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Pilates Center of Omaha Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I come to Pilates Center of Omaha?

Pilates Center of Omaha is dedicated to raising the standard of Pilates training in Omaha and the Midwest!  Our fully equipped Pilates studio is the STOTT PILATES® Licensed Education Facility for Nebraska.  We are proud to have been voted First Place Best Pilates Studio of Omaha by Omaha Magazine for the past 7 years.  The Certified Instructors and Instructor Trainers at Pilates Center of Omaha are fully trained, enthusiastic and knowledgeable in Pilates and post-rehabilitation exercise.  


We offer a full range of options for Pilates training;  Customized training can be achieved with private sessions with a Certified Pilates Instructor or Licensed Physical Therapist.  Our small group classes provide a fun, motivating environment.  And our STOTT PILATES® instructor training courses with Lead Instructor Trainers provide unparalleled education to become a highly qualified Pilates Instructor.  No matter what your goal or who you are when you walk into our studio for the first time, we are dedicated to supporting you in achieving your goals and look forward to helping you become a healthier and happier person!


Can I come try a class for free? 

The instructors at Pilates Center of Omaha have invested 100+ hours in Pilates instructor education and certification exams along with degrees and continuing education.  We believe in the value of the unparalleled Pilates training you will receive at our studio.  We want our clients to get the most of our their Pilates program and offer an introductory program to allow for safe and effective class participation.  You will learn the basic principles, essential level exercises and safe use of the equipment prior to joining our group classes.  More information about our introductory programs can be found HERE.  If you are visiting from another studio, single group classes or private sessions can be purchased.  Additional group class and private session pricing options can be found HERE.  


STOTT PILATES® is an internationally recognized contemporary approach to the original exercise method pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates.  It is considered the "Ivy League" of Pilates Certifications.  Co-founders Moira and Lindsay G. Merrithew, along with a team of physical therapists, sports medicine and fitness professionals, have spent three decades refining the STOTT PILATES® method of exercise and equipment.  This resulted in the inclusion of modern principles of exercise science and spinal rehabilitation, making it one of the safest and effective methods available.  This clear and detailed approach forms the basis for STOTT PILATES® training and certification programs.  It is used by rehab and prenatal clients, athletes, celebrities and everyone in between.

What is the difference between Pilates at Pilates Center of Omaha and other locations?

The instructors at Pilates Center of Omaha have gone through many hours of Pilates instructor training education and certification exams, college degrees, continuing education and other fitness certification programs.  We are also your location for STOTT PILATES® Instructor Education and Pilates based Physical Therapy.  The Pilates Center of Omaha is home to Victory Pilates, the exclusive Merrithew Licensed Training Center for Nebraska and Iowa and other studios across the Midwest.  We are also home to CoreWorks Physical Therapy; Specializing in pelvic floor and pre/postnatal conditions and treating chronic pain with Pilates based Physical Therapy. 


We are fortunate to have two Physical Therapists and two Lead STOTT PILATES® Instructor Trainers on our team.  This allows our highly qualified instructors access to ongoing continuing education and in-house resources if an injury or special consideration come up.  Pilates Center of Omaha has also collaborated with CoreWorks Physical Therapy to develop the Chronic Pain Restorative Program.  This allows for safe exercise participation in conjunction with Physical Therapy treatment for individuals with chronic pain conditions.  More information about this program can be found HERE.  


We communicate with many physicians, chiroporactors, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals in the area to ensure we meet each client's individual needs in providing a safe and effective Pilates program.   You will be welcomed warmly, even if you are new to Pilates or fitness.  Pilates Center of Omaha instructors are the best in the Midwest, and all are expertly trained and certified.  You will find them friendly, approachable and willing to help you in any way they can.  Pilates Center of Omaha’s mission is to empower people to lead a healthier and happier lifestyle and we are dedicated to helping you achieve those goals!

What are the benefits of Pilates at Pilates Center of Omaha?

