FAQ – Pilates


These are the questions that we are often asked about doing Pilates at Absolute Yoga, Crosby.


What is Pilates?

Pilates is a relatively modern form of body conditioning which was developed over 80 years ago by Joseph Pilates (1880–1967).


The practice of Pilates involves:


(1)   The co-ordination of the breath with movement
(2)   The development of a strong core
(3)   The maintenance of a neutral spine position
(4)   A focus on developing spinal and pelvic alignment

What is Hot Pilates?


Hot Pilates is the practice of Pilates and the integration of body, breath and mind in a heated room of about 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

What are the Main Benefits of Pilates?


Pilates stretches and strengthens the whole body to improve balance, muscle strength, flexibility and posture.
The regular practice of Pilates will also result in the development of amazing core strength. This is due to the strong focus on abdominal musculature, in particular the transversus abdominus, throughout practice. Accordingly, even when performing exercises designed to target the muscles of the legs the core is still engaged throughout the duration of each movement.
Consequently, if it is a six pack that you are after then stop doing those crunches and start doing Pilates.

Who can do Pilates?

The Pilates method is accessible to anyone regardless of age or gender. Indeed, the hot Pilates classes at Absolute Yoga, Crosby cater for men and women of all fitness levels from beginners to advanced.
The intensity of the exercises can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the movements. Accordingly, Pilates exercises can be adapted to provide either gentle strength training for rehabilitation or challenge the seasoned practitioner with a vigorous workout.

Is Pilates good for Back Pain and Rehabilitation?

There is sufficient evidence to suggest that the regular practice of Pilates can significantly decrease lower back pain and improve the mobility of people who suffer from chronic lower back pain.


In many respects, Pilates has come full circle now as the method was originally developed by Joseph Pilates as a form of rehabilitation. Joseph found that mobilising the body early on in rehabilitation resulted in a reduced convalescence period after musculoskeletal injuries.

What is the difference between Pilates and Yoga??


Archaeological artefacts from the Indus-Saraswati civilisation in India suggest that yoga may have been practised as early as 4,500 BC. However, Pilates is a relatively modern form of body conditioning which was developed by Joseph Pilates over 80 years ago.


Yoga and Pilates share many similarities in that there is a focus on breathing, alignment, relaxation and concentration. Also, both methods seek to unite the mind, body and spirit. Indeed, Joseph Pilates believed that the `balance of body and mind’ was the only route to good sustainable health.
However, in a class room setting, one of the main differences between the two techniques lies in the type of breathing practised while performing the postures. The foundation of yoga breathing is an inhalation and exhalation through the nose. However, in Pilates the exhalation is made through the mouth whilst mindfully engaging the core as the breath is expelled.

How Many Calories are Burned in a 60 Minute Hot Pilates Session?

An hour working at a beginner level would about burn about 175 calories. Someone working at an advanced level can expect to burn between 255 and 375 calories.

When are the Pilates classes at Absolute Yoga?

Monday 9.30am – Hot Pilates
Wednesday 10.00am – Hot Pilates
Wednesday 8.00pm – Hot Pilates
Friday 10am – Hot Pilates

Book a class here.

Can men attend the Hot Pilates classes?

Yes, our classes are unisex. We have many male students who tend to practise yoga and Pilates in order to improve their performance in other sports such as running or Mixed Martial Arts.


How to Book a Class at Absolute Yoga, Crosby (Liverpool)
Email: info@absoluteyogacrosby.co.uk
Call: 0151 928 1029
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