With seemingly half the celebrities in Hollywood getting their pictures taken leaving Pilates classes, and perhaps your friends and neighbors reducing aches and pains and becoming fit with Pilates, you might be wondering about Pilates lessons for yourself. Before we get into details about classes, let us assure you that Pilates is for people of all ages and levels of fitness so you are on the right track.
Hopefully, before you land in a Pilates class, there will have been an intake process where you got to share some of your interests and concerns and based on that, an appropriate class was suggested to you. Some Pilates studios require an assessment appointment as well. Don’t let that intimidate you. Good Pilates instruction is individualized even in a group setting so an assessment just helps an instructor look at your posture and how you move in order to serve you better in class. For example, in most Pilates classes the group will basically be doing the same thing at the same time, but an instructor might offer modifications to different people based on what they know about their students’ bodies and needs. The ability to do that well is one of the things that sets Pilates instructors apart from general fitness trainers.
Pilates classes are set up much like most other kinds of fitness classes. There is usually one instructor and a group of people, most of whom are at about the same level of familiarity and skill with Pilates. How difficult a class is should depend on who is in the class and what the needs of the members of the class are. You should feel challenged but not overwhelmed.
Pilates is a system of exercise that was developed in the early 20th century by a man named Joseph Pilates (This is why I generally capitalize the word – it is someone’s name. He called his system Contrology.). There is Pilates mat work (bodyweight training), and then there is Pilates apparatus that uses springs and/or bodyweight for resistance (universal reformer, Cadillac, and wunda chair are just some).
Balls, bands, and rollers are not Pilates equipment.
Classical Pilates has many names including traditional Pilates, Romana Pilates, New York Pilates, authentic Pilates. Classical Pilates aims to preserve the original teachings of Joseph and Clara Pilates and continues to perform them as described traditionally.
Also called modern Pilates. While contemporary Pilates is still based on the original work of Joseph and Clara Pilates, as the name suggests it recognizes that many advances have been made since this time and incorporates contemporary knowledge and research into its teachings.
Mat work is performed on the floor using nothing but a yoga mat. This is Pilates as it was originally designed by the man himself Mat work uses gravity and your own body weight as resistance.
List of Top Pilates Classes in San Francisco
BodyMoves Pilates And Yoga
Private yoga and pilates sessions for all levels, ages and sizes. Warm supportive environment. I have been teaching for 15 plus years. Yes It can be Fun I also offer counseling and Rosen method bodywork.
San Francisco, CA 94112
Core Cat Pilates Studio
Core Cat is a small Pilates studio where customized workouts are designed by a master teacher. People of all levels and abilities are welcome including the post-rehab and deconditioned client. We practice kindness and inclusion. Predominantly our classes are one-on-one but we do entertain some duets and even trios.
Oakland, CA 94606
Studio EastWest Pilates And Gyrotonic
Welcome to Studio East West Pilates and Gyrotonic. We are a family friendly studio where you can achieve your fitness goals. Whether your goal is to rehabilitate from an injury or get in the best shape of life I will help you achieve your fitness goals. We were certified Pilates, Gyrotonic in 1998. We personalize each workout because no 2 people are alike. Please come in for a session and let us show you the Studio East West Pilates and Gyrotonic difference. …
San Mateo, CA 94401
Physiqa InnerOuter Fitness
20-year Pilates master instructor specializing in posture, mindfulness and optimal aging.
Oakland, CA 94611
Annie’s Dance And Yoga Lessons
Hi everyone! I have been dancing since I was 4 years old and I absolutely love sharing my lifelong passion for dance and yoga with others. My early background includes classical and contemporary ballet training from Gustafson School of Dance and theater arts in various professional companies in my hometown of Santa Barbara. I received my B.A. in Dance in 2012 from UC Irvine, one of the top dance universities in the country. Here, I trained in ballet, jazz and modern dance and was selected as a distinguished choreographer and created several original works of choreography. I spent my senior year in Ghana, learning traditional African dance, ch .
Oakland, CA 94611