Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS PILATES?
Pilates is a full body resistance training. It strengthens and tones muscles, improves posture, provides flexibility and balance, unites body and mind, and creates a great shape.
WHAT WILL PILATES GIVE ME?
- better posture
- strong core
- long, lean muscles
- healthy spine free of pain
- strength without bulk
- awareness – body-mind connection
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A REFORMER AND A MAT SESSION?
The main difference is that a MAT offers no added resistance to the workout, you work with your body weight and sometimes with small props (balls, bands, etc). In REFORMER class, the added resistance from the springs will increase muscle mass and correct muscular imbalances more efficiently.
WHAT IS REFORMER
It is the signature full-body equipment used in pilates. It provides resistance and allows you to move in a greater range of motion and angles to improve strength, balance, and flexibility. You can perform exercises while sitting, standing, lying down, as well as by pulling or pushing the straps.
HOW ARE GROUP CLASSES AND PRIVATE SESSIONS DIFFERENT?
A group class is group instruction where exercise is not tailored to individual needs. But we offer general modifications to suit different abilities and goals where possible. In a group class we use reformer, mat, and sometimes small props: balls, bands, circles, etc
A Private Session is personalised exercise instruction tailored specifically to a clients’ needs and goals. In private sessions we use not only reformer, but also pilates equipment not suited for group setting, such as the wunda chair, trapeze table and spine corrector.
I'VE DONE PILATES AT A DIFFERENT STUDIO, DO I NEED AN INITIAL CONSULTATION BEFORE I CAN JOIN A GROUP CLASS?
Yes, the Initial Consultation is an opportunity for us to get to know you and your goals and ensure the classes you want to join are right for you.
HOW LONG ARE SESSIONS?
Reformer classes and private, semi-private Pilates sessions are 50 minutes long. We want to make sure you can always make it to your next appointment so classes start and end promptly. As a courtesy to other clients, be punctual.
WHAT IS MAXIMUM CAPACITY FOR EACH CLASS?
Our maximum capacity is 6 people in a REFORMER class
SHOULD I ARRIVE EARLY?
Yes, we suggest arriving 5 minutes early to set up for a class.
I've tried to come into the studio but the door is always locked! Why?
We don’t have a receptionist, so only the class Instructor is there at any time. We keep the door locked to minimise disruption to classes, and outside of class times the studio is often not staffed. We do welcome enquiries via email or phone, otherwise you can make all your payments and class bookings from our website.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PILATES & YOGA?
The most fundamental difference between the two is that yoga has deep philosophical roots. Pilates also places great emphasis on the body and mind connection, however there is no spiritual focus. Instead the focus is on controlled, precise movements executed with complete focus and breathing technique.
HOW IS PILATES DIFFERENT FROM OTHER EXERCISE PROGRAM?
Pilates focuses on the concept of muscle activation and control rather than cranking out endless reps or muscle exhaustion.
We emphasize eccentric contractions, this is what creates the long, lean bulk-free Pilates look.
We place great importance on creating more strength and mobility in your core – abdomen, lower back, inner/outer thighs and hips.
We focus on balancing postural muscle groups, strengthening, lengthening and toning your entire body
WHO CAN DO PILATES?
Pilates is great for everybody. Whatever your fitness level is —from the completely sedentary to professional athletes.
Pilates is a safe and smart way to transform and align your body. It can ease back pain and tone trouble spots. While it is certainly challenging, it is designed for everyone, no matter your age, ability or body type.
CAN MEN DO PILATES?
YES, it was actually invented by a man, Joseph Pilates.
Men like Pilates because it builds a strong core, helps with spine problems, increases flexibility, prevents and repairs injuries, and improves posture.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DO PILATES?
Like any exercise program, consistency is the key. 2-3 times a week is ideal to see and feel results. As with everything, the more you practice, the more you’ll get out of it!
HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Everyone is unique and individual results will vary. But even after one session, you will experience a heightened awareness of your body, particularly your posture. With consistent practice you will gain increased strength in your core, a leaner, more defined body. Lasting changes in your body can take time, but it’s important to know after each session you will leave feeling energized and rejuvenated!
I’VE NEVER DONE PILATES BEFORE, HOW TO START?
After first private(3 privates are generally recommended) you can choose between GROUP or PRIVATE sessions. If you have any injuries or concerns, you can discuss this on consultation.
WHAT TO WEAR
Wear fitting clothes—and don’t forget your socks!
We recommend wearing FITTED and comfortable workout clothing, free of buttons and zippers, it is important to see the shape of your body so you and instructor can check your position and alignment as you exercise. Remove all jewellery and watches before class.
Baggy shorts should be avoided (or wear bike shorts underneath) as we incorporate inversions and straddle stretches in our workouts. There are many exercises in Pilates where you are lying down and your legs are moving above you…so you don’t want the shorts to ride up.
Shoes are not needed, but GRIPPY SOCKS are mandatory, a pair with rubber detailing on the soles so you don’t slip on the mat or reformer. Available for purchase at the studio.
WHAT TO BRING
We have mats, but if you’d like to bring your own for mat classes, you’re welcome to do that. Don’t forget your cute Pilates socks! Bring water and towel if you need one(optional).
WILL PILATES HELP ME LOSE WEIGHT?
Pilates will definitely increase your muscle tone, you will tighten all your muscles and lose inches around the stomach, thighs, and buttocks. But good nutrition and a cardio program are necessary to lose pounds.
DO NOT EXERCISE:
- Never exercise immediately after eating
- If you are in pain from injury – consult your doctor first, as rest may be needed before you exercise
- If you have taken pain killers as it will mask any warning pains
- If you are undergoing medical treatment or taking any drugs – you will need to consult your doctor first
- Remember it is always wise to consult your doctor before you take up a new exercise regime, and always stop an exercise if it causes pain
- IF you are feeling at all unwell, as it is counter-productive
- If you have eaten a heavy meal in the past two hours
- If you have been drinking alcohol
I HAVE A SHOULDER/BACK/KNEE INJURY. CAN I DO PILATES?
Always consult with your family physician before beginning any new exercise program. In general, Pilates is a low-impact exercise that is easy on the joints and a great option for people with injuries.
If you have an injury and your doctor cleared you for Pilates, you have to make an appointment for consultation to discuss your goals and needs with the instructor.
CAN I DO PILATES DURING PREGNANCY?
Yes! Pilates is safe to do during pregnancy because it is gentle on the joints, builds the deep abdominals and pelvic floor, and prevents low back pain. At all stages of pregnancy, we suggest listening to your body, take cues from within and moderate as needed during class.
Moms-to-be can choose between Private and/or Duet Sessions.
HOW TO BOOK A PRIVATE SESSION?
For new clients: to book a Private Session you can text, email or call us with your availability. We will schedule a consultation and first private session at your convenience and availability of instructors.
For existing clients: please text us at +1 (949) 394 3461 with your availability.
If you need to cancel, 12 hours notice is required for the cancellation of a private session. Anything canceled with less than 12 hours notice will result in full charge.
HOW DO I ENROLL IN CLASSES?
For new clients: you have to make an appointment for consultation first. It’s mandatory for all classes.
For existing clients: go to SCHEDULE page and click “register online” to check availability and reserve your class today or text us at +1 (949) 394 3461.
We recommend all clients keep standing weekly appointments for the classes of their choice — this ensures regular workouts and better results for you!
DROP IN FOR A GROUP CLASS
While walk-ins are welcome, we cannot guarantee you a place in class without pre-registration. Space is limited, 6 people for REFORMER classes and 10 people for MAT classes. We strongly suggest that you pre-register and pay online in order to reserve your spot.
If a class you’d like to take is full, we recommend putting yourself on the waitlist. If a spot opens, you will be added to the class and receive an email and text confirmation.
All classes have a 12-hour cancellation notice. If it is 12 hours or closer to the class we will send you a text to check if you are still able to make it in, if not no problem!
WHAT IF I HAVE TO MISS MY CLASS?
Please give at least 12 hours notice so we can fill your space in class.
If you cancel your reservation within 12 hours of the assigned class, you will be fully charged for the class. If you cancel outside of the 12 hour period, you will not be charged.
I’M RUNNING LATE
It’s better to be punctual as courtesy to your instructor and other clients. But if that happens we understand if you get stuck in traffic jam and so on. Although we urge you to try not to be late. But if that happened, we want to work with you and make your experience as smooth as possible.
CAN I SHARE MY PACKAGE WITH FRIEND
Packages are non-transferable and cannot be shared. But if you have a strong reason, for example, you’re moving out of town or have some health issues, we can discuss this.