The studio has an interesting collection of all ages and genders, with the oldest into their 80’s. All are positive thinking individuals who come ready to learn, progress, and in many cases heal. They bring their challenges with optimism and continue to challenge my years of expertise.
What is the difference between one Pilates studio and the other? As you are Goggling “Pilates”, I know you are trying to decide which studio to sign-up with?
First and foremost, the teacher who will be teaching you is the most important factor in your decision. Their training and ability to teach will determine your results. I have said in previous blogs that it is important to meet your trainer and try a class or have a one on one consult with them so you can get a better feel for the classes they teach.
At Synergy we focus on balanced toning and strengthening of the whole body. Core strength is only 1 aspect of correct Pilates training. If you focus primarily on core exercises you will be creating more imbalances within your body.
Postural correction involves strengthening and aligning the whole trunk of a body equally. Teaching a person to use their shoulders and upper back muscles correctly can be just as challenging as teaching them how to use their abdomial muscles and build core strength. When you do any form of physical fitness with clenched, raised shoulders and a stiff neck you are only re-enforcing that postural imbalance. Your body does what it has been trained to do.
At Synergy you will be training with me, Julie Akin – former ballet, jazz and contemporary dancer. I was introduced to Pilates in London, England 38 years ago and have been hooked ever since. Joseph Pilates based his method of training on classical ballet postural form. Then he added a method of breathing with each exercise, something not taught in ballet. His range of exercises are from very easy / basic, so a person can relearn which muscle groups to use for each exercise, to very challenging for trained atheletes.
I learnt years ago how important the correct form is to achieve favourable results. I must admit, I do spend more time on this than many of the younger Pilates teachers do today, but I am results driven. At the end of a term I want to see many great changes with my students.Better yet, I want each student to see the changes in themselves.
Julie Akin, head Pilates Instructor at Synergy Stayingfit Pilates
Pilates Classes in White Rock and Surrey B.C.