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Introduction to Pilates

Pilates, the 90- year old internationally recognized method is an all-encompassing workout, offering itself to just about everyone from the sedentary office worker to the professional dancer. The Method compounds muscle groups & trains the whole body, coordinating the upper and lower musculature with the body’s center. All the 500 odd exercises are designed to get the body to work through it’s full range of motion, using every single bundle of the 800 voluntary muscle-motors that each of us has been given to alter ourselves. The Method combines the best of the Western and Eastern traditions, blending the mind and body, and viewing them as a unit working in complete harmony with one another. The Eastern approach to exercise is a path to calmness, being centered and whole, with an emphasis on stretching and limbering. The Western approach emphasizes motion, muscle tone and strength. Joseph H. Pilates emphasized both these approaches in his Method. There is no free play of movements made quickly or jerkily. There is no impact, & no violent movements. Heavy weights are not involved, and in most cases movements are only repeated a few times each. Any straining to the point of exhaustion is considered counterproductive.

Conditions the whole body
While Pilates takes a “whole body” approach, other programs take a “body parts” approach to conditioning, with specific isolated exercises for each muscle group. The balanced body method elongates as it strengthens & stretches, resulting in long, strong & lean muscles. The exercises are totally non-impact and non-weight bearing, producing fast results. No muscle group is overtrained or undertrained. The entire musculature is evenly conditioned. This style of exercise is well known for producing sleek, strong, muscular bodies. Little wonder that actors and celebrities Cameron Diaz, David Beckham, Madonna, Katherine Hepburn, Meg Ryan, Sandra Bullock, Megan Fox, Elizabeth Hurley, & Martina Navratilova, to name a few, have turned to this system. The Method should be combined with effective aerobic/ cardio activity such as an aerobic class, jogging, walking, or cycling for a complete programme of both muscular & cardiovascular fitness.

Pilates: Some History
In 1923, German-born Joseph Pilates introduced his novel & revolutionary method of physical & mental conditioning to the U. S. A. As a child, Pilates was an asthmatic and suffered from rickets. This acted as a motivator to him, to improve his strength and physique. Pilates' method was the product of his life-long observation of the human body and its natural functioning. He was a gymnast and pugilist who had brillant & creative ideas about fitness & rehabilitation following physical injury. In a British internment camp in World War I, Pilates rigged a hospital bed so that patients could begin their recovery while still flat on their backs. This idea evolved into one of the main components of what was to become a whole method of exercise, which Joe called "Controllogy".

Gyrotonics & Pilates FAQs

What type of equipment is used?
The Trapezius, Studio Reformer, Allegro Reformer, Combo chair, Wunda chair, Magic Circle, Barrels, Spinal Correctors, the Tower Handle Pulley are some of the equipment the Hub offers.

Averagely how long will a session be?
One hour.

Is any special diet required?
No, just a normal, healthy, balanced diet. More info will be given upon enrolment.

How many times a week can I workout at the Gyrotonics & Pilates Hub if I sign up?
You can come as often as you like (but not more than once a day). Though a member's welcome to come in all 7 days of the week, it's recommended that ideally they do Gyrotonics Pilates in the Hub about 3 times a week.

Do I have to take a specific day/ batch?
No. You can come in anytime the place is open. But men are restricted to the men's timings only.

Will progress be recorded by the trainer?(weight/ body fat etc)?
Yes, on a monthly basis.

Will a trainer be there at all times to guide members?
Yes. Depending on a person's particulars (age, health problems, goals, fitness level, etc), the trainer will make a programme for each individual member, & help them implement the same. The programme will be changed frequently by the trainer.

Is there an attached loo, changing room, lockers?
Yes. If you'd like a locker, speak to any of our Trainers & they'll help you.

Can we do Gyrotonics & Pilates in conjunction with other exercises?
Yes, there is no prohibition from working out with other exercise programs depending upon your goals.

Should I continue with any other form of exercise?
Yes, cardio (Aerobic classes, treadmill, cycle, walk, jog, swim etc). If you're also working out at the Gym, get in more cardio than usual.

If I'm a senior citizen, can I do Gyrotonics & Pilates?
Yes, with your doctor's approval. These methods can be used well into the 60's & 70's. Joseph used the Method well into his 80's.

Can the Method help people with tissue damage?
Yes. Many people with tissue injuries, especially athletes and performing artists, can repair damage to the body using the Gyrotonics & Pilates Method.

Can a person lose weight/inches by doing Gyrotonics & Pilates?
By using the Gyrotonics & Pilates Method, you will tighten all your muscles and lose inches around the stomach, thighs, and buttocks. In conjunction with a proper diet, the Method promotes a lean and graceful appearance.

Will I develop large muscles with Gyrotonics & Pilates?
No. Long, lean, defined muscles are developed.

Is the Hub Pilates going to be anything like the Pilates mat classes that Body Art conducts in the Workshop?
No. It's all equipment based only.