Pilates is generally appropriate for senior fitness, and it is gaining popularity among senior citizens. The ability to modify exercises to meet differing needs, along with the many benefits of the Pilates method, such as increased levels of strength, balance, flexibility, muscle tone, stamina, and well-being, make Pilates an inviting senior exercise program. After all, Joseph Pilates practiced his method into his eighties.
Classes for Seniors
Start out in a group or private class with a certified Pilates instructor. Peter Vaillancourt has trained dozens of seniors and will design a customized program just for you. As Pilates becomes an integral part of the fitness world, Pilates classes specifically for seniors are becoming more common. A good instructor will offer cues for exercise modifications, and most classes are small enough that some individual instruction can be expected.
Another option for the senior student is to begin with private classes. Court Pilates offers both private and group instruction at its Lincoln Center area studio. This will ensure a good foundation in the basic movement principles of Pilates, and make it easier for a senior student to become comfortable with the pace of exercise.