4 Misconceptions About Pilates

4 Misconceptions About Pilates

1. It’s All About The “Core”

Pilates is all about the core but so much more, strengthening the muscle groups around your torso and abdominal area is important but stamina, mobility and flexibility are such a big part of each class too.
Pilates is an all-rounder, working the upper body, lower body, arms, legs, the hip, shoulder, knee and ankle joints. It involves centring the body, concentration, control, precision, breath and flow. Over a Pilates term of 10-12 weeks at Happy Being you really begin to see and feel the difference. You no longer have the body you arrived with, all the old aches and pains have moved on.

2. Pilates Is Only For Women

Because it does a good job strengthening lower abdominal and pelvic muscles that are important for a woman’s childbearing, reproductive and urinary function, or because it doesn’t involve heavy steel, grunting or large amounts of weight, Pilates is often perceived as a “women’s only” activity.
Pilates is for everyone; women and men of all abilities, young, old, beginners and the advanced. It’s about practising Pilates regularly eg. a weekly class to see the benefit. Pilates was invented by a man (Joseph Pilates) and today there are many male elite athletes and well known male celebrities who practice Pilates. There are men who take part in every mat class run at Happy Being and see the benefits.

3. You Need To Use A Reformer or Cadillac Machine To Get The Best Results.

False, all you need is a mat. All the fundamental Pilates exercises (there are about 30 classic moves) which were invented by Joseph Pilates in the 1930s can be practised on a mat. There are exercises for the whole body, so you don’t need to find a special Pilates machine based studio or buy complex and expensive equipment to get the best results from Pilates. Happy Being run mat classes on Mondays and Wednesdays.

4. I Love Cardio And Pilates Is Boring I Don’t Build Up A Sweat. Nothing Happens!

You don’t build up a sweat like running or cycling with Pilates but things do happen, the slow rhythmic exercises can be very deceiving as they slowly and safely start building you a strong core, reducing the risk of injury and improving your flexibility. A regular Pilates class will help keep you from getting sidelined with an injury — which means you can run and cycle and work out more consistently. You may also be more likely to exercise in other ways since you are feeling good.

Many active people start classes at Happy Being with for example a sore lower back, shoulder, hamstring strain or muscle imbalance which affects their training and performance but by the end of one to two terms, they feel much better and are out getting PB’s. It really is worth cross-training and joining a mat Pilates class or an Online Pilates class.


Jane Haddow offers Pilates classes and sports and remedial massage treatments to help you become a Happy Being.