Noble Pilates
FAQ

FAQs

 

Why is Pilates so popular?

Pilates is becoming increasingly more popular within the fitness industry. People are becoming increasing interested in exercise methods that relieve stress, improve body image and fitness and prevent injury. Pilates is an ideal form of exercise as it addresses all these aspects by improving core stability, posture and body alignment and corrects imbalances in the muscles. It is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and is ideal to complement other forms of cardiovascular exercise and sport.

Can anyone do Pilates?

Pilates exercises are appropriate for most people. We do ask you to complete an enrollment form which allows us to assess your suitability and advise you on modifications of exercises to suit your requirements. As with any new exercise regime it is advisable to check with your GP especially if you have any medical history.

Is there any age limits for your classes?

Our classes are suitable for adults and children aged 16 and over. Our classes will be graded appropriately to ensure you work at a level that is right for you.

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga?

Yoga requires you to move from one static posture to the next whereas Pilates flows through a series of exercises that are more dynamic, systematic and anatomically based. They are both similar in that they both exercise the mind and body in combination emphasizing deep breathing and smooth long movements that encourage the mind body connection.

Will Pilates help me with my sport?

Developing an athlete’s core – the deep abdominal muscles along with the muscles closest to the spine – makes athletes more agile, helps prevent injury and increases sports performance.
From weekend warriors to elite professionals, athletes looking for a competitive edge are discovering that Pilates helps you:

  • Hit the ball farther
  • Run faster
  • Jump higher
  • Correct muscle imbalances
  • Prevent injury

Pilates builds a strong core, increases strength and flexibility simultaneously, and improves posture, stability and alignment. It also emphasizes complete concentration on smooth, flowing movement, and proper breathing. You become acutely aware of how your body feels, where it is in space, and how best to control its movement.

Pilates is an excellent adjunct to the game of golf. Gavin is a golf conditioning instructors and able to help you with your golf game. Please feel free to check out www.gavnoble.com

 Will Pilates help me lose weight?

Pilates can be beneficial in promoting a healthy body and lifestyle. Pilates will improve your posture and body image by making your muscles longer and leaner. If your main aim is weight loss then you will gain most benefit if you combine your Pilates exercises with cardiovascular exercise such as walking, jogging, swimming or cycling for maximum fat burning and also ensure you have a healthy diet.

 Do I need to bring anything to the classes?

All equipment including blocks and mats is provided. You are welcome to bring your own mat if you prefer and a bottle of water.

What should I wear?

To the Pilates classes you should wear something comfortable and reasonably fitted (not jeans) to allow us to see how you are moving and wear either socks or bare feet.

 How long does each class last?

Each class lasts 1 hour.

 How many people are there in each class?

There may be a maximum of 16 people in each class,  therefore booking is essential. This allows our instructors to provide more individual attention and carefully monitor the progression of the exercises.

 Are the Pilates classes suitable for men?

Yes, absolutely, men are most welcome, all classes are equally suitable and beneficial for both men and women.

 Is Pilates suitable for pregnant women?

Yes provided you have been given approval by your doctor or midwife. Pilates provides particular benefits during pregnancy, especially with regards to your posture, strengthening the mid- back muscles and releasing tension. Gavin is fully qualified to teach ante & post natal Pilates but you must inform your instructor if you are or suspect that you are pregnant. 

 Can I do Pilates if I am injured or have a back problem?

It depends on the severity of your problem and you should get approval from your doctor or physiotherapist as to when you can start the classes. Both our instructors are Chartered Physiotherapists with extensive experience treating back pain. They have been teaching Pilates to people with back pain for many years and clients report great benefits from the exercises. By informing your instructor of a problem, exercises can be modified as necessary to suit your needs.