What should I wear?
Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothing that you can easily move around in. You will be spending lots of time stretching various muscles while performing different Pilates exercises, so don’t wear anything that could restrict you. Many people wear their gym clothes or a t-shirt and shorts/leggings/jogging bottoms/yoga pants. There’s no one wandering around in crop tops, leotards or G-strings!
What time should I arrive?
Always aim to arrive 5 mins before your class starts, so that you can remove your shoes, coats and put your bag away.
Can I do Pilates even though I’m not very flexible / a size 8 / muscly / have dodgy knees / never done it before?
Absolutely! In fact, the very best thing about Pilates exercises and classes are that they’re open to everyone who wants to try them. The first step is to have a 1-1 session with an instructor so that they can understand your history of injuries, limitations and previous Pilates experience. Find out more about our assessment and start-up package prices before you book. Once you’ve advanced from this initial stage, you’ll join a class full of different ages, shapes, sizes and fitness levels, and each of you will work within your own abilities.
Do I need special footwear?
It’s recommended that you wear a comfortable pair of socks, as it’s more hygienic when you move around the carpeted studio, and on and off different machines. If you forget yours then there’s always a clean pair waiting to be used in the studio. Some people wear socks with a slight grip underneath and others do it in bare feet, but most just have an ordinary pair of socks. All equipment is cleaned with anti-bacterial wipes at the end of each session, so that it’s clean and ready to use in the next class.
Is Pilates mainly for women?
Not at all! It was invented by a man, Joseph Pilates, and Pilates exercises can benefit everyone. The current split in classes is 60% women to 40% men, and almost every class has a mix of males and females in it.
How much does it cost?
Prices vary depending on whether you’re attending equipment and mat work Pilates sessions, mat work only Pilates sessions or private 1-1 or 1-2 Pilates sessions. There’s also a discount for block bookings, so check out the price list for full details.
How many people are in a class?
A full class is 6 people to ensure that you get plenty of time and attention during the hour. Very occasionally, we may squeeze you in as an extra one if you’re having a particularly busy week, and can’t attend your usual class!
How often should I come?
This is entirely up to you. Unless instructed otherwise by your GP, practitioner or therapist, once a week suits many people as it easily fits into their lifestyle. Others enjoy feeling the benefits so much that they come 2-3 times a week. If you have an injury you’re working on, then it may be beneficial for you to attend more than once a week, however Pilates exercises will be given to you that you can complete at home if this suits you better.
I’ve done mat work Pilates at the gym in a class of 30 – why are your classes so small?
While these types of classes are very popular with lots of people, it’s a completely different experience in our studio. With a class of 6 people, small corrections can be made as and when needed throughout the hour, ensuring you get the maximum results out of every session.
What’s the difference between Pilates and Yoga?
It’s true that there are some similarities between the two, but there are also some distinct differences. Pilates exercises focuses more on core activation and good biomechanics during movements, and when holding a particular posture. Yoga tends to be more spiritual and includes continuous flowing eccentric contractions.
Are there any age limits for starting Pilates?
Once you celebrate your 14th birthday, we’d love to have you come and join a class! There’s no upper limit, and we have a huge range of people of all ages who enjoy Pilates exercises. If you want to compete for the title of ‘most mature’ client, then you need to be in your 80s..!
What days / times do your classes run?
You can find the full range of daily Pilates classes on the daily timetable. There’s definitely no excuse not to come along and give it a try!
How soon can I expect to see some results?
It usually takes around 8 weeks to see some changes, although it very much depends on how often you practice. Coming to one lesson a week wouldn’t be enough on its own, so you’d also need to do your recommended Pilates exercises at home every day.
If you’ve got any other questions or would like to chat about how Pilates exercises can help you, simply call or email. The Pilates studio is based in Welwyn Garden City and has ample free parking outside.