What the heck is that stuff???
We’ve heard it all. Medieval torture chamber, 50 Shades of Grey, Cirque’ du Soleil equipment, and the list going on and on. Everyone has the same reaction when they walk into a Pilates studio for the first time, some more outspoken than others, but it ranges from an eyebrow raise to a full blown, “No way I am getting on that!” I was right there with you.
By the end of our little bullet point session you will not only feel at home in our little studio, but dying to hop on!
1. Nuts & Bolts: Joseph Pilates invented all of this equipment himself! During WWI Joseph Pilates was interned as an ‘alien enemy’ at a German Nationals’ work camp in England. It was here that he started grabbing springs off the hospital beds and attaching them for strengthening purposes to help rehab the soldiers. It was said they actually came in stronger than when they entered the camp!
2. It’s a complete system. I cannot stress this enough. When people say ‘Oh I just got mat certified’ or ‘Oh I am level 1 Reformer certified,’ it drives me beyond bonkers. Joseph Pilates created all of the exercises to work systematically. I first started with taking basic mat classes back in college and it did wonders for my body. I still have a true love for the mat work and system. However, when I joined in on equipment classes, my body then changed again. It got stronger, leaner, more flexible and my mat work got better.
3. So what’s the difference between mat class & equipment class? In my own humble opinion I break it down this way: you get all of your strength on the mat. When you have nothing to assist you, you’re body has to respond and step up to the plate pretty quickly. For the equipment: you will get the toning and flexibility properties more quickly. The equipment has weight resistant springs and other fun moving parts to help sculpt the vanity muscles and build bone density.
4. I saw a reformer/pilates combo chair on QVC, should I buy it? Oh Lord here we go. I have two takes on this one. The first one being absolutely never, nor should you settle for a studio that buys knock off equipment. There are currently two apparatus companies that hold Joseph Pilates’ true dimensions, engineering and spring accuracy at the highest standards, Gratz & Basil. There are certainly plenty of other reputable companies, but they aren’t designed for the classical method and will not produce the same results. Ok back to the QVC ones – something is better than nothing so if it makes you feel good to have them at home and it enthralls you to get your body moving (the most important thing) than go for it 🙂
5. How to I get started? In a perfect world you have this beautiful breakdown of both mat & equipment classes 3-4 days per week. I know that is not realistic for everyone so if you’ve never been on or exposed to any studio equipment you would need to start with at least 1 private. This will help you get to know the equipment and make us aware of any limitations or goals you may have. If you’ve been to a Pilates reformer, chair, or tower class in the past – join up with the equipment classes! This is seriously the best deal in town. We max out at 3 people and it’s only $25 a class – it’s really a no brainer. We are adding evening sessions after Memorial Day so stay tuned! Click here for full schedule.