Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a certain age or fitness level to attend K2 Pilates?  Anyone from any fitness level or age can benefit from Pilates.  The class atmosphere is always supportive and non-competitive.  Each student can be challenged at their own level without others affecting your workout.  We encourage beginners to stick with basic modifications, and to rest at any point during the class.  As you increase your stamina and fitness level, you will be able to add more advanced variations and complete longer repetitions of each exercise.

I am not very flexible, can I still do Pilates?  Yes!  In facet Pilates is the perfect exercise to help you increase your flexibility safely.  Each class begins with a gentle warm-up, followed by the alternating stretch and strength format, which thoroughly warms your muscles and allows them to release more effectively during stretching sections.

Can I lose weight doing Pilates?  Yes, and more importantly, you will lose body size!  Weight is only a small element to increasing fitness.  Muscle is denser than fat, and in order to burn fat, you need muscle.  By attending Pilates classes consistently, your muscles will become more efficient at burning fat, and your body will get firmer and tighter.  Even if your overall weight loss does not sharply decrease, your body measurements and composition definitely will.

Why does Pilates focus so much on the core?  The core is the "powerhouse" of the body.  Without a strong core, the other body parts cannot move freely or efficiently.  Instead, muscles in the lower back, and other major joints take on additional stress to create movement, which results in common injuries, aches and pains.  Every movement in Pilates emphasizes tightening and engaging the abdominal muscles, even if the primary focus is on another muscle group such as the quadriceps or shoulders.

How often should I take Pilates classes?  To see significant change in your body, you should attend 3 to 5 times per week.  If you are doing other forms of exercise or activity, 2 to 3 times per week will improve your tone, strength, balance and flexibility.

How often should I take Pilates classes?  To see significant change in your body, you should attend 3 to 5 times per week.  If you are doing other forms of exercise or activity, 2 to 3 times per week will improve your tone, strength, balance and flexibility.

Can I take a Pilates class if I have had previous Injuries?  Yes, Pilates is a very safe form of exercise based on strengthening and stretching exercises.  Every position and movement emphasizes correct alignment and accuracy of form, based from the core.  Muscles surrounding and supporting your ankles, knees, hips, spine and shoulders  will be properly stabilized and strengthened.  The exercises are designed to increase flexibility in all of these joints and areas of the body to ensure improved posture, reduced soreness due to increased strength, decreased lower back pain and overall energy increase. If you are cleared by your doctor to resume exercise, we are ready to help you feel better than ever!


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"Your studio is my first experience with Pilates. It was suggested by a physical therapist as a great way to continue my recovery from cervical spine surgery in 2015 and it has been fabulous for me!!  Have to give a shout out to Rachel! I feel so comfortable in her classes knowing that if on a particular day I can't do some move completely it's fine. She's non-judgmental, sweet and has excellent taste in music! "

~ Melanie B.

"Best Pilates Studio in Northern Nevada!
We are fortunate to have the it in our small town." ~ Aleeta Jones

"Addicted! Comfortable environment to challenge yourself and get strong!"

~ Alex Ricketts

"While preparing for Miss America, I was not only looking to get into the best shape of my life, but to also find some peace of mind. I found both at K2 Pilates. The instructors are both challenging and encouraging, but also extremely friendly. The classes provided me with a place to discover my physical limits while giving me a space to escape from my hectic schedule. Thank you K2 Pilates for providing me with everything I was looking for and more!!"~ Christina Keegan, Miss Nevada 

"Great place, terrific instructors!  The combination of Pilates and SPIN is the perfect program to prepare me for racing." ~ Davy Jones, Professional Race Car Driver

"I've struggled with Scoliosis throughout my life.  This is the first type of exercise that I have done that has truly helped.  I walk comfortably, I sleep better and just generally feel better and much stronger.  Not to mention, I really enjoy Pilates and look forward to it!"
~ Linda Colavechio.  - Gardnerville.

"The staff at K2 Pilates are professionals.  Their experience and education speaks for itself.  I am not a bit surprised they were voted "Carson Valley's Best!"  Since I started taking Pilates at K2, my life has improved.  At 34 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  I thought my new reality was a life of pain.  My doctor suggested I try K2 Pilates for Pilates and Yoga and it has helped my condition immensly.  I enjoy every moment at that studio, from the exercise, to the ambiance and especially the terrific personalities of the instructors and owner.  It is a positive environment that is a bright spot in my day!" ~ Charlotte Kack, Minden

"I was experiencing the effects of on-set osteo-arthritis.  I've been practicing Pilates twice a week and feel so much better.  I am stronger and I rarely have the aches I was experiencing." ~ Mary Mathias - Minden

"I've been practicing Pilates nearly six months and have noticed overall tonining and strength.  In addition, I've lost at least an inch in my waist!  The strength I've gained gives me a lot of extra confidence while skiing and practicing other outdoor activities that I love to do here in Carson Valley!"
~ Beth Swansen

"I am 82 was nervous about being able to keep up with an exercise class.  Pilates has changed everything for me.  I feel so much better, and my balance has really improved which has given me a confidence boost!" ~ Carol Thopkins