Classical Pilates Serving Seattle, Mercer Island, Newcastle and Bellevue WA

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of Pilates?

Benefits of Classical Pilates include, but are not limited to:
Increased strength
Increased flexibility
Improved muscle control
Uniformly developed muscles
Improved coordination and balance
Improved posture and alignment
Stress relief
Increased energy
Improved body awareness
Pain relief
Weight loss

How often should I do Pilates?

In a perfect world, you would practice Pilates 3 times a week. However, twice a week is also very effective. Because the work is so deep, it is not recommended that the apparatus be used more than 3 times a week. Yet, the mat work can be done every day.

When will I see results?

The promise of Joseph Pilates is that, “In ten sessions you will feel the difference, in twenty you will see the difference, and in thirty you’ll have a whole new body.” Every body is different, but the Pilates promise is a fairly accurate guideline. What’s important to remember is that you will feel the results before you see them. We check in with our clients at the ten, twenty, and thirty session marks to see if they feel the Pilates promise is valid and they tell us it is.

Will I lose weight doing Pilates?

While weight loss is not the primary goal of Pilates, it is often a happy side effect.

Isn’t Pilates like Yoga? What’s the difference?

While Pilates and Yoga both develop strength and flexibility, they are fundamentally different disciplines.

At its core, Yoga is a spiritual practice with a history of thousands of years. Derived from a Sanskrit word that means “union,” Yoga positions are held for certain periods of time with the physical and mental challenges lying in the holding of each pose. The original goal of Yoga was to achieve enlightenment.

The Pilates method was developed in the early 1900s by a man, Joseph Pilates. It was originally called “contrology,” because strength and flexibility are developed by controlling the body through movement. The practice includes work on the specialized Pilates apparatus and the mat. The goal of Pilates is to create uniformly developed and balanced bodies, restoring the natural harmony that enables people to move freely within their bodies.

Yoga and Pilates are different practices, although they complement each other nicely.

Isn’t all Pilates the same?

Absolutely not! The Pilates industry has been deregulated since 2000. That means there is no current standard level of education or excellence to which instructors must adhere. Instructor training programs vary greatly in quality – from a weekend workshop to comprehensive programs, which include hundreds of apprenticeship hours and written and practical exams. And many current instructors do not hold any type of certification. Furthermore, because the Pilates name is no longer protected by copyright, anything can be called “Pilates” even if it has nothing to do with the method that Joseph Pilates created.

They offer Pilates at my gym, why should I come to your studio?

Great question! The quality of Pilates programs in gyms and health clubs vary greatly, both in terms of class content and in the education level and quality of the instructor. Oftentimes, Pilates programs are offered simply to attract or appease members who want to try Pilates and the management staff running the club have very little understanding of its power or its depth. And most facilities only offer mat classes with a high student to instructor ratio. Generally speaking, Pilates instructors in those settings are fitness professionals who hold certifications in many styles of fitness and Pilates is a quick certification they can add to their repertoire through a fitness continuing education program. They sacrifice depth in one discipline for breadth of many and often don’t understand the subtleties of the Pilates work which make it so powerful.

At Power Within Pilates every instructor has gone through a rigorous, comprehensive Pilates training program. Instructors have the necessary knowledge to create safe and effective workouts. Every client starts with personal attention and can chose to stay with private sessions if desired. Programs include work on both the apparatus and the mat and are built to address each client’s specific and individual needs.

The owner of the studio has a background in education which helps her to effectively teach the method and communicate its nuances, rather than simply lead the client through a series of movements. Finally, Classical Pilates has stood the test of time and, by maintaining the integrity of Joseph Pilates’ original method, our clients benefit with results they can both see and feel.

What are the benefits of the Pilates apparatus?

The Classical Pilates apparatus includes a wide variety of pieces of equipment. The various apparatus use spring tension, straps to hold feet and hands, and supports for the neck, back and shoulder to assist the client in accessing the deep layers of muscles that must be recruited before beginning a Pilates exercise. The resistance of the apparatus provides both challenging tension and stabilizing support throughout the movement of a Pilates exercise. Work on the apparatus develops strength and flexibility more quickly than work on the mat alone.

What about Pilates videos?

The key to Pilates is not that the body is performing certain “Pilates” movements, rather it is that the correct muscles are recruited while performing those movements. And that is a very difficult thing to teach or learn through a video. Furthermore, many individuals have poor body awareness and misperceptions of their alignment. The smallest adjustment can change the entire exercise and its efficacy. This is why many Pilates instructors continue to include private and semi-private sessions in their own practice. It is essential to have the outside eye evaluating the work. And generally speaking, Pilates videos are limited to the mat work. If a client is at the intermediate or advanced level, a quality Classical Pilates video would be an acceptable supplement to a Pilates studio program. Just make sure you maintain the same safety and intensity of the workout as you would in the studio.

I’m out of shape, can I do Pilates?

Absolutely! Private sessions are custom tailored to your individual fitness level.

I’m injured or recovering from an injury, can I do Pilates?

As long as you are cleared by your physician, Pilates programs can be developed to support you in your recovery.

I’m older and I don’t have much strength or energy, can I do Pilates?

Yes! Pilates is practiced by many older people. Pilates workouts can be created to fit your specific needs. In addition, 1/2 hour sessions are available if they better suit your energy levels.

I’m pregnant, can I do Pilates?

It is recommended that you begin your Pilates program before becoming pregnant. Beginning a Pilates program in the middle of a pregnancy, without any prior Pilates experience, is not recommended. However, Pilates is a great way to get in fabulous shape after delivery.

How much does it cost?

Please visit the “Schedule and Rates” page to view our various packages. Our packages offer flexible pricing to meet your unique needs.

How long do sessions last?

Private and semi-private sessions are 50-55 minutes. Special focus private sessions are 30 minutes. It is important that each session begins on time because each session must end on time.

What do I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothing that is easy for you to move in. Workout apparel does not need to be skin tight, but more form fitting is better than overly baggy as it helps you better see your alignment. When choosing what to wear for bottoms, please be aware you will often be in positions in which your feet are

in the air or above your head. You will not need shoes, please remember your socks. Please make sure that your attire does not have protruding zippers, buckles, snaps, etc. that can scratch and tear the equipment. Please refrain from wearing perfume and heavy lotions.

Will I sweat doing Pilates?

That depends on your individual body chemistry. Most people find that they can do Pilates during their lunch break and return to work with minimal hassle.

How do I begin?

It’s simple. Contact the studio to schedule your introductory sessions. Then click on the “New Client Forms” link to download the studio paperwork. Completing the forms before hand (and remembering to bring them with you) saves valuable studio time during your first session.

When can I begin semi-private sessions?

A minimum of 3 private sessions and instructor approval are required to begin semi-private sessions. This gives you time to develop a deeper understanding of the work and time to learn your program. In a semi-private session the instructor is working with two clients who may not be doing the same workout. It is important that you can be fairly self-directed so that the session is a good value for your time.

How long has the studio been open?

Power Within Pilates has been serving the Eastside communities since 2004.

What are the studio hours?

Sessions are available Monday through Friday and are by appointment only.

Do you take credit cards?

We accept all forms of payment, with cash and checks preferred. A credit card purchase will incur a 3% processing fee.

Do you sell Gift Certificates?

Yes, gift certificates can be purchased for any of the available packages.