What age group is Pilates for?


The work of Joseph Pilates is learned over a long period of time. Ultimately, the goal of pilates for anyone is bring a balance back into the body of strength, flexibility and control. The best age is really about the maturity of the student and willingness to learn. At Aligned Pilates we will consider  students as young as 15 years old. 



What's better, mat or apparatus to learn pilates exercises?


Students of pilates train Joseph Pilates entire system. Workouts on the reformer and mat are supplemented with exercises on the auxiliary apparatus which will yield a deeper change in the body.

Mat pilates is essentially the most difficult to master. Using the reformer and other apparatus to deepen the understanding of the mat work is when we really will be working the system of Joseph Pilates.



What should I look for in a Pilates instructor?


Your pilates teacher should be certified in a comprehensive Teacher Training Program. 

This level of expertise and study is especially important when training classical pilates. 

Your pilates teacher should practice regularly and continue to be a student of the work.



Will I lose weight through Pilates exercises?


Pilates exercises help to strengthen, sculpt and tone the body while building long, lean muscles. The body will tend to look and feel better through continued pilates practice.



Why would I take  privates lessons with a Pilates teacher? 


Privates are an opportunity to work with your teacher one on one, and learn those exercises that are good for your body.

Privates should be utilized by both new and seasoned practising students.

All new students to Aligned Pilates Studio are required to take 10 to 20 privates lessons if interested in training in AP Class.




What do I wear to Pilates?


In Pilates you will be moving your body.  Tights, mid-calf leggings and/or shorts ensure your clothing will not get caught up in the equipment or cause extra friction. Zippers, sharp buttons or beading on clothes can puncture or damage the upholstery of the apparatus so please be mindful of your chosen attire.

In the days of Joseph Pilates shorts, bathing suits, and leotards were worn by his practitioners.