What should I do in my first class?
Please arrive about 5-10 minutes early to acquaint yourself with the instructor and studio. Please let your instructor know that you are new so that they can help you set everything up correctly and show you around. Always let them know if you have any injuries or concerns. There are people from all different backgrounds and fitness levels in the class; just do the class at the level that you are able. After a few classes, you’ll be very familiar with the types of moves that we perform and you’ll be feeling like you’ve been doing these classes for ages.
What can I expect in a Pilates class?
Pilates is a unique form of exercise that was developed in the early 1900’s by Joseph Pilates. Pilates focuses on core stability, and strengthening and toning the entire body. It is one of the most effective forms of exercise to change body shape and tone up because it targets all of the muscles in the body. Pilates helps to improve your posture through correct muscle activation and control. Pilates also helps to correct muscle imbalances. We aim to strengthen any muscles that are weak and stretch any muscles which may be tight. Pilates aims for your body’s muscles to be symmetrical and to do the job for which they were intended. After years of using some muscles incorrectly, when you start to use them correctly, you will feel lengthened and strengthened.
Your class will be done primarily using a Pilates mat and various apparatus. All of the equipment that you need will be provided. Pilates is challenging, many people make the mistake of thinking that Pilates is easy. Your instructor will give you easier and harder variations of each exercise. Stick with the level that suits you, and you will progress to the harder level over time. Book a pilates class.
What can I expect in a Barre class?
A Barre class is packed with energy, fun and movement that works your entire body. You might awaken muscles you didn’t even know you had! The next few days after your first class, you might be cursing your instructor, but after a few weeks of regular classes, you’ll be hugging them. A Barre class is designed on the principles of Pilates, dance and fitness. Barre classes will help improve your posture, alignment and balance all whilst toning and tightening your entire body. The classes primarily use the barre for most exercises, and the classes have cardio intervals interspersed throughout the workout to get your heart rate up. We use a variety of equipment to really maximise your workout including elastics, balls, sliders and weights. Book a barre class.
What should I wear?
You will need to wear comfortable gym gear for all of our classes. For Barre, we ask that you also wear grip socks. If you don’t have any, we have some for sale at the studio. Please also bring a water bottle and a towel. All mats and equipment that you need will be provided.
Do I need to have any experience in dance?
No you don’t. We perform very simple but effective movement patterns that you’ll pick up in no time. Our classes cater for all fitness levels. We do have a beginner Pilates class which is recommended to start with if you are brand new to Pilates. Always let your instructor know that you’re new so they’ll keep an extra eye on you to make sure you’re grasping the required technique.
I'm pregnant, are you classes suitable for me?
From about 14 weeks in your pregnancy, you should be avoiding a lot of abdominal and supine work. For your first lesson, we recommend that you book an hour one-on-one lesson. During this lesson, your instructor can spend some individual time with you to go over your unique position. We will give you a run through of what exercises you need to avoid and we’ll give you other safe options and the correct technique you should be using. We’ll give you a leaflet as well with the exercises so that you remember. There are many exercises that can be detrimental to your body at this delicate time in your life, so we aim to avoid any injury. Please always let your instructor know that you are pregnant.
For your pregnancy after about 14 weeks, we don’t recommend Pilates, Pilates Reformer as they focus a lot on abdominal work and laying on your back. We do recommend though our Barre classes as we can give you alternatives to the abdominal and supine series that we do in the classes.
How long are your classes?
All of our classes are 45 minutes long.