Thursday, May 28, 2009Deb, I just wanted to know if I started pilates would it help with my flexibility? I am a fit person and work out four to five times a week but I have never been very flexible and I know that this is my weak area when it comes to exercise,how long would it take to see a change in my flexibility if I started. Thanks.
Great Question- The answer is yes...BUT there are some mitigating factors to consider.
Pilates is known for helping people develop both strength and flexibility. Adding a class such as Fusion (yoga and pilates in one class) to your workout routine can increase your strength and flexibility. You can expect an increase in flexibility, mobility, balance, and body awareness, as well as a decrease in many types of pain.
In my opinion, the average active person participating in any combination of pilates, yoga or fusion type classes (doing 2-3 classes per week) should see some results within 10-12 classes. This will vary depending on each individual and things such as the number of classes a person takes each week, whether they are private or group classes, whether they participate in other physical activities, and whether they have any existing injuries.
You may want to consider investing in some private sessions where a certified pilates instructor can assist you in defining your goal of increased flexibility, and help measure the outcome. Joseph Pilates himself said ""In 10 sessions, you will feel the difference. In 20, you will see the difference. And in 30, you'll be on your way to having a whole new body."
I hope that gives you some insight into your question. Please feel free to come and speak with me before of after class so I can help you with any modifications you might need on your journey to increased flexibility. It can and does improve with patience and practice in the studio.
Peace & health,