurance without building bulk. It's now practiced worldwide by an estimated 11 million people.
What should I wear?
Most people are comfortable in an exercise top and capri or longer, fitted pants. We generally avoid really baggy clothes as it makes it more difficult to coach proper form. Socks with "grippy" treads are highly recommended.