Answers to Your Fitness Questions

Get the answers you need to all of your fitness questions when you come to The Pilates Center of St. Louis. Walk-ins are always welcome! Take advantage of the expertise of the first Pilates studio in the city, a fitness center that's served the St. Louis area loyally for the past 24 years.

Learn more about our Pilates Center before you come in for one of our affordable fitness classes today.

How Many Times a Week Do I Need to Do Pilates?

Pilates students, especially new students, should take lessons at least twice a week. Consistency is crucial for internalizing the Method and progressing to the next level. Feel free to take a combination of private lessons and group equipment classes.

What Should I Wear?

We request that our clients wear clothing appropriate for exercise. Pilates is done without shoes. Something to keep in mind: at times your head or legs will be elevated while doing Pilates. Excessively loose clothing tends to bunch and distract many students while working out. 

Our dress code requires that if a client chooses to wear shorts, she or he must wear the proper undergarment. Short shorts and jeans are not appropriate.

I'm Overweight / Out-Of-Shape / Recovering From an Injury or Surgery. Can I Do Pilates?

Yes! Pilates is an exercise that anyone can do with proper instruction. Our instructors are trained to tailor every lesson to each client's individual needs. Several of our current clients have chronic pain and use Pilates as rehabilitation and pain management. We do request that you provide us with a doctor's release after any recent surgery.

I'm Pregnant! Can I Do Pilates?

Okay, we lied a little. Pregnant women are the exception to the "Everyone Can Do Pilates" rule. We follow the belief that pregnant women should not start any new exercise program, therefore we will not train pregnant women who are new to Pilates. We will train those who have been consistently practicing Pilates. 

We do require a note of permission from your obstetrician. Pilates is an excellent postpartum exercise. Feel free to start as soon as you get the okay from your doctor.

Will I Lose Weight?

Think "I will lose inches." Pilates will increase your muscle mass, so your weight will most likely increase. Pilates tones and reshapes the body into a sleek and firm specimen.

Will I Get Sweaty?

Most students do not get sweaty during their initial Pilates training. As you advance in your training, you begin moving more quickly, flowing through the exercises, which creates heat in the body, and therefore, sweat. 

Call 314-569-9400 to learn more about the fitness classes we offer.

"Many thanks to the Pilates and Yoga Center. At the urging of a physical therapist, due to frustration with what I could no longer physically do, I decided to try out pilates as I was rehabbing from ankle surgeries and nursing a back sore from scoliosis and slippage. I had uneven balance in my legs and just walking around a track had become burdensome. After playing tennis for many years, sitting was not an option I wanted. Pilates had me back walking at the track within a few months and now, after two years, my pain level is so low that pain is no longer my number one thought when I get up every morning! I am surprised weekly with the increase in my strength and balance. The studio is very welcoming and works with you on your level, encouraging you to do what is right for you and your own body. They teach an awareness of yourself and your body that carries over far beyond your studio time. It helps every day in everything I do. I thank Karen and Beth for all they have taught me. I never would have imagined all the benefits that Pilates offers."
- Laurie Hellmuth

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