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
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?
Is any special diet required?
No, just a normal, healthy, balanced diet. More info will be given upon
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
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
Art conducts in the Workshop?
No. It's all equipment based only.