Pilates is similar to yoga
This seems to be the most common misconception
about Pilates. Absolutely not true! Not only are the exercises completely different
and the breathing may be opposite as well! Yoga does not equal Pilates. Period.
Come find out for yourself! We offer both at Spring as well as a Yoga/Pilates
Fusion class that melds the best of both worlds.
Pilates is easy-especially mat classes
Mat classes, when done effectively and
safely, are the most difficult form of Pilates exercise. Building abdominal strength
is the focus of much of the mat work. Utilizing your own body weight and
resistance is a great challenge. Adding specific breathing, choreography and
control to the mix and you have yourself a challenging and rewarding workout.
Ironically enough, the majority of Pilates equipment was created to help a person
learn the correct way to perform mat exercises! Spring Pilates emphasizes
building strength at your own pace so a mixed level mat class is a great way to
start your Pilates experience.
You need to be flexible to take Pilates
No way! You will definitely gain flexibility
as you progress. Guaranteed. But even those of you that are the least flexible
should be able to perform the exercises. Pilates is about strengthening the core
as well as stretching your muscles.
All Pilates is the same
There are many different types of Pilates teaching
methods! There are classical as well as modern approaches to the "original"
repertoire. The majority of methods today emphasize core strength and uphold
the integrity of Joseph and Clara Pilates. However, there are definitely those
whose teachings fuse other methodologies--even martial arts! Spring Pilates
Wellness Center does not espouse one method over another. There are only a
select handful of people that have the knowledge, experience and education to
make that call. That being said, we definitely fall into the category of a
contemporary approach to the original repertoire!
Pilates does not emphasize strength training
Many believe that you can only
build muscle through weight training. We don't dispute that fact! Weight training is
absolutely essential. However, Pilates is great in that it builds muscle
development through a unique series of exercises that strengthens the core. If
you've ever seen a Master Pilates instructor, they are pure muscle. Balance is
Pilates is for women
There is definitely a stronger female presence in the world
of Pilates. Mostly due to the misconceptions listed here. But that is definitely
changing! Elite male athletes are taking Pilates regularly. Psst... including
football players, golfers and more!
Pilates is only for the rich and famous
Not anymore. Spring Pilates Wellness
Center's motto is: Accessible, Affordable, Attainable. We keep our prices
competitive because we strongly believe that everyone should be able to take
Pilates, whether it be in a group setting or a private lesson. Great instruction for a
Pilates instructors are similar/same as physical/rehabilitation therapists
Absolutely not true. While good instructors should have a solid anatomy
background and basic working knowledge of the various functions of most
muscles of the human body, they are not, under any circumstances,
replacements or substitutions for physical/rehabilitaion specialists. Spring Pilates
definitely welcomes the opportunity to work with your specialist or physician
though! It is true that many regular Pilates practioners often find that certain
pains becomes alleviated when practicing Pilates regularly. Please consult with
your physician before doing any physical fitness activity. And always listen to
your own body!