Pilates FAQ | Reformer Pilates Brisbane
What if I have never done Pilates before?
You can be a complete beginner to Pilates and Reformer Pilates to attend an any.BODY Pilates and Exercise Physiology Group Reformer Class. Elle will ensure she knows enough about your history with exercise and any injuries prior to attending class. With small group classes special attention can be paid to each individual, with specialised instruction and cues being delivered to assist with understanding and development. An instructional video will be sent you to prior to starting so you understand the basic fundamentals of how the reformer works so you aren't completely in the dark. any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology welcomes any.BODY from beginner to advanced.
Will Pilates help rehabilitate my injury?
As an Exercise Physiologist and qualified Pilates Instructor Elle is trained to assist you in rehabilitate an injury. If your injury is very acute (newly onset) she will have to conduct an initial consultation to assess your ability to partake in Group Reformer Classes. If your injury requires hands on rehabilitation private or semi private sessions will be recommended to assist with a more hands on delivery of personalized rehabilitation focused exercise.
Will Reformer Pilates be too hard for me? I am not flexible or strong!
Reformer Pilates is great for beginners as the reformer provides support via springs and also lots of props to hold onto - enabling you to have the correct technique. A lot of people think you have to be flexible to participate in Reformer Pilates however there are various levels of exercises and your instructor will give you modification and levels that is suited your specific ability. If you have weakened key muscles (core and gluteals are common weak areas) we can control how hard these muscles have to work by controlling the resistance in the reformer.
How often should I be doing Pilates?
The answer to this question will vary depending on the person. Elle will always recommend a sustainable option. For example, it is better to commit to 1 class per week and routinely attend than to try and commit to 3 classes and find yourself with muscle fatigue and dropping out of your routine. Research suggest that 2-3 times per week of strength training is sufficient to promote muscle growth.
What should I bring to my Reformer Pilates / Mat Pilates or Stretch classes?
At any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology we provide mats, towels and water complimentary to all members. Please just wear your normal yoga style pants (no short running shorts as you may get uncomfortable in wide legged positions). If you have a pare of grippy socks at home they will come in handy or just bring a normal pair of socks.
What facilities are provided at any.BODY Pilates & Exercise Physiology?
Credit Card and EFT Facilities are available in the studio. Health Fund Claims can also be processed onsite using the HICAPS terminal with only the gap payable. Toilets, filtered water, towels and parking is available for all members.
Do I need an assessment or Initial Consultation prior to attending a class?
Health Fund Rebates and Medicare Rebates are available with a GP Referral if you have an injury or chronic condition which exercise has proven to assist with. If this is the case it is recommended that Elle provides a full Initial Assessment in order to gain a thorough medical history and pre-assessment data prior to commencing a new routine. In this consultation she can carry out key assessments that will assist in measuring progress with key reviews put in place to ensure that you are taking steps in the right direction.
Will Pilates improve my Cardiovascular Fitness?
Pilates exercises are traditionally not considered cardiovascular because the body will rarely experience breathlessness during the exercises. However, with muscle loading, the circulatory and oxygen demand within the working muscles causes the body to require deeper breaths and increased breath rate. Therefore the harder the exercise and the larger the muscles being worked, the higher the oxygen demand is. You will find that certain exercises can encourage some slight increases in breathing rate and therefore, small amounts of increased cardiovascular fitness. It is important to continue walking/ running/ swimming/ cycling etc to maintain or improve cardiovascular fitness.
Does Pilates Help Osteoporosis?
Along with dietary and medical management of osteoporosis, resistance training is important in improving bone density and osteogenesis (bone building). This is achieved by placing the body under varying directions and amounts of load bearing to encourage bone growth or to maintain bone density. Pilates Exercises, especially those involving spring resistance, place multi-directional loads on the skeletal system to encourage this bone loading process. As an Exercise Physiologist Elle is are trained in osteoporosis management and will often include traditional “weights” exercises in programs of people diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia.