Frequently Asked Questions
"Do I need to bring my own mat?"
"Can I just turn up?
No. Numbers are limited to ensure adequate health, safety & comfort for all attendees.
"Do I need to book ahead?"
"What shall I wear?"
You will need to wear comfortable, stretchy clothing. Trainers are not necessary for Pilates, most people go bare-foot, others use padded socks. It's your preference.
You will need to wear supportive trainers for more active fitness classes.
"Do I need anything else?"
It is advisable to bring your own water to drink.
Extra stuff people like to bring:
-an extra layer for cooling down
- a headrest
-a small towel
"Do I need to be flexible to do the moves?"
Lack of flexibility & poor posture is responsible for many ailments that can affect your health. Initially most people notice limited range of movement but each week your flexibility will improve & you'll find you get more adept at your exercises.
"What if I've recently had surgery or I am recovering from an injury?"
You will need to check with your GP or Physio that it is safe for you to return to exercising & then complete our Health Questionnaire.
(You may feel 1:1 attention is more suitable for you while you gain confidence.)
"Can I come if I have a bad back?"
Pilates is especially beneficial for people with chronic back pain. The exercises strengthen the core which support your back as well as promoting good alignment with gentle stretches to loosen any tightness.
If you are currently under the GP or Physio, check if they recommend Pilates first.
Usually the answer is yes!
"What time shall I arrive?"
Before your first session, please arrive 10 mins before so you can ask any questions. Ensure you have completed your health questionnaire in advance. Where appropriate, we request that you comply with social distancing guidelines before & after class.
"What if I can't do Pilates or I've never been before?"
Everybody is new to something at some point! Most classes have beginners & regulars. Your instructor will direct you through the moves with lots of teaching points, demonstrations & modifications for you, so you feel in control and at ease.
"How energetic are the classes?"
Pilates is a low impact, mid intensity, core strengthening
exercise discipline, designed to increase flexibility & promote alignment. It is especially beneficial for preventing back pain with it's origins rooted in rehabilitation and healing.
-Total Body HiiT & Step are energetic
cardiovascular & muscular strengthening workouts, which can easily be adapted to suit your ability.
-Functional Strength is slower paced with focused, low impact & top to toe progressive strengthening.
"Are all classes mixed?"
All classes are mixed unless specified.
"Can we exercise indoors now?"
Yes. In managed groups with sensible spacing determined by the size of the venue & maintaining recommended social distancing.