A plethora of fitness options are available in Denver and Aurora, so why consider Pilates?
Classical Pilates is not a trend, but a tried-and-true method of changing your body and life that's been around since the early 1900s. It's lasted so long because it's so highly effective.
What's the difference between Pilates and other similar classes like Barre and Lagree?
Barre and Lagree Fitness classes (like those at Pilates Evolution) tend to focus on muscular endurance through high repetitions of the same movement targeting specific muscles. Classical Pilates believes that the whole body should be challenged in every exercise, and that fewer repetitions is preferable so that form and alignment are not compromised. If you need additional challenge, rather than adding more weight or reps, you learn more difficult exercises. At Kinesis Pilates, we are also very particular about form, to ensure uniform development of your body.
How can you increase strength with so few reps?
Pilates challenges the very definition of strength. Most exercise regimens strengthen our big, gross motor movers (rectus femoris, rectus abdominus, etc.) while completely neglecting muscles involved in posture, smaller muscles surrounding our ball and socket joints, muscles of the feet, muscles of the spine, etc. When you participate in these types of classes, you tend to strengthen what is already strong and stretch what is already long, reinforcing and exacerbating imbalances. Through good alignment and attention to detail, Pilates teaches how to use all the little (and some not-so-little) postural and supporting muscles, as well as proper timing. When all the muscles surrounding a joint work uniformly, strain and injury are avoided and posture improves.
How does Pilates approach flexibility?
Most fitness classes are organized so that strength and flexibility are separate, with participants likely stretching at the end of a class if at all. Pilates combines both goals in each exercise. You lengthen your muscles to their end range, then contract them. The result is that the muscle is stronger not just in the belly, but also at the attachments, where muscles tend to be prone to tearing. This functional flexibility prevents injury.
How can I change my body without working to the point of soreness?
Right now in fitness, it is trendy to work to the point of fatigue and soreness. Pushing a muscle past its capabilities causes lactic acid build-up which leads to soreness, and necessitates rest days for proper recovery. Pilates likes to work below that threshold. We challenge the muscle, but we don't believe in "no pain, no gain." Because we don't break down muscle tissue in Pilates, you can recover quicker and practice it every day. This type of exercise is more gentle on the body, doesn't wear you out, is more sustainable over your lifetime, and promotes healthy immunity. And even though you aren't horribly sore after workouts, you can still significantly change your body.
Is the equipment as intimidating as it seems?
Joseph Pilates' equipment helps you succeed in movements that would be hard to learn and master on your own. The equipment may seem overwhelming or odd at first, but at Kinesis Pilates, we try to set you up for success by having new clients start with six privates. This will help you become familiar with the equipment, exercises and studio so that you feel successful in group classes or future privates.
Can I get a cardiovascular workout with Pilates?
Initially, you must relearn movement patterns and lay a strong foundation for your Pilates practice, so you may move slower as your brain processes a new way of doing things. Once your body is better organized and more balanced, you can pick up the tempo and intensity to challenge yourself even more. Many advanced practitioners of Pilates break a sweat and can receive cardiovascular benefits from doing Pilates at tempo. We also offer jumpboard classes, which challenge the cardiovascular system more.
Why is Pilates more expensive than other forms of exercise?
Pilates teachers are highly trained. Most personal training certifications require no classes, but rather reading a book and taking an exam. Many aerobics instructors are certified after weekend courses. In stark contrast, most Pilates teachers are required to complete at least 450 hours of training. The majority of Kinesis Pilates teachers have completed the advanced teacher training program at The Pilates Center, which is 950-hours. Pilates instructors are often the most well trained fitness professionals in the industry.
Pilates is also performed on specialized, expensive equipment, which increases the cost of sessions. At Kinesis Pilates, our class sizes are 5 or less, and the instruction is individualized. Some clients say that group classes at Kinesis can feel like private sessions because of the individualization, attention to form, and ability to modify exercises so you get the most benefit from them.
But Pilates has so much added value, from the highly trained teachers and amazing equipment to the potential to truly change the way you hold yourself and move. It's also one of the most effective ways to reduce musculoskeletal pain. In fact, we have clients who have experienced things like back pain for decades that was resolved in a month or two of Pilates. Some have seen multiples specialists without relief, but found it in Pilates. Pilates is not just a workout, it is a game changer (see our testimonials page).
I want to try Pilates, but am not sure I can afford to do it long term. Should I even try the New Client Starter Package?
We want to teach you about your body, its tendencies, and how to move it well. If you can only do a limited number of sessions, we will try to make them as valuable as possible for you. We can focus on mat exercises, which require no specialized equipment. And we have YouTube videos to share with you to support your home practice. We will give you information about the body and strategies about movement that you can transfer into your other fitness routines, so that you get the most out of your sessions.
Why don't you offer a free trial lesson?
At Kinesis Pilates, we are serious about change. And it's hard to change your body and movement strategies in one hour. We ask you to commit to the process by buying a New Client Starter Package of six privates. In return, we commit to your success. We take diligent notes on each lesson, check in on you when necessary, and plan ahead for each lesson. If you switch teachers during a package, they communicate about your progress and issues to date. We also use the information from your privates to make sure you get the most out of group classes, if you chose to take them. Furthermore, this system ensures that the leveling of classes is predictable, so students already in group classes can be sure that classes will be relatively consistent.
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