How often should I do Pilates or Gyrotonic®?
Training two to three times a week will provide maximum results. If you consistently come once a week you will still see progress. As with any workout, your best results are achieved through your commitment. Our dedicated staff and the versatile Pilates and Gyrotonic programs will keep you wanting to exercise more!
Do I need to schedule an appointment?
Yes, all our sessions are by appointment only. We keep our mat classes small, so we require reserving a spot in advance.
What should I wear?
Wear comfortable clothing that allows you to move freely. Clothing, such as those used for yoga, which allows you to bend, stretch, and breathe works best. For men, we suggest long pants or shorts with long liners. Socks are required. We ask that you forgo perfume and heavily scented products for the comfort of others.
Do I need to bring my own equipment?
No, we provide all the necessary equipment, including mats.
How long is each session?
Each session is 55 minutes long from the scheduled start time. However, plan on an hour for scheduling and payment.
Where can I park?
Our wonderful new location has several parking options. The Maple Plaza lot is conveniently located one block from the studio, on Portland Place, in between Park Street and Midland Ave. The Fullerton Deck is located at 25 Park Street by the YMCA. Both municipal lots offer one- and two-hour metered parking. There is also free two-hour street parking on Montague Place and Midland Ave.
Should I take a Private, Semi-Private session, Tower mat or a mat class?
Private sessions are highly recommended and provide new clients with a basic understanding of the Pilates method. (See our Introductory Package for new clients) They also allow for individual attention and application of the method. Private sessions are also good for the Pilates enthusiast who is looking to refine their practice, maximize results, or cross train for another event.
Semi-Private sessions are great for those who are looking to workout with a friend or spouse. The friendly competition keeps both people motivated, and the small student-to-teacher ratio allows for personalized attention.
Tower mat classes are the best of both worlds utilizing the tower, or wall unit with low impact springs and resistance training in conjunction with traditional mat work. This flowing workout targets the whole body.
Mat classes are great because of the energy and sense of community they offer. With a maximum of seven people, every person is closely monitored.
What is the difference between Pilates and Gyrotonic®, and which should I try?
Both methods focus on lengthening, strengthening, and coordination of breath and movement. The two methods differ in range of motion, repetitions, and teaching styles. The equipment is different as well. Pilates uses springs for resistance, while Gyrotonic® utilizes a weight and pulley system. However, the results are similar, and we recommend trying a few sessions of each to see what you like best. The two systems are complementary to one another, and many of our clients find that they attain maximum results using both.
Are the instructors trained to work with clients with injuries?
Yes! Whether you have an ongoing condition or are in recovery, you can still participate in these methods. Physicians often recommend Pilates as part of the rehabilitation process. Our trainers can make modifications based on your individual injuries and limitations. We highly recommend taking a Private session before joining a group class in order to learn how to modify exercises appropriately for your condition.
Can I do Pilates if I am pregnant?
Yes there are many benefits to doing Pilates during pregnancy! It is possible to work right up to your due date, and our trainers will accommodate your workout as your body changes and your pregnancy progresses. Pilates is also an excellent way to connect and realign your body postpartum. Please make sure your physician has cleared you for exercise.
Is all Pilates instruction the same?
No. In 2000, a US federal court ruled that Pilates could not be trademarked. As a result of the court’s decision and the growing demand and popularity of Pilates, many teacher-training programs that teach distorted versions of the Pilates method still abound. Joseph Pilates bequeathed his work and studio to his wife, Clara, and protégé Romana Kryzanowska. Our instructors are certified through Romana’s Pilates also known as True Pilates, which requires 600+ hours of training, ensuring that you receive the best, safest, and most effective instruction.
Could becoming an instructor be the right move for me?
Pilates is constantly growing within the fitness world, making it an exciting field to enter. Whether you’re considering the Pilates Teacher Training program as a first love, as a second career, or to deepen your knowledge base, we recommend prior experience with Pilates. We welcome you to come in and introduce yourself. We would be happy to answer any additional questions you may have.
Check our Teacher Training page for additional information.