What is Pilates?
is an innovative, full body conditioning program developed by Joseph
Pilates over a period of 40 years beginning in the 1920's, designed to
strengthen the core musculature as it lengthens the body. A complete
Pilates program involves both mat and equipment work. The focus on
breath and properly performed movements creates fluidity and balance in
Who is Ron Fletcher?
Fletcher was a student of Joseph Pilates, and is recognized as one of
only a hand full of Master Teachers of the Pilates Work. Fletcher's
background in dance, his gift for movement and the legacy passed onto
him by Clara Pilates to continue to build on the Pilates principles
have resulted in an innovative approach to teaching movement.
What is the difference between Fletcher Pilates and other forms of Pilates?
main difference between Fletcher Pilates and other forms of Pilates is
reflected in the core of the Fletcher Pilates Method - "The Percussive
Breathing Technique." The fully developed, specific training of
one's lung capacity while moving through Pilates exercises helps to
improve posture and recruit core muscles. Fletcher
Pilates also offers full movement programs using the Spine
Corrector, Towelwork, Barrework, and Floorwork in addition to the
classical exercises of the Pilates Method. These innovative additions
to the Pilates work reflect the constant evolution of movement.
The Fletcher Pilates Method spans the spectrum of movement programs for
the post-rehabilitative client as well as the athlete.
What will Fletcher Pilates do for me?
consistent Pilates program (2-3 sessions per week) will significantly
improve posture and alignment as it enhances balance, stamina,
coordination, strength and flexibility.
How long will it take for me to notice changes in my body?
Pilates' claimed that "in ten sessions you'll feel the difference, in
20 you'll see the difference, and in 30 you'll have a new body." Your
own awareness and dedication to a regular practice will effect how
quickly you see your body change.
Wil this program help my back pain?
Pilates promotes strength in posture and muscles of the hip that
can often lead to an alleviation of back pain. However, back pain can
stem from issues as simple as muscle weakness and/or lack of
flexibility to complex disc issues. We recommend if you suffer
from back pain that you consult with your doctor before beginning a new
Will I be able to perform these exercises with existing injuries?
can perform basic Fletcher Pilates exercises, however, if you've had a serious
injury or a recent surgery, we strongly recommend consulting your
doctor before beginning any new exercise regimen. If you have been in
the care of a physical therapist, we would be happy to consult with
them about your program.
Will this program flatten my tummy?
Fletcher Pilates' focus on strengthening the core musculature with the
use of the Percussive Breath in addition to abdominal exercises
inevitably will result in flatter, firmer tummies.
Will I lose weight?
Fletcher Pilates is resistance work that will burn calories, it is not aerobic
until one masters the advanced work. Only aerobic work such as cycling,
running, swimming, skiing, etc. will speed ones metabolism. If you are
trying to lose weight, we recommend Pilates along with aerobic exercise
such as our Helios Running Group and a diet prescribed by your nutritionist.
Will I gain flexibility?
Yes. Improving flexibility is one of the principal benefits of a consistent Fletcher Pilates regimen.
Can I continue to do weights and my other exercise routines while I do Pilates?
In fact the Fletcher Pilates principals can be applied to and will enhance
virtually all movement including any supplemental fitness program you
What should I wear?
No shoes. Comfortable, form-fitting, clothing - nothing too baggy so your instructor can see you move.
How do I sign up?
Call us at 773.248.0920 or email at email@example.com. We would be happy to get you started with a personalized movement program.