Who should do Pilates?

Pilates can be beneficial for virtually all ages, fitness levels and body conditions and can be adapted, modified and customized for individual needs.

What are the benefits of Pilates?
  • improved tone, core strength, balance, and posture;
  • increased flexibility of the spine, arms and legs;
  • improved bone density and joint health;
  • enhanced mental awareness as well as coordination of the body and mind;
  • expanded lung capacity and circulation;
  • positive body awareness
What should I look for in a qualified Pilates Instructor?

Ideally your Pilates instructor should be certified through a recognized, comprehensive Pilates training program comprised of lectures, observation, practice, hands-on apprenticing plus written and practical examinations. ROMANA’S PILATES® is the most widely recognized, rigorous, and highly regarded certification program available. Every instructor is required to complete at least 600 hours of training and apprenticeship and must pass rigorous written and practical examinations at all levels of Pilates mat work and apparatus. Certification must be maintained through yearly continuing education seminars where CPE credits are earned.

What should I wear?

We recommend that you wear loose fitting clothing that will allow you to move freely. Men please wear underwear to avoid exposure. Most students usually train in socks or bare feet. PLEASE, leave the perfume, lotion, and jewelry at home! We have a significant investment in our equipment and want to keep it in top condition.

What is the difference between “Core” training and Pilates?

“Core” training, refers to isolating and contracting the body’s abdominal muscles. Pilates strengthens stretches and balances the entire body with all of the movement initiated and controlled from the development of the body’s center which is referred to as the ‘Powerhouse’. The Powerhouse is made up of all of the abdominal, back, and gluteal muscles. Learning to engage these muscles properly through Pilates is the key to a strong core and balanced body.

How often should I do Pilates?

5-10 private sessions with a qualified instructor are highly recommended initially. The student must understand how to do the exercises correctly and engage the Powerhouse properly to gain the full benefit from the method and prevent injuries. Thereafter we suggest two-three times per week (in any combination of private session and small group classes) for best results.

What if I am overweight?

Pilates is a wonderful program for those who are starting or already engaged in a weight loss program. You will learn to control, center and balance your body through discovering and engaging your Powerhouse. This will result in being able to move your body in more fluid motion utilizing your muscles rather than stressing your joints. Practiced consistently, Pilates will strengthen and tone your body and likely result in a drop in size.

Will I lose weight through Pilates?

Pilates exercise is not typically a cardiovascular workout and burning calories is not its main focus. However, in conjunction with a sensible diet and some cardio work such as brisk walking, cycling, aerobics, etc. Pilates can be an important adjunct to any weight loss program. As your Powerhouse gets stronger and your body becomes toned you will notice the difference in your body. As Joseph Pilates said, “In 10 sessions you will feel the difference, in 20 you will see the difference, in 30 you’ll have a whole new body.”


Touchstone Pilates
250 Mt. Lebanon Blvd., Suite 413
Pittsburgh PA 15234

tel: 412-344-5050
email: info@touchstonepilates.com

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