Frequently asked questions

How do I choose the right Pilates Studio?

It can be difficult and confusing when trying to choose a pilates studio as there are so many to choose from. Make sure your instructor is certified and registered with a governing body and has been trained by a Government Recognised Training Organisation. Your instructor should know anatomy inside and out. This takes years to learn and cannot be learnt in many of the ‘4 day Pilates Instructors” courses now being held. Review the times, costs and whether you want a large and anonymous class or small and personalised class.

Is Pilates the same as Yoga?

No – while some of the stretches and exercises do cross over, Yoga is used for more flexibility whereas Pilates focuses on trying to relax tense muscles and strengthen stabilizing muscles.

How often should I do Pilates to see results?

Once per week is generally fine but twice per week is optimal.

Can I exercise when I'm Pregnant?

Yes you can exercise safely during pregnancy. Some exercises have to be modified and abdominal exercises cease from 10 weeks. Pilates is perfect to maintain strength and fitness during your pregnancy ensuring a speedier recovery post-partum.

Do I need experience to do Pilates or Fitness classes?

No! It’s a good idea to book in for an assessment prior, but if you have no acute injuries or concerns you can start at a beginner level in both classes.

Will Pilates help me lose weight?

Pilates will help develop strength but not necessarily drop weight. Unfortunately there is no magic wand so its healthy eating, cardio and strength training for weight loss. Pilates will help tone and lean up muscles but if you are wanting drastic weight loss, the fitness classes would be better suited. They complement each other beautifully for an entire body workout meeting your strength, fitness and weight loss needs.

Do men do Pilates?

Yes! We have quite a few males attending our classes. Men are often very tight in their hamstrings and quadriceps which lead to poor posture and pain. Our male clients have come leaps and bounds with their strength and flexibility and have said its their favourite hour of their week!

My back and neck hurt when I do Pilates – is this normal?

No definitely not! If your body is producing pain during an exercise it is a red flag to stop, rest and reset. If the pain continues, you should be given another exercise or modification until no pain or discomfort is felt. When you first start Pilates, stabilizing muscles will be very weak and fatigue quickly therefore lesser repetitions and modifications are needed. A good instructor will recognise this and adjust when needed. We specialise in these types of modifications for injuries.

What age do I have to be and do I need an assessment?

You can do Pilates at any age providing you can get up and down from floor level. I teach all ages from the very young to the very mature. An assessment is a great way to learn the basics of pilates one on one. It also helps us know what you are capable of and what injuries will need modifications. It is optional but recommended if you have never done pilates before or have concerns about your body.

When will I see results?

Not straight away unfortunately, but like anything with practice, results come. Usually around the 10-12 lesson mark, people are remarking they feel better and their pain levels have decreased. The muscle toning and aesthetic aspect is normally around the 3 month mark if eating healthily and exercising regularly.

What to expect when you first start?

A whole heap of “wow, there are so many things to think about” and “this is much harder than I thought” are very common statements by my clients As we use the deep core muscles in pilates, it takes effort to activate them when you are new as they tend to be quite lazy and sometimes inactive. This can evoke some muscle soreness in areas you haven’t felt before.

I’m already fit why do I need Pilates?

Pilates works on a different set of muscles that we don’t often use. We have had some of the fittest, strongest people come through the door but they are unable to hold planks, balance on one leg or perform abdominal or butt exercises correctly. Pilates actually compliments any sports whether it be high or low impact, professional or recreational as it uses a mix of slow twitch muscles instead of our quads, hamstrings and erector spinae. These big muscles are always being used in most of our every day activites (driving, a desk bound job, walking up and down stairs) so they get tighter and tighter especially when we train them. This can eventually alter our posture and our gait (curved shoulders, hunched mid backs, painful low backs and tight/weak hamstrings). Pilates exercises are performed slowly with core activation enabling the slow twitch muscles to work cohesively and efficiently with our fast twitch ones – so yes ! even the very fit can benefit from Pilates.

How many people are in a class?

We only take 6-7 max for pilates and 8 for the fitness circuits so we can keep an eye on you each person and correct form and technique personally.

How do I get started?

Simply call us for a chat about what you are seeking, whether it be fitness or core strength and we can go from there. Classes are generally quite full and book out quickly with some having to go on a waitlist, so its best to call to discuss options.
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