Frequently asked questions
I’ve never done Pilates before, how do i get started? Click here for Intro Offers!
We offer a 30 minute consultation one-on-one with an instructor for brand new clients only. During this session one of our highly trained Pilates Instructors will assess your needs and goals to set up a personalized plan just for you. You will be taken through a mini Pilates workout on the equipment to help the trainer determine what level you are at and whether private sessions, or group classes are a good fit. If the trainer decides you are ready for group classes, he/she can then help you set up a schedule and suggest which class is best for you to begin with. For those individuals with injuries, the trainer will help you set up a safe plan to help you reach your goals, most likely requiring some private sessions to begin. Even if you don't have any injuries, it is important to do this intro consultation so that the instructor can make sure you know how to correctly engage your core muscles and align your body. Without these basics you wont get the full benefit of Pilates in a group class.
I know i want to do private sessions, what will my first session be like?
The very first session will cover the correct way to breath and engage your core muscles. You will go through the basic Pilates exercises both on the equipment and mat. Beyond these important basics this session is about you and will be tailored to best meet your needs and goals. If your aim is to join group classes, the instructor will teach you how to move and adjust your equipment.
How often should I do Pilates?
We suggest 2-3 sessions per week to really see results. As with any fitness routine consistency is crucial. If you are only coming once a week your body will “forget” all that it has learned and felt, making it difficult to build on everything you learned the week prior and see results.
When will i start to see results?
According to Joseph Pilates who created the Pilates method, after 10 sessions you will feel better, 20 sessions you will visibly see a difference, and after 30 sessions your body will be changed. Often this change occurs as a dramatic postural change making you look longer and leaner.
What should I wear?
Something light weight that you are comfortable moving in. Try to avoid extremely baggy clothing, alignment is crucial in Pilates and if the trainer can’t see your body they can’t be sure you are doing it correctly. Pilates is done without shoes, so either barefoot or socks if you prefer. We do sell toe sox with grips on the bottom. If you are individual who prefers wearing socks we recommend these to avoid slipping during exercises.
Do I need to bring anything?
If you are a client who tends to sweat we recommend bringing a small towel with you. Otherwise we provide everything you need!
What will I feel after a workout?
It is normal to feel muscle soreness between 24-48 hours after your workout. This is known as delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and it is a normal reaction to working the muscles in ways they are not used too. The soreness is just a sign that your body is getting stronger.
Can I do Pilates if I have an injury?
Yes! Pilates can be modified to accommodate any injury, and help in the rehabilitative process. For individuals with injuries private sessions are a must so that the session can be tailored specifically to you and your needs, giving you that one-on-one attention your body needs. Please make sure the instructor is aware of any and all injuries you have so that they can create an exercise program appropriate for you. As part of our certification process, all trainers are taught to adjust the Pilates workout for a variety of injuries including disc herniation, scoliosis, joint injury and replacement, osteoporosis, to name a few. It is always a good idea to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program.
Can I do Pilates if I am pregnant?
Yes! Pilates is safe to do all through your pregnancy and can even help you with delivery and a quicker recovery. If you have been doing Pilates prior to pregnancy you can continue to do your workouts as long as your body feels good. Make sure to inform your instructor so that they can provide any necessary modifications for you.
If you have never done Pilates before and are pregnant you need to work one-on-one with an instructor in a private session so that they can teach you how to engage your core in a modified way. Certain Pilates exercises can feel quite strenuous if you have never done them before, and with the added strain of pregnancy you have to be careful not to overwork the wrong muscles. It is always a good idea to clear any new exercise program with your doctor, especially if you are pregnant.
Do I need instructor approval to take a class?
You don’t need instructor approval to take any of our Pilates basics classes, or the mat classes. If you have never done Pilates before these are the class options for you. If you have Pilates experience but are just out of practice, we would recommend taking one of these slower paced classes for your first class back. Ultimately, you know your body. If you have the experience on the machines and want to jump right in, speak with one of our highly trained instructors and they can help you find the best class option for you based on your level of experience and fitness.
What is the difference between a Pilates basics class and a reformer class?
Our Pilates basics classes are comparable to a reformer or combo class, just done at a slower pace. The instructor will go into greater detail when describing movements and what you should be feeling. They will also walk you through the equipment set up and lend a helping hand. By the time you join one of the reformer or combo classes you should feel comfortable with adjusting the machines, and with the basic Pilates exercises.