According to IDEA's 2001 group fitness Trendwatch report, yoga and Pilates are increasing in popularity at fitness facilities around the country. What makes these activities so popular? Mind-body modalities boast benefits such as stress reduction and improved breathing, posture and body awareness. In addition, the calming and centering aspects of mind-body classes bring balance into in...
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Starting a Pilates Program i n Yo u r F a c i l i t y
By Lindsay Merrithew and Moira Stott-Merrithew
ow that a U.S. District Court has ruled that Pilates is a generic term (see February 2001 IDEA Health & Fitness Source Industry Watch column for details), more and more fitness facilities are considering providing this popular form of exercis...
industry watch: program trends
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The 2000 IDEA Fitness Programs & Equipment Survey found that yoga and Pilates continue to be two of the fastest-growing activities in fitness facilities today. The challenge for exercise professionals, however, is to conduct mind-body programs like these in a space that enables participants to have a relaxing experience. Here...
ncreasingly, fitness facilities are offering Pilates programs. Although developed in the 1920s, Pilates--an exercise method involving controlled, nonimpact movements that engage both body and mind--has today become part of the fitness industry's lexicon as more and more clients clamor to try this type of workout. Marketing Angle. Because of the media attention Pilates has received...
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xercise programs based on the work of Joseph Pilates are experiencing an explosive growth worldwide. Along with fitness facilities offering group exercise formats, personal trainers are boosting their p...
Have clients asked you, “How many times a week should I do Pilates?” You may have answered, “It depends.” Many things factor into the ideal Pilates program, including the client’s fitness level and goals. But one session a week is rarely, if ever, enough.
newsletter_teaser: Has a client ever asked you, “How many times a week should I do Pilates?” You may have answered, “It depends.” Many things factor into the ideal Pilates program, including the client’s fitness level and goals. But one session a week is rarely, if ever, enough.
A consistent Pilates or proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) exercise program may improve balance in older-adult women, suggests a study
in BMC Geriatrics (2015; doi: 10.1186/s12877-015-0059-3). Researchers from the Universidade Camilo Castelo Branco, Saˉ o Paulo, and the Universidade Estadual do Piauí, Teresina, both in Brazil, conducted the randomized controlled trial in the hope of identifying alternative ways to prevent falls and promote independent living.
Are you, or is your facility, offering any outdoor mind-body activities or programs? If yes, what type of outdoor programs are you providing, and are they year-round or seasonal? What has been the participant response? For example, what are the program growth trends, and what demographic groups typically participate?
When you added Pilates classes to your schedule, you took the time to find the best instructors and invest in the right equipment. Sometimes, however, simply scheduling a standard Pilates class isn’t enough to get members to fill the studio. So, once you have a foundation you can trust, why not add flair?
newsletter_teaser: When you added Pilates classes to your schedule, you took the time to find the best instructors and invest in the right equipment. Sometimes, however, simply scheduling a standard Pilates class isn’t enough to get members to fill the studio. So, once you have a foundation you can trust, why not add flair?
More evidence has emerged that Pilates can help people with chronic lower-back pain. Patients with this condition who practiced Pilates twice a week for 50 minutes over a 90-day period experienced improvements in pain, function and quality of life compared with patients with similar pain who did no exercises. Researchers from Universidade Federal de São Paulo, in São Paulo, conducted the study with 60 patients who suffered from chronic nonspecific lower-back pain. They split into two groups: an experimental group and a control group.