Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What should I wear?

A: Joseph Pilates used to work out and teach clients in swimsuits and trunks. He wanted to see the body and believed the fresh air to be good for the skin. These days, however, even the traditional practitioners lean toward comfortable clothing. Tighter clothes allow the instructor to see the body better; however, T-shirts and loose pants will work as well. No shoes are worn, just socks or bare feet.

Q: How often should you do Pilates?
When should I see results?

A: Joseph Pilates said, “In 10 sessions you’ll feel a difference, in 20 sessions you’ll see a difference, in 30 sessions you will have a whole new body.” This is based on 3 private sessions a week.

If you can do three sessions a week – great! If you can do 2 sessions a week – that’s good as well. If you can just get to one session a week, you are still going to feel a difference.
Privates are always encouraged so the instructor can work for your individual needs and goals, but you can also get great results with duets and group sessions. Supplement with Mat classes, and don’t be afraid to practice at home. Pilates can be done every day!

Q: Will I be sore?

A: You want to be aware of your muscles but still be able to move. Because we are constantly stretching through every exercise, our muscles never get the chance to tighten. We also do not work the muscle to fatigue. This tears the muscle fibers and stimulates lactic acid causing soreness. Joseph Pilates focused on precision. Doing a few precise movements with intention is more effective than 100 haphazard movements without purpose. This allows us to do a few correctly and then move on to the next exercise, challenging the body without straining the body.

Q: Is it OK to do Pilates if I have an injury or disability?

A: As with any injury or disability, check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program, but yes, you can. However, it is not recommended to take semi-privates and group classes. Your instructor will need to modify the exercises and tailor the workout to what your body needs. In a group class or even semi-private session, the instructor has more bodies to attend to and the instructor’s attention is split between you and the rest of the class. To be respectful of others in a class, to allow the instructor to assist you to the best of their ability, and to protect your own body, stick with privates until otherwise noted from your instructor.
Pilates has been used as a physical therapy technique, however Fort Worth Classical Pilates, LLC is not physical therapy and does not claim to rehabilitate injuries and disabilities.

Q: What if I am pregnant?

A: There are differing philosophies on this question.
Fort Worth Classical Pilates, LLC's policy…
If you have been taking Pilates prior to pregnancy, yes you can continue. Because your body is going through so many changes so quickly, it is again recommended to take privates rather than semi-privates and group classes.
If you are new to Pilates, this is not be the best time to start. Pilates deals primarily with your core muscles around your abdominals and while your body is changing in this area, it makes it even more difficult to access and control those muscles. We ask that you wait, and we will be here after the end of your pregnancy.

Fort Worth Classical Pilates, LLC
The Boland Shopping Center
3418 W 7th St, Suite 111
Fort Worth, TX 76107
817.533.1716 - Studio

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