What is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of exercise invented by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900s. He called it “Contrology” and it was designed for people of all ages and abilities. Regular practice leads to a longer, leaner, and more flexible body. Whether used as a person’s main form of exercise or done in addition to other pursuits, a regular Pilates practice can lead to a greater overall quality of life and increased athletic performance.

What’s the difference between Pilates and yoga?

While both are considered “mind-body” forms of exercise, yoga and pilates are not the same. In general Pilates deal with a smaller range of motion and is usually done in a “flowing” manner without holding static poses. Pilates also uses equipment originally invented by Joe Pilates. The spiritual component that is usually present in yoga is not a part of Pilates. Pilates is usually done in a setting that resembles a martial arts studio or gym, without any chanting, altars, or saying “Namaste”. Many people enjoy doing Yoga and Pilates and find they work very well together.

How do I get started?

Honestly, the best way to start is to take a few private lessons. This enables me to work with you one-on-one and develop a specific plan for achieving your goals. I know this is not financially possible for a lot of people, so my beginner mat classes or Equipment 101 classes are also good places to start. If you are injured or under a Doctor’s care, please contact me to discuss whether it would be a good idea for you to join a group class.

How is Wild and Woolly Pilates different from some other pilates studios?

Much like martial arts, my training was done through teachers where there is a direct lineage to Joseph Pilates. I try to teach closer to how he might have taught, using machines he invented, and using the framework of a certain order of exercises.

How often should I do Pilates?

Pilates is a type of exercise that can be done every day if you like, but to achieve noticeable results it is best done at least 2 or 3 times a week, mixing some mat work with equipment work. I can help you learn the skills and exercises necessary to develop a home practice in addition to the time spent at the studio. A lot of students find it beneficial to do a couple of group classes and one private lesson a week.

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothes like what you would wear to the gym are ideal. For men, please wear sweatpants or shorts with a liner of some sort.