FAQs - PILATES

 

HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DO PILATES?

When it comes to Pilates training, its founder, Joseph Pilates, said it best -

"In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference, and in thirty you will have a brand new body."

After an initial private session, where we will evaluate your specific body and individual needs, we recommend practicing Pilates 3-4 times per week. As with most things in life, consistency and commitment is essential to fitness success and a streamlined physique. A dedicated Pilates program will sculpt and tone your body, develop muscular flexibility and endurance, and allow you to flow, with power and grace, through the Pilates choreography. With consistent practice and determination, the unique exercises will, seemingly, become second nature.

WHAT KIND OF APPARATUS WILL I USE WHEN DOING EQUIPMENT-BASED PILATES SESSIONS?

There are over 500 exercises that have been developed for the four primary pieces of spring resistance-based Pilates apparatus – the Reformer, the Cadillac/Wall Unit, the Ladder Barrel and the Stability Chair. Each piece of equipment is complimentary to the other, and has both its own distinct function and unique series of exercises. Each H.Y.P. Pilates session will utilize several pieces of the primary equipment, and is guaranteed to keep you and your muscles progressively challenged, inspired and engaged.

CAN I MIX PRIVATE SESSIONS, STANDING GROUP AND/OR DROP-IN SESSIONS AND GROUP MAT CLASSES?

Not only can you combine your sessions and classes, we actively encourage you to do just that! While private sessions are invaluable for their one-on-one time with our inspiring trainers, our trios, quartets and drop-in sessions provide a terrific balance of personal attention in an energetic, small group setting, and are a fun and affordable way to expand your Pilates practice to several times per week. Additionally, our group mat classes are also a perfect compliment to equipment-based lessons. For many, the mat repertoire is actually more challenging, as you are working with your own body weight, without the aid of the equipment's springs, and need to work deeper and more intuitively to find the proper resistance, balance and alignment.

DO I HAVE TO FORM MY OWN DUET, TRIO OR QUARTET, OR CAN YOU GET A GROUP TOGETHER FOR ME?

If you already have a group of friends that would like to form a trio or quartet, terrific! If not, we will be glad to put a group together for you, or place you in an existing group that will work best with your schedule and fitness goals. We form our group equipment trios and quartets around your schedule, while keeping in mind the most appropiate client compostion to keep all group members progressing at an equal level and pace. To this end, we request that all new clients requesting placement in a trio or quartet come into the Studio for one mandatory evaluation session, in order to keep our groups balanced and level-appropriate. New quartets are forming all the time, and if we don't have a group for you to join immediately, chances are we will within a week or two!

DO YOGA AND PILATES COMPLIMENT ONE ANOTHER?

In our humble opinion, a wellness routine that alternates Yoga and Pilates sessions is the optimum, most complete practice for a lifetime of mind/body wellness. Pilate's controlled, core-focused exercises perfectly compliment the vigorous, cardiovascular flow of a heated Power Yoga class. Both focus on body awareness and breath emphasis as the most essential elements to propel, power and inform the movement. Each will work your muscle groups in different, but highly complimentary ways, synergisticlly creating a well balanced, cross-trained, healthy body. Both require 100% focus and effort to reach your ultimate goals, but with true commitment and intent, will completely transform your body, your spirit and your entire presence to the world at large!

"I have been part of the H.Y.P. community for five years, and I never get bored of my workouts there. Owner Debra Goodman runs a professional business that is unique in the fitness industry, and her instructors are extremely knowledgable. The impact of a regular Pilates and yoga program go beyond the mere physical. I not only recommend the studio, I encourage people to make it a part of their lives."

— Lisa L.