  • Longer, leaner muscles (less bulk, more freedom of movement)
  • Improved posture
  • Increased core strength, stability and mobility
  • Injury prevention
  • Enhanced functional fitness and ease of movement
  • Improved balance, strength & flexibility
  • Heightened body awareness
  • Low impact
  • Can be customized to suit everyone from rehab patients to elite athletes
  • A great compliment to other methods of exercise
  • Improved performance in sports (golf, skiing, skating etc)

What are the principles behind the STOTT PILATES® method?

STOTT PILATES® exercise improves core strength and balances the muscles around the joints, improving the way your body functions, looks and feels. It focuses specifically on:

  • Breathing
  • Pelvic placement
  • Rib cage placement
  • Scapular movement and stabalization
  • Head & cervical spine placement


Is Pilates like yoga?

In some respects Pilates and yoga share similarities.  Both are considered mind-body methods of movement which emphasize deep breathing and smooth, controlled movements that encourage your muscles to relax and lengthen.  While 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. The goal with Pilates exercises is to achieve optimal functional fitness.

Will I get taller with participation in a Pilates program?

Pilates places an emphasis on performance of exercises with optimal joint alignment and correct posture.  This awareness of alignment and maintaining good posture can increase the appearance of your height.  

How long will I have to do Pilates before I see results?

The average active person doing 2-3 classes per week should see some results within 10-12 classes.  This will vary depending on each individual and other factors such as the number of classes a person takes each week, whether they are private or group classes, participation in other physical activities, and existing injuries.  It is also important to work with a well trained Certified Instructor.

I have back pain. Will I be able to do Pilates?

Although you should always consult with your physician before starting any fitness routine, a Pilates workout is gentle and controlled.  Pilates can be a very safe form of exercise for individuals with back pain because of the emphasis on strengthening the muscles that support the spine and joints.  Pilates Center of Omaha is home to CoreWorks Physical Therapy and is fortunate to have two Physical Therapists on the team of instructors.  Along with these great resources, our instructors have gone through injury and special populations continuing education and will modify the exercises to accommodate your limitations.  We will also communicate with your health care providor to ensure we are providing a safe and effective workout that continually challenges you within your range.  If you commit yourself to a consistent schedule you will certainly feel results. 

How is Pilates at Pilates Center of Omaha different from weight training or other resistance exercise?

Pilates exercises emphasize proper postural alignment, core strength and muscle balance.   A Pilates routine at Pilates Center of Omaha will include exercises that promote core strength and stability, muscle control and endurance.   Emphasis is placed on rebalancing muscles around the joints to aid in the effects of over-training and muscle imbalances that lead to injury.  Our equipment classes utilize spring resistance which closely resembles muscular contractions with an emphasis on concentric/eccentric contractions for injury prevention.  The instructors at Pilates Center of Omaha are experienced in injury and special populations and are able to modify exercises for each indivudual.   We keep our class sizes small and offer a variety of class levels to ensure your needs are met.    

Is it safe to do Pilates during pregnancy?

Please Note: The following information should NOT be substituted for medical advice from your doctor.  Please consult your physician for information on what will be appropriate for you during your pregnancy.


Pilates can be a safe, low impact form of exercise during pregnancy.  Participation in a Pilates program should take place prior to becomming pregnant or during the first trimester to allow your instructor to become familiar with the changes that take place in your body throughout your pregnancy.  It is highly recommended that you participate in one-on-one sessions or classes that are prenatal specific as exercises performed in a regular Pilates class may be contraindicated.   


Pilates Center of Omaha is home to CoreWorks Physical Therapy, whose Physical Therapist specializes in pre and postnatal treatment.  More information about scheduling an appointment can be found HERE.

Can I lose weight just doing Pilates?

Pilates can be a positive addition to your overall weight loss program.  The most successful and healthy way to achieve weight loss is an exercise plan that includes an aerobic component coupled with strength training such as Pilates, and following a balanced diet.  Combining Pilates with a weight loss program also offers the following additional benefits: enhanced mind-body connection, improved strength, posture and flexibility and greater ease of movement.

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