What is Pilates?

What is Pilates?

You may have heard the term Pilates and that it might be good for you.

But do you know what it actually is and what it entails?

I thought it would be a good idea to put together a bit of information about what Pilates is. 

So in this article I am going to go through some of the benefits of practicing Pilates and who would benefit.

I’m also going to explain what to expect from our classes, using frequently asked questions.

Pilates is a gentle exercise method, which lengthens and strengthens the muscles. The exercises performed improve the mobility of the spine and other joints and improve your posture, flexibility and core strength.

Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors and Doctors all recommend Pilates as one of the safest forms of exercise available.

What Are The Benefits of Pilates?

  • A stronger core resulting in a stronger, healthier back
  • Increased flexibility
  • Better posture
  • Improved mobility
  • Increased muscle tone
  • Better co-ordination and balance
  • Greater body awareness
  • Reduces the risks of injury
  • Aids in rehabilitation after injury or surgery
  • Relief from stress
  • A sense of calm and well-being

Who Would Benefit From Attending Pilates?

Can I do Pilates if I have medical conditions such as Arthritis, Fibromyalgia and Osteoporosis?

Pilates is a great exercises method that helps you manage your medical conditions. Exercises focus on increasing your mobility and flexibility so helps you move more freely and easily and helps ease your pain.

I’m a complete beginner – will Pilates classes be suitable for me as I’ve never done it before?

Yes, all our classes are suitable for mixed abilities. 

So it doesn’t matter whether you are a beginner or you’ve been practicing for years. 

We teach all exercises in a clear, well explained way giving you different levels and options to choose from.

Will I be able to do Pilates if I struggle to get down to the floor?

Yes, you’ll be fine. We teach you a few ways that will help you safely get down to the floor and back up at the end of the class. These techniques will help you manage the transition easily whilst at home too.

If the techniques are not for you we can also teach you from a standing or seated position. Some of our customers have started this way and progressed to being able to get down to the floor as their confidence and strength grows.

Will Pilates make my back pain worse?

No, regular practice helps ease your back pain and helps you move more freely and easily.

Strengthening your core muscles and improving your posture is key to getting rid of your back pain and this is done through our classes.

Is Pilates mainly for Women?

When Joseph Pilates created his unique form of exercise 60% of his clientele were men. Not only is it excellent at rehabilitating injuries it can also aid in developing athletic ability, stamina and specific training goals.  Many top level athletes are now incorporating Pilates into their training.  They realise that when their core muscles are stronger their arms and legs perform much better at their chosen discipline. 

Everyone can benefit from Pilates so No it’s not just for the women.


Can you do Pilates when you are pregnant?

Yes, Pilates is suitable for pregnant women, since it is a low-impact form of exercise that strengthens the back, stomach and pelvic floor muscles.

In fact, many women first discover Pilates when they are pregnant or have just given birth.  Some exercises will have to be modified in certain phases of your pregnancy but your instructor will guide you accordingly.

What You Need To Know About Attending A Pilates Class

How long is a Class?

Our Pilates Classes last 60 minutes. Please arrive 5minutes prior to the class start time to ensure you’re ready to start on time.

What clothing is suitable to wear?

Anything comfortable but try to avoid extremely baggy clothing as it’s better if the instructor can see your body alignment. Wear loose clothing, such as a T-shirt with leggings or tracksuit bottoms or gym wear. Classes are performed either in socks or bare foot, so doesn’t matter about footwear.

What do I need to bring along to class?

You just need a Pilates/Yoga mat and a drink of water

How do I start?

The best way to start your Pilates journey is to book on our 21 day Pilates programme. 

This is an introductory programme that allows you access to one class a week over 3 weeks at our Pilates studio in Sheffield or Live online via Zoom.

You also get unlimted access to On-Demand Pilates workouts that you can practice at home between classes.

When you join this programme you will complete a profile on our membership system Team Up, where you will be asked to complete a health questionnaire, contact details and payment details. You then go to the class timetable and book on the day and time that suits.

The timetable is flexible so you can choose a different day and time each week or stick to the same class.

You can also access your On-Demand workouts through your Team Up account.

We will also send you an invite to our Facebook Group. In this group we share daily tips and advice on how to improve your health and wellbeing.

Hope you found the information useful and you had all your possible questions answered. For more info including other blogs and videos that you might find useful plus our customer reviews check out our website www.newhealthybody.co.uk

Are you ready to start your journey to reducing your aches and pains and improving your posture and core strength?

Click on the link below for more information about our 21day Pilates programme including our class timetable and price.