What is Pilates?

Pilates is a mind-body exercise system designed to strengthen the weak and challenge the strong.

This body-conditioning routine was originally created by Joseph Pilates. During World War 1 it was used to rehabilitate bedridden or immobile prisoners and soldiers of war. Though Pilates has been the exercise of choice for dancers and gymnasts (and now Hollywood actors), it is also a wonderful way for anyone to get into shape.

Today, Pilates continues to be one of the fastest growing methods of exercise because people are becoming increasingly more interested in fitness modalities that help relieve stress and improve posture. They are also more interested in prevention and taking care of their bodies. Because everybody wants to stay fit and look good for as long as possible.

Pilates is complementary to many traditional forms of exercise. It’s excellent for all ages, fitness levels and goals. Its mind-body aspect is even said to be useful in preventing stress-related illnesses such as heart disease.

Why should I do Pilates?

People typically discover Pilates after they suffer an injury that requires rehabilitation, or they have been instructed by a doctor to “strengthen their core” for their back/knee/hip issues. Pilates also helps you with anything physical that requires movement and makes you more self aware as you funnel your strength properly instead of improperly relying on stronger parts of your body to compensate.

What are the benefits of Pilates?

The benefits of pilates are numerous, but the following are what our clients experience the most:

  • Relieves stress and back pain
  • Improves posture and alignment
  • Prevents injury and heightens body awareness
  • Builds core strength and stability
  • Increases endurance and muscular tone without added bulk
  • Greater muscular balance and overall strength
  • Increases flexibility, balance and coordination
  • Enhances sports performance

In addition, you will likely sleep better, enjoy increased energy, release stress easier, and reduce fatigue and/or chronic pain.

How often do I need to come to get results?

We suggest attending the studio at least 2-3 times per week to allow maximum input of newly acquired movement patterns into the body, and to experience increased strength, flexibility and better posture. You also want to give the body time to rest and recover.

For peace of mind and general wellbeing, we encourage you to come as often as you can, to diversify your sessions, keep your body engaged and on its tippy toes!

Pilates teaches body awareness and helps you develop a new level of mind and body connection. Everyone from serious fitness enthusiasts, post injury, elite athletes, dancers, new mothers, housewifes, kids, teenagers, office workers, and prenatal clients will experience a difference after doing Pilates.

Pilates exercises help both men and women develop optimal strength, flexibility, endurance and posture, without building bulk or stressing joints. The perfect complement to cardiovascular exercise, athletic training or rehabilitation, Pilates exercises help you tone your body, feel revitalized, and move with ease.

Who will benefit from Pilates?

Please come 10 minutes early to prepare for your first class. First, the instructor will find out as much as she can about you and why you’re there. You’ll get an assessment of your posture in a static position and while you move. The instructor will likely ask you to move on the mat and other equipment. The purpose of this is to see where your body is, in a weakened position, and provide the instructor with clues on how to optimally tailor your future Pilates sessions.

What should I expect during my free Pilates trial?

The answer to this question varies and depends on the client’s determination, frequency of workouts, ability to focus and attention to the instructor's direction and body awareness. If all factors are present, you can experience rapid results.

How long before I experience results?

Pilates can be gentle or hard work. It all depends on the individual and their current fitness level, health, capability and needs. People love Pilates for all the feel good movements, but rest assured, this is not easy stuff. You can get an excellent cardiovascular workout on the cardio tramp and in the Athletic conditioning classes.

Can I get a good workout doing Pilates?

Pilates is like Yoga in some ways. Both are considered mind-body methods of movements; both emphasize deep breathing and smooth, long movements that encourage the mind-body connection. The difference is that while classic Yoga requires moving from one static posture to the next, Pilates flows through a series of movements that are more dynamic, systematic and anatomically based, incorporating resistance equipment. The goal with Pilates exercises is to strengthen the postural muscles while achieving optimal functional fitness.

Is Pilates like Yoga?

Because of its resistive nature, Pilates will tone and lengthen muscle groups, helping you create a longer and leaner appearance. Yet although the waistline will narrow and the thighs will slim down, Pilates is not a cardio workout. Losing weight, or fat, is determined by a ratio of what you consume vs. how much you burn. Focusing on the mind-body awareness of Pilates and coupling this with a cardio and diet regime, are the best ways to focus and balance the scale of caloric energy.

Will I lose weight doing Pilates?

If you are in acute pain, we recommend you get your ailment treated before starting any fitness routine or seeing a Pilates instructor. Once you’re in the rehab stage, Pilates may be able to help you because of its gentle and controlled approach that lacks any sudden jarring actions.

It is more important, however, that you work with a qualified instructor to ensure that you are doing the movement correctly. A qualified instructor will be able to modify the exercises to accommodate your limitations, continually challenge you within your ability, and monitor your improvements. If you commit yourself to a consistent workout schedule, you will certainly feel results. 

Can I do Pilates if I have an injury?

Most definitely! Pilates can support your three trimesters and beyond.

Can I do Pilates if I'm pregnant?

It will depend on what stage you are in and what treatment you are undergoing. Pilates can certainly help support you through your journey.

Can I do Pilates if I have cancer?

If there is no one booked up to two hours before the class is scheduled to start, then the class will be cancelled. As long as there is one person attending, the class will continue. You will need to text of call us if you would like to join a class within 2 hours of it starting. 

Will classes be cancelled if no one is booked?

The Pilates method focuses on building core strength, flexibility, and awareness to improve your overall physical and mental wellbeing through a series of movements performed on the mat, with the help of small equipment or bigger apparatus, to support a balanced development of the body.

Elements of the Original Pilates Method are:

Concentration: by focusing on your mind-body awareness you gain more benefits from your workouts.

Centering: by paying attention to the muscles of your core you help your body function and develop more efficiently.

Breath: Working with your breath as you perform each exercise helps activate your muscles and keeps you focused.

Precision: Starting position and proper form is essential so you gain the most benefit and build your optimal body

Control: Control and good form, rather than intensity, is the key to performing the Pilates exercises correctly. You will hear us talk about 'core control before range', ‘mind over muscles’ and your workout should be ‘no pain - all gain.’

Flow: Each Pilates movement should be smooth and graceful.

What is the Pilates Method?

At Made to Move Pilates, we are trained in the STOTT PILATES® Method. This method incorporates modern exercise principles, including contemporary thinking about spinal rehabilitation and athletic performance enhancement. For example, some approaches may promote a flat back, whereas STOTT PILATES exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints. There is also more emphasis on scapular stabilization and more preparatory exercises and modifications to cater to many different body types and abilities, making it applicable to everyday life.

What is the difference between STOTT PILATES and other Pilates methods?

Although the widespread availability of Pilates classes is a tribute to its effectiveness as a workout system, Pilates classes are not necessarily comparable between studios and fitness centers. The most noticeable difference between the two is the number of people in a class and the teaching style, skills and experience of the instructors. Made to Move Pilates studio has smaller classes and well certified Pilates instructors, which means that the classes offered here will be superior to those offered at gyms or general fitness centers. We provide a personalized Pilates experience that is not one-size-fits-all. We layer and modify the exercises to your needs and our Studio offers an extensive selection of Pilates equipment whereas the Pilates classes at gyms may only involve mats.

My fitness center offers Pilates... why should I come to Made to Move Pilates Studio?

Specialized Pilates equipment consists of a wide array of equipment designed to accommodate clients at every ability level. The effect of resistance training will support and challenge your mind and body at the same time, and in the long run your workout on the equipment will make you even stronger on the mat.

What are the benefits of working out with specialized Pilates equipment?

The Pilates Tower consists of springs and bars. In the Tower class, students learn to build on the mat exercises utilizing the Tower apparatus for resistance and to combine it with exercises done on the Reformer. The Tower and Reformer combination makes it a total body workout, with emphasis on lengthening the spine, strengthening your core, increasing stability and improving coordination.

Previous Pilates experience and initial assessment performed by one of our instructors are required prior to attending the Tower group class.

What is a Tower class?

The complete Pilates method involves both equipment and mat exercises. It is common to combine both in your private appointments. While both private and group classes focus on flow, efficiency and control of movement, as well as precision, a private appointment will better allow the client to focus on his/her individual needs. During a private appointment, you can expect to work on some of the following equipment: mat, the reformer (a gliding bed attached to springs and a frame), the Cadillac (the largest piece, also referred to as the "Trap Table" is a flat mat surrounded by a metal frame and vertical poles on each corner, attaching springs), the chair (a seated apparatus with springs), ladder barrel (a tall barrel attached to a ladder) and spine corrector (small barrel with a step).

Our Mat/Barre Group Classes involve the Mat, Barre, small equipment and your own body weight as resistance against gravity. Group Reformer classes use Reformers, Tower, Platforms and Jump boards.

Both are beneficial, and you will see that the springs add both assistance work as well as resistance work to the method. In many cases, doing an exercise on the reformer first helps you execute the same exercise better on the mat (i.e. the Teaser).

What is the difference between Private appointments and Group classes?

  • Pilates is three-dimensional (i.e. exercises can be performed using all movement planes)
  • Spring resistance more closely resembles muscular contraction
  • Emphasis on concentric and eccentric contraction for injury prevention and promoting long lean muscles.
  • In Pilates exercise, emphasis is placed on rebalancing muscles around the joints
  • Pilates corrects overtraining and muscle imbalances that lead to injury
  • Pilates emphasizes balancing strength with flexibility (for injury prevention and more efficient movement)
  • Leads to an improvement in posture and body awareness
  • Weight training and Pilates can be combined in a fitness program and are a great complement to each other.

How does Pilates differ from weight training?

Private Appointments
Private (one-on-one) appointments are the most effective way to train your body. Get a personalised workout and expert feedback from our skilled instructors.

We highly encourage all students to begin with private appointments. You will learn about your posture and your physical limitations, as well as exercise modifications to ensure you practice Pilates and perform other physical activities safely.

Group classes
For those who like to socialise, or have allocated to a certain budget, they can choose to combine their private appointments with group classes, or just attend group classes only.

Our group classes are capped at maximum of five participants in the Reformer/Tower classes and eight participants in the Mat/Barre classes. These small group classes will ensure you get enough instructor’s attention to modify or correct your form while executing the exercises. Smaller group classes are also key to ensure safety of all participants.

Customised classes
Special populations have special needs, and they usually benefit from working out together.
Examples of former customized classes:

  • Seniors
  • Golfers
  • Runners
  • Pre- and post-natal
  • Pilates for Men
  • Board riders & Swimmers

Let us know what you are looking for. We are open to good ideas and meeting the needs of the Nordhavn/Østerbro community. To start a Customised Class or Closed group we ask for a minimum of 5 participants.  

Closed group classes and challanges
These classes are for groups who sign up and commit to attending the same class on a weekly basis for a specified period of time, usually 6-8 weeks. We keep the classes closed to outside clients so the group can improve and move up the scale at the same pace since the exercises become more challenging over time. If one class is missed for any reason, the client can use this credit for any other Pilates class offered on the schedule, as long as it's within that same 6-8 week period. This rule applies only one time. The early cancellation policy does not apply, however a notice is greatly appreciated.

Which classes should I attend?