What Pilates Training is Available?
The mat workout is the most basic element of the Pilates system and is also arguably the most challenging. In the mat work, your muscles act as their own resistance for the purpose of strengthening and stretching. The stronger you become, the more challenging the workout. The benefits you receive depend entirely on how hard you are willing to work. Mat classes are 45 minutes and have a maximum of 12 students. The certified instructor will teach at a pace appropriate to all class members, providing modifications, alternative exercises, detailed instructions and demonstrations with the introduction of each new exercise.
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Private Pilates Instruction
Private Pilates Instruction permits the instructor to adapt the workout to fulfill the individual needs of the client. Each private session is 55 minutes and includes work on the mat and apparatus called the Reformer. Specially sequenced exercises focus on strengthening and stretching the body as a whole. The client also uses other major and minor pieces of apparatus, such as the Cadillac, the Barrels and the Wunda Chair, according to what he/she needs to improve. These pieces of apparatus are used to target certain muscle groups that require extra strengthening and/or stretching. In the private session, the student experiences the full method as it is meant to be taught, in the form of a "system". Private instruction is available from 9:00am-8:00pm daily!
The Pilates Center at MSBMD offers workshops that focus on various aspects of the Pilates Method or cater to different populations of Pilates students. For example, possible workshops include: Using the Magic Circle in the Pilates Mat Workout, The "Reformer-Mat", Pilates for Athletes, Pilates for Dancers, and Pilates for Seniors.
What is the difference between Pilates mat and apparatus workouts?
The work on the mat and the apparatus complement each other. When Pilates is taught one-on-one (the ideal way), the instructor typically incorporates work in both locations. The apparatus is designed to assist in the development of the strength and flexibility required to perfect the mat work. Generally speaking, the apparatus uses springs of various strengths that, depending upon the exercise, either act as resistance or work as an extra muscle. Private apparatus sessions allow the instructor to cater tot he individual needs of the client. When performing the mat work, however, your body creates the resistance.
Which should I do?
Your physical health, personal goals and financial reality should be factors in your decision. If you have very sensitive injuries, a chronic health condition that has kept you from doing other forms of exercise or extreme difficulty in lowering yourself to the floor, the best bet would probably be Private Instruction. Someone looking for a lot of personal attention and fast results would also likely prefer Private Instruction. Mat classes are best for those who like to work out in a group setting and are fairly healthy/uninjured. Mat Classes are also the least expensive way to get good Pilates instruction. Many clients choose to do a combination of Private Instruction and Mat Classes doing Pilates 2-3 times per week. Doing both will maximize your results.
How often should I do Pilates?
While Pilates is ideally done at least 3 times per week, most people feel the benefits from even 1 workout a week. As you become more proficient with the sequence of exercises, you can easily supplement classes with mat workouts at home! You can even purchase a CD from Laura that will guide you through the workout when home!
Who can do Pilates?
Perhaps the best aspect of Pilates is that nearly anyone can do it, progress in it and benefit from it. It is a highly adaptable form of exercise. Men and women -- from teenagers to senior citizens, couch potatoes to athletes -- will find the Pilates workout challenging and satisfying.
Why choose The Pilates Center at MSBMD?
Now that courts have allowed the term "Pilates" to enter the public domain, anyone can use the term to describe or promote a workout, and call him/herself a Pilates instructor -- even without any training. All instructors at MSBMD are certified in the authentic method of Pilates body conditioning. We have a fully equipped studio. The pieces of apparatus that the Pilates Center purchased are from the same vendor that the master instructors utilize in NY. This guarantees the authenticity of the equipment. At MSBMD you will receive Pilates instruction in its purest form. We teach Pilates the Joseph Pilates way -- no gimmicks.
Refund Policy: Once classes have begun, tuition is not refundable. Enrollment guarantees your place in the classroom and a commitment to fulfill tuition requirement. Students who miss class or withdraw before the end of the session are still obligated for the full session’s fees. Students are eligible for a partial tuition refund only if they withdraw from classes due to prolonged illness or severe injury. Requests for refunds must be made in writing and be accompanied by a doctor’s certificate of inability to continue class. Credit for missed weeks in cases of severe illness or injury will be extended for the following session only. All students are permitted to make up any missed classes, for any reason, within the current session by attending any class at or below his/her current level. You need not call ahead to do a make up. Simply show up and tell the instructor you are here for a make up.