Don't forget, Sports West Pilates offers Free Demo Pilates classes
on the 1st & 3rd Saturdays of each month at
10:00 AM- Come check it out!
What is Pilates?
Pilates is a form of exercise developed by Joseph Pilates, which emphasizes the balanced development of the body through core strength,
flexibility and awareness in order to support efficient, graceful movement. Pilates is not just exercise, it is a series of controlled
movements, engaging your body and mind.
The mind builds the body. This principle is defined as "the ability to achieve greater results by
concentrating on the body part that is
performing the work." An exercise session is much more productive when you include
your mind throughout the exercise rather than leaving it behind. The
movement must begin in your mind before the muscle can contract.
Pilates emphasizes a full breathing technique with each movement to enhance flexibility and
strength. By utilizing deep breathing techniques, one works the core much more efficiently.
Within the human body, all movement begins from our "center", or what Pilates calls
the "Powerhouse." The Powerhouse consists of the abs, lower back, and buttocks.
These are the most important muscle groups for stabilization and strength.
Each movement has a purpose and goal. Focusing on our movement and breath throughout each exercise
ensures that we control every aspect of the movement, for without it, results cannont be achieved.
Precision is a component of control. The more precisely we perform each movement, the more we increase
the quality of that movement.
Joseph Pilates emphasized "flowing through each movement" to ensure that we work each joint through
a full range of motion. Smooth, controlled and flowing movements help emphasize flexibility throughout
Because we tend to be strong in the limbs and weak in the core, Pilates uses the idea of isolation when
referring to the Powerhouse. Once we gain strength in these weak muscles, we can achieve great overall
strength and flexibility throughout the entire body.
J. PIlates stated that in " 10 sessions you notice a change, 20 sessions you feel a change, and after 30,
you will have a new body." He emphasized performing the exercises at least three times a week.
General Policies & Guidelines
Sign-ups are required and can be made at the front desk up to three days prior to class times. In consideration to other members, please notify the front desk if unable to attend within 8 hours of class time. Please note that if you’re unable to attend and fail to cancel, you may be subject to restrictions on future reservations or a non-cancellation fee.
If you are not in class 5 minutes prior to start, the apparatus will open up to those on the waiting list.
"Pilates is designed to give suppleness, natural grace, and skill that will be unmistakably reflected in the way you walk,
the way you play, and in the way you work."
– Joseph H. Pilates