what i found amusing was the comment about it not being expensive at 10 to 20 dollars a lesson. I used to pay 50 dollars for three months of karate. And it allowed me to train at ANY of their dojos at ant time (i could have trained 6 days a week if I had been so inclined)
If you can't afford regular classes, maybe attend a few and work out to DVD's at home. Some health channels on TV might have a class you can work out to. I am happy to read an article that says there are different levels of Pilates, if you have body restrictions. I am 72, started out in Yoga, changed to Pilates and do 30 minutes everyday. Attend a hour class maybe once a week, at my gym, and the other days at home. I am very flexible. But definitely have issues with RA, knee replacements, and back injury. I believe that if you think positive and give something a try, you might find it's not as difficult as you thought .
Thank you! I have been hesitant to try it but I think I will try it!
10/31/2013 11:52:40 AM
Love (NOT) the response to the myth, it cost too much...10-20 a class!??? If you really wanted to get the benefits, I imagine one class a month is not enough, so what 2x a week, so now we are at $80-160/month. Jeez
I do a lot of cycling and running but always had a painful back - in fact, I was born with scoliosis and have had back surgery. I've been doing a pilates routine for my core for over six years and I am now pain free!!! Yes, pain free!!!!
10/27/2013 5:02:45 AM
I love my PIlates sessions. I've invested (!) for one-on-one sessions with a really good and supportive instructor. She's good because she knows how to encourage me to push my boundaries safely, and keeps on emphasizing what I am able to do while working on the things I need to loosen, stretch and strengthen. After a session a lot of pain has gone away, I am relaxed, destressed , grounded and happy. For the time being Pilates works better for me than yoga, which I did for three years.
I took my first beginner Pilates class this week. I was able to do almost everything but I still felt well exercised and I was sore the next day. I need to modify the roll for now but I'm excited to get back to do another class.
With Pilates there are movements that some might have difficulty doing. whether it be weight , arthritis issue or something else. The same can be said for yoga. So if one wants to try Pilates, do what your body can do. You don't have to adapt every move in the beginning or ever for that matter. When I first started weighing in at over 300 lbs, some of the moves were impossible. As I lost weight, got more flexible and my confidence built, I could do more. There will always be people better than I am, but that doesn't stop me from doing a Pilates workout every day. I try to get in 30 minutes a day. Some days working just certain part of the body. I enjoy doing Pilates better than Yoga. But somedays I will incorporate both into my workout. I'm a flexible strong 71 year old who hope to be the same at 81 and 91.
I love it where the author says, "Pilates is for JUST ABOUT everyone." No mention was made if it could be adapted for those of us with serious weight issues. That's the sole reason I have not tried Pilates or yoga, because I'm just too darn fat to do them.
6/10/2013 1:02:22 PM
I love Pilates!! If cost is a concern for you, like it is for me, there are tons of good Pilates videos on Hulu Plus for $8 a month. I lay out a long mirror on the floor underneath my TV so I can see myself and watch my form, since I don't have an instructor there. It burns your muscles a little, but then you always feel rejuvinated afterwards!
4/4/2013 2:46:49 PM
I'm glad it works well for those who enjoy it. But for me it is painful both during and after. I don't just mean muscle soreness, but also skeletal and nerve pain as well. My knees and neck won't take it, though I can do the Total Gym and Leslie Sansone videos. I also find it stressful during the workout, whereas my TG and walking workouts are relaxing for me. I have arthritis also and agree with another poster that Pilates seems to make it flare up. To each his/her own I guess.
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