What are Pilates Weight Loss Exercises

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

  • What should I wear for training?

Comfortable, close-fitting training clothing - this makes it easier for your trainer to recognize even minimal movements and correct them if necessary. You train with socks or barefoot, direct contact with the ground is particularly important in Pilates, so sports shoes are a hindrance.

  • What else do I have to / should I bring to training?

It is an advantage to bring a towel because you can work up a sweat during training. You can also shower with us before / after training. We provide soft drinks such as tea or water. If you get there too early, you can while away the time before the training begins with a wide range of reading materials.

  • Should / must / may I eat and drink before a Pilates class?

You shouldn't eat anything at least 2 hours before training or just eat something (very) easily digestible. Before exercising, you should drink a few sips of water; but not too much, because otherwise your bladder will report during the exercise. If this is the case, you should definitely go to the toilet during the lesson so that you can move freely.

  • Do I need to warm up before training?

No, the program is structured in such a way that it is not necessary to warm up yourself beforehand.

  • Do I lose weight with Pilates?

Basically no, you only burn more calories with very advanced & flowing training, which ultimately also becomes endurance training.
BUT: The tissue is tightened, the muscles strengthened, the muscle tone increased, whereby the caloric metabolic rate can be increased. Posture, appearance and well-being improve noticeably and visibly. If weight loss is sought, Pilates training should be combined with endurance training (walking, swimming, running, cycling, etc.) and a sensible nutrition program.

  • For which age group is Pilates suitable?

Pilates is suitable for all ages and offers suitable exercises for every fitness level. The training can be adapted to your individual needs.

  • I am totally unsportsmanlike. How fit do I have to be to start Pilates?

You can start Pilates at any time, there are no specific requirements. The extensive training options include enough exercises for both beginners and advanced users. Noticeable and visible results can be seen very quickly with regular training.

  • Can I also train if I have knee, neck or back problems?

Yes, but prior consultation with your doctor is necessary. Furthermore, it is advisable to start with individual lessons for the time being, as the trainer can cater to you individually and modify exercises according to your complaints. It is important for you and for us that you MUST inform your trainer about your complaints or injuries!

  • Can the Pilates machines be compared with normal fitness machines?

No. In contrast to conventional fitness equipment, training with Pilates equipment can be designed much more individually. There is an enormous variety of exercises with many modification options, the movement sequences are more organic / flowing. The aim is not to train isolated muscle groups, but to train the body holistically.

  • Is Pilates Similar to Yoga?

Although Pilates and yoga partly pursue similar goals - such as strengthening the muscles, breathing sensitivity, flexibility and increased concentration - the execution and the repertoire of exercises are different. While in yoga a position is assumed, held and deepened, in Pilates the dynamic movement through the positions and the flow of movement is important. In contrast to (Eastern) yoga, Pilates does not pursue any spiritual goals.

  • Is Pilates a sport or just wellness?

Pilates meets many requirements! It can be both a cautious and gentle training during pregnancy or after injuries, as well as a strenuous workout for athletes. If done correctly, Pilates is a comprehensive workout that trains the whole body evenly. You may be sweaty after a Pilates class, but you will never be exhausted or tired, just refreshed and full of energy!

  • Is Pilates suitable for both men and women?

Pilates is an excellent training for both sexes, even if in the last few years the impression has arisen in the media that Pilates is “a woman's business”. Joseph Pilates, the founder of the method, was a man himself and with his training he kept himself fit into old age.

  • What is Pilates mat training, or MAT for short?

This refers to the Pilates floor exercise program, which also includes the use of Triad Balls ™, Thera bands, small weights and Magic Circles. You train on (slightly softer) mats in a group, in a duo or solo. The trainer provides an exercise program with a clear sequence of exercises. The aim is to train the whole body, with the core muscles (“powerhouse”) playing a central role.
"Quality of movement": Instead of repeating exercises senselessly often and uncontrollably, the Pilates mat training relies on only a few, precisely executed repetitions, on coordination and control and a variety in the exercise program.

  • What results can I expect from mat training?

Depending on the intensity and frequency of the training (regularly 2-4x / week) and depending on the focus of the trainer, a significant improvement in posture, increased body awareness, improvement of possible complaints (tension, back pain, etc.), Strengthening of the muscles & tightening of the tissue, improvement of endurance, coordination & flexibility are expected.

  • How does an hour go?

A classic Pilates mat lesson begins either standing up or lying on your back with your legs upright (so-called “constructive rest position”) or relaxed legs. The training program begins with a series of preparatory exercises - breathing exercises, relaxation exercises for the lower back, activation of the core muscles, before moving on to the "100" ("The Hundred"). This is a classic breathing and abdominal muscle exercise at the beginning of every Pilates program. The exercise sequence is clearly structured and aims to train the whole body. Exercises performed in the back, stomach and side position, in the 4-foot stance and in standing are part of every workout.

Depending on the school and level of the groups, the pace and focus of the respective lesson vary. The trainer's focus is initially more on precision and sensorimotor perception of the exercises, later the speed, the "flow" (the smooth transition from one exercise to the other) and the intensity of the execution become more and more important.

  • How do I know the exercises are good for me?

Listen to your body. The training can be very strenuous, but you should feel comfortable and full of energy after the lesson. Many feedback that after an hour they also feel taller and more erect, so you “grow”! “No pain no gain” does not apply to Pilates training. Even if the exercises are strenuous, you should never have pain during or after training!

  • What makes a good Pilates studio?
  • Qualified trainers (you can find guidelines for this on the homepage of the Pilates Association Austria), who also regularly receive further training (some studios offer further training for their team by external professionals).
  • friendly, individual support and advice. Reliability of the trainers and fixed timetables.
  • Transparency in the studio (do all trainers have completed training? If Pilates students teach in the studio, you as a customer of the respective studio should be informed about this. Furthermore, hours for trainers in training should also be included in the price.
  • Hygiene (Are the mats cleaned after every hour? Is the studio clean?).
  • Quality of the equipment.
  • Can you also train on the machines alone?

You should only train on the equipment if you have a very advanced level, i.e. have internalized the Pilates principles, know the sequence of exercises well and are familiar with the equipment. If you want to train alone, a consultation with the studio management is necessary.

  • Are group lessons with different levels offered?

In addition to intro lessons for newcomers, most Pilates studios offer at least two levels: “Basic” for beginners and “Intermediate” for advanced learners.