5 Top Pilates Myths Thursday, 1st June 2017

Pilates Reformer Legs In Straps

Pilates is not as easy as it looks

Whenever I tell people I am a Pilates Instructor, I often get some interesting responses.  From "oh yes, I do yoga!" or "I am not flexible enough" or "I have a bad back".  There are so many myths and misconceptions surrounding Pilates so we have debunked the top 5 which we come across in the Pilates studio.


Yes absolutely Pilates does certainly strengthen your core however Joseph Pilates always emphasised that the Pilates method is designed to work your whole body. Pilates exercises incorporate strength, mobility and flexibility in order to develop the body as a whole.  Pilates training will incorporate all of the muscles in the body to ensure proper conditioning and functional strength and movement.  


Pilates was  designed by a man! The man himself, Joseph H Pilates, was a skier, diver, gymnast and boxer and he taught self defense to detectives at Scotland Yard. Joseph had a Pilates studio close to the New York City Ballet and many dancers went to him for injury rehabilitation and prevention. These days, a lot of women participate in Pilates programs compared to men however there are many men who do practice Pilates to help them with their running, sport, triathlon, flexibility and general core and body strength and conditioning.


Pilates is far from easy! Once you engage the correct muscles for the Pilates exercises you are doing, it is tough work!  If you are just going through the motions and not focusing on control, breathing, precision and engaging particular muscles, then yes it may feel easy, but this is not what Pilates is about.  When performed with control and integrity, Pilates exercises are really challenging!  Because the exercises focus on engaging the deep core muscles, it is important to understand how to engagement them to ensure you get the most benefit. Your Pilates Instructor should always remind you of this. 


Whilst Pilates and Yoga are both mind body modalities of exercise, they are vastly different. They have different ways of breathing and have completely different exercises.   Yoga has a focus on mat work.  Pilates utilises mat work and also a great variety of Pilates equipment, such as the reformer and cadillac, which helps to challenge or assist movements for people.  Pilates also tends to have smaller sized classes and even better ones are small group Pilates classes which we do hold here at the Art Of Pilates Studio in Neutral Bay.


Pilates is for everybody! Pilates works every muscle in your body.  Pilates is ideal for those who would like to:

  • improve their athletic ability and/or sports performance whether professional or social
  • improve glute strength for running
  • strengthen their core and lower back due to injury
  • focus on pre pregnancy Pilates to be strong and prepared for birth and to deal with postural changes which occur along the way
  • focus on post pregnancy Pilates to get back in shape and strengthen the body from birth and postural changes from breast feeding, bending over more and holding your baby
  • correct postural imbalances from daily life
  • have a strong body
  • and the list goes on.

There are many approaches to Pilates and it does have such a variety of applications.  Pilates is best taught in small group Pilates classes or private Pilates sessions.

Pilates addresses rehabilitation of back pain, knee injuries, athletic and sports performance, scoliosis, osteoporosis, hip replacements, postural issues, pre-natal, post-natal and more.   Simply put, there is a style and/or modification of Pilates exercises available for every body ranging from beginner to advance and everyone in-between,  almost all injuries and most health issues. Pilates can be enjoyed by just about everyone.

Belinda x

If you have any questions please always feel free to ask one of our fabulous Pilates Instructors in the Neutral Bay Studio.