Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What should I know about my Pilates Instructor?
A: Pilates has changed so much since many older instructors were certified in the 90's. Since the industry was highly unregulated at that time, the Pilates Method Alliance was created with the mission to protect the public by establishing certification and continuing education standards for Pilates professionals. Did your Pilates instructor complete a comprehensive training program of 500 hours or more? How long have they been teaching Pilates? And very Important, are they doing any continuing education to keep them from getting stuck in a rut with the same routine always and not using the equipment to its full potential? There are over 500 exercises on the Pilates Reformer alone!
Q: Is Pilates Right for me?
A: Pilates is for everyone, from young to old, sedentary to athletic. Pilates is for people who are strong or weak, flexible or inflexible. It is for pregnant women, great for rehabilitation from injury and is often recommended by doctors, physical therapists and chiropractors. Pilates can be used as a complete fitness program as well as a supplement to other methods of fitness or as a tool to educate the body to have better posture, or to move in a more effective way.
Q: How Often should I do Pilates?
A: Two to three times a week is recommended but not required. Like any other form of exercise, consistency is key, and it is helpful not to let too much time pass in order to remember the previous lesson and incorporate the information in your body. You will be happy at how you look and feel after just a few weeks.
Q: What Should I wear?
A: Dress comfortably so that your movement is free but try not to wear clothing too loose fitting. It is important that the instructor be able to observe your body as you move.
Q: What is a Pilates Duet (Semi-Private)?
A: A Duet is a Pilates lesson for two people and a Pilates Trio is 3 people. It is great for those who like working out with a friend or family member. A Duet works for people at all levels. .
Q: Can I Learn Pilates from a Video?
A: While you can learn the choreography of the Pilates exercises from a video, it is unlikely that you will be performing them correctly. A Certified Pilates teacher is there to help guide you through the exercises, focusing on form and breathing techniques.
Q: What is the difference between Pilates and other forms of Abdominal training techniques?
A: Pilates focuses on strengthening the deepest layers of abdominals which form a corset around your torso, while other forms of abdominal training focus only on the superficial layer of abs.
Q: How does Pilates differ from Yoga?
A: Joseph Pilates was inspired by both eastern and western forms while developing his method, so there are many similarities. The breathing is different and you are asked to pull your stomach in rather than allowing it to fill with breath. Pilates is also a quicker movement rather than the holding of postures that is Yoga. Destin Pilates Center loves both Pilates and Yoga.
Q:What is Aerial?
A: Aerial Arts is a physical art form consisting of dance and acrobatics that is performed on an fabric apparatus suspended in the air.
Are Aerial Arts safe? At a recreational level, with proper instruction, equipment, and supervision it is safe. We work to build up strength and coordination on the apparatuses. You will be learning on an individual, progressive basis, only moving forward when the instructor feels you are ready. We take safety very seriously. There are 2 inch mats underneath your apparatus. Aerial does inherently carry some danger due and students participate at their own risk.
If I don't have any upper body strength can I still participate? You can still join! We all have to start somewhere! Each exercise we do has a modification and you will receive highly individualized attention so that you can move at your own pace. You will be shocked at how quickly your body will begin to get stronger by doing aerial.
It's my very first time… what do I do? If it is your first time, we will place you in an Beginner Aerial Class where you will learn the basic moves as well as begin to build up your strength necessary for the next class level.
What do we do in class? Each class will consist of a warm-up, conditioning and strengthening, learning technique and tricks, and often finishing with a creative artistic exercise.
What do I wear? Please wear comfortable, form fitting clothing such as: a tight fitting T-Shirt, leggings, leotard or unitard. No shorts or shoes. Please remove all jewelry as it can tear the fabric or cause injury to yourself or someone else if it gets caught. Please also refrain from wearing perfumes or scented lotions.
Will I be sore? Most likely you might feel sore after your first few lessons. It takes some time to build up the strength until you body becomes adjusted. This can be very demanding physically on your body. Swollen knuckles and sore forearms and shoulders are the most common complaint. Your knuckles might hurt because of the added strain on the fingers from holding on vertically with your grip, rather than horizontally, say on a pull up bar. Icing the sore areas and taking ibuprofen after a workout might help. If you feel concerned about any discomfort you are feeling, tell your instructor.
Who should NOT practice Aerial?
- Glaucoma or other pressure related issues
- Heart Disease or heart conditions of any kind
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- High or Low Blood Pressure
- Neck or Spinal Injuries