5 Common Mistakes About Pilates

  1. Pilates is only for women: One common misconception is that Pilates is primarily for women. In reality, Pilates is a form of exercise suitable for individuals of all genders and fitness levels. It focuses on building core strength, flexibility, and overall body awareness, making it beneficial for anyone seeking a well-rounded fitness routine. Joseph Pilates developed his method for men originally and it wasn’t until he moved to New York City that he began to share the work with women. Pilates is for EVERY body, however, not everybody is ready for Pilates. It’s an exploration of your body as you journey through the movements.

  2. Pilates is easy and not a real workout: Some people mistakenly believe that Pilates is easy or not as challenging as other forms of exercise. In truth, Pilates can be quite demanding, especially as you progress to more advanced movements. It targets specific muscle groups, emphasizing control, precision, and proper breathing, which contributes to both strength and flexibility. But more importantly, it’s about using a balance of your muscles, not all of them are working at 100%. What needs to work and what doesn’t need to work as hard will lead to more muscle balance and control. When done well, Pilates appears to look easy, but it’s not!

  3. Pilates is only about the core: While Pilates places a strong emphasis on core strength, it is not limited to abdominal exercises. Pilates workouts target the entire body, including the legs, arms, back, and shoulders. It promotes overall muscle balance and helps improve posture, coordination, and flexibility. Pilates is about strengthening you from the inside out, getting you connected to your core, and keeping that connection as you move. I’ve had many clients in the studio who came from other studios and had no connection to their powerhouse. They were doing fitness moves on Pilates equipment. There is a definite difference.

  4. You need special equipment for Pilates: While Pilates can be performed using specialized equipment like the reformer or Cadillac, mat-based Pilates exercises are also highly effective. Many Pilates practitioners achieve great results with just a mat and minimal props. Equipment can enhance the workouts, but it’s not a requirement for a beneficial Pilates practice. Pilates is meant to be used as a system, meaning, it uses all the equipment in the studio. Never just a mat workout, or only staying on the reformers. We use other pieces of equipment in the studio to help you find better connections when you’re struggling with a particular exercise.

  5. Pilates is the same as yoga: Although Pilates and yoga share some similarities, such as a focus on breath, control, and mind-body connection, they are distinct practices with different goals and exercises. Pilates is more targeted toward building core strength, stability, and overall muscular strength, while yoga often emphasizes flexibility, balance, and spiritual aspects. The two have very distinct differences. Pilates isn’t about holding a “pose” and Pilates has an entire system of equipment to use to help find and enhance the connections we are working on with clients.

It’s essential to approach Pilates with an open mind and a willingness to learn, as understanding its principles and techniques can lead to more effective and enjoyable practice and provide lasting benefits throughout your practice.

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