Beyond Fit FAQ

  • I’m new to Pilates. Anything I should know?

  • How is pilates different from other forms of exercise?

  • What are some of the benefits of Pilates?

  • What If I’m not flexible?

  • Is Pilates safe for me?

  • What if I’m pregnant?

  • Why stretch with Pilates when I can stretch on my own?

  • What should I wear to class? What should I bring?

  • How often should I practice?

  • Will I get individual attention?

  • What type of equipment do you use?

  • What is your cancellation policy?

I’m new to Pilates. Anything I should know?

Pilates is a progressive exercise method that strengthens while lengthening you. The beginner and intermediate work are gentle yet extremely effective. The advanced work is challenging and requires a great degree of shoulder and core strength, balance, and experience. You should always attend a class that is your pre-assessed skill level, to get the most out of it and to stay safe. Pilates is a great compliment to your already existing fitness routine or it can BE your fitness routine. Just remember, as with any fitness regimen, fitness and progression come with practice and consistency. You should be training your body at least 3-4 times a week with a combination of weight resistance, including Pilates, and cardio.

How is pilates different from other forms of exercise?

Pilates is intelligent exercise with profound results. It is mind and body conditioning with a repertoire of more than 500 systematic exercises that work the body gently but effectively. Pilates addresses the needs of everyone spanning from post-rehabilitation to the elite athlete. Pilates emphasizes concentration, control, centering, breathing, flow, and precision. Moving slowly, the focus is on quality, not quantity. The abdominal muscles, lower back, and buttocks serve as the center of all movement, allowing the rest of the body to move freely. This focus on core stabilization creates a stronger body from the inside out. The balance between strength and flexibility creates a healthy, vigorous, and symmetrical workout for all muscle groups resulting in a leaner, more balanced, and stronger body.

What are some of the benefits of Pilates?

No other method of exercise can do what Pilates can do for a body. Besides the flattened, toned abs that you will have no option but to develop, your entire body will lengthen, become more flexible, and get stronger. You will improve your balance, as balance is naturally built into so many of the exercises. Pilates helps to prevent injury and will rehabilitate you if you’ve sustained one. You will breathe deeply, increase your circulation, and reduce your stress. You will experience relief with back pain, become more body aware, and find that you are able to concentrate so much better throughout your day!

What If I’m not flexible?

It’s ok! You are not expected to be flexible when you first start Pilates. Since Pilates is a progressive practice, you will start with exercises that are more gentle and will slowly work on lengthening your muscles. Your instructor will know how to modify an exercise if you are particularly tight, until the muscle lengthens enough to be able to perform the movement with the ideal form.

Is Pilates safe for me?

Pilates is an incredibly safe, non-impact practice. You will begin your practice with an assessment so that your instructor will know how to program your private sessions or in what class level to place you. While performing the movements, your instructor will correct your form, resistance, range of motion, and sometimes the entire exercise if necessary, to keep you injury-free and moving forward in the work. It should be noted, however, that if you are under a doctor’s care for any recent injury or surgery that you should consult with your healthcare professional before you begin.

What if I’m pregnant?

With your doctor’s blessing, you can start and/or continue your Pilates practice all the way to delivery! Your instructor will modify your exercises so that you will never lie flat on your back once you’re into your fifth or sixth month or perform movements that might put you off-balance or overstretch your loosening hips. Toward the end of your pregnancy, if you are in a class, you will be asked to continue your Pilates in a private setting for very specific, late pregnancy exercises that are not only safe, but may help with the physicality and endurance required while you are in labor.

Why stretch with Pilates when I can stretch on my own?

At home or in the gym you are most likely passive stretching since you are using your body weight and/or gravity to pull a muscle into a longer state. Pilates utilizes “active-dynamic” stretching in its exercises. An “active” stretch is when you contract a muscle that is opposite to the muscle that you are trying to stretch, like tightening your quadriceps while you stretch your hamstrings. An “active-dynamic” stretch is when you contract the opposite performing muscle while moving the target muscle throughout its full range of motion without stopping. You’ll become more flexible more quickly with active-dynamic stretching and it will last longer.

What should I wear to class? What should I bring?

In many of the exercises, you will be upside down with your legs moving through the air. The last thing you want to do while in these positions is fight with your clothes! So think tight. On your lower half try exercise tights, yoga pants, or athletic spandex boxers under shorts for men. On your upper half, wear a longer, tighter exercise top. If you would prefer, layer a looser fitting top over the tighter one. It’s both trendy and less revealing!

How often should I practice?

You can practice Pilates nearly every day without overtraining, but for the best balance of your time, real progression, and budget, Pilates 2-3 times a week is just about perfect!

Will I get individual attention?

Of course, the most individualized attention you will receive is in a private session. If you are in a class, where there is a maximum of six reformers/students, you will still receive a great deal of attention. The instructor constantly moves around the room to watch students from all angles while verbally cueing the exercises, as well gently touching/nudging bodies to help fine-tune positions and form. Modifications for special issues are still made in classes, as long as the condition is not too great and the modification not too disruptive to the class flow.

What type of equipment do you use?

At Beyond Fit, we are STOTT PILATES™ certified instructors with STOTT PILATES™ brand equipment.

What is your cancellation policy?

A 24-hour notice is required to cancel a class or private session. If an urgent situation arises and you are not able to give a 24-hour notice, please still cancel through the MindBody scheduling system/app. MindBody will still charge you for this session, but then contact Cindy to schedule a makeup session so that you do not lose any money in the end. This makeup session should be completed within a month of the canceled class.

If you plan to leave Beyond Fit altogether, please give your instructor a 30-day cancellation notice through email or printed on paper.

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