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What is the difference between a Mat and a Studio Pilates class?

Animated Ask QuestionsMat Pilates classes are performed on a floor mat. The exercises will use body resistance, small apparatus (like chi ball, hand weights, resistance circle and foam roller) as well as gym balls. These classes are primarily for maintaining already achieved core control.

Studio Pilates classes are performed on a variety of Pilates machines (reformer, wunda chair, cadillac trapeze table, spine corrector, ladder barrel and more). Studio Pilates is perfect for rehabilitation, sports conditioning and injury prevention. Studio Pilates is true Pilates. The machines allow your instructor to train your body in a very specific way so you target the muscles that need the work. You will get stronger faster with Studio Pilates.

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How often do I need to attend Pilates?

Most people attend pilates once or twice per week. You should aim for a minimum of 180 minutes total physical activity per week. Pilates can contribute towards this total, but you should also be undertaking other forms of exercise.

As a general rule:

  1. Attend once per week if you want to maintain and slowly improve your body condition. If you already undertake regular physical activity more than three times per week, attending Pilates once per week will improve your core and maintain general flexibility.
  2. Attend twice per week if you want to quickly improve your core control or rehabilitate from an injury. You should still be doing 2-3 additional sessions of exercise per week.
  3. Attend three times per week if you are working towards a specific goal or you only do a small amount of other physical activity.

What if I haven't exercised much before?

It doesn't matter what your level of fitness is, Pilates will benefit you. As we carefully assess your body's capabilities before we start an exercise program, your exercises will be at a level that you can succeed at, while still challenging your body so it will strengthen.

I'm older. Is it too late to start Pilates?

It is never too late to start Pilates. We have people over 80 years of age participating and enjoying our Pilates classes. Because each exercise program is tailored to the individual, you get to work at your pace, on exercises you are able to do.

Are there specific times I must start my course of Pilates?

No - you can start any time of year. Our classes and programs run all year. While we ask that you purchase a pack of classes, we do not run specific courses. You can start when you choose and attend the classes that are convenient for you (availability permitting).

I am a beginner. Can I start with the group?

During your assessment and your introductory 1on1 session, your instructor will assess you for your ability to fit into a group. With the studio groups, your exercises are individually selected for each session, so it doesn't matter whether there are beginners and experienced participants in the same class. For the mat groups, our group sizes are small. Your expert instructor will help you much more in your first few sessions until you settle in.

Can I pay for the classes as I go (in case I don't like them)?

No, the minimum pack purchase is 5 classes. The reason for this is that it will take you 3-4 classes to learn some exercises and get a feel for what Pilates is all about. It takes several classes for you to start to feel the benefits (usually after 10 classes). Pilates trains the body as well as the mind in its capacity to control, protect and move the body. It takes time to lay down new pathways for movement and to break up old movement habits and bad posture. A single class does not allow for you to make an informed decision about whether Pilates is going to benefit you.

Can I claim through my Health Fund?

Yes, your class fees can be claimed partly through your physiotherapy budget. If you would like to check with your health fund, the item numbers are 505 or 560. You purchase your pack of 5 or 10 classes. We can give you a receipt for each service after you complete the service, or after you finish your pack. You then make a claim through your fund for the fees already paid.

I have done Pilates in the past, do I need to do the Assessment?

Yes. The point of having an assessment is so that your instructor knows exacly what level you are at and can create a program that fits your body and its needs. Without the assessment, it typically takes 3-4 sessions for the instructor to adjust your program to the right level. So, the assessment actually saves you time and money to get to the same point in your exercise program.

I have done Pilates in the past, do I need to do the one on one introductory class?

Yes. The version of Pilates we do here is very specific. Other Pilates instructors are often not as fastidious as we are about good technique. Additionally, other Pilates Studios use different names and have a different focus. We want you to get the most out of your Pilates program; a good start is vital to this. The assessment and the one on one session give you the best opportunity to know exactly what you are doing when you get to a class based situation.

Which is better, the 5 or 10 pack?

If you are unsure whether Pilates is for you, the 5 pack is the best option. You will know after 5 classes whether Pilates is for you. When you purchase a 10 pack, your receive a 10% discount on every class. It is more economical to purchase a 10 pack.

Will Pilates help me to lose weight?

Clinical Pilates cannot be viewed as a weight loss regime. It is a core strengthening form of exercise. It will help to form part of an overall strategy that is essential for weight maintenance or weight loss. By itself, Pilates will not make you lose weight. Having said that, Pilates, over time, will certainly help to tighten up your butt, abs and thighs, as well as tone and lengthen muscles which willl help to alter body shape.

Power Pilates combines a cardio workout with a core workout and as such burns more calories than a Clinical Pilates class. When you do a Power Pilates class, you will be heart rate monitored and your heart rate will be kept in a training zone that helps your body to burn more calories during the class. A Power Pilates class will also elevate your metabolic rate for several hours after the class - you continue to burn more calories, even after you stop exercising! Power Pilates is a more intense type of exercise and requires you to have a greater level of fitness to receive maximum benefit.

What should I bring to the Pilates class?

Bring along a towel, a bottle of water and a relaxed attitude.

What should I wear to the Pilates class?

You should wear comfortable clothing that allows your body to move. Gym wear is appropriate, as are shorts, track pants. Most shirts or singlets are appropriate. The Pilates Studio is fully air conditioned, but you will be exercising and heating up. We have a sock wearing policy in the Studio, so please wear socks. If you are taking Power Pilates, please bring along some sports shoes for safety on the cardio equipment.

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