(Closed) Pilates question

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

ohhh! thanks for asking this! I’ve been wondering also

Post # 4
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I do pilates once a week.  I don’t use the machine, just a mat, stability ball, and a tube.

Post # 6
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I dont do it anymore simply for lack of time but i LOVE it! i never used the machines when i did it. its so good for you and will really sculpt your body.

Post # 7
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I take class on Wednesday nights. i hated it the first and second classes but then was like “oooo i love it!” Its a little awkward at first if you aren’t used to those types of work outs.

I always take a mat class but have always wanted to take a REformer class. They’re harder though, and quite expensive. Sometimes our mat class has stretchy bands or weights that we use, too. It just depends on what she wants to do. It’s offered by my gym for free, though =]

I’ve done a few at home dvds—10 minute pilates is the one i have. But it’s kinda boring to do it at home.

Post # 8
159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I was taking pilates 5 nights a week when I was “home” (Fi and I are LDR, and I’m at his house for this month).  

I did mat pilates and and really enjoyed it.  We used the resistance ring for some exercises, but most were exercises that relied on your own body to act as the “weight.”  I think it is a great workout, great for toning, very low impact (so if you are looking to shed pounds fast you might with to do some cardio before or after).

Unfortunately I can’t recommend a good DVD, I’ve been looking for one myself! I would say, definitely take a few classes at the gym or something so that you can learn proper body form!

Good Luck!

Post # 9
92 posts
Worker bee

I love pilates!  I do one reformer class each week, + i spinning/cycle class at the gym, and 1 body pump (weights) class.  I can’t recommend pilates highly enough.  It’s the highlight of my day and because I look forward to it so much and enjoy it, I’m never tempted to skip it and go straight home instead.  You really have to concentrate on your body, so I find it quite relaxing. It engages the mind-body connection and you use all these little muscles you never knew you had!  Much, much harder than a weights workout at the gym.  

The most important thing is to find a good studio.  I used to do mat pilates at my local gym and liked it, and then I started going to a good studio with STOTT pilates trained instructors.  It was a completely different experience.  Your spinal alignment is really important in pilates and you have to have an instructor who knows what they’re doing.  Also, reformer pilates is TOUGH.  I do a 45 min class and am dripping sweat by the end.  The pilates classes I did at the gym weren’t hard enough and don’t make you puff and sweat. You have to challenge yourself.

I’ve got much stronger and leaner since I started pilates, even though I had been going to the gym doing weights and cardio for about 3 years.  It’s changed my shape – my waist is more defined, my arms look more sculpted and my posture is better.   Go to youtube and type in ‘reformer pilates.’  This will give you an idea of the exercises.  Good luck! 

Post # 10
1585 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I do an hour class twice a week.  I LOVE Pilates!!!!  I feel much stronger and my posture is so much better.  (really good when you are in a wedding dress)  

I do not do Pilates with the machines, although I would like to.  My budget can only cover my gym and the Bikram Yoga that I do 3 times a week.  But if I could do a Pro Studio with Pilates and Bikram, I would be in heaven!!!

I have not found any Pilates DVD’s that I like… 🙁

Post # 11
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I swear by pilates! I can’t sing its praises enough. Specifically, the Reformer machine classes. I took one-hour classes twice a week last summer for 2-3 months and it gave me beautiful muscle tone. I was dieting religiously also and alternated pilates-days with cardio-days, but the reformer toned my flabby arms, which have always been the hardest thing for me to work on. Of course, your abs will get nice and trim too, and by a pretty low-impact way.

When I initially started reformer classes, I had a more Stott-style instructor. Last summer, I had a more classical-style instructor, and while I was a bit thrown off with the lack of emphasis on pelvic placement, I think the classical style worked best with me (based on results).

Post # 12
24 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

Pilates is great! Nothing else gets the abs like it does! I do it once a week, but think at least 2ce would be a lot more effective (my gym only has the great lady in once a week). I only use the mat, a thick and thin block, and a stretchy band. I plan on doing lots of Pilates between now and W Day!

Post # 13
2201 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I love Pilates and have never had the funds to do a reformer class, so I stick with the mat. And the best thing? once you figure out what’s going on, you can totally do it on your own at home!

Post # 14
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Pilates is awesome!!! I am a Pilates instructor, and I have seen extreme changes within myself having gone through my comprehensive training on all the apparatus/matwork (compared to taking classes as a student)…I seriously LOVE it!!!

The matwork and apparatus (reformer, wunda chair, cadillac, spine correcter, ladder barrel, etc) all have what’s called their own “classical” repertoire. but from what i have seen, there are quite a few exercises within each that are called different names within each repertoire, but are essentially the same exercise if not similar exercise…and you will also see that some exercises (the hundreds) for example are a staple within most of the repertoires.

On its own, matwork is awesome (with props!! magic circle, etc.) but the apparatus classes really complement the matwork nicely…you will see your strength in mat class improve drastically by adding even just one reformer class per week.

I will have to look and see what good DVD’s there are out there, there were a couple we were were allowed to watch and use as observation hours since it was such a well put together DVD…ill get back to you with the name!!

Post # 15
1049 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1998

I take a 1 hr. Pilates mat class once a week. I LOVE it. I’d do it every day if I could, but my schedule doesn’t really allow it.

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