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  • Very informative, may try it sometime. - 9/12/2016 8:52:35 AM
  • The person who wrote this article didn't do her research correctly. Go back and actually read the history of Joseph Pilates and what made him develope his protocol. I too am a "Master Pilates Instructor" and did my research before becoming certified. Read up, kiddo! - 9/12/2016 6:54:27 AM
  • Pilates is expensive. I kept getting my neck hurt, craning up trying to see whether my form was proper by looking at the other students. But I had an inexperienced teacher. Back in the day, Moira Stott had a pretty good beginner mat work video. But I don't know if it was made available in DVD form. My dance instructor made us do a lot of Pilates exercises, though we didn't know that then. That was back when only dancers did Pilates. - 7/16/2016 8:00:21 AM
  • I am 70-ish and have done Pilates for 3 years. It is amazing for helping me with balancing and making the most of my aging body. I smile when I think of how newbies come in thinking it will be something so easy. They get corrected right away and a lot of them don't return. But having a skilled instructor help you use proper form is vital. I love how my instructor corrects our form patiently and skillfully. I hope I can do this for a long, long time! - 7/16/2016 7:41:41 AM
  • I tried it and got nauseated. I have a problem with motion sickness, and even doing certain kinds of exercises or movements will make me instantly sick. I also went to a yoga studio for their introductory class and got horribly sick.

    Too bad. I'd like to be able to do both yoga and pilates. But it's out of the question for me. - 6/28/2016 8:08:25 AM
  • The photo used for this article probably is used to show that you can be fit from pilates. But the photo has probably been photoshopped, otherwise I would recognize that woman with such long arms from at least college basketball or volleyball. - 4/8/2016 9:30:55 PM
  • The gym I belong to offers several Pilates classes, and I take a class every Monday. Most instructors will also show the class modified versions of each exercise. It is a great form of exercise that allows everyone to work at their level. I am 54 years old and have a lot of osteoarthritis, and Pilates helps my body stay flexible and strong. I suffered with sciatica for 8 months, and Pilates was the ONLY thing that helped me (that is why I started doing it). Don't be intimidated, try it! - 4/7/2016 10:49:47 AM
    Other than it being expensive, it is an amazing system to keep your body tuned up, assuming you are attending classes in a reputable studio. :) - 4/7/2016 2:26:46 AM
    Pilates IS NOT expensive, you said? I beg to differ. Floor Pilates you might get away with a group session and pay $10-20 per session. Reformer Pilates, in a group setting,up to three classes a week, it's about $240 in a studio in Houston, but that's if you sign up for at least three months at a time.

    rivate lessons? more like $80-100 per hour. It is not cheap!! - 4/7/2016 2:24:04 AM
  • Pilates IS expensive if you're training anywhere other than at home. And, even if you have some of the equipment (which all costs something, and something adds up), doing a move wrong does more damage than good, so it's actually to a person's benefit to take classes. In addition, not all Pilates instructors are created equal. I've had classes with a person who must've been in the bottom 5% of her class because she knew no modifications, was not helpful in body movement descriptions even when given specific questions, and left me hurting more than when I walked in. Yes, actual pain, not soreness. Then I found an amazing instructor with thousands of modifications and suggestions on body movement techniques. She's half the price of most instructors, but still $45 for private session. Too bad she's moving and it's entirely possible that I'm back to the "affordable" instructors who seem to be trainers with a mail order certificate in Pilates. - 10/3/2014 1:26:48 PM
  • 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) - 5/8/2014 10:04:35 PM
  • 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 . - 3/29/2014 10:10:09 AM
  • Thank you! I have been hesitant to try it but I think I will try it! - 1/16/2014 12:17:56 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 - 10/31/2013 11:52:40 AM
  • Good info. Thanks. - 10/29/2013 6:57:32 AM

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