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How many times per week should I practise Pilates?

This is the most common question that I get asked by new clients.
Joseph Pilates would only take on a new client if they committed to 3 classes per week for 3 months in the knowledge that this was what was required for clients to achieve the results they desired. It takes time for the body to adapt to Pilates, for the muscles to learn the correct movement patterns and the mind to adapt to the correct breathing patterns. Pilates is based on functional movement, this is one of the reasons it is so effective. It is unlike many other forms of exercise however in that it teaches the body how to work efficiently, to use the correct muscles for any given movement pattern.
Once this has been achieved true strength can be developed to get rid of aches and pains (particularly lower back pain), improve posture and flexibility and most importantly provide an increased sense of well being. It is for all these reasons that Pilates should be treated as a lifestyle choice rather than an exercise fad. Joseph Pilates developed the exercises as a form of preventative medicine, to eliminate the minor aches and pains which result from our lifestyles and give us the strength the deal with the more significant health issues that come our way in life.
Developing and maintaining this strength takes time, ideally 2-3 hours per week of practice to see real results. If you can’t make it to the studio this often but would like to get some practice in at home please let us know and we can put together a customised home program for you. If you can only fit in one hour per week, you will see results but it will just take longer. The most important thing is to be consistent in your practice and to take the principles of Pilates out of the studio and in to your daily life.
See you in the studio,

Anna

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