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FAQ for Beginners

Published on: 11/10/19

Pilates for Beginners

Pilates has become a popular choice for exercise in the recent years, originally developed in the early 1920’s, it is now the go-to for celebrities, sports people, and performers and regularly referred to by the medical professionals.

So what is Pilates and is it for you?

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a low impact form of exercise which focuses on strength, core stability, flexibility, muscle control, posture and breathing.

When was it invented?

Joseph Pilates a physical trainer from Germany invented Pilates (originally called Contrology) in the 1920’s and it became a form of rehabilitation for injured soldiers returning from the First World War. Shortly after, Joseph Pilates took his method to New York City where he opened a studio training dancers such as Martha Graham and George Balanchine to strengthen their bodies and treat their injuries.

Who is it suitable for?

Pilates is suitable for everyone! At PATS PILATES our clients range from 8 years old to 80+

All lesson plans can be modified or progressed to suit to suit your needs and ability.

Can Men attend?

The idea that Pilates is for woman is now starting to dissipate thanks to the likes of Ryan Giggs and Andy Murray. Pilates was invented by a man and in the initially stages it was mostly men who trained and taught Pilates. These days athletes, sportsmen and performers advocate Pilates in aiding in their performance and preventing injuries.

So yes, men are encouraged to attend Pilates regularly.

Can Pilates help my Back Pain?

Pilates can to help prevent and decrease back pain, including low back pain. The exercises strengthen core support for the back, realign the spine, and provide gentle stretches for tight back muscles.

Are there different types of sessions?


  • Mat Pilates – flowing group classes working on the Mat based repertoire to help build awareness to your ‘core’, improving posture, flexibility and muscle tone.
  • Studio Equipment – working on the original Pilates apparatus that Joseph Pilates designed such as the Reformer. The equipment uses resistance to support and strengthen the body.
  • One to One’s – creating a programme suitable for you and your goals.
  • Rehabilitation – one to one sessions designed to rehabilitated injuries, back pain and pre/post operations.
  • Pre & Post Natal – exercises suitable during pregnancy, adapting to the growing changes throughout each trimester, preparing for labour and to support the bodies needs post natal.

What should I expect from a class?

Classes are 1 hour and are mixed abilities. Our friendly and knowledgeable instructors will guide you through their lesson plans which will focus on building core strength, stability, mobility and flexibility. Sometimes you will work with small equipment to add resistance to the exercises.

Do I need to bring anything to class?

PATS PILATES are fully equipped with mats, small equipment and support cushions. You just need to bring yourself and a bottle of water.

What should I wear?

Comfortable clothing is advisable, giving you full range of movement i.e. leggings/joggers and a t-shirt. Socks are worn for hygiene reasons, ideally grip socks for safety.

What is the best way to start?

There are 2 options to start at PATS PILATES; Consultation or a 6 week Beginner Course.

Consultation - a 45 min one to one session where we can discuss past and present medical history, perform a series of health and fitness tests prior to exercise and complete a postural assessment. We can also find out about your aims and goals to help advice you on the best option available at PATS PILATES to effectively achieve success.

6 week Beginner Course - The course runs for six consecutive weeks working on the fundamentals and principles of Pilates for those at a beginner’s level or new to the Pilates method. The instructor will guide you through the PATS PILATES experience by strengthening the deeper muscles that support your centre we can help to achieve:

  • Improve posture, which can lessen back pain
  • Trim waistline, reshape abdominals
  • Increase flexibility
  • Improve breathing
  • Lower stress levels
  • Increase strength and tone muscles
  • Gain greater joint mobility (helps to reduce injuries)
  • Increase body awareness

The next Beginner Course starts Wednesday 6 November at 6pm, for more information or to book your place contact us today!

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