What is the difference between STOTT PILATES® and other methods?

The STOTT PILATES® method is a contemporary anatomical approach to the original Pilates method developed by professionals, for professionals. The method includes the modern principles of exercise science and rehabilitation and excludes contraindicative exercises. The five basic principles are the foundations, which can be applied to sport-specific training and everyday life. It incorporates modern exercise principles and applies proven and accepted practices in spinal rehabilitation and professional sport disciplines. STOTT PILATES exercises are designed to restore the natural curves of the spine and rebalance the muscles around the joints. Significant emphasis is placed on pelvic and scapular stabilisation and peripheral mobility. Preparatory exercises and modifications allow the technique to be appropriate for many different body types and abilities.

What can I expect from a regular Pilates practice?

A regular Pilates practice can help improve muscle tone, flexibility, balance, mobility, body awareness and wellbeing. It also reduces spinal and joint pain. Great emphasis is placed on core strength, which shapes the whole body and guarantees a slimmer and stronger waist.

When can I see the first results?

The average active person doing two to three classes per week should see the first results within ten to twelve classes. This will vary depending on each individual and other factors such as the number of group or private classes a person takes each week, whether they participate in other physical activities, and whether they have any existing injuries. It is also important to work with an educated certified instructor.

Can I do Pilates if I have back pain?

Although you should always consult your physician before starting any fitness routine, a Pilates workout is gentle and controlled with no sudden, pain-provoking movements. It is important that you work with a qualified instructor to ensure that you are doing the movements correctly. Our experienced instructors will be able to modify the exercises to accommodate your limitations, and continually challenge you within your range. If you commit yourself to a consistent workout schedule you will certainly notice positive results, including decreased back pain, improved mobility, and better posture.

Should I do any other forms of recreation besides Pilates?

Pilates is a musculoskeletal conditioning program. It is most effective when combined with other cardiovascular workouts (bootcamp, Progressive Pilates, and other types of exercise), and a great addition to your weight training programme.

Can Pilates help me lose weight?

Pilates is an excellent complement to your weight-loss training programme. Weight loss occurs when the number of calories consumed is lower than the number of calories expended. The most successful and healthy way to achieve weight loss is an exercise plan that includes an aerobic component coupled with a strength training component, such as Pilates, and following a balanced diet. Combining Pilates with aerobic exercise offers additional benefits: greater mind-body connection, improved posture, flexibility, and functionality.

How is Pilates different from other fitness routines and sports?

Unlike other fitness routines, Pilates is a three-dimensional movement technique (i.e. exercises can be performed using all movement planes), the spring resistance on the machines closely resemble muscular contraction, more emphasis is put on concentric/eccentric contraction for injury prevention, the method is customisable for special needs, and focuses on rebalancing muscles around the joints. Pilates corrects over-training and muscle imbalance that leads to injury, emphasizes balancing strength with flexibility (for injury prevention and more efficient movement) and leads to an improved posture and body awareness. It can be easily coupled with weight training.

Is Pilates similar to Yoga?

Some aspects of Pilates are similar to Yoga. Both are considered mind-body type methods of movement; both emphasize deep breathing and smooth, long movements. The difference is that 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 incorporating resistance equipment. The goal with Pilates is to strengthen the postural muscles while achieving optimal body functionality.

Can a mat workout bring the same results as an equipment workout?

Mat-based workouts are very convenient and can be done anywhere. However, the resistance from the equipment will enable you to move with greater control and precision, and place more emphasis on your outer limbs and core, adding variety and intensity to the program.

What is a Reformer and what are the springs for?

The Reformer is the essential piece of Pilates equipment used to incorporate various exercises. By using springs for resistance, Reformers provide gradual resistance as your muscles contract, ensuring the muscles are being worked properly. There is greater resistance at the muscle’s strongest point of contraction and less resistance on the initiation and completion of the contraction, and therefore, less stress on tendons and ligaments.

What is a V2 Max Reformer?

The V2 Max Reformer is a Reformer with a vertical frame. Equipped with a retractable rope system and travelling pulleys on the vertical frame, the V2 Max Plus offers limitless exercise possibilities, variable angles of resistance, and provides an increased fitness challenge. A revolutionary machine, now available also in our studio.

What are the benefits of exercising on equipment?

STOTT PILATES equipment is highly versatile and dynamic, allowing you to do hundreds of exercises. A great tool for athletic conditioning, injury rehabilitation or simply keeping fit, the Reformer allows for three-dimensional movement – meaning exercises can be performed while sitting, standing and lying down. It will help you build core and overall body strength with peripheral mobility, improve flexibility, correct posture, balance strength with flexibility, allow for eccentric and concentric muscle contractions (with constant resistance), and improve the musculoskeletal conditioning.

What should I bring to the workout?

Bring a water bottle and a small towel. Wear comfortable workout clothes, footwear is not needed. All classes require the use of socks.

How early should I arrive at the studio?

Take enough time to prepare for your workout by arriving on time, at least ten minutes before the class begins.

Where can I buy the accessories used in the studio?

All equipment and accessories used in our studio can be purchased. For more information, please contact the reception.

How did Pilates start?

The original exercise method was pioneered by the late Joseph Pilates. It is a mind-body system to strengthen the weak muscles in the body and upgrade the strong muscles. Pilates (1880-1967) was a gymnast, diver, and a professional boxer, who made the first step in revolutionising the physical training regime in post-WWI England. He was interned and started working as health intern, developing a variety of equipment with a series of exercises to help fellow interns gain strength and mobility.


Peti element presents STOTT PILATES®, GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® technique according to international standards. For holistic approach we also offer post-rehabilitation, massage, trigger point therapy, fascial and connective tissue release and NMT therapies.

Peti element studio
Barjanska 62, 1000 Ljubljana