Frequently Asked





A few well designed movements, properly performed  i
n a balanced sequence, are worth hours  of doing sloppy calisthenics o
r forced contortion."  Joseph Pilates




Pilates is a method of exercise that has become very popular and mainstream of the past decade. Endorsements are given by groups of people ranging from top athletes to housewives to celebrities.  What exactly is Pilates? What is all the hype?  Below we will answer some of the most commonly asked questions. 

What is Pilates?

Pilates is a system of exercises designed by Joseph Pilates in the early 1900's to help flexibility, body awareness, core strength, balance, posture, breathing and endurance.  Pilates exercises are performed on mats and equipment.  Within this framework, Pilates focuses on control and precision of muscles of the entire body.

The six basic principles of Pilates are:  Concentration, Centering, Control, Fluidity, Precision, and Breathing.

Is Pilates like Yoga?

Pilates gives you some of the same benefits as yoga: increased flexibilty, body awareness and strength.  Joseph Pilates drew upon some of yoga's principles to design the system.  Pilates works the whole body, emphasizing control, precision, and concentration in the mind and body. Movements are not performed rapidly or repeated excessively.  In general, Pilates attempts to keep constant movement without resting segments (unlike yoga). The focus is on quality not quantity. 

What are the Benefits of Pilates?

Pilates done regularly (2-3 times per week) will greatly improve core strength, posture, body awareness, muscle tone, balance and flexibility. Quality repetition is the key to success. Due to the nature of the Pilates method many people experience more energy and overall sense of well being after their session.

Equipment vs. Mat Workouts 

Equipment workouts offer a different type of workout that supplement a mat workout.  With correct form, mat workouts can provide the most challenging workouts, based on the dynamics of gravity and your body weight, not momentum. 

Who Does Pilates and for What Purpose?

Pilates is for the novice, athlete and the injured.  Pilates can help increase overall body awareness, strength and flexibility to help prevent and rehabilitate injuries.  The workout can improve your fitness level, focusing on your abilities.

Pilates, especially Polestar Pilates, is designed to be modified to help people recovering from all types of injury. Joseph Pilates himself was a sickly child.  As a result of his experience, Pilates was designed to help people with injuries or special challenges.  With full disclosure of conditions, instructors can guide clients through a workout that is safe and rehabilitating.  From spinal issues, to shoulders, hips and knees and feet, Pilates is helpful if used in conjunction with a doctor's approval.