FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO YOU FOLLOW GOVERNMENT GUIDELINES IN REGARDS TO COVID 19 AND HAVE YOU GOT RISK ASSESSMENT FOR THE DIFFERENT SERVICES?
Yes, I do adhere to the EMD and CIMPSA guidelines, which follow government guidelines in regards to coronavirus and precautions all fitness professionals should take to protect their clients and themselves. You can contact me for specific risk assessment regarding the service you are interested in. For private classes, I teach in clients' home or garden and wear a PPE visor and follow hygiene guidelines. Clients are asked to use their own mats and any small equipment they have. If they want to use my equipment, we only use equipment which can be cleaned thoroughly after every use. Before each session we go through self screening questions, which identify any symptoms which would not allow for class to take place.
HOW IS PILATES DIFFERENT TO YOGA?
There are a lot of similarities. They are both low impact, body weight resistance workouts. In Yoga the emphasis is on flexibility. You get into positions which stretch certain muscles and hold poses, using breathing to deepen the stretch. In Pilates, the emphasis is on strengthening muscles around the joints and creating a stable foundation for movement. Like in Yoga, Pilates exercises require a lot of isometric muscle contraction to stabilise the body, improving length and tone of all muscle groups. Pilates might be better for those with limited flexibility as the range of motion in exercises requires less flexibility. It can also suit people recovering from injury, those wanting to improve their posture and core strength.
WILL I LOSE WEIGHT DOING PILATES?
On its own, Pilates won't help you shed much weight. Being a body weight strength training, it does not burn as many calories as more cardiovascular exercise, though in a more dynamic class, you can burn as many calories as a 30 minute run. Losing weight is very much about balancing your calorie intake and outake, so a nutritionally balanced diet combined with a mix of different types of exercise is most effective in helping to lose weight.
I HAVE NEVER DONE PILATES. CAN I JOIN ONE OF YOUR GROUP CLASSES?
There are beginners and beginners. Some clients have never done Pilates, but are physically active and have good level of body awareness, which is very important aspect of Pilates. Other clients may be coming back to fitness after a longer break and not have the level of fitness or mobility which will allow for joining mixed ability classes. If you are a beginner please get in contact so we can find the best way forward for you - the best course of action is likely an initial private session, which would assess your personal requirements, abilities and limitations before confirming if you can join the mixed ability group class.
WHAT IS THE CLASS'S LEVEL OF INTENSITY?
It really depends on what you are looking for and what level of fitness you are. Performing the exercises correctly is challenging but not necessarily energetic. The emphasis is on muscle activation and there is a lot of isometric contraction (muscle tensing to stabilise different body parts rather than create a movement). So when learning fundamentals the focus is on slow and precise. You are likely to feel the burn, but possibly not raise your heart rate too much. Once you are familiar with the basics and we progress with difficulty of movements, we can add more dynamic routines which are likely to raise your heart rate, bring out some sweaty glow and make you feel the burn. Wednesday night class currently on Zoom is the most dynamic of the classes with highest cardio workout. Private sessions vary depending on the requirements, limitations and personal goals.
HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER A CLASS?
Hopefully you will feel absolutely amazing! At the very beginning you may feel slightly overwhelmed. There are so many cues, so many things to think about, body parts to pay attention to. Concentration is key, so you may feel a bit mentally exhausted. Physically, you will feel longer and stretched out. With time you will notice your body getting stronger and will learn to be more aware of your posture and the correct movement patters will become second nature.