Q.  What is Pilates?

A.  Pilates is a method of physical conditioning created by German immigrant and fitness innovator Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century. The method, which is based on five reigning principles: Centering, Control, Breath, Precision, and Flow of Movement, is based on the idea that before strengthening the peripheral parts of the body, one must strengthen their deepest abdominal muscles to develop a strong and stable core.

Q.  What are the benefits of Pilates?

A.  Improved alignment and posture

  • Stronger and leaner muscles without bulk
  • Abdominal muscles that draw in and up rather than protrude outward
  • Better balance and coordination
  • The Four S’s: Strength, Stamina, Stretch, and Stability
  • More energy
  • Less aches and pains
  • Improved confidence
  • Improved body awareness

Q.  What results can I expect to see from Pilates?

A.  Joseph Pilates said, “Physical fitness can neither be acquired by wishful thinking, nor by outright purchase.”  In other words, with consistent Pilates work, you will begin to feel more energetic and notice improved posture.  Over time, you can expect to see and feel more strength and tone, fewer aches and pains, increased flexibility and greater stamina.

Q.  How many times a week do I need to practice Pilates to see results?

A.  It is recommended that Pilates is practiced at least two or three times a week for maximum results.  Taking recovery days are an important factor to achieve maximum results.  If you are not able to commit to private sessions, our small group apparatus classes are recommended.  We will assist you in designing a program that fits into your budget and schedule and will work with you to achieve your goals.

Q.  Is Pilates just for women?

A.  No!  Joseph Pilates was a boxer who began developing the Pilates Method while training German police and military officers in self-defense.  The recent growth in interest in Pilates can be attributed in large part to its higher popularity among men. Pilates workouts can be tailored to increase performance in men’s sports including golf, football, mixed martial arts and many others.

Q.  Can you do Pilates when you are pregnant?

A.  Yes!  When performed safely and correctly, Pilates exercises are ideal for pregnant women.  Pilates strengthens the body’s pelvic floor muscles, aids in proper body alignment, and strengthens the deepest abdominal muscles.  These deep abdominal muscles can be accessed during the pushing stage of labor and can ease childbirth.

Q.  What if I have injuries? Can Pilates help?

A.  Yes!  Core Motion Shadow Hills has many variations and approaches, which makes the Pilates solution an exceptional way to rehabilitate from an injury. Private lessons are tailored to fit your personal needs. We recommend that you speak with your doctor about Pilates prior to beginning any exercise program.

Q.  What should I wear for my Pilates session?

A.  Comfortable clothing allows for comfort and ease of movement. Workout apparel or a snug t-shirt and leggings are recommended.  Be sure to wear clothes that hug your body so your instructor can see where your movements stem from in the body.  Toe Socks must be worn in the studio, no bare feet, and are available for purchase at the studio.

Q.  What makes Core Motion Shadow Hills different than other Pilates programs?

A.  At Core Motion Shadow Hills we believe that Pilates is a challenging workout that should leave you feeling taller, leaner, stronger, invigorated, and pain-free.  We have gone through extensive training in classical Pilates instruction and are skilled in designing routines that will help you meet your fitness goals.

Students will utilize apparatus and bar in each session as well as perform isometric work.  Because no two bodies are the same, we will address these differences by teaching, and often modifying, the foundational Pilates exercises that will focus on your particular needs.

Q.  How Do I Sign Up for Classes?

A. We require an account to sign up for classes.
Click on either the “Join Now” tab or “Schedule a Class Now” link on our site, and follow registration prompts.
Once you have registered, choose the “Online Store” tab.
Choose which type of classes you would like to purchase.
Click on the “Live Schedule” Tab.
Pick the date and time you would like to attend. Click on the “Sign up now” tab.
Confirm your date and time and you are done and we’ll see you in Class